Samsung Galaxy Tab A9 arrives as new compact budget tablet following spate of leaks
Samsung has refreshed its Galaxy Tab A series, only a few days after presenting the Galaxy Tab S9 FE and Galaxy Tab S9 FE Plus. While Samsung positions the Galaxy Tab S9 FE series as a cheaper alternative to its flagship tablets, the Galaxy Tab A9 is even cheaper still. Thus, it relies on budget hardware, including a MediaTek Helio G99 chipset that is also found in the new OnePlus Pad Go.
Additionally, Samsung equips the Galaxy Tab A9 with an 8.7-inch display that resolves at 1,340 x 800 pixels. As such, the tablet is only slightly larger than the latest iPad mini, albeit with a lower resolution display and weaker chipset. Also, the Galaxy Tab A9 has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable storage, which underlines its entry-level credentials. Like the OnePlus Pad Go, Samsung offers the Galaxy Tab A9 with and without LTE connectivity, despite MediaTek integrating an LTE modem within the Helio G99.
Currently, Samsung has only launched the Galaxy Tab A9 in Guatemala and the UAE, where it retails for GTQ 1,499 (~US$191) and AED 699 (~US$190), respectively. According to WinFuture, Samsung will launch the Galaxy Tab A9 in Europe soon, possibly within the next few weeks. Incidentally, the Amazon UAE listing mentions the Galaxy Tab A9 Plus too, which remains unreleased for now. Please see our corresponding Galaxy Tab A9 Plus article for the various hardware details that have leaked so far.