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For the last few years the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite has been my go-to suggestion for folks looking for a decent inexpensive Android tablet that’s not part of the Amazon Fire lineup. But that tablet has been around for more than two years, and its hardware is starting to look a bit long in the tooth.

Now Samsung’s follow-up is (almost) here. As expected, it’s called the Samsung Galaxy Tab A9, and it’s an affordable tablet with an 8.7 inch display. An 11 inch Galaxy Tab A9+ with better specs is also on the way.

Samsung hasn’t officially introduced the tablets yet, but the Galaxy Tab A9 showed up at Amazon’s website for the United Arab Emirates recently, giving us a good look at some key details for both models.

And German website WinFuture has found some additional details for the Galaxy Tab A9 and A9+, but since those haven’t been confirmed yet, I’ve marked them with an asterisk in the spec table below:

Samsung Galaxy Tab A9Samsung Galaxy Tab A9+
Display8.7 inches
1340 x 800 pixels*
60 Hz
11 inches
1920 x 1200 pixels*
90 Hz
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G99 (MT87891V)*
2 x Cortex-A76 CPU cores @ 2.2 GHz
6 x Cortex-A55 CPU cores @ 2 GHz
Mali-G57 MC2 graphics
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695*
8 x Kryo CPU cores @ up to 2.2 GHz
Adreno 619 graphics
RAM / Storage4GB / 64GB
8GB / 128GB
PortsUSB-C
microSD card reader (up to 1TB)
ConnectivityWiFi
Bluetooth
4G LTE (optional)
WiFi
Bluetooth
5G (optional)
Battery & Charging?7,040 mAh battery*
15W charging*
Cameras?8MP (rear)*
AudioStereo 1W speakers
Dolby Atmos sound
Quad 1.2 W speakers
Dolby Atmos sound
SoftwareAndroid 13
One UI 5.1
2-app multi-window
Android 13
One UI 5.1
3-app multiwindow
MaterialsMetal body
Dimensions211 x 125 x 8mm6.9mm thick
Weight333 grams?
Color optionsGraphite, Silver, Navy
Price699 UAE for 4GB/64GB/4G LTE ($190)?

via /r/Samsung

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  1. Might be outdated with a screen that’s overkill for the size, but I’m still running a Huawei mediapad m3 8.4 inch tablet using a 2560×1600 panel from 7 years ago and yet, a small under 9 inch tablet with even 1920×1080 seems to be an anomaly and hard to find in 2023.

  2. What a strange resolution and aspect ratio for the 8.7″ model. What is that, like 32:19 aspect ratio? That’s wider than 16:9.

    It’s getting annoying that there is never a decent option available for sub-9″ Android tablets. Give me at least a FHD screen, and a Snapdragon 7-series.

  3. Seems like the big name manufacturers are averse to putting in FHD screens on the smaller tablets.

  4. A 5G Android tablet might get me to replace my crappy ChromeOS tablet, as well as my 5G hotspot.