Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Released December, 2011
  • 8.9"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 3.1
It's worth noting that the clear screen and accurate touchscreen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 make the interface pop on the screen - it's easy to control this tablet and the bright screen makes the UI more engaging.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2011)
7.9 Out of 10

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Reviews Word on the street for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

In terms of software and hardware the two tablets are nearly identical, with the Tab 8.9 being 1.2" smaller (diagonally) and a quarter pound lighter.

If you want an Android tablet that's a little easier to wrap your hands around, but not so small that it feels like an oversized smartphone, Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9 might be the perfect fit.

At the same time, this 4G LTE enabled version manages to maintain its good build quality, lightweight feel, and sleek profile.

The colourful, bright and clear screen is one of the main reasons why the Samsung Galaxy Tab line has attracted a loyal following.


8.0 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Once again, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet provides a few extra user interface components that beat the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, including an app wheel for storing favourite apps and one that shows open apps.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2011)
Both are great, but Samsung’s one has a bit more tweaks and settings that music geeks would love.
by PhoneArena (Feb, 2014)
The slightly smaller size is also a better fit for reading books, browsing the web and checking email.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2011)

Operating System

Most importantly, Google's Android 3.2 Honeycomb software and its more spacious user interface have enough room to live happily.
by c|net (Sep, 2011)
The Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 ships with the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat on board, and having a non-Nexus device with the newest Android software is great to see.
by PhoneArena (Feb, 2014)
But if you want the best, with the smaller screen, and prefer Android, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is a great buy.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2011)


We are definitely impressed with its sharpness and viewing angles, but we also noticed that this is not a standard RGB display.
by PhoneArena (Feb, 2014)
Most movies played bright and clear, with good contrast and deep, rich tones.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2011)
With a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels and pixel density of 247ppi, it’s roughly on par with the ‘Retina’ iPad screen in terms of sharpness.
by PhoneArena (Feb, 2014)


Other connectivity options include dual-channel Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, but there is no NFC on board.
by PhoneArena (Feb, 2014)
And you can even use the Samsung Kies app on your computer to send files over a Wi-Fi network directly to the tab.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2011)
When we connected the tablet to a router on the same network as a PC, and loaded the AllShare app on the PC, we were able to access all of the media on the device over Wi-Fi.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2011)

Operating system

Question remains, though, whether all of its advanced functions like multitasking with four apps at the same time could run smoothly.
by PhoneArena (Feb, 2014)
Both run Android 3.2 Honeycomb - a modern operating system designed specifically for tablets.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2011)
The iPad Air is another alternative with a much more vibrant app ecosystem (Android does not have that many great tablet apps), and it’s cheaper.
by PhoneArena (Feb, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 8.9"
Technology PLS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800
PPI 169 ppi


  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11a
  3. 802.11g
  4. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0
Supports 3G No


Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz


Has a GPS Yes
Has a compass Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope No
Has a light sensor Yes


Internal storage 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB
Supported card formats
  1. microSD
  2. microSDHC
Maximum capacity 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam 1.92 MP
Rear camera 3.15 MP


USB support USB 2.0
Hdmi support None
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack No
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 447 g
Size 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm
Battery life 9 hour
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