Review summary of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9: 11-inch OLED tablet with endless performance
The Galaxy Tab S series is the spearhead of Samsung's Android tablets. In the latest edition, the changes compared to its predecessor are minor.
But there are changes nonetheless. Two in particular stand out: the first is the current top SoC from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy. This puts the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 in direct comparison with the Apple iPad Pro 11 in our benchmark measurements - all other comparison devices are far behind.
A large performance advantage over its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S8, becomes particularly clear in the realm of demanding tasks such as gaming. Despite throttling under prolonged load, the tablet remains very performant.
The second big innovation is the use of an OLED panel, which means that the maximum brightness has increased significantly. Furthermore, the black value and contrasts are perfect thanks to the design. The Galaxy Tab S9 is also easy to read in sunlight.
The UFS 4.0 memory also contributes to fast system performance with exemplary measured values. Additionally, the storage space can be expanded by 1TB with a microSD card. The transfer values of the memory card reader are also solid.
The Galaxy Tab S9 is also no slouch in terms of mobile reception and cameras. The Wi-Fi transmission values are good, but the Samsung tablet does not communicate with our router on the 6 GHz band - we're hoping for an update.
Unfortunately, the Galaxy Tab S9 falls behind rivals in terms of battery life. On their own, the values are okay, but other devices last much longer.
Overall, Samsung delivers a very convincing tablet in the Galaxy Tab S9 5G, with which no competing device can keep up overall. However, the asking prices are still quite high.