Samsung officially announced the new 11-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A9+ for the North American market today on Monday October 23 alongside the 8.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A9. It will be released in the US in November from $229.
This Android tablet replaces the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8, and will from now on be the cheapest Samsung tablet in the 10- to 11-inch range.
It’s launching with Android 13 and Samsung’s user interface One UI, with both 3 years worth of Android updates as well as regular security updates.
The 11-inch LCD screen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A9+ has Full HD display resolution of 1920 x 1200, with an improved 90 Hz refresh rate, which will help keep this tablet stay modern for longer. So that was a smart move.
As for hardware specs, Samsung went for the octa-core 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 processor, with the two model options of 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, or 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. On top of that we have support for microSD cards up to 1TB in capacity under Android 13.
Other Samsung Galaxy Tab A9+ model choices are between Wi-Fi only (model SM-X210), or cellular 5G connectivity (models SM-X216 and SM-X218).
The predecessor was great for watching movies on, with its 4 speakers. And the Tab A9+ is even better with a larger and better screen, while it still has quad speakers, with a 1.2W capacity and Dolby Atmos.
The front camera is an 8MP camera, while the rear camera is an 8MP camera so that will improve the quality of the video chats.
In terms of battery life, it is rated to 10 hours long, squeezed out of the 7040 mAh batteri which supports QC2.0 charging.
Connectivity choices are between dual-band Wi-Fi 5 (2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.1, the optional 5G, and the USB-C port. So 5G on a relatively cheap tablet is also something that sets this tablet apart a little.
This is the thinnest “budget tablet” on the market today, with a thickness of a mere 6.9mm, which I find very impressive, and it adds to its credentials.
Not only that, but with a weight of 480 grams for the Wi-Fi version and 491 grams for the 5G version, the 11-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A9+ is even slightly lighter than the 11-inch flagship tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab S9. So that’s impressive.
And finally, while the predecessor never had a keyboard option, Samsung has finally made a keyboard cover for the Tab A9+, called the Samsung Galaxy Tab A9+ Book Cover Keyboard Slim, which makes this tablet even more useful. The keyboard isn’t ready yet though, so that will be launched later.
Another accessory is the Book Cover, which is an origami style folio cover that can be set up as a tablet stand in both portrait and landscape mode.
The predecessor was hugely popular, and there’s no reason why this tablet won’t be too. Samsung Galaxy Tab A9+ does not have pen support, in an effort to keep costs down. So those features are reserved for Samsung’s more expensive tablets.
Beyond that, this will be the new tablet to buy in the 11-inch range when you don’t need any higher specs.
– Tom Bowen