Samsung recently unveiled the more budget-conscious Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ as an economical alternative to their flagship Galaxy Tab S9+ tablet. Boasting an expansive 12.4″ LCD display and powerful Exynos 1380 processor as well as IP68 rating and S Pen stylus capabilities, this tablet could offer much. But is it worth purchasing and where should it compare with similar products in the market today? Let's find out.
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ feels and looks premium, thanks to its metal frame and glass back. Measuring 11.24 by 7.30 inches by 0.26 inches and weighing 1.38 pounds respectively, this tablet comes in four colors (gray, lavender, mint, or silver) to match each taste – plus there is also an embedded fingerprint sensor at its power button along with USB-C port, microSD slot as well as four speakers tuned by AKG tuned speakers (included), plus it includes a pogo pin connector which allows attaching keyboard covers separately).
The centerpiece of the tablet's appeal lies in its 12.4-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 and a refresh rate of 90Hz, offering sharp images at excellent viewing angles with minimal bezels for increased contrast and dynamic range support. HDR10+ technology further boosts contrast while Corning Gorilla Glass 5 serves to protect it against scratches or drops.
The Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ comes equipped with an S Pen stylus that magnetically attaches to its rear cover, offering comfortable use while supporting 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity with a low latency of 9ms; perfect for writing, drawing, and editing purposes! Plus it's IP68 certified meaning it's water and dust-resistant!
The Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ is powered by the Samsung Exynos 1380 chipset, which is an octa-core processor with four Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.8GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.2GHz. It also has a Mali-G78 MP14 GPU for graphics. The tablet comes with either 8GB or 12GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 1TB via a microSD card.
The Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ delivers smooth and fast performance, handling multitasking, gaming, and productivity tasks with ease. It runs on Android 13 with Samsung’s One UI 3.1 on top, which offers a user-friendly and customizable interface. The tablet also supports Samsung DeX, which allows you to use it as a desktop computer when connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
The Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ has a large 10,090mAh battery, which supports 45W fast charging via the USB-C port. The tablet can last for up to 12 hours of video playback, 10 hours of web browsing, or 8 hours of gaming on a single charge. It also supports wireless charging and reverse wireless charging, which lets you charge other devices like smartphones or earbuds by placing them on the back of the tablet.
The Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ has a dual-camera setup on the back, consisting of an 8MP main camera and an 8MP ultra-wide camera. The main camera can capture decent photos and videos in good lighting conditions but struggles in low light and with dynamic range. The ultra-wide camera can fit more in the frame but has some distortion and noise. The back cameras can record 4K videos at 30fps or 1080p videos at 60fps.
The tablet has a 12MP front-facing camera, which is located on the top bezel in landscape mode. The front camera can take good selfies and support face unlock. It can also record 4K videos at 30fps or 1080p videos at 60fps. The front camera is suitable for video calls and online meetings, as it has a wide-angle lens and a dual-microphone system.
The Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ supports Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and GPS. It also has a dual-SIM slot, which supports both physical and eSIM cards. The tablet can connect to 5G networks, offering fast and reliable internet speeds. However, the 5G variant is only available for the smaller Galaxy Tab S9 FE, and not for the Galaxy Tab S9 FE+.
The Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ is priced at $599 for the 8GB/128GB model and $699 for the 12GB/256GB model. The tablet is available on Samsung’s official website, online stores, carriers, and retail outlets. Here is a breakdown of the prices in various countries:
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ tablet offers premium experiences without high-end price tags, boasting a large and smooth display with a powerful processor, durable design, long battery life, and 5G connectivity – ideal for entertainment, productivity, and creativity! It is built for fun!
However, the Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ does not live up to expectations and has some drawbacks that must be considered before purchasing one. These include its lower quality LCD display compared with OLED on Galaxy Tab S9+; slower refresh rate at 90Hz instead of 120Hz in Galaxy Tab S9+ and no headphone jack or face scanner/fingerprint sensor underneath display (ie no headphones!); costly accessories including keyboard cover or book cover etc;
Overall, the Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ offers excellent value for money and stands as one of the premier Android tablets on the market today. Perfect for both casual and professional users alike, as its multitasking abilities enable it to handle various tasks and scenarios effortlessly. If you require an expansive tablet featuring S Pen functionality then look no further.
|Versions: Galaxy Tab S9 FE Wi-Fi SM-X610; Galaxy Tab S9 FE 5G SM-X616B|
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G|
|2G||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100|
|Speed||HSPA, LTE-A (CA), 5G|
|Announced||2023, October 04|
|Status||Available/Released on 16 October, 2023|
|Dimension||285.4 x 185.4 x 6.5 mm (11.24 x 7.30 x 0.26 in)|
|Weight||627 g or 628 g (1.38 lb)|
|Build||Glass front, aluminum back, aluminum frame|
|Type||IPS LCD, 90Hz|
|Size||12.4 inches, 445.8 cm² (~84.3% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1600 x 2560 pixels, 16:10 ratio (~243 ppi density)|
|Protection||IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 min)|
|OS||Android 13, One UI 5.1|
|Chipset||Exynos 1380 (5 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)|
|Card Slot||microSDXC (dedicated slot)|
|Internal||128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM|
8 MP, (wide)
8 MP, (ultrawide)
|Single||12 MP, (ultrawide)|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
Tuned by AKG
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct|
|Bluetooth||5.3, A2DP, LE|
|USB||USB Type-C, magnetic connector|
|GPS||GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO|
|Battery Capacity||Li-Po 10090 mAh, non-removable|
|Charging||45W wired, QC2.0|
|Colors||Mint, Silver, Gray, Lavender|
|SAR||0.77 W/kg (body)|
|SAR EU||0.50 W/kg (body)|
|Price in Canada||CA$799 for the 8GB/128GB model and CA$899 for the 12GB/256GB model|
|Price in India||₹69,999 for the 8GB/128GB model and ₹79,999 for the 12GB/256GB model|
|Price in Nigeria||₦279,000 for the 8GB/128GB model and ₦319,000 for the 12GB/256GB model|
|UK||£549 for the 8GB/128GB model and £649 for the 12GB/256GB model|
|USA||$599 for the 8GB/128GB model and $699 for the 12GB/256GB model|
|Price in China||¥4,499 for the 8GB/128GB model and ¥5,499 for the 12GB/256GB model|