The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus stands as the second-highest-priced tablet in the S9 series. In this review, I’ll delve into its specifications and features, highlighting both the advantages and drawbacks. Additionally, I’ll explore its practical use cases, helping you identify the ideal audience for this tablet.

I will also compare it to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus, and suggest some alternatives.

Specifications

Released:2023, July 23
Operating System:Android
Display Size:11.4-inches
Display Type:OLED (Dynamic AMOLED 2X)
Resolutions:1752×2800
Chipset:Qualcomm SM8550-AC Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4 nm)
CPU:Octa-core (1×3.36 GHz Cortex-X3 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A715 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A710 & 3×2.0 GHz Cortex-A510)
GPU:Adreno 740
Storage:256GB, 512GB
RAM:12GB
Port:USB Type-C
Front Camera:12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚ (ultrawide)
Back Camera:Dual: 13 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, AF, 8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide)
Dimensions: 11.24 x 7.30 x 0.22 in(285.4 x 185.4 x 5.7 mm)
Weight:1.29lbs(586g)
Battery:Li-Po 10090 mAh
Cellular:Yes (Nano-SIM, eSIM)
Stylus Support:Yes
Micro SD Card:Yes (microSDXC)
Applications:Google Play Store
Bluetooth:Yes (5.3)
Colors:Beige, Graphite

Ratings

9.6
For Movies:10
For Notes-Taking:10
For Drawing:9
For Gaming:9
For Reading:9
For Photo-Editing:10
For Video-Calls:10
For Web-Surfing/Social-Media:10

What’s In The Box

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus (in the color you chose)
  • S Pen
  • SIM tray pin
  • USB cable
  • Starter manual

Sadly, there was no charger. Just the cable. You can use other chargers from previous devices or plug them into your computer, or you will have to buy one in a local electronics store. For Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus, I recommend getting the 45W charger, but you can use higher wattage as well, but it won’t charge the tablet any faster.

Who Is Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus For (Use Cases)

  • Users seeking a premium Android tablet experience.
  • Those interested in cutting-edge technology and high-end specifications.
  • Existing Samsung tablet users that are ooking to upgrade to the latest model.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus is packed with power technology, and positioning themselves as a potential laptop replacement, but at the moment, it still can’t run computer software. For now you can use it for:

  • Media Consumption: The tablet’s 12.4-inch AMOLED screen with a 120 refresh rate is ideal for immersive media experiences, including movies, TV shows, videos, social media, and gaming.
  • Productivity & Creativity: The inclusion of the S Pen, with responsive drawing and writing capabilities, positions the tablet as a tool for creative tasks such as drawing, note-taking, and annotating documents. You can also get a dedicated keyboard for the tablet, connect it to an external monitor, and you have a computer that’s running Android. Features like Multi Window support and DeX mode cater to users who want to use the tablet for productivity.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus Pros & Cons

Pros
  • DeX mode
  • OLED display
  • Great cameras
  • Portable/Compact
  • Premium build quality
  • Water & dust resistance
  • S Pen included in the price
  • Bright, high resolution and high ppi density
Cons
  • Expensive
  • No headphone jack
  • Expensive accessories

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus: What’s New?

Released in 2023
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus
  • OS: Android
  • Size: 12.4-inch
  • Display Type: OLED
  • Resolution: 1752×2800
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8550-AC Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  • CPU: Octa-core
  • Storage: 256GB, 512GB
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Port: USB Type-C
  • Front Camera: 12MP
  • Back Camera: 13MP
  • Dimensions: 11.24 x 7.30 x 0.22 in (285.4 x 185.4 x 5.7 mm)
  • Weight: 1.29lbs(586g)
  • Battery: Li-Po 10090 mAh
  • Cellular: WiFi, WiFi + LTE
  • Stylus: Yes
  • Micro SD Card Slot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes (5.3)
  • Colors: Beige, Graphite
Released in 2022
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus
  • OS: Android
  • Size: 12.4-inches
  • Display Type: OLED
  • Resolution: 1752×2800
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • CPU: Octa-core
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • RAM: 8GB, 12GB, 16GB
  • Port: USB Type-C
  • Front Camera: 12MP
  • Back Camera: 13MP
  • Dimensions: 11.22 x 7.28 x 0.22 in(285 x 185 x 5.7 mm)
  • Weight: 1.25 lbs (572g)
  • Battery: Li-Po 10090 mAh
  • Cellular: WiFi, WiFi + LTE
  • Stylus: Yes
  • Micro SD Card Slot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes (5.2)
  • Colors: Graphite, Silver, Pink Gold

By the looks of it, it looks like the old Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, just in different color. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus packs a newer generation processor, making it faster than it’s predecessor and also improved it’s battery life significantly(S9 Plus can last up to 13 hours). That’s the most important update S9 Plus received and it also got a water and dust resistance the IP68.

Besides the performance, these tablets are very similar.

What Are The Best Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus Alternatives?

If you are in the market for a new tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus is just one of your options, there are plenty of other alternatives with similar specs and similar pricing, but different Operating Systems. Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus is starting at $949.

  • iPad Pro M2 11-inch Apple’s iPad Pro 11-inch (4th gen) is a direct competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus, price at $849. It has more storage options, less RAM, a powerful M2 processor, and runs iPadOS, which offers more exclusive apps.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE PlusIf you have decided that S9+ is too expensive, you might want to go with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Fan Edition Plus model. That’s priced at $549. It doesn’t have a power processor like S9 Plus and a sharp display, but it packs a 12.4-inch display as well.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 – If you want to keep the processing power but still want a cheaper option, you have to pick the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9, which will have a smaller screen(11 inches), a powerful processor, and a better price of $799.
  • iPad Air M1 – If you want more exclusive apps and iPadOS, you might opt-in for the iPad Air M1. The price starts at $459. It won’t have the 120Hz screen as the iPad Pro, but it will be much cheaper.

FAQ

Does Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus Has Face ID?

Yes, Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus has facial recognition for unlocking the device.

Does Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus Has Wireless Charging?

No, Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus and none of the other Samsung tablets support wireless charging.

Does Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus Has a Headphone Jack?

No, Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus doesn’t have a headphone jack, but you can use wireless headphone or OTG adapter to connected wired headphones.

Does Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus Has a SIM Card slot?

Yes, you can use Nano-SIM in Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus or you can use eSIM.

Does Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus Has GPS?

Yes, Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus can determine your geographical position using GPS.

Does Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus Has 5G?

Yes, Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus supports 5G frequency.

Does Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus Has Stylus?

Yes, Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus has an S Pen included in the price.

Does Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus Has a 120Hz Screen?

Yes, Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus features a 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display.

Overall, Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus is a great option for those seeking performance. It’s fast, it has beautiful colors, it’s big, but still compact and can last for several years.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Plus is the second most expensive samsung tablet and also the second best Samsung tablets, right behind Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra.

I also ranked it as one of the best tablets for note taking and one of the best tablets for watching movies and Netflix.

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I'm a writer and editor in iPads & Android Tablets, Windows Tablet section. I'm passionate about technology, especially about tablets. I'm on a mission to assist people in discovering their ideal tablets. In addition, I'm dedicated to producing helpful how-to guides and sharing top-notch tips and tricks. In my early carrier I founded and became and editor at worldoftablet and have been a guest author at many other tech blogs. In wolfoftablet I'm focusing on iPads, Tablets, Apple Pencil, Apps, Reviews, Buyers Guides and Tablet Accessories. In free time I like to play games on my PS5 or iOS.