Samsung is set to make a big announcement in the latter half of 2023, unveiling a series of new high-end devices. Among these will be a new range of foldable smartphones, which will include the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5. Additionally, the company will also be releasing several new tablet models, including the Galaxy Tab S9, Galaxy Tab S9+, and Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra, which will replace the current Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+, Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, respectively. There have also been rumors of a foldable tablet called Galaxy Z Tab, which may or may not be unveiled at the same event.
After the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra showed up on Geekbench, providing some insight into its chipset and battery capabilities, a new leak has surfaced revealing details about the tablet’s memory and storage options.
Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra Rumored Memory Configurations
A Twitter tipster has shared information about the memory and storage options for the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra. The tablet will reportedly be available in three versions: 8GB of LPDDR5X RAM with 128GB of storage, 12GB of RAM with 256GB of storage, and 16GB of RAM with 512GB of storage. It is expected that the tablet will still come with a microSD card slot to provide additional storage options.
Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra storage info— Revegnus (@Tech_Reve) April 10, 2023
8 GB LPDDR5X, 128 GB UFS 3.1
12 GB LPDDR5X 256 GB UFS 4.0
16 GB LPDDR5X 512 GB UFS 4.0
The variant with 128GB of storage in the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra lineup will come equipped with UFS 3.1 storage, while the other two models will feature UFS 4.0. This is because, presently, there are no UFS 4.0 storage chips available in a 128GB size. We witnessed a similar scenario earlier this year with the Galaxy S23’s 8/128GB model.
Despite the potentially slower theoretical transfer speeds of UFS 3.1 storage compared to UFS 4.0, the 128GB storage variant of the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra is expected to run just as smoothly as the higher storage variants. This is similar to the Galaxy S23 lineup, where the smallest storage variant also has UFS 3.1 storage but still performs well. While UFS 4.0 is technically faster than UFS 3.1, in real-world usage, the difference may not be noticeable. So, while the larger storage options on the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra will have the added benefit of UFS 4.0, the 128GB variant should still provide a reliable user experience.
The aforementioned source has also revealed that the standard Galaxy Tab S9 will come in at least two variants, with one sporting 8GB of RAM and another with 12GB. However, there is no further information available regarding these versions at this time.
The Galaxy Tab S9 lineup is expected to feature the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, optimized by Samsung’s ‘For Galaxy’ overlocking. This chipset is already powering the latest Samsung Galaxy S23 smartphones, making it the best option for Android devices currently available. Despite UFS 3.1 storage being used in the entry-level variant, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip will be able to handle all kinds of tasks with ease, including video editing.
Apart from a powerful chipset, the Galaxy Tab S9 tablets will come with an essential upgrade in the form of IP67 certification for water and dust resistance, ensuring durability and longevity. The smaller Galaxy Tab S9 will also be upgraded to an AMOLED panel, replacing the previous LCD display, along with a slightly larger battery capacity.