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Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G tablet review: Powerful all-rounder with OLED

Evolution instead of revolution. Samsung has only carefully redesigned the Galaxy Tab S9 5G compared to its predecessor. New features include the most powerful Snapdragon on the market and a switch to OLED technology for the display. The Tab S9 still comes with an S-Pen and can handle both work and play. How does it compare to the tablet elite?

The Galaxy Tab S9 series is Samsung's modernized high-end tablet ensemble. As usual, the new Galaxy S tablets are available in three sizes. Alongside the normal, 11-inch Galaxy Tab S9 of this review, Samsung also offers the larger, 12.4-inch Galaxy Tab S9+ and the 14.6-inch Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra.

All three devices are available in Wi-Fi and 5G versions. The Galaxy Tab S9 comes in two configurations, either with 128GB storage and 8GB RAM or 256GB storage and 12GB RAM. More storage is reserved for the larger siblings. Samsung offers the tablet in two colors, namely Graphite and Beige. Our test device is the larger storage configuration, 5G and the Graphite color.

Prices for the Galaxy Tab S9 start at $764.15 (128 GB, Wi-Fi only).

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G (Galaxy Tab S9 Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy 8 x 2 - 3.4 GHz, Cortex-X3 / A715 / A710 / A510 (Kryo)
Graphics adapter
Memory
12 GB 
, LPDDR5x
Display
11.00 inch 14.4:9, 2560 x 1600 pixel 274 PPI, Capacitive, native pen support, Dynamic AMOLED 2x, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash, 256 GB 
, 216 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 0 USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20Gbps, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: USB-C, Card Reader: microSD up to 1 TB (FAT, FAT32, exFAT), 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, OTG, Wireless Samsung DeX
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.3, GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); UMTS (Band 1, 2, 4, 5, 8), LTE (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 38, 40, 40, 41, 66); 5G (Band N1, N3, N5, N7, N8, N20, N28, N38, N40, N41, N66, N77, N78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 5.9 x 254.3 x 165.8 ( = 0.23 x 10.01 x 6.53 in)
Battery
8400 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 13
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix (f/2.0, 26 mm, 1.0 µm)
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix (f/2.4)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: OnScreen, USB-Cable (USB-C to USB-C), SIM-Needle, S Pen, One UI 5.1.1, 24 Months Warranty, SAR-Body: 0.657 W/kg; GNSS: GPS (L1); Glonass (L1); Galileo (E1); Beidou (B1, B1C); SBAS (L1), IP68, fanless, waterproof
Weight
500 g ( = 17.64 oz / 1.1 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1169 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

mögliche Konkurrenten im Vergleich

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
90.9 %
10/2023
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740
500 g5.9 mm11.00"2560x1600
90.2 %
06/2022
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
507 g6.3 mm11.00"2560x1600
92.5 %
11/2022
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2, M2 10-Core GPU
466 g5.9 mm11.00"2388x1668
91.7 %
03/2022
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1, M1 8-Core GPU
461 g6.1 mm10.90"2360x1640
89.3 %
09/2023
Google Pixel Tablet
Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7
493 g8.1 mm10.95"2560x1600
89.1 %
03/2022
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
SD 870, Adreno 650
565 g5.6 mm12.60"2560x1600

Case - Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 is slim and stable

Samsung uses an aluminum chassis for the Galaxy Tab S9 series, which is divided by antenna strips at the edges. There is a slight groove on the back in which the included S-Pen is magnetically held in place and charged.

Unlike its larger siblings, the normal Tab S9 has only one camera on the back. This protrudes clearly from the thin chassis. Nevertheless, inputs are possible when the tablet is placed on the table; only in the lower left corner do inputs lead to wobbling.

The four speakers are located on the two short sides of the device. The case feels very high-quality and stable. Bendng the tablet is not possible and it does not emit any noise, even under load. The case is angular, which is especially noticeable when gaming and holding the tablet at the same time. Samsung has made the display edges pleasantly narrow and even.

The power button and volume rocker are on the top. Both buttons have comfortable pressure points, but the power button is a little loose. Ports for the corresponding Samsung accessories are provided on the bottom. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Size comparison

285.6 mm / 11.2 inch 184.5 mm / 7.26 inch 5.6 mm / 0.2205 inch 565 g1.246 lbs258 mm / 10.2 inch 169 mm / 6.65 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 493 g1.087 lbs254.3 mm / 10 inch 165.8 mm / 6.53 inch 5.9 mm / 0.2323 inch 500 g1.102 lbs253.8 mm / 9.99 inch 165.3 mm / 6.51 inch 6.3 mm / 0.248 inch 507 g1.118 lbs247.6 mm / 9.75 inch 178.5 mm / 7.03 inch 6.1 mm / 0.2402 inch 461 g1.016 lbs247.6 mm / 9.75 inch 178.5 mm / 7.03 inch 5.9 mm / 0.2323 inch 466 g1.027 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Equipment - IP68 for the Galaxy Pad S9

Samsung installs Qualcomm's currently fastest SoC, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, in the Galaxy Tab S9. Our test device also has 12 GB of RAM and UFS 4.0 storage. Storage can be expanded with a microSD card.

Bluetooth 5.3 is on board and the USB-C port supports USB 3.1 Gen 1, which in turn supports the exFAT format, but can only read NTFS. NFC is not built into the Galaxy Tab S9. Instead, Samsung has had the tablet IP68 certified for the first time. The Tab S9 comes with the S-Pen, which allows for pen input. In addition to the pure pen function, the S-Pen is capable of gestures that are transmitted via Bluetooth.

Top: SIM slot, microphones, volume, power button
Top: SIM slot, microphones, volume, power button
Right: speakers, USB, speakers
Right: speakers, USB, speakers
Bottom: Docking ports for accessories
Bottom: Docking ports for accessories
Left: speakers, microphone, speakers
Left: speakers, microphone, speakers

microSD card reader

Unlike many competitors such as the Apple iPad 11 Pro or the Google Pixel Tablet, the storage on the Samsung Galaxy S9 can be expanded. The tablet supports memory cards up to 1 TB in size and supports the exFAT format. In tandem with our AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60 reference card, the S9 Pro achieves the same transfer values as its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S8

Data transmission speeds are thus significantly faster than the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro. In addition, the transmission remains stable and shows no dips in testing.

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
52.6 MB/s 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
52.5 MB/s
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Angelbird V60)
31.4 MB/s -40%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø41.1 (28.4-52)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø39.2 (28.5-49.8)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø71.5 (37.9-82.2)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø80.6 (46.7-90.1)

Software - Long support for the Samsung tablet

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 ships with Android 13. Samsung uses its own One UI interface, of which 5.1.1 was the most up-to-date version during our review. After downloading all preinstalled apps, 40 GB of storage space is occupied ex works.

Many apps from Samsung, Google and Microsoft come preinstalled, including duplicate apps such as Calendar or the photo display. Apart from the software of these large companies, only Spotify is preinstalled.

As with the Galaxy S smartphones, Samsung also promises four major updates and five years of security updates for the Galaxy S tablets. However, the devices do not receive security updates monthly, but quarterly. The security patch from August 2023 was installed on our test device.

The Galaxy Tab S9 supports Samsung DeX, which allows the device to be put into desktop mode. Connected to a screen, the tablet can be used even more effectively. In combination with a mouse and a keyboard, the Tab S9 becomes a functional work device. The working speed is high, operation in DeX mode is possible via the touchscreen or the S-Pen, and no additional input devices need to be connected.

 

Communication and GNSS - 5G and WiFi 6E on the Galaxy Pad S9

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 is equipped with the latest wireless connections, supporting both WiFi 6E and cellular 5G. The transmission rates are also impressive. In conjunction with our Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 reference router, the Tab S9 is at the top of the comparison field in the 5 GHz range. The transmission is also quickly established and stable.

Although the tablet supports Wi-Fi 6E, it was unable to establish a Wi-Fi 6 connection with our reference router in our tests. The is likely to be solved with a software update soon. Mobile data reception is good. The Galaxy Tab S9 supports several LTE bands and 5G bands. The tablet's reception is also solid when on the move - for example, on a train. Dual SIM is supported, which is implemented with a physical SIM and an eSIM.

Networking
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
951 (929min - 960max) MBit/s
Google Pixel Tablet
881 (690min - 925max) MBit/s -7%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
769 (744min - 780max) MBit/s -19%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
719 (644min - 771max) MBit/s -24%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
715 (339min - 767max) MBit/s -25%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
959 (486min - 977max) MBit/s +2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
944 (474min - 970max) MBit/s
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
851 (475min - 925max) MBit/s -10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
843 (599min - 944max) MBit/s -11%
Google Pixel Tablet
690 (241min - 849max) MBit/s -27%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
1802 (884min - 1853max) MBit/s
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
949 (941min - 958max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
1611 (1577min - 1636max) MBit/s
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
943 (903min - 949max) MBit/s
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Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø949 (941-958)
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø942 (903-949)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø951 (929-960)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø929 (474-970)
GNSS signal indoors
GNSS signal indoors
GNSS signal outdoors
GNSS signal outdoors

Samsung has installed a GNSS module for all common satellite systems in the Galaxy Tab S9. However, the device only establishes a mono connection, which is established quickly and is sufficiently accurate both indoors and outdoors.

To test the tablet's real world tracking capabilities, we took it along with a Garmin Venu 2 on a bike ride. The Tab S9 records the route taken, but differences become particularly clear in curves. Nevertheless, navigation via Google Maps, for example, is possible without issue. 

Cameras - Single camera for the smallest S9 tablet

Selfie with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 in portrait mode
Selfie with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 in portrait mode

Unlike its larger siblings, the normal Galaxy Tab S9 only has one camera on the back. It offers a maximum resolution of 13 MP and is flanked by an LED flash. The resolution cannot be changed in the camera app. On the other hand, Samsung offers options such as a portrait mode, various filters, AR functions and a Pro mode.

This allows you to manually set the white balance, aperture and ISO. Although the front camera is equipped with 12 MP resolution, the Pro mode and AR Zone can only be used with the main camera.

The results of the cameras are solid in everyday use and are perfectly ideal for snapshots, especially in good lighting conditions. The portrait mode also works reliably. The software reliably recognizes and processes texts and QR codes. However, the camera reaches its limits when zooming in and taking night shots. Little light leads to image noise and some areas of the image still remain too dark. But for a tablet, the camera performance is really good.

The tablet can record videos in maximum UHD and the FPS is limited to 30 in all resolutions and with both cameras. What we particularly like about the videos is that the sound recordings are clear and deliver full quality sound without any background noise. In UHD there is slight image noise when there is movement in the video, which is eliminated in HD recordings. The video stabilization is good and the autofocus also works quickly and reliably.

For videos, Samsung also offers a Pro mode for the main camera with the same range of functions as for photos. There are also additional functions such as slow motion recordings and portrait videos.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Plush toy rabbitLake5x zoomLow light

The sharpness of the Galaxy Tab S9's photos are good. Although it diminishes somewhat in the peripheral areas of the pictures, it is at a usable level. The color deviations are also okay, at least in good lighting conditions. The Samsung software brightens the colors too much, which is particularly noticeable in darker greens. 

In controlled low light (1 lux), camera performance drops sharply. Colors are barely discernible and the sharpness cannot be evaluated because the image is too dark.

ColorChecker
10.5 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
16.3 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
11.6 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
8 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
12 ∆E
5 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G: 9.15 ∆E min: 4.09 - max: 16.26 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.9 ∆E
55 ∆E
40.1 ∆E
36.8 ∆E
45.6 ∆E
63.7 ∆E
53.7 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
44.3 ∆E
29.4 ∆E
65.1 ∆E
64.3 ∆E
29.8 ∆E
49 ∆E
38 ∆E
77.1 ∆E
44.4 ∆E
44.5 ∆E
93.7 ∆E
71.4 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
37.5 ∆E
24.5 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G: 47.52 ∆E min: 13.95 - max: 93.69 ∆E

Accessories and warranty - Samsung omits the power supply

The scope of delivery of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 is very straightforward. In addition to the tablet, the packaging contains the S Pen, a USB-C cable, a quick-start guide and a SIM pin. A power supply is missing, as are replacement tips for the S Pen.

Samsung offers Samsung Care+ for the Galaxy Tab S9. This offers coverage for accidental damage (i.e. drops, spills and mechanical breakdown) via two payment options: $5/mo (cancel anytime) or $79 for two years. This can be upgraded to Samsung Care+ with Theft and Loss for $10/mo or $189 for two years. Terms and conditions differ slightly for residents of NY, who should double check via the link provided. 

Samsung provides a 24-month warranty on tablets in Germany at no additional cost. This does not include the battery, which is covered for 12 months. These terms may differ in other countries, so interested buyers should double check before purchasing.

Input devices & operation - Galaxy Tab S9 with vibration motor

Samsung uses the Samsung keyboard ex works for the Galaxy Tab S9. This makes it possible to enter data on the device in both landscape and portrait mode without issue and without making any incorrect entries. The touchscreen is impressive with its exemplary usability: the gliding properties are good, as is the possible operating speed. Inputs are recognized in all areas of the touchscreen.

The S-Pen also impresses with many functions. A short menu provides access to linked apps and actions. The active pen also has a button that can be linked to various additional functions and apps. Writing on the lockscreen is also supported. Further application possibilities are possible with several apps open in split-screen mode. Without a cover, however, the pen sits unprotected on the back of the tablet and could easily get lost.

The Galaxy Tab S9 can be unlocked using an in-display fingerprint reader or 2D facial recognition. The optical fingerprint scanner works reliably, but there are faster readers on the market. Nevertheless, whether portrait or landscape, the tablet can be easily unlocked regardless of where you position your finger. Unlocking with your face is quicker and still very reliable, but less secure.

The vibration motor in the Galaxy Tab S9 is loud and offers spongy feedback. In this price range we would have preferred a linear vibration motor instead of an ERM.

Display - OLED in the 11-inch Galaxy Tab

Subpixeld matrix
Subpixeld matrix

The display is a big change from its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S8. Samsung uses an 11-inch AMOLED panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio for the Galaxy Tab S9. The display also supports a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz. When it comes to the refresh rate, however, the user only has the choice between adaptive and fixed at 60 Hz. According to the DRM Info app, the Tab S9 supports 30, 60 and 120 Hz.

The sharpness and maximum brightness are very good. At 579 cd/m², the Tab S9 is even brighter than its predecessor. With evenly distributed bright and dark areas, the display reaches a luminance of 770 cd/m² (APL18). With the ambient light sensor deactivated, the panel reaches a maximum of 363 nits. Only the Apple iPad Pro 11 can beat the Samsung tablet at maximum brightness. The uniform brightness of the Samsung tablet is also very good.

However, we detected screen flickering at a frequency of 240 Hz during our tests. From 30 per cent screen brightness, the frequency drops to 120 Hz, corresponding to the refresh rate.

583
cd/m²
582
cd/m²
583
cd/m²
575
cd/m²
576
cd/m²
576
cd/m²
575
cd/m²
582
cd/m²
577
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 583 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 578.8 cd/m² Minimum: 1.95 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 99 %
Center on Battery: 576 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.5 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5.1
ΔE Greyscale 2.3 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
98.3% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.02
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Dynamic AMOLED 2x, 2560x1600, 11.00
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
LCD, 2560x1600, 11.00
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
IPS, 2388x1668, 11.00
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
IPS, 2360x1640, 10.90
Google Pixel Tablet
IPS, 2560x1600, 10.95
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
AMOLED, 2560x1600, 12.60
Screen
10%
11%
11%
18%
-15%
Brightness middle
576
551
-4%
620
8%
529
-8%
521
-10%
552
-4%
Brightness
579
536
-7%
611
6%
490
-15%
508
-12%
555
-4%
Brightness Distribution
99
93
-6%
93
-6%
86
-13%
89
-10%
97
-2%
Black Level *
0.6
0.37
0.37
0.51
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.5
1.4
44%
1.49
40%
1.35
46%
1.2
52%
3.43
-37%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
4.6
5.6
-22%
3.67
20%
2.45
47%
2.6
43%
7.25
-58%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.3
1.1
52%
2.3
-0%
2.1
9%
1.3
43%
2
13%
Gamma
2.02 109%
2.15 102%
2.211 100%
2.183 101%
2.2 100%
2.253 98%
CCT
6585 99%
6621 98%
6849 95%
6939 94%
6696 97%
6417 101%
Contrast
918
1676
1430
1022

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 240 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 240 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 240 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18719 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Minimum display brightness
min.
25% display brightness
25%
50% display brightness
50%
75% display brightness
75%
Maximum manual display brightness
100%

Series of measurements at a fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

The black value and contrast are perfect thanks to the design. However, the Tab S9 has to admit defeat to its predecessor and some comparison devices in the field of color matching. The Galaxy Tab S8 and the Google Pixel Tablet are calibrated more accurately when displaying grayscale, for example.

The deviations are at a high level across the entire test field. Samsung provides the option of displaying vivid or natural colors in the settings. In addition, the white balance can be adjusted to individual preferences.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.71 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.8255 ms rise
↘ 0.8815 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 4 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
2.17 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.113 ms rise
↘ 1.058 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 5 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (34.3 ms).

The OLED panel of the Galaxy Pad S9 is nice and bright, making outdoor use possible. However, from steep viewing angles, the readability of the display in the sun decreases significantly. The viewing angles from the narrow sides are more affected than from the long sides.

The readability of the Samsung display is good. However, from an acute angle, a kind of shadow falls on the farthest corner of the device. In spite of this, content can be easily viewed by several people at once.

Performance - Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy with top performance

Samsung uses the latest top processor from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, in the Galaxy Tab S9. The SoC in this version works at a maximum of 3.36 GHz. Our test device also has up to 12 GB of RAM. The tablet's operating speed is impressive: inputs are implemented immediately and the user flies through menus and submenus. Even larger apps open immediately.

This performance is also noticeable in the benchmarks, as the Galaxy Tab S9 leaves all other Android devices behind by a clear margin. Only the Pixel Tablet can score well in the UL Procyon AI Inference. In all other benchmarks, the Tab S9 and the iPads are in first place.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
1892 Points +22%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
1719 Points +11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (1542 - 1598, n=7)
1561 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
1550 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
1226 Points -21%
Google Pixel Tablet
1078 Points -30%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
955 Points -38%
Average of class Tablet (140 - 1892, n=49, last 2 years)
793 Points -49%
Multi-Core
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
8491 Points +69%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
7034 Points +40%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
5036 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (4906 - 5198, n=7)
5020 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
3269 Points -35%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
3215 Points -36%
Google Pixel Tablet
3212 Points -36%
Average of class Tablet (312 - 8524, n=49, last 2 years)
2747 Points -45%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
1286774 Points
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
1257986 Points -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (1086936 - 1286774, n=8)
1181107 Points -8%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
1040908 Points -19%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
927884 Points -28%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
707685 Points -45%
Google Pixel Tablet
635893 Points -51%
Average of class Tablet (92766 - 1416727, n=43, last 2 years)
530231 Points -59%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (15270 - 17267, n=8)
16185 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
16172 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
13740 Points -15%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
13565 Points -16%
Google Pixel Tablet
10638 Points -34%
Average of class Tablet (4045 - 17267, n=45, last 2 years)
9303 Points -42%
CrossMark - Overall
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
1585 Points +30%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
1266 Points +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (1120 - 1332, n=8)
1239 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
1222 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
1069 Points -13%
Google Pixel Tablet
889 Points -27%
Average of class Tablet (172 - 1585, n=41, last 2 years)
754 Points -38%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
732 Points -40%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (8541 - 9337, n=8)
8859 Points +2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
8673 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
6908 Points -20%
Google Pixel Tablet
6419 Points -26%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
5865 Points -32%
Average of class Tablet (444 - 8886, n=40, last 2 years)
3923 Points -55%
System
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
14097 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (1374 - 14401, n=8)
12462 Points -12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
10926 Points -22%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
9124 Points -35%
Google Pixel Tablet
8938 Points -37%
Average of class Tablet (1103 - 14097, n=40, last 2 years)
6628 Points -53%
Memory
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (8467 - 9212, n=8)
8823 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
8702 Points
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
7365 Points -15%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
6940 Points -20%
Google Pixel Tablet
6548 Points -25%
Average of class Tablet (916 - 8890, n=40, last 2 years)
4444 Points -49%
Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
31626 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (21505 - 31928, n=8)
28672 Points -9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
18998 Points -40%
Google Pixel Tablet
16372 Points -48%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
11754 Points -63%
Average of class Tablet (580 - 31738, n=40, last 2 years)
8460 Points -73%
Web
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (1460 - 2032, n=8)
1768 Points +21%
Google Pixel Tablet
1721 Points +18%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
1581 Points +8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
1460 Points
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
1452 Points -1%
Average of class Tablet (10 - 1907, n=40, last 2 years)
1230 Points -16%
AImark - Score v3.x
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (1216 - 156427, n=6)
27143 Points +1975%
Average of class Tablet (84 - 156427, n=20, last 2 years)
9958 Points +661%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
1308 Points
Google Pixel Tablet
887 Points -32%
UL Procyon AI Inference - Overall Score
Google Pixel Tablet
44323 Points +176%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
16088 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (1267 - 16702, n=8)
14423 Points -10%
Average of class Tablet (1535 - 73266, n=32, last 2 years)
12779 Points -21%

Legend

 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU, 128 GB NVMe
 
Apple iPad Air 5 2022 Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU, 64 GB SSD
 
Google Pixel Tablet Google Tensor G2, ARM Mali-G710 MP7, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 650, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash

A similar picture emerges for GPU performance. Samsung has installed an Adreno 740 graphics unit. Demanding graphics applications such as games can run at maximum settings. In the benchmarks, the Galaxy Tab S9 is always at the top and only forced to concede defeat to the iPad Pro 11 from time to time. There is currently no other Android tablet with more power.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
5328 Points +39%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
4144 Points +8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3826 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2205 Points -42%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1839 Points -52%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1225 Points -68%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
5137 Points +33%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
4913 Points +27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3857 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2287 Points -41%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1803 Points -53%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1232 Points -68%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
21302 Points +47%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
18309 Points +26%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
14527 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9052 Points -38%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6599 Points -55%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4199 Points -71%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
10018 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8630 Points
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6649 Points
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4211 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
14235 Points
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8948 Points -37%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8945 Points -37%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8365 Points -41%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
24605 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
14871 Points -40%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11589 Points -53%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10321 Points -58%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
5751 Points
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5265 Points -8%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4983 Points -13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3735 Points -35%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps 0%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
120 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
119 fps -1%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60 fps -50%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps -50%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
697.9 fps +90%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
557 fps +52%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
381 fps +4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
367 fps
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
305 fps -17%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
226 fps -38%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
120 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
115 fps -4%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
78 fps -35%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60 fps -50%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps -50%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
449.5 fps +81%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
317 fps +27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
249 fps
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
209 fps -16%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
175 fps -30%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
132 fps -47%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
118.3 fps +22%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
97 fps
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
88 fps -9%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60 fps -38%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
56 fps -42%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
49 fps -49%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
277 fps +49%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
229 fps +23%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
186 fps
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
146 fps -22%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
113 fps -39%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
95 fps -49%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
94.5 fps +48%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
64 fps
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60 fps -6%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
47 fps -27%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
39 fps -39%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps -53%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
171.4 fps +43%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
153.5 fps +28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
83 fps -31%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
67 fps -44%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58 fps -52%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
97.3 fps +57%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
62 fps
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60 fps -3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
34 fps -45%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps -52%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
20 fps -68%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
77 fps +12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
69 fps
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60.9 fps -12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
35 fps -49%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
31 fps -55%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
22 fps -68%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
111 fps +17%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
95 fps
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60 fps -37%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
50 fps -47%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
43 fps -55%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
32 fps -66%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
278.6 fps +66%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
168 fps
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
149 fps -11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
87 fps -48%
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
77 fps -54%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
57 fps -66%
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, 128 GB NVMe
35.6 fps +11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
32 fps
Google Pixel Tablet
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
14 fps -56%

The performance in browser benchmarks on the Galaxy Tab S9 is strongly dependent on the selected browser. While the values are sometimes rather low with Google Chrome, the Tab S9 is at the forefront under Edge. In everyday use, the browsing experience is very good regardless of the selected browser.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 (Safari 16)
220.382 Points +44%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022 (Safari 15)
184.3 Points +21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (152.9 - 196.3, n=8)
173.4 Points +13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G (chrome 117)
152.9 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G (Chrome 101.0.4951.41)
121.695 Points -20%
Google Pixel Tablet (Chrome 115)
117.838 Points -23%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (Chrome 98)
108.3 Points -29%
Average of class Tablet (19.9 - 236, n=47, last 2 years)
91.6 Points -40%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 (Safari 16)
223 Points +25%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G (chrome 117)
179 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (145 - 187, n=8)
165.5 Points -8%
Google Pixel Tablet (Chrome 115)
98 Points -45%
Average of class Tablet (21 - 227, n=38, last 2 years)
90.6 Points -49%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 (Safari 16)
342 Points +48%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022 (Safari 15)
254 Points +10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G (chrome 117)
231 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (183 - 243, n=3)
219 Points -5%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (Chrome 98)
155 Points -33%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G (Chrome 101.0.4951.41)
155 Points -33%
Google Pixel Tablet (Chrome 115)
134 Points -42%
Average of class Tablet (34 - 342, n=38, last 2 years)
128.9 Points -44%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 (Safari 16)
363 runs/min +84%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022 (Safari 15)
255 runs/min +29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G (chrome 117)
197 runs/min
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (136 - 197, n=6)
168.7 runs/min -14%
Google Pixel Tablet (Chrome 115)
134 runs/min -32%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G (Chrome 101.0.4951.41)
116 runs/min -41%
Average of class Tablet (14.7 - 376, n=41, last 2 years)
88.8 runs/min -55%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (Chrome 98)
65.5 runs/min -67%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 (Safari 16)
72484 Points +46%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022 (Safari 15)
66974 Points +35%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (49582 - 64715, n=8)
59058 Points +19%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G (Edge 117)
49582 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G (Chrome 101.0.4951.41)
48205 Points -3%
Google Pixel Tablet (Chrome 115)
47939 Points -3%
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (Chrome 98)
41256 Points -17%
Average of class Tablet (5004 - 74614, n=51, last 2 years)
26734 Points -46%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (451 - 34733, n=47, last 2 years)
3018 ms * -97%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G (chrome 117)
1532.5 ms *
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (Chrome 98)
1055 ms * +31%
Google Pixel Tablet (Chrome 115)
930.2 ms * +39%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G (Chrome 101.0.4951.41)
864.6 ms * +44%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (634 - 1533, n=8)
795 ms * +48%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022 (Safari 15)
499 ms * +67%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 (Safari 16)
466.8 ms * +70%

* ... smaller is better

The storage speeds of the Galaxy Tab S9 are impressive. Samsung installs UFS 4.0 memory in the tablet, so the Tab S9 writes and reads about twice as fast as the Google Pixel Tablet, Lenovo Tab P12 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. Only in random writing are the values on the same level.

The 128 GB variant likely uses UFS 3.1 memory because UFS 4.0 memory is not manufactured in this size. Samsung usually takes this approach with the Galaxy S23 smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5GSamsung Galaxy Tab S8 5GGoogle Pixel TabletLenovo Tab P12 ProAverage 256 GB UFS 4.0 FlashAverage of class Tablet
AndroBench 3-5
-23%
-31%
-36%
34%
-53%
Sequential Read 256KB
3355.97
1517.98
-55%
1473.3
-56%
1782
-47%
3507 ?(3249 - 4384, n=14)
5%
940 ?(159.3 - 3414, n=48, last 2 years)
-72%
Sequential Write 256KB
2188.2
1026.82
-53%
307.57
-86%
758
-65%
2419 ?(1014 - 2887, n=14)
11%
608 ?(66.7 - 2528, n=48, last 2 years)
-72%
Random Read 4KB
451.18
263.23
-42%
219.43
-51%
232.5
-48%
418 ?(368 - 460, n=14)
-7%
167.7 ?(10.1 - 451, n=48, last 2 years)
-63%
Random Write 4KB
160.96
256.83
60%
274.59
71%
189.2
18%
365 ?(152.9 - 552, n=14)
127%
155.2 ?(5.3 - 447, n=48, last 2 years)
-4%

Gaming - Galaxy Tab S9 outperforms its predecessor

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 delivers very good performance and thus a good basis for current gaming titles. Even demanding titles such as PUBG Mobile run smoothly and without frame drops at the highest settings - Graphics Ultra HDR, Frame Rate Ultra. The performance leap compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S8, is enormous: the Tab S9 manages 60 instead of 30 FPS under the same settings, as our measurements with GameBench show.

Simple titles are no problem at all for the high-performance tablet. The high-contrast display and the powerful speakers also contribute to the successful gaming experience. Samsung installs the Game Launcher app ex works, which displays its own games as well as other titles.

The manufacturer also offers the Game Booster. This allows sessions to be recorded, device performance to be analyzed and notifications to be muted.

Dead Trigger 2 on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9
Dead Trigger 2 on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9
PUBG Mobile on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9
PUBG Mobile on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Armajet; 1.61.6: Ø60 (58-61)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Asphalt 9: Legends; Standard / low; 4.3.0h: Ø58.4 (39-61)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Asphalt 9: Legends; High Quality; 4.3.0h: Ø58.4 (39-61)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; PUBG Mobile; HD; 2.8.0: Ø59.9 (58-61)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; PUBG Mobile; HD; 1.9.0: Ø30 (29-31)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; PUBG Mobile; Ultra HD; 2.8.0: Ø40 (39-41)

Emissions - Heat not an issue for the Galaxy Pad S9

Temperature - High speeds on the Galaxy Pad S9 despite throttling

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 hardly gets warm in everyday use. Without load, the average temperature is 29.2 degrees Celsius. Under stress, the temperature rises, especially around the camera. We measured a maximum of 43.6 degrees Celsius on the back in the stress test. The comparison values with older devices should be taken with a grain of salt because we have since switched to the Burnout benchmark for stress testing. 

Even under full load, the device can be operated smoothly and held comfortably. Although performance is significantly throttled in the Wild Life Stress Test Stability, the Galaxy Tab S9 remains significantly faster than the predecessor, the Galaxy Pad S8, or the Google Pixel Tablet.

Max. Load
 41.3 °C
106 F
36.1 °C
97 F
31.1 °C
88 F
 
 43.6 °C
110 F
36 °C
97 F
32.8 °C
91 F
 
 38.8 °C
102 F
35.8 °C
96 F
36.8 °C
98 F
 
Maximum: 43.6 °C = 110 F
Average: 36.9 °C = 98 F
33.1 °C
92 F
38.2 °C
101 F
42.9 °C
109 F
33.1 °C
92 F
36.9 °C
98 F
43.9 °C
111 F
35.3 °C
96 F
35.9 °C
97 F
39.1 °C
102 F
Maximum: 43.9 °C = 111 F
Average: 37.6 °C = 100 F
Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.9 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 30.2 °C / 86 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 43.6 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 53.2 °C for the class Tablet.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.9 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 33.5 °C / 92 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.2 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 30.2 °C / 86 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø66.2 (58.8-82.1)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø40.1 (37.3-50)
Google Pixel Tablet Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø38.8 (37.8-39.7)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø21.6 (19.8-23.3)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø10.9 (10.2-13.4)
Google Pixel Tablet Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø11.1 (11-11.1)
3DMark
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
99.5 (7.29min - 7.33max) % +17%
Google Pixel Tablet
98.8 (11min - 11.1max) % +16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
84.9 (19.8min - 23.3max) %
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
77.3 (26.6min - 34.4max) % -9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
76.3 (10.2min - 13.4max) % -10%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
67.4 (20min - 29.7max) % -21%
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
99.4 (25.1min - 25.3max) % +39%
Google Pixel Tablet
95.3 (37.8min - 39.7max) % +33%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
74.6 (37.3min - 50max) % +4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
71.6 (58.8min - 82.1max) %
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
65.3 (77.5min - 118.7max) % -9%
Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
62.9 (68.7min - 109max) %

Legend

 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022 Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU, 128 GB NVMe
 
Apple iPad Air 5 2022 Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU, 64 GB SSD
 
Google Pixel Tablet Google Tensor G2, ARM Mali-G710 MP7, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 650, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash

Speakers - Samsung tablet with rich stereo sound

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 impresses with great sound from four speakers. The tablet produces beautiful and clear stereo sound, and Dolby Atmos can also be activated. Compared to the predecessor, it is immediately clear that the Tab S9 sounds more balanced. The mids are more linear and the lower frequencies have also improved. Although the Galaxy Tab S9 has no real bass, it still sounds rich.

At higher volumes, vibrations can be felt on the back as well as on the frame. The Samsung tablet does not have a jack. However, Bluetooth headphones can be paired without issue. The Galaxy Tab S9 supports the following codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX, LDAC and SSC.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203336.72530.933.93119.423.14027.334.3503741.56326.934.1801943.510018.446.71251555.716016.163.620015.964.425014.266.931512.170.44001469.450014.775.76301574.880013.776.4100014.177.9125013.678.5160013.180200012.879.1250013.373.7315013.469.5400013.875.550001480.3630014.177.5800013.5751000013.773.91250013.668.51600013.166SPL2689N0.783median 13.8median 74.8Delta0.75.537.437.52832.532.626.327.729.73445.12730.523.635.522.341.517.748.416.159.212.859.613.163.21267.9968.1117310.77410.376.410.978.612.175.611.871.81268.711.874.711.980.812.982.913.379.113.473.113.577.213.674.814.862.714.158.124.689.40.682.2median 12.8median 73.11.27.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy Tab S9 5GSamsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 13.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 5% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 93% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 23%, worst was 129%
Compared to all devices tested
» 3% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 26%, worst was 134%

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.4% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (13.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 19% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 78% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 23%, worst was 129%
Compared to all devices tested
» 10% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 86% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 26%, worst was 134%

Energy management - High base consumption in the Galaxy Pad

Power consumption - High base load in the Samsung Tablet

The power consumption of the Samsung Galaxy Pad S9 is about average for its class. The Samsung tablet only consumes more than the comparison devices at base load and under maximum load. However, we now use the Burnout benchmark when measuring maximum consumption, so the values are not directly comparable.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.04 / 0.17 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.58 / 3.24 / 3.39 Watt
Load midlight 7.02 / 15.86 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
8400 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
8000 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
7538 mAh
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
 mAh
Google Pixel Tablet
7020 mAh
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
10200 mAh
Power Consumption
7%
-20%
-58%
-20%
13%
Idle Minimum *
2.58
1.19
54%
1.1
57%
1.65
36%
1.33
48%
2.2
15%
Idle Average *
3.24
4.38
-35%
6
-85%
8.1
-150%
4.67
-44%
2.6
20%
Idle Maximum *
3.39
4.45
-31%
6.1
-80%
9.4
-177%
4.78
-41%
3.2
6%
Load Average *
7.02
7.85
-12%
9.1
-30%
9.5
-35%
9.81
-40%
7.1
-1%
Load Maximum *
15.86
6.67
58%
10.2
36%
10.4
34%
19.76
-25%
11.5
27%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G: Ø8.87 (3.26-15.7)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø12.3 (9.05-14.4)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø9.97 (6.63-14.8)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø3.31 (3.25-3.39)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø2.14 (2.07-3.63)

Battery life - Galaxy Tab S9 clearly behind its predecessor

The Samsung Galaxy Pad S9 has two faces when it comes to battery life. The values in our standardized measurements are mediocre compared to other devices, especially when compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy Pad S8. The high base consumption of the Galaxy Pad S9 is noticeable here. Perhaps Samsung can improve battery performance with an update.

In everyday use, the tablet convinces with good runtimes. The Galaxy tablet even handles a seven-hour train journey well with changing cellular frequencies, a permanently activated hotspot and gaming interludes.

After all, the tablet recharges quickly. Samsung recommends chargers between 15 and 45 watts. In our tests, we measured a maximum of 27 watts of charging power, which means that the Galaxy Pad S9 is charged from 0 to 100 per cent in 90 minutes.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
15h 20min
WiFi Websurfing (chrome 117)
8h 59min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
11h 43min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 22min
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 5G
8400 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 5G
8000 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 11 2022
7538 mAh
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
 mAh
Google Pixel Tablet
7020 mAh
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
10200 mAh
Battery Runtime
65%
57%
7%
87%
11%
Reader / Idle
920
2170
136%
2198
139%
2202
139%
1034
12%
H.264
703
831
18%
941
34%
1239
76%
892
27%
WiFi v1.3
539
966
79%
846
57%
646
20%
992
84%
627
16%
Load
262
331
26%
256
-2%
245
-6%
391
49%
236
-10%