It’s been 4 weeks since the 10.9-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE and the 12.4-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ were released. But the sales doesn’t seem to have taken off completely yet, so let’s take a look at the benchmark scores.
Both sizes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE are powered by the same hardware. Which is the octa-core 2.4 GHz Samsung Exynos 1380 processor, with options of 6GB or 8GB RAM with 128GB or 256GB storage on the FE, and options of 8GB or 12GB RAM with 28GB or 256GB storage on the FE+.
So in the benchmark test Geekbench 6, both Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE tablets clock in benchmark scores of just up to 1015 in single-core, and up to 2910 in multi-core scores.
So those are fully acceptable benchmark scores for a mid-range Android 13 tablet at the end of 2023. And the specs are generally good, including a waterproof design, and the actual quality of the components are also good.
But at the same time, there isn’t a whole lot of other tablets to compare these two tablets against. The smallest of the two, the almost 11-inch S9 FE has a few 11-inch rivals in a similar price range. But for the 12.4-inch S9 FE+, it is mainly up against the just released 12.7-inch Lenovo Tab P12.
Their specs are a little different, but they are both well equipped tablets of about the same size. And their price differs by as much as $200.
So that makes for an interesting comparison. Because the Lenovo Tab P12 certainly doesn’t have any worse specs, they are just different.
It’s powered by the octa-core 2.6 GHz MediaTek Dimensity 7050 processor and a Mali-G68 GPU, together with 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of UFS 2.2 storage.
This chipset clocks in benchmark scores that are a little lower though. In single-core, it runs at up to 1065 in single-core, but scores lower in multi-core where it tops out at a max of 2440. So the more cores of the processor are in use, the better Samsung’s Exynos processor performs compared to the Dimensity 7050 processor of the Lenovo Tab P12.
So the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ is around 19% faster when using all its processor cores. Which is something to take into account when trying to figure which one of these tablets are the best to buy.
– Tom Bowen