Samsung Galaxy Tab S9, S9+, S9 Ultra announced: release date, prices, and specs

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The latest Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Series of devices has been announced, and Samsung's awesome Android tablets are looking better than ever. The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event saw the S9, S9+, and S9 Ultra tablets on full display showcasing some impressive upgrades and a forward facing focus on bringing premium power to the tablet space.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S9, S9+, S9 Ultra release date and prices

Following their unveiling at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked, pre-orders for the latest Galaxy Tab S9 Series of tablets start today, ready  will be ready for your hands on August 11, 2023. There's a sizable price bump in store for fans of the Android tablet, with each model of the S9 Series tacking an extra $100 onto the price tag of its S8 Series counterpart.

Here's are the announced prices for the Samsung S9 Series of Android tablets:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S9: $799 (8GB RAM, 128GB), $919 (12GB RAM, 256GB)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S9+ (WiFi): $999 (12GB RAM, 256GB), $1119 (12GB RAM, 512GB)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S9+ (5G*): $1149 (12GB RAM, 256GB)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra: $1199 (12GB RAM, 256GB), $1319 (12GB RAM, 512GB), $1619 (16GB RAM, 1TB)

* Through Verizon, AT&T, and US Cellular.

for a limited time only, you can gain a free storage upgrade on Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 models through the online Samsung store, and $150 saving on the top-tier Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage bringing its price down to $1,469.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S9, S9+, S9 Ultra design and cameras

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 will feature an 11-inch screen and measure at 5.9mm thick and 1.10 pounds in weight with a 13MP rear and 12MP ultra-wide front camera.

The Galaxy Tab S9+ will be outfitted with a 12.4-inch display, measuring at an even trimmer 5.7mm in thickness and 1.3 pounds in weight and housing a rear camera array that includes 13MP and 8MP ultra-wide sensors along with a front facing 12MP ultra-wide lens.

Finally the Galaxy Tab Ultra will house a massive 14.6-inch panel and weigh in at 1.62 pounds, all while remaining just 5.5mm thick. The Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra will feature front and rear camera arrays that house a 12MP and 12MP ultra-wide duo, and a 13MP and 8MP ultra-wide set of sensors, respectively.

The trio of devices will feature an IP68 rating (that also applies to the included S Pen) making them water resistant in fresh water for up to 30 minutes at a maximum depth of 1.5 meters. They'll also be safe from dust and particulate intrusion, allowing you to worry less about your tablet if it's out of a case, or you're caught short in the rain.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Samsung have gone to great lengths in order to manage thermal build up within each tablet during prolonged or heavy usage. A new vapor chamber disperses heat widely across the surface to better avoid heat spikes and performance throttling while in use.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S9, S9+, S9 Ultra specifications 

Each newly announced member of the Galaxy Tab S9 family will be powered by a mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor for exceptional performance and multitasking capabilities. It's the same chipset that will also find a home in the newly announced Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Galaxy Z Fold 5, bringing top-tier gaming and creative potential right the way across Samsung's Galaxy range of devices.

Galaxy Tab S9 Series models announced at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked will also feature Dynamic AMOLED 2X panels that deliver bright, crisp, and vibrant pictures with incredible smoothness thanks to a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut and an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz.

Configurations of Samsung's Android tablets will cap out at 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for the Galaxy Tab S9, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for the Galaxy Tab S9+, and and whopping 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage for the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra. However, each model is equipped with MicroSD card support for up to 1TB of additional storage.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Samsung Galaxy Tab S9Samsung Galaxy Tab S9+Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
RAM8GB, 12GB12GB12GB, 16GB
Storageup to 256GB (+ 1TB MicroSD)up to 512GB (+ 1TB MicroSD)up to 1TB (+ 1TB MicroSD)
Display11-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X12.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X14.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Front Camera12MP Ultra-wide12MP Ultra-wide12MP + 12MP Ultra-wide
Rear Camera13MP13MP + 8MP Ultra-wide13MP + 8MP Ultra-wide
PenIP68 S Pen includedIP68 S Pen includedIP68 S Pen included
NetworkWiFi 6E5G / WiFi 6EWiFi 6E
Battery8,400 mAh10,090 mAh11,200 mAh
ProtectionIP68IP68IP68
Weight1.1 pounds1.3 pounds1.62 pounds

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 series

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Bottom line 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Series is an outstanding lineup of Android tablets that delivers on every front. Its new display and processor ensure that performance and visuals will be paramount in the user experience. While there's a noticeable price bump, it equates to a sizable upgrade in specifications that won't leave anyone feeling short changed.

We've already gone hands-on with the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra so feel free to read all about our first impressions of Samsung's super-slate and see if it'll keep newcomers like the Pixel Tablet at bay, or how things fare when the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra faces off against the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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Rael Hornby
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Rael Hornby, potentially influenced by far too many LucasArts titles at an early age, once thought he’d grow up to be a mighty pirate. However, after several interventions with close friends and family members, you’re now much more likely to see his name attached to the bylines of tech articles. While not maintaining a double life as an aspiring writer by day and indie game dev by night, you’ll find him sat in a corner somewhere muttering to himself about microtransactions or hunting down promising indie games on Twitter.

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