Google Nexus 9 vs iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: specs comparison

Google Nexus 9 vs iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: specs comparison
The announcement of the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet came as no surprise to anyone who had been following our news feed. Leaks and rumors did a good job at spoiling the surprise by throwing its specs on the table, along with a candid image. 

Yet this doesn't make Google's Android 5.0-powered slate any less exciting. Quite the contrary – it is a slate we can't wait to get our hands on. But we'll have to wait for a few more weeks until that happens as the tablet is projected to ship in early November.

In the meantime, we suppose it seems right to stack up the Google Nexus 9 against some of its potential rivals, at least on paper. Here's how Google's new tab compares against the Apple iPad Air and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 in terms of specs. 

Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

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Display

Size

8.9 inches
9.7 inches
8.4 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body

69.90 %
71.65 %
76.61 %

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor
Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

NVIDIA Tegra K1
Apple A7
Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5420

Processor

Dual-core, 2300 MHz, Denver, 28 nm
Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit
Octa-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7

GPU

Kepler
PowerVR G6430
Mali-T628 MP6

RAM

2GB DDR3
1GB LPDDR3
3GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

32GB
128GB
32GB

OS

Android (7.1 Nougat, 7.0 Nougat, 5.0 Lollipop)
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2), Samsung TouchWiz UI

Battery

Capacity

6700 mAh
8820 mAh
4900 mAh

Stand-by time

30.0 days (720 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 
 

Talk time (3G)

 
 
29.00 hours
the average is 45 h (2700 min)

Music playback

 
 
80.00 hours

Video playback

9.50 hours
 
12.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

8 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
5 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
8 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 29.2 mm; Sensor size: 1/4"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 33 mm
 

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Recording format

H.264, 3GP
H.264, MOV
MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV

Features

 
Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling
 

Front

1.6 MP
1.2 MP
2.1 MP

Video capture

1280x720 (HD)
1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
 

Design

Dimensions

8.99 x 6.05 x 0.31 inches (228.25 x 153.68 x 7.95 mm)
9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 inches (240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm)
8.38 x 4.94 x 0.26 inches (212.8 x 125.6 x 6.6 mm)

Weight

15.38 oz
16.86 oz
10.51 oz

436.0 g
478.0 g
298.0 g

Materials

Back: Plastic
Back: Aluminum
 

Biometrics

 
 
Fingerprint (swipe)

Features

Notification light
 
Touch sensitive control keys

Phone functionality

 
 
Yes

Buyers information

Price

 
$ 929
 

Related phones

Nexus 9
  • Display 8.9 inches
    2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.6 MP front
  • Hardware NVIDIA Tegra K1
    2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 6700 mAh
  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat
iPad Air
  • Display 9.7 inches
    1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A7
    1GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 8820 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x
Galaxy Tab S 8.4
  • Display 8.4 inches
    2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 5 Octa
    3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4900 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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