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Samsung continues its iPad assault with the new Galaxy Tab A9 series

By Cookie Monster - on 18 Nov 2023, 12:49pm

Samsung continues its iPad assault with the new Galaxy Tab A9 series

Note: This article was first published on 24 October 2023.

The Galaxy Tab A9 and A9+ have the biggest screens of any Galaxy A series tablet yet. (Image source: Samsung)

It looks like Android tablets are enjoying a bit of a resurgence, and leading the way its Samsung. After announcing its flagship Tab S9 series and Galaxy FE tablets, they are back at it again with the new Galaxy Tab A9 series tablets.

These are Samsung's most affordable tablets with prices starting at just S$249. Furthermore, the latest Tab A9 series stands out for having the biggest display sizes on any Galaxy A series tablet yet. 

The Galaxy Tab A9 features an 8.7-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1340 x 800 pixels and a refresh rate of 60Hz. The Galaxy Tab A9+, on the other hand, has a larger 11-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and a higher refresh rate of 90Hz.

Coupled with Samsung Dex support and the multi-active window feature, the biggest displays yet on the Galaxy A series tablets allow up to two apps to be shown simultaneously on the Tab A9 and up to three apps on the Tab A9+.

Only the larger Galaxy Tab A9+ comes with 5G connectivity. (Image source: Samsung)

As the larger of the two models, the Tab A9+ comes with additional perks such as quad speakers that are powered by Dolby Atmos, 5G connectivity, a 5MP selfie camera, and a bigger 7,040mAh battery.

On the other hand, the Tab A9 has 4G LTE connectivity, a 2MP front-facing camera, and a 5,010mAh battery.

Samsung did not disclose the processors in these tablets but we've heard reliably that the Tab A9 has a MediaTek Helio G99 chip while the Tab A9+ is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695

Both tablets will feature 4GB of memory and 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded to 1TB with the use of a microSD card.

On paper, Samsung's Tab A9 series looks like a compelling option for anyone who's looking to get a basic and affordable tablet. Its specs and features won't excite anyone, but even the priciest model – the Tab A9+ with 5G connectivity – is over S$170 cheaper than Apple's most basic 10th-generation iPad.

Availability and pricing

The various models of the Galaxy Tab A9 and A9+ will be available progressively starting from now with prices starting at S$249 for the cheapest Galaxy Tab A9 WiFi.

Here are the prices and launch dates to keep a look out for.

Galaxy Tab A9 availability and pricing
Model Storage Price Launch date
Galaxy Tab A9 Wi-Fi 64GB S$249 17 November 2023
Galaxy Tab A9 LTE 64GB S$329 1 December 2023
Galaxy Tab A9+ Wi-Fi 64GB S$409 23 October 2023
Galaxy Tab A9+ 5G 64GB S$509 3 November 2023
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