The Android tablet landscape just got a great addition with the introduction of the Galaxy Tab S9 series. Comprising the Galaxy Tab S9, S9+, and S9 Ultra, Samsung’s latest offerings boast a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, coupled with an advanced vapor chamber, indicating the company’s effort to enhance sustained performance and mitigate thermal challenges.
A noteworthy feature across all models is the inclusion of a waterproof Samsung S-Pen, providing users with a range of creative and productive capabilities. Additionally, users have the option to upgrade to the S Pen Creator Edition7, but for most people the included pen is great.
To boost productivity, the Galaxy Tab S9 series features a Book Cover Keyboard. We consider this as a must-have accessory, especially since the Samsung DeX software can give the tablet a computer-like experience with a desktop-like interface. This further blur the boundaries between tablets and more conventional computing devices.
The tablet series also facilitates wireless connectivity to Windows computers through the “Second Screen” wireless display feature, a move aimed at promoting seamless cross-device integration with laptops. This is a very useful feature to have for travellers, and we hope to see an USB-C video input someday.
From a design standpoint, the three tablets come with different display sizes (11”, 12.4” and 14.6”), storage and RAM options. The presence of a microSD port brings a great deal of value and flexibility to power-users who love storing a ton of high-quality media on their device. Of course, with different chassis sizes, the battery capacity also varies (8400, 1090 and 11200 mAh, respectively).
All displays are built using the Dynamic AMOLED 2X technology which features an amazing image quality, with a variable refresh rate of 60-120Hz, to preserve battery life, without sacrificing the user interaction smoothness.
The audio quality matches what you see on the screen. According to Samsung, the new quad-speaker setup is 20% larger than the previous models, pushing sound quality to new levels for these tablets.
Having an always-on 5G is an option via SIM or eSIM, if you are willing to pay an extra $150. If you can afford it, it’s highly recommended over portable WIFI hotspots since it’s more convenient, reliable and performant.
The Galaxy Tab S9 series marks Samsung’s latest effort to continue leading the competitive Android tablet market. With a focus on performance, creativity, and productivity, these tablets exhibit excellent potential, and we’re curious to see how they perform in the long term. From a technical point of view, they are packed with the best technology available to Android tablet users.