Are you ready to dive into the world of tablets? We sure are, and we’ve got our hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE. If you’re wondering how it stacks up against the standard Galaxy Tab S9, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll share our first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE, and we promise to keep it simple and interesting!
Design & Display: Light and Easy to Handle
Picture this: you’re holding the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE in one hand, and it feels surprisingly easy to handle. Compared to the standard Galaxy Tab S9, the FE is more compact, measuring 10.9 inches and weighing only 523 grams for the Wi-Fi model. The FE might have a slightly smaller screen, but it’s thicker and heavier by just a smidge. Don’t worry, though – both tablets are super portable.
Now, let’s talk displays. Both tablets offer similar resolutions and adaptive refresh rates, but here’s the kicker: the Tab S9 FE takes a step down in display technology. It uses an LCD panel instead of the AMOLED on the Tab S9 and has a slightly slower 90Hz refresh rate, compared to the Tab S9’s 120Hz. Nevertheless, the most exciting part is that both tablets boast an IP68 weatherproof rating. This means they can handle dust and a dip in up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes – a rare feature in tablets at this price range!
Despite the smaller screen, the Tab S9 FE is actually the thicker and heavier option of the two. We’re talking less than a millimetre of extra girth and about 25 grams of weight, though, so both remain highly portable.
Aesthetically, the Galaxy Tab S9 and S9 FE are very similar. The most obvious difference is the lack of a ridge for the S Pen (which is now water resistance) on the rear of the FE model. The S Pen is included with both tablets, but it attaches to the side of the FE model, rather than on the rear.
Camera: Snap Away with Convenience
Cameras on tablets might not be as vital as on smartphones, but they’re handy for video calls and quick snaps. The Tab S9 FE sports a 12MP f2.4 ultrawide selfie camera and an 8MP f1.8 main lens, with another 8MP ultrawide camera on the back. The standard Tab S9 has a 13MP main camera instead of 8MP. Still, let’s be real, tablets aren’t your go-to for Instagram-worthy shots; they’re more about practicality, especially for video calls.
Specifications: The Power Under the Hood
Here’s where the real showdown happens. The FE runs on Samsung’s Exynos 1380, while the regular Tab S9 uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, one of the fastest mobile SoCs around. That might make a noticeable difference if you’re into high-performance tasks.
Battery: Long-lasting Juice
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE is equipped with a hefty 8,000mAh battery. We’ll share more about its stamina in our detailed reviews after some thorough testing.
What’s in the Box? All the Essentials!
When you unbox the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE, you’ll find the tablet itself, a Galaxy S Pen, an ejection pin, and a USB Type-C cable. The S Pen is a great bonus, and it’s compatible with other Samsung Galaxy devices that support S Pen functionality.
Psst: If you buy one before November 30, 2023, you’ll receive a FREE Smart Book Cover!
Our First Impression: Perfect for Everyday Use
In a nutshell, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE is a great choice for those who want a big-screen tablet for Netflix, social media, and note-taking. With options for 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage, plus a microSD card slot for up to 1TB more storage, you’re all set. And if you like a bit of color in your life, the FE model comes in lively Lavender and Gray options.