Samsung’s Galaxy Tab lineup may not be as popular as its flagship smartphones and foldables, but it’s hard to ignore the company’s offerings when shopping for a new tablet. The Korean giant is one of the few companies on the market with a top-of-the-line range of Android tablets. Last year’s Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra impressed us with its massive screen and powerful internals. For 2023, the company is preparing the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra and seems to be starting to use the main component that first appeared in the Samsung Galaxy S23 line.
A new leak surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra claims that the tablet will feature a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 “for Galaxy” chipset. Qualcomm’s latest high-end chipset is one of the fastest SoCs available for Android devices and powers many of the best Android phones.
Samsung has exclusive rights to the overclocked version of the Galaxy S23 Ultra chip and its smaller S23 siblings. In his tweet, the leaker refers to this chip as “Snapdragon 8 Gen 2+”, but SamMobile reckons it’s probably a translation error. While we’re waiting for Qualcomm to release the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 chipset, we’re willing to bet that it will have all the same enhanced features as the Galaxy SoC. And in case you’ve been wondering, we don’t expect a modern Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 for Galaxy to appear.
Since the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra will be the company’s flagship tablet in 2023, it’s no surprise that Samsung wants to equip it with the best chip available.
The leak further claims that the Tab S9 Ultra will apparently have a 10,880mAh battery. Samsung already uses a similar capacity cell in the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, which easily survived a day’s heavy use in our test. As the Korean giant’s top tablet this year is said to use a more efficient and powerful Qualcomm chip, it should offer even better battery life.
Based on a previous leak, Samsung’s flagship tablet lineup this year should feature IP67 dust and water resistance.
There is no clear timeline for the Galaxy Tab S9 release. The Tab S8 series was launched alongside the Galaxy S22 last year, but Samsung is reportedly delaying the launch of its flagship tablet range to 2023 due to financial uncertainties. With the Galaxy S23 lineup already behind us, we’re more likely to see the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 series debut alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 later this year.