5 Reasons to Wait for the Galaxy Tab S9 & 3 Reasons Not To
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 series is reportedly in development and those of you in the hunt for a new tablet might want to think about waiting for the company’s new flagships.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+, and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra are all fantastic devices and certainly worthy of your attention, but it looks like they’ll get replaced by newer, and perhaps better, models later this year.
Galaxy Tab S9 rumors have started swirling in recent weeks and it looks like Samsung’s cooking up a trio of new devices for launch.
Specifically, it looks like Samsung will launch three new Galaxy Tab models dubbed Galaxy Tab S9, Galaxy Tab S9+, and Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra. Rumors hint at some intriguing upgrades to the design, processor, and more.
These Galaxy Tab S9 rumors put those of you in the hunt for a new tablet in a tough position. There are some great reasons to buy a brand new tablet right now, but there are also some great reasons to hang around and wait for Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab models.
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In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to consider waiting for the rumored Galaxy Tab S9 and the best reasons to go with another device.
Wait for Performance Improvements
Every year Samsung makes improvements to the Galaxy Tab’s hardware and you can expect the Galaxy Tab S9 series to offer performance upgrades.
While nothing is confirmed, we’ve heard the Galaxy Tab S9 will pack a bigger battery than its predecessors. This change has been discovered in online filings. A bigger battery should lead to better battery life which is crucial for the Galaxy Tab series because it’s a workhorse.
In addition to the larger battery, the Galaxy Tab S9 models should come equipped with a newer processor, perhaps the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 from Qualcomm. This is the same processor inside the company’s Galaxy S23 flagship smartphones.
That being said, Galaxy Tab S9 benchmarks suggest the new tablets will be even faster than their smartphone counterparts despite sharing the same processor.
Leaker Ice Universe believes this will indeed be the case. He also says the high-end Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra will include 16GB of RAM.
A newer processor should lead to improvements in key areas like battery life, multitasking, gaming performance, and faster boot times.
We’ve also heard Samsung plans to install an AMOLED display on the base version of the Galaxy Tab S9. The Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S8 base models both used LCD displays.
A switch to AMOLED could lead to performance improvements in key areas like battery life and would also allow Samsung to bring features like Always-on Display to the base Galaxy Tab S9.
Wait for an Improved Design
While we probably won’t see a massive overhaul to the Galaxy Tab’s design, purported Galaxy Tab S9+ renders look pretty similar to the Galaxy Tab S8+, we have heard about one key change Samsung might make on the Galaxy Tab S9.
According to SamMobile, the Galaxy Tab S9 will offer IP67 water resistance. If this pans out, the Galaxy Tab S9 series would be Samsung’s first tablets to have the certification.
This IP67 rating would mean the device would offer better protection against water and dust. This would make the Galaxy Tab S9 series appealing to those who like to bring their tablet to the beach, pool, or other rugged environments.
If that’s you, you might want to hang back and wait for the Galaxy Tab S9.
Wait for a Better S Pen
The Galaxy Tab S9’s S Pen received multiple certifications and it looks like the stylus features Bluetooth 5.1 LE. Bluetooth 5.1 LE is faster and it’s also more energy efficient.
Wait for the Best Galaxy Tab Software
If you plan on keeping your next tablet for awhile, it might be a good idea to wait for the Galaxy Tab S9.
While you might be tempted to go with an older and/or cheaper model, these devices will see their software support end sooner than the Galaxy Tab S9’s.
Samsung keeps its flagships upgraded with major software updates for several years. The company tends to extend bug fixes and security patches for a bit longer than that, but software support will eventually stop and you’ll be on your own.
The company also tends to keep some software features exclusive to newer devices due to hardware limitations. You can expect the Galaxy Tab S9 series to come with the company’s most robust version of Android and One UI.
Samsung is reportedly working on a new One UI 5.1.1 update and there’s a good chance it debuts alongside the Galaxy Tab S9 later this year.
The Galaxy Tab S9 series will also be among the first devices to get Samsung’s Android 14/One UI 6 update.
Wait for a New Galaxy Tab Color
Interested in a brand new Galaxy Tab color? Then you might want to wait for the Galaxy Tab S9.
According to leaker Roland Quandt, the Galaxy Tab S9 will come in beige which, if true, would be a first for the Galaxy Tab series. We haven’t seen any renders yet, but you can bet those will leak out before Samsung’s announcement.
Don’t Wait If You Can’t Wait Until July or Later
If you’re in a rush to buy a new tablet, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
Right now, all signs point to a Galaxy Tab S9 announcement coming later in the year at an Unpacked event.
Samsung will host an event in Seoul sometime in late July. Rumors suggest it’s targeting July 26th, but the company hasn’t confirmed yet.
The event will likely center around the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Galaxy Z Fold 5, but there’s a good chance the Galaxy Tab S9 launches on, or around this date, as well.
If you can’t wait until then, you’ll want to move on to another device. For more about the Galaxy Tab S9 release date, check out our walkthrough.
Don’t Wait If You Need a Cheap Tablet
If you don’t want to spend a ton of money on your next tablet you’ll probably want to buy another device.
While it would be great to see the Galaxy Tab S9 price drop, we don’t expect that to happen. In fact, if Samsung decides to implement an OLED display, something we’ve heard about, we could see the price jump up.
When they first arrived, the Galaxy Tab S8 started at $699, the Galaxy Tab S8+ was $899.99, and the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra at a whopping $1099.99. You can expect the Galaxy Tab S9 to be priced similarly at launch.
If that’s too much for your bank account, you’ll want to start looking at cheaper models.
Don’t Wait If You Find a Tablet You Like
Don’t let Galaxy Tab S9 rumors hold you back. If you find a tablet you really like, don’t be afraid to make a move.
Before you commit to waiting for the Galaxy Tab S9, make sure you go hands-on with devices you can actually buy right now. There a ton of excellent devices on the market right now. A few of the best Galaxy Tab S9 alternatives include:
- Galaxy Tab S8 series
- Galaxy Tab S7 series
- Galaxy Tab A 8.4
- iPad Pro
- iPad Air
- Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
- Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
- Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus
Dig through as many tablets as possible and you may wind up walking out of a store with a new device long before the Galaxy Tab S9 series arrives on shelves.