Google Nexus 9 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S : Detailed comparison

By | October 22, 2014

As months of reports and rumors have done rounds, Google has finally launched HTC Nexus 9 tablet running on the new Android 5.0. With the tons of tablets already available from manufacturers like Apple, Samsung and Microsoft. Here I am going to compare Google’s new HT Nexus 9 tablet with Samsung Galaxy Tab S. It is one of the best tablet available to date and expensive too and it is the worthy comparing with Nexus 9.

Google Nexus 9 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Design and Display


First coming to the design Samsung Galaxy’s Tab S is almost identical to other Samsung tablets.  It looks like blown up Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone with the textured plastic on the back side, aluminium bezels on the side, centered rear camera and white or black front and hardware home button. Tab S is incredibly thin with just 6.6 mm thick. It has 8.4 inch display with 1600 x 2560 pixels resolution and super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. It weighs around 298 grams.

Coming to the Nexus 9 it is sleek and elegant with the subtle curves and it wraps around the aluminium sides and offers the user to feel it thinner in the hand than it is. Actually Nexus 9 isn’t as thin, but its curve sides make it feel so. One major thing which you will miss in Samsung and love it on the Nexus 9 is front facing dual HTC boom sound speakers. Nexus 9 features the 8.9 inch display with 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution and IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen.

Both are having slim and sleek design, excellent hardware, thin bezels and built to impress. But Tab S is extremely thin, built well and a infrared sensor offers remote control function.

Performance and Storage

Google Nexus 9-4

As usual Samsung Galaxy Tab S is powered by 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. It has 3 GB RAM along with 16 GB/32 GB internal storage and can be expandable to 128 GB using card slot.

While Nexus 9 moved to the Nvidia this time, packs Nvidia Tegra K1 dual-core Denver processor that offers a clocking speed of 2.3 GHz and is coupled by Kepler DX 1 graphics and 2 GB of RAM. The tablet is also available is in storage variants like 16 GB and 32 GB.

So Tab S is ahead in RAM and Storage options. Nexus 9 doesn’t have the option of expanding the memory with the micro SD card slot.

Camera and OS

In terms of camera, both tablets has got an 8 MP camera at the back supports HD recording but if we talk about front shooter, HTC Nexus has only 1.6 MP front camera with 720p video recording, Tab S sports 2.1 MP camera with 1080 p video recording. Galaxy Tab S runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat Version, Nexus 9 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop version.

Battery and Price

Samsung Galaxy Tab S packs the Non-removable Li-Ion 4900 mAh battery which can offer up to 29 hours of 3G talktimw. While the HTC manufactured Google Nexus 9 tablet offers a whooping 6700 mAh battery claims to offer around 8.5 to 9 hrs of talktime.

Finally coming to the pricing of these two devices, both are priced at same price of $399, but the larger 10.5 inch Galaxy Tab S starts at $499, costing the buyers $100 more.

HTC Nexus 9 Complete Specifications

Size 8.9 x 6.05 x 0.31 inches
Weight Wifi version 425 grams, LTE version 436 grams
Display 8.9 inches (2048 x 1536), 4:3 aspect ratio
Processor NVIDIA Tegra K1 64-bit dual-core processor at 2.3 GHz
LTE model uses Qualcomm MDM9625M modem
Operating system Android 5.0 Lollipop
Memory 16GB and 32GB for Wifi-only, 32GB for LTE
Network HSPA+/LTE
Connectivity 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, Wifi 802.11ac, Chromecast
Camera 8MP rear with BSI, f/2.4, 1080p video
1.6MP front, BSI, 720p video
Sound Front-facing BoomSound speakers
Battery 6,700 mAh Li-polymer
Accessories Keyboard Folio, cover


Samsung Galaxy Tab S complete specifications

Size 8.38 x 8.94 x 0.26 inches
Weight 298 g
Display 8.4 inches, 1600 x 2560 pixels resolution
Processor 2.3 GHz Quad Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
Operating system Android 4.4.4 KitKat
Memory 16/32 GB, 128 GB external storage
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, USB v2.0, GPRS, EDGE
Camera 8MP rear camera 1080p video
2.1 MP, 1080p video
Battery 4,900 Li-Ion non removable
Accessories Keyboard Folio, cover
Author: Peter Jacksonn

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