Samsung just sent me the new Galaxy Tab S9 FE – Fan Edition – tablet, and here is my unboxing video, as well as my first impressions!
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE : What’s In The Box?
Samsung just sent me the new Galaxy Tab S9 FE – Fan Edition – tablet, and here is my unboxing video. Inside the box, you will find these items:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE smartphone
- Set of documents – quick start guide in two languages, and a warranty card
- EP-DN980 (3A PD) USB Type C to Type C cable
- SIM card extractor pin
Even though the Galaxy Tab S9 FE supports 45 W super-fast charging, it does not come with any charger. Neither does it come with a case, like the more premium Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.
In case you are thinking of buying a 45 watt super fast charger, please note that the bundled EP-DN980 cable can only support 3A PD charging, which is good enough for 25 watt, but not for 45 watt.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE : My First Impressions!
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE (Fan Edition) is a more affordable version of the Galaxy Tab S9 tablet, released earlier this year. And it really gives a lot of bang for your buck!
The Fan Edition looks quite alike the Galaxy Tab S9, with a classy matte metal chassis. Most of the differences are internal or not readily visible. The two key differences are probably how Samsung managed to cut down its cost – its display, and its processor.
The Tab S9 FE comes with a 10.9-inch IPS display, instead of an 11-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display. It also supports a maximum refresh rate of 90 Hz, instead of 120 Hz.
The Galaxy Tab S9 FE is also built around the Samsung Exynos 1380, instead of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The Exynos 1380 is a mid-range processor that powers mid-range smartphones like the Galaxy A54, but it still feels speedy.
The Fan Edition has a slightly smaller 8,000 mAh battery, but I have had no problems using it for over 6 hours at a go. I’m currently running performance and battery benchmarks, which I will share shortly.
Samsung does not skimp where it really matters. For example, this tablet comes with a generous 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage, which will be plenty enough for most users. Those who need less storage can opt for the even cheaper 6 GB + 128 GB model.
The Galaxy Tab S9 FE also comes with an S Pen stylus to round out the tablet experience. I’m so glad Samsung did not penny-pinch its fans by making this an “optional purchase”!
On top of that, Samsung also included support for 45 watt super fast charging. Sure, there’s no in-box charger, but you can pretty much use any PD power bank or charger to quickly recharge the Tab S9 FE.
Overall – this Fan Edition tablet has impressed me right out of the box. It’s certainly not the best tablet money can buy, but my first impressions is that it really offers a lot of value for our money!
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE : Specifications
Here are the key specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE tablet :
|Specifications||Galaxy Tab S9 FE (WiFi)|
|Display||10.9-inch IPS Display
– 1440 x 2304 pixels (249 ppi)
– 60 Hz / 90 Hz refresh rate
|Protection||Gorilla Glass 5|
|Platform||Samsung Exynos 1380|
|CPU||4 x Arm Cortex-A78 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Arm Cortex-A55 cores (2.0 GHz)
|GPU||Arm Mali-G68 MP5 (950 MHz)|
|6 GB + 128 GB
8 GB + 256 GB
|External Storage||microSD (up to 1TB)|
|Front Camera||12 MP camera|
|Main Camera||8 MP camera|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi : Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth : BT 5.3
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
|Samsung DeX||Not supported|
|Audio||Dual speakers tuned by AKG|
|Fingerprint Sensor||Integrated Into Power Button|
|Other Sensors||Accelerometer, Gyroscope,
Geomagnetic, Hall, Light
|GPS||GPS, Beidou, Galileo, Glonass, QZSS|
|Charging||45 watt super fast charging
15 watt reverse fast charging
|Dimensions||254.3 mm wide
165.8 mm tall
6.5 mm thick
Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE : Price + Availability
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE comes with colour options of Mint, Lavender, Gray and Silver. It comes with two RAM and storage options:
- 6 GB + 128 GB
- 8 GB + 256 GB
These are the available models and launch prices for the Tab S9 FE tablet:
- 6 GB + 128 GB : US$449.99 / £549 / A$749 / RM2,099
- 8 GB + 256 GB : US$519.99 / £619 / A$899 / RM2,399
Here are some online per-order and purchase options for the Tab S9 FE tablet:
- United States : Amazon
- United Kingdom : Amazon | Amazon | Amazon
- Malaysia : Shopee | Shopee | Shopee
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