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Samsung rumoured to bring dust and waterproofing to this year's Galaxy Tab S9 tablets

Samsung pushed the boundaries of Android tablets with the Galaxy Tab S8 series. (Image source: NotebookCheck)
Samsung pushed the boundaries of Android tablets with the Galaxy Tab S8 series. (Image source: NotebookCheck)
Reportedly, Samsung plans to improve the feature set of its flagship tablet series. Rather than solely focusing on improved performance and visuals, Samsung is expected to finally bring dust and waterproofing to the Galaxy Tab S series with the Galaxy Tab S9, Galaxy Tab S9 Plus and the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra.

SamMobile claims to have received exclusive information about the Galaxy Tab S9 series, presumably six months or so before its introduction. As such, we would recommend treating rumours like these with a hint of scepticism for the time being. While SamMobile may be correct, its information could pertain to a prototype that Samsung never brings to market.

Reportedly, Samsung’s next flagship tablets will receive an IP certification against dust and water ingress. As far as we can tell, none of Samsung’s competitors offer IP ratings in their tablets. For example, even the latest iPad Pro 12.9 lacks an IP rating, as does the entire Xiaomi Pad 5 series. It is worth noting that Samsung already sells tablets with IP ratings under the Galaxy Tab Active series, most recently with IP68-certified Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro.

The Galaxy Tab S9 series will not offer IP68 certification though, which means a device is dust-tight and can survive being immersed in at least 1 metre of water for a minimum of 30 minutes. By contrast, SamMobile asserts that the Galaxy Tab S9, Galaxy Tab S9 Plus and Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra will offer IP67 certification, which provides the same dust protection but only up to 1 metre of water immersion for 30 minutes. Ultimately, it remains to be seen why more tablet manufacturers have not included IP ratings with their devices, other than cost. An IP67 rating would also see the Galaxy Tab S9 series falling short of Samsung’s flagship smartphones, which would seem rather odd if true.

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Alex Alderson, 2023-02-23 (Update: 2024-05-11)