iPad Air with M1 silicon proves Samsung has a midrange tablet problem

Anyone who has read my Galaxy Tab S8+ review, or any Tab S8 review, will likely take issue with my headline. The new series of tablets from Samsung is excellent, pairing speedy performance with a beautiful, thin-bezel display and 120Hz refresh rate. Samsung has upgraded its flagship tablets just the way it should, including reducing One UI’s downgrade from iPadOS; and the Tab S8 is only $100 more than the iPad Air.

So what is the problem? It’s that all Samsung offerings under $700 fall off a cliff in terms of performance. The actual price rival of the 10.9-inch $600 iPad Air with M1 is the 12.4-inch $600 Galaxy Tab S7 FE with the Snapdragon 750G and 6GB of RAM.