Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Released October, 2011
  • 8.9"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 3.0
Combining its screen size and resolution, it obviously produces some hard crunching high pixel density, which makes it so detailed looking.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2011)
7.3 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9


Processing power and speed

Galaxy Tab 8.9
Nexus 10
G Pad 8.3
Passmark and BrowserMark


3D and 2D graphics

Galaxy Tab 8.9
Nexus 10
G Pad 8.3
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Galaxy Tab 8.9
Nexus 10
G Pad 8.3
Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Galaxy Tab 8.9
Nexus 10
G Pad 8.3
Reviews from and


TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Galaxy Tab 8.9
Nexus 10
G Pad 8.3

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Galaxy Tab 8.9
MediaPad M3

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Galaxy Tab 8.9
Nexus 10
G Pad 8.3

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy Tab 8.9
1.4 fps
Nexus 10
12.5 fps
iPad mini
3.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy Tab 8.9
4.7 fps
Nexus 10
39.8 fps
iPad mini
14.9 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Camera: Peeking at the TouchWiz camera interface, we’re easily reminded of a smartphone since it replicates the layout found with Samsung’s previous devices.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Operating System

What we're a bit hesitant though is the TouchWiz UX interface that, at least in our opinion, hampers the Android 3 experience.
by PhoneArena (Jun, 2011)
Double-tap zooming is still not as useful as in iOS, but pinch-to-zoom works great, and scrolling is very smooth.
by PhoneArena (Jun, 2011)
Android 3 on the Tab 8.9 is a totally different story, as it grants the user with comfortable UI and apps that just feel natural on a tablet.
by PhoneArena (Jun, 2011)


To our delight, it’s able to dish up images that pack sharp details and balanced colors that are neutral in tone with outdoor conditions – and for the most part, they’re pleasing to the eye.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2011)
It’s nice that they’re overlaid on top of things to give us good visibility on whatever we’re doing.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2011)
The 8.9” TFT screen has a resolution of 1280x800 pixels.
by PhoneArena (Jun, 2011)


Visually, it utilizes the cookie-cutter tablet design approach that we’re all familiar with by now, but it’s still able to stand out thanks to its razor thin construction at 0.34” thick uniformly all around.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2011)
Summarizing the “physical” part of our preview, we can say we are quite content with the device's slim profile and lightweight construction.
by PhoneArena (Jun, 2011)
When you factor in its pretty bearable weight of 16.58 oz (470 g), the kind of mobility it enables really makes it stand out.
by PhoneArena (Jun, 2011)

Operating system

That said, Samsung has yet again decided to leave a mark of its own in the software department, in the form of its so-called TouchWiz UX – a tablet-optimized version of its custom interface.
by PhoneArena (Jun, 2011)
And just like all the other Android devices before it, setup is a painless process as it requires only our email addresses and passwords to activate generic email accounts properly.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2011)
Interface and Functionality: One of the most important things that makes the Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 competitive is the fact it runs an OS that is actually conceived as a tablet OS, instead of the phone-centric Android 2.
by PhoneArena (Jun, 2011)


It also includes a “Mini Apps” tray for commonly used features such as task manager, calendar and music player.
by PhoneArena (Jun, 2011)
Looking at the overall picture, they’re very useful in getting content onto the tablet – without the need of downloading separate apps out of the box.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2011)
Specifically, the Music Hub allows us to purchase music and albums, Media Hub offers quite a few movies and TV shows for purchase or rent, Readers Hub grants us all of our eReading needs, and Social Hub aggregates social networking content all in one spot.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


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

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam 3 MP
Rear camera 2 MP


Has a GPS Yes
Has a light sensor No


Internal storage 64 GB


  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11a
  3. 802.11g
  4. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0
Supports 3G Yes


Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz

form factor

Weight 453 g
Size 157.8 x 230.9 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm
Battery life 10 hour
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