The third tablet Samsung announced today was the largest of the three tablets in the flagship series, the 14.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra. It will be released on August 11, but it’s taking pre-orders before launch, with the price starting at $1199:
This is 2nd generation of Samsung’s largest tablet, and it even has specs that are an extra bump up over the smaller two Tab S9 tablets.
In addition to the 14.6-inch screen with a 2960 x 1848 resolution display, it also has the option of 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and it has an additional 12MP ultra-wide front camera.
But other than they, the S9 tablets share the same specs.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra (SM-X910) now has the even more powerful 3.36 GHz octa-core ‘Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy’ processor and the new ‘Qualcomm Adreno 740 with Ray Tracing’ GPU.
Model options are between 12GB LPDDR5 RAM with 256GB or 512GB UFS storage, or 16GB RAM with 1TB storage. The next choices are between the Wi-Fi only, or integrated 5G. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra is also available in the two color choices Beige or Graphite.
The only thing that was controversial to a few people on the predecessor was the camera notch. But nobody every complained about the rest of the screen. But even so, the new screen is an improved Dynamic AMOLED 2X screen with Infinity panel which is an even better OLED screen than before.
No matter how many tablet computers I’ve used over more than a decade now, the screen on the new S9 tablets just amazed me from the first second I laid my eyes on them. So I can safely say that the new OLED screens are even better than OLED screens on the predecessors. And the depth of the black is simply astonishing.
It has a resolution of 2960 x 1848, with a variable 120 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, and Gorilla Glass protection. And the new screen has an on-screen fingerprint reader, even if it still has face recognition users can use to unlock the tablet with.
And then it has four cameras. On the front it has a 12MP camera with the addition of another 12MP ultra-wide camera, while on the back it has a 13MP camera with an additional 8MP ultra-wide cameras, with LED flash or light. These cameras supports 4K video recording at 60 fps too, in addition to all the things they can do in video chats, for taking pictures, or doing quick photo scanning of documents or items.
It comes with the latest Android 13 operating system, and Samsung’s One UI 5.1.1 user interface. And since this is a flagship tablet from Samsung, it will receive free Android updates and security support for years.
And the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra has been waterproofed, which is interesting. With an IP68 rating, it can safely fall into a tub, have drinks spilled onto it, or experience rain and waters plashes without failing. So I like that. That makes it a nice tablet to use outdoors too, where it can be productive too if coupled with a keyboard.
The new wirelessly charging and magnetically attaching Samsung S Pen is also waterproof, and has 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. Nobody has made more pens for tablets and smartphones over the years than Samsung, so it’s fun to see how they still keep innovating on that front too.
With a relatively large screen, people will use the Tab S9 Ultra to watch movies on occasions. And for purposes like that, the four new AKG speakers with Dolby Atmos have been enlarged by 20% over the predecessor.
The battery life is 12 hours long when measured by the local video playback standard, while the actual battery size is 11,200 mAh, with 45W charging support. Samsung have enough space inside the tablet to equip it with a larger battery, but the chose not to, to keep the weight down and to keep it it slim as possible.
After all, this is actually the slimmest of all Tab S9 tablets. It’s just 5.5mm thick and only weighs 732 grams, both of which are high achievements for a 14.6-inch tablet, and it makes the Tab S9 Ultra the thinnest tablet on the market. I don’t know if even Samsung knows about that.
Despite the thin exterior, we can still enjoy hardware such as the newest dual-band Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, navigation sensors like GPS, GLONASS, BDS, and GALILEO, as well as tablet sensors such as accelerometer, a gyro, proximity sensor, and an e-compass.
It’s equipped with a microSD card slot with support for microSD cards up to 1TB, and it has USB C 3.2 Gen 1 port.
Samsung has also gone big on accessories this time, since they are also launching Tab S9 Ultra accessories including a Book Cover Keyboard, a Book Cover Keyboard Slim, a Smart Book Cover, an Outdoor Cover, a Notepaper Screen, and a Privacy Screen.
Not only are these accessories practical, but in some cases they open up new opportunities too, so I’m glad to see that Samsung has made more accessories of their own.
As the best equipped and most powerful of all the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 tablets, as well as the largest one among all Android tablets, the tablet is unbeatable among Android tablets today.
The only tablet large enough to rival it is the 14.5-inch Lenovo Tab Extreme. But no matter how impressive Lenovo’s tablet is, Samsung’s ultimate flagship is still almost 35% more powerful, so I now which one I would get.
– Tom Bowen