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The Samsung Galaxy A9+ is a mid-range Android tablet with an 10.9 inch FHD+ display with a 90 Hz refresh rate, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 processor, and quad speakers.

First launched in select markets last October, the Samsung Galaxy A9+ is now available in the US from Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, and Samsung. Prices start at $220 for a model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, or you can pay another $40 for an 8GB/128GB model.

That puts the Galaxy Tab A9+ in the same general price range as the Amazon Fire Max 11, which has a $230 starting price, a similar display and a MediaTek MT8188J processor that scores slightly higher in most benchmarks, but which is roughly comparable to the Snapdragon 695.

What Samsung’s tablet has going for it, though, is a higher screen refresh rate and a more standard version of Android that comes with the Google Play Store pre-installed, no hacking or sideloading required. And that probably makes the Galaxy Tab A9+ a better buy for most customers.

It’s also a nice step up from the company’s previous-gen budget and mid-range tablets like the Galaxy Tab A7 and A8 series.

The new model ships with Android 13 and Samsung’s One UI 5.1 software interface. Among other things, it includes support for viewing up to 3 aps at once in a multi-window mode.

Other features include a microSD card reader, USB-C port, 7,040 mAh battery and support for 15W charging, and 8MP front and 5MP rear cameras.

The tablet has a metal body and measures 257 x 169 x 7mm and weighs 480 grams.

Customers who order the Galaxy Tab A9+ by January 28 will also get a Samsung Book Cover for free.

Samsung also introduced a smaller, cheaper Galaxy Tab A9 last fall, with an 8.7 inch, HD+ display, stereo speakers, and a MediaTek Helio G99 processor. But that model isn’t available in the US yet.

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    1. It’s already a budget tablet better than most other budget tablets and it’s tiny, too. Would full HD even bring any tangible benefits? It feels like just a number at this point.

      If the screen was 10-11 inches I could see it but 8.7″? Seems a little overkill… Although I feel the same about most modern smartphone displays nowadays.