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Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 release date: When can you get it?
When it comes to great Android tablets, Samsung has consistently led the market. Despite fresh competition from Google and OnePlus, the Galaxy Tab S line remains the biggest iPad alternative, and the launch of the Galaxy Tab S9 series has us excited. In this article, we answer your questions about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 release date and other availability details.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 range launched at the Galaxy Unpacked event on July 26. It is available for pre-order now and will be available to buy on August 11.
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When did the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 series come out?
Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab S9, the Galaxy Tab S9 Plus, and the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra at the Samsung Unpacked event in Seoul on July 26.
This wasn’t unexpected. Samsung launched previous tablet generations around July-August of the year, but no new tablet was launched in 2021, which delayed the Galaxy Tab S8 to February 2022 alongside the Galaxy S22 series. However, we did not see the Galaxy Tab S9 launch with the Galaxy S23 series, meaning it had been almost 18 months since the last release in the Tab S line.
When Samsung confirmed that it would launch its new range of foldable phones at the end of July, we knew there would be other new hardware coming alongside it. We saw leaks regarding the Tab S9 in the lead-up to the occasion, leaving little room for doubt as the date approached.
Was the Galaxy Tab S9 available to buy at launch?
The new tablets aren’t for sale yet, but you don’t have long to wait. The announcement of the Galaxy Tab S9 and other devices marked the start of a pre-order period, during which time you can find some nice early-bird deals if you’re keen to commit to the new slates. We’ll touch on those a bit more below. The date that the tablets officially hit the shelves is August 11.
This has been Samsung’s usual approach in recent years. New devices are unveiled at a Galaxy Unpacked and become available to buy a couple of weeks later after a pre-order period. This release schedule was followed for both the Galaxy S23 series earlier this year, so we didn’t expect anything different. We even assumed that August 11 would be the Galaxy Tab S9 release date once we became aware that the Unpacked event was scheduled for July 26, as Samsung tends to go for a Wednesday launch and Friday release.
What is the Galaxy Tab S9’s price?
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 is $799.99 for the 8GB RAM model with 128GB storage or $919.99 for the variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage.
There are two versions of the Galaxy Tab S9 Plus. The standard model is priced at $999.99 for 256GB storage or $1,199.99 for 512GB. Both have 12GB of RAM. There’s also a Galaxy Tab S9 Plus Connected 5G variant which starts at $1,149.99 for 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. It features an eSIM and space for a physical SIM card, so you can switch between different phone plans.
At the most powerful end of the range, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra comes in at $1,199 for the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage model. You can take that up to 512GB of storage for $1,319.99, or you can really push the boat out for the device with a whopping 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. That model is $1,469.99.
It’s worth considering that, unlike many recent flagship devices, the Galaxy Tab S9 slates all have expandable memory of up to 1TB via microSD. So you don’t necessarily have to pay for a more expensive tablet to get more storage.
Where can you buy the Galaxy Tab S9?
Buying the tablet directly from Samsung is one of the best ways to get it, especially if you have a device to trade in. The manufacturer has a host of pre-order deals available, including 50% off a Book Cover Keyboard Slim and a free storage upgrade on any of the three models. Swapping up your old device can get you an additional discount of up to $650, depending on the phone or tablet you want to trade.
Amazon isn’t offering the trade-in promotion, but it does have the storage upgrade and half-price keyboard deals if you prefer the retail giant.
What other products will Samsung announce at the Galaxy Tab S9 launch event?
The only thing that had been officially revealed about the unpacked event was that the latest Galaxy foldables were coming. There was little doubt that this referred to the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Galaxy Z Fold 5, which duly arrived. The Z Flip 5 features a larger external display than its predecessor, known as the Flex Window, and the Z Fold 5 also has an upgraded display. Both phones have a more reliable hinge design, stronger glass, and an IPX8 rating for water resistance. They are powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, with the Flip 5 offering 256GB or 512GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, while the Fold 5 comes with 12GB of RAM and storage options up to 1TB. Like their predecessors, the Galaxy Z Flip 5 starts at $999.99 and the Z Fold 5 starts at $1,799.99.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 range was also introduced, with the Galaxy Watch 6 featuring a more sporty look and the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic bringing back the popular rotating bezel. The two are almost identical in terms of hardware, and both offer the same Wear OS 4 and Galaxy Watch UI 5 software experience. The Watch 6 Classic adds the 3D Hall sensor, which is responsible for the functionality of the rotating bezel. The base model Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 starts at $299 for a 40mm device and $329 for a 44mm variant. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic costs $100 more, starting at $399 for the smaller model and an extra $30 for the larger variant.
Will the Galaxy Tab S9 be available globally?
Yes! The Galaxy Tab S9 series will likely be made available globally, with the caveat that not all regions may get all products and variants within the series.
Samsung launched the predecessor Galaxy Tab S8 series globally, but the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra was not launched in all markets. The same is expected for the Galaxy Tab S9 series as well. If the Galaxy Tab S8 and its siblings launched in your region, you can expect Samsung to continue the tradition with the Galaxy Tab S9 series.
No, you have to buy the keyboard separately as an accessory. Samsung and Amazon are both offering 50% off the Book Cover Keyboard when you pre-order one of the devices.
All three models of the Galaxy Tab S9 do come with the S Pen and have an attachment slot for it on the back. This wasn’t unsurprising given that the Tab S8 also came with the S Pen, but it is good to see as it wouldn’t have been hard to imagine the pen being sold seperately.
No. Samsung’s tablets do not come with a headphone jack, and the Galaxy Tab S9 didn’t buck that trend.
Yes! All three models have an SD card slot, allowing you to expand the storage via microSD up to 1TB.