We love the Tab A8, and we’re hoping this one is just as good.
Samsung just kicked off two new budget tablets. These are the Tab A9 and A9+. It’s about time too since it’s been a year since they’ve released a new tablet under this price range.
The two devices are catered for two different types of budget-oriented markets, with the A9 catering to users who want a portable tablet when smartphone screens are just a tad small. In a way, a portable entertainment device. The A9 Plus is for regular tablet users who want a big screen that can act like a mobile theater.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Starting with the A9, the tablet has a MediaTek Helio G99 chipset and an 8.7″ 60Hz IPS LCD screen. This screen has a resolution that’s just short of WXGA+. A resolution of 1340x800px. It also features a slot for a 1TB MicroSD Card and Samsung Knox for security.
It also has an 8MP camera at the back and a 2MP video call camera at the front. Cameras aren’t always the priority for tablets, and when they are, that’s usually reserved for the premium and flagship ones. The tablet features a quad-speaker system and Dolby Atmos so at least it’s still got that immersive experience.
Finally, it runs OneUI 5.1 based on Android 14 and is powered by a 5100mAh battery with 15W fast charging. “Fast” being used very loosely here as with our test with the Galaxy Tab A8 shows this will take almost an entire day to fully charge. It has Bluetooth 5.3 so you can connect multiple devices on here without killing their latency.
Samsung is yet to release a pricelist for this tablet and Samsung PH is yet to tell us about that.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9 Plus
The main tablet, the A9 Plus, has your regular 11″ offering but this one, unlike the Tab A8, has 90Hz refresh rate so it won’t feel so slow. It also uses a different chipset, the ever-popular Qualcomm Snapdragon 695.
The rear camera is the same as the A9 but the front is upgraded to a whopping 5 megapixel sensor! That’s 3 more than the A9. Innovative! But in seriousness, tablets don’t really prioritize in cameras, as if we didn’t say that already.
There is a larger 7040mAh battery with the same 15W charging. You know how we already feel about the charging and capacity ratio of the base tablet so imagine how slow this one can feel. That 15W speed will be even more negated and would feel like 5W instead.
By the way, we forgot to mention this but apparently both the A9 and A9+ feature 4G LTE. The Tab A9 Plus has 5G as well so you can insert a SIM Card in there in case you want to use your data… or insert a large tablet on your ears. That’s bound to make a statement!
Like the A9, Samsung Philippines is yet to tell us when the A9 Plus would be released here as there isn’t a pricelist yet.
Source: Samsung Newsroom