Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Extremely first impressions

Samsung is not one to shrink back from blowing its personal trumpet, so when the corporate goes to the trouble of constructing this enormous 14.6-inch pill IP68 rated, it will speak about it. That is proper, that is – in response to Samsung – the primary premium pill to get this score.

I’ll overlook the truth that Sony had IP65/68 safety on the Xperia Z4 Tablet back in 2015, to rejoice that the Galaxy Tab may certainly be the pill for all of your bathing wants. And it isn’t simply the pill that is protected – the S Pen additionally affords IP68 safety. However what else is new?

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Extremely

First impressions

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Extremely is huge, daring, and amazingly premium. The fantastic show and slim however stable construct give the Tab S9 Extremely attraction – should you can determine use all that house.

Design and construct

  • 208.6 x 326.4 x 5.5mm, 732g
  • IP68 safety

In actuality, not an enormous quantity is new. The Extremely mannequin of the Galaxy Tab household was launched with the Tab S8 Ultra in 2022, so that is very a lot a follow-up, presenting the identical questions as the unique pill. It actually targets a specific sort of consumer, as this is not a pill you possibly can simply use one-handed or with out one thing to prop it up. In that sense, there’s very a lot the sensation that the Galaxy Tab S9 Extremely is a light-weight alternative for a laptop computer, quite than one thing you may decide as much as watch Netflix on the transfer.


However what does stay is the high-quality construct. The scale and weight are nonetheless nearly the identical, tipping the scales at over 732g – though that is solely about 50g greater than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, whereas packing in an inch and a half extra show. The bodywork is aluminium once more, and it feels reassuringly sturdy, whereas being nearly impossibly skinny at 5.5mm.

As I mentioned within the introduction, there’s now IP68 protection, which is nice for peace of thoughts for what’s, admittedly, an costly pill (beginning at $1200 or £1200). Sure, you are unlikely to need to take it into the tub, however you would prop it up in a case on the facet to look at your favorite present. I think that waterproofing will probably be extra helpful for safeguarding from water leaking into your bag if you get caught within the rain, or if you knock that third glass of wine over it. Samsung can be going to supply a case that extends safety to MIL requirements too, so it is going to be correctly protected.

Included into the physique are 20 per cent bigger audio system – 4 of them – tuned by AKG and supporting Dolby Atmos to make any media consumption all of the extra luxurious. I did not have time to check the efficiency throughout my hands-on time with the brand new gadget, however good sound high quality will definitely enhance the leisure expertise.


Flip the pill over and there’s a twin digital camera on the rear, now with separated lenses, so it seems to be just like the Galaxy S23 family of phones. Alongside that is the magnetic dock for the S Pen, which can cost your pen whichever method you fit it into place. Along with the usual pen that comes with the pill, there is a new S Pen Creator Version, which helps a number of suggestions and has enhanced tilt detection for a extra dynamic drawing expertise. I did not take a look at this, however digital artists may need to decide one up.

First impressions match what we felt in regards to the Galaxy Tab S8 Extremely: it is undoubtedly giant, however in some ways, solely as helpful because the case you may connect to it.

Show and {hardware}

  • 14.6in, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 60-120Hz
  • Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 12/16GB RAM, 256/512/1TB storage, microSD to 1TB
  • 11,200mAh

Samsung hasn’t confirmed the precise decision of the 14.6-inch show, however we suspect it is the identical 2960 x 1848 pixels because the Galaxy Tab S8 Extremely. At first look you possibly can see this can be a Samsung AMOLED show, wealthy in colors and punchy – it simply seems to be nice. On the earlier version of this gadget, we discovered it nice for consuming content material and we would count on that to be the identical on the Tab S9 Extremely, though we’ve not had the prospect to check that to date. There’s new competitors within the large pill market from the likes of the Lenovo Tab Extreme, which additionally sells itself on its nice huge show.


The Galaxy Tab S9 Extremely affords a 120Hz refresh rate to maintain your content material scrolling easy, whereas supporting HDR codecs too. The whole lot I’ve seen to date seems to be nice, however we’ll have to check out much more content material earlier than we ship any type of definitive verdict.

It is price mentioning that this 16:10 side is not the most typical, nevertheless it does work fairly properly on a bigger gadget. Quite a lot of laptops use this side to provide a bit extra top within the show which is extra handy when working with paperwork – and it is onerous to see that anybody would go for the Tab S9 Extremely with out contemplating it for working. The Tab S9 Extremely feels pure in panorama (strengthened by the 2 front-facing cameras), however in portrait it simply feels too huge. If that is what you need, the smaller Tab S9+ might be a greater choice.


Transferring over to the {hardware} and Samsung leverages the settlement it has with Qualcomm for a specially-clocked model of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. That “for Galaxy” {hardware} means it is only a mite extra highly effective than different tablets on the identical platform. There are storage choices, that means you possibly can select 12/256GB, 12/512GB or the highest 16GB and 1TB storage pairing. The costs ramp up dramatically as you spec up, so be warned.

There’s a big 11,200mAh battery which ought to see you thru a day, relying on what you do with it.

A thoughts for creativity

  • DeX mode
  • Multi Management
  • One UI

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Extremely comes with help for options that may make it extra helpful than simply an leisure pill. There’s DeX mode, permitting a desktop-like working expertise, in addition to complete break up display choices. With Google now placing extra effort into supporting bigger display gadgets (as seen in some of the Pixel Tablet experiences), the consumer interface for pill customers on Android is slowly getting higher.


However Samsung has been on the forefront for lots of the time, making tweaks and adjustments in One UI to make it extra helpful. There’s help for creativity apps like LumaFusion, Clip Studio Paint and ArcSite – with the announcement of the unique addition of GoodNotes too. That is the preferred note-taking app on iPad and now it is coming to Samsung Galaxy Tab too.

Then you could have Samsung Multi Management so you possibly can management your Samsung cellphone out of your Samsung Pill to benefit from the ecosystem a bit higher. There’s heaps in regards to the expertise I nonetheless need to discover and I am not anticipating it to be massively completely different to the Galaxy Tab S8 Extremely – nevertheless it ought to all be quicker.

The cameras

  • 13MP primary, 8MP ultrawide rear
  • 12MP ultrawide entrance

I am not going to dwell on the cameras for too lengthy, as a result of pill cameras do not get the identical type of use that smartphone cameras do. Until you are that individual waving a pill round on the college efficiency filming your youngsters with an enormous slab – by which case, please cease.


For sure, Samsung’s goal is to provide you cameras that ship if you need to use them – doubtless for advert hoc seize or video calling, quite than for snapping sunsets or selfies. So the truth that Samsung simply says there is a 13-megapixel primary digital camera on the again supported by an 8-megapixel ultrawide – together with a pair of 12-megapixel ultrawide cameras on the entrance is nearly ample. I did not take a look at them throughout my hands-on time.

One of many helpful options of the entrance cameras on the Tab S8 Extremely was face unlocking, that means you do not have to fret about utilizing the under-display fingerprint scanner. However once more, in my time with the S9 Extremely, I did not discover this perform.

First impressions

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Extremely impresses with its slim construct and daring show, wanting to provide you entry to a rarer huge display pill expertise. It unapologetically packs within the specs to assist it carry out, leaving you to resolve precisely what you will do with all that house. With pre-order affords together with a slim guide cowl keyboard (in some areas), it is a veritable Android laptop computer alternative. For digital artists the house could have attraction and if you wish to pack this into your bag as a substitute of a laptop computer, it actually seems to be like it is going to ship.

The app expertise round Android tablets is not as mature as it’s for iPad – and this bigger Samsung pill nearly undercuts the worth of the iPad Professional 12.9, so you possibly can see the place Samsung thinks the purchasers will come from. We’ll be exploring the Galaxy Tab S9 Extremely in a full assessment as quickly as we will.

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