Last year, Samsung released two variants of the Tab S: a larger one with a 10.5inches screen and a smaller one that measures 8.4inches. Google’s Nexus devices are created in collaboration with famous manufacturers, and the Nexus 9 was built by HTC, as a follow up to the 2013 Nexus 7. Below, we’ll put the Tab S 8.4 and the Nexus 9 side by side and take a look at their specs.
Designs and displays
The Nexus 9 is nothing like the One M7 or M8, as it doesn’t feature a metallic body. But you’ll like the soft touch plastic back with a metal band circulating around the sides of the tablet, which cover the edges of the 8.9inches screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1536x2048pixels with 281 ppi. Above and below the screen are the two front-facing BoomSound speakers. As for the dimensions, the Nexus 9 measures 228.2×153.7×8 mm and it’s available in a WiFi version that weights 425 grams, while the 3G/LTE model is 11grams heavier. Some users complained that their physical buttons are not “clicky”.
The Galaxy Tab S has its back made of plastic, but not many will like the dotted pattern which was firstly introduced on the Galaxy S5. The frame is made of plastic with brushed metal effect, the dimensions of the body are 212.8×125.6×6.6 mm and the weight is 294grams, but the tablet doesn’t support SIM cards. Instead, it has a fingerprint scanner hidden inside the home button, located below the 8.4inches Super AMOLED screen with 16:9 aspect ratio, which supports 1600x2560pixels at 359 ppi.
The Nexus 9 is powered by a 64bit dual-core 2.3 GHz Denver processor that is based on an Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset. It’s backed by 2GB of RAM and Kepler DX1 graphics and has two variants of internal memories of 16GB (WiFi) and 32GB (LTE), which don’t support expansion.
The Tab S has the same storage options, but they’re expandable up to 128GB and the RAM capacity is 3GB. Inside, the tablet hides a 32bit Exynos 5 Octa 5420 octa core processor that is powered by a quad-core 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 CPU and a quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 CPU, which are backed by Mali-T628 MP6 graphics.
The Nexus 9 has a decent performance and it feels slightly faster than the Tab S.
Both tablets have rear cameras of 8MP with similar features: autofocus, LED flash and video capture at 1080p@30fps, but the Tab S has a better front camera of 2.1MP, which beats the 1.6MP camera from the Nexus 9. The Tab S is more feature rich, offering shooting modes and manual controls, while the Nexus 9 has a simpler software.
The Nexus 9 is powered by a battery of 6700mAh, which is bigger than the 4900mAh battery from the Tab S. They have a similar battery life and under normal use, these tablets can last 2-3 days.
The Nexus 9 16GB model is priced at 347 dollars, while the 32GB variant is 7 dollars more expensive on Amazon. The Tab S 16GB WiFi only costs 300 dollars.