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. 

Display

Size

9.7 inches
8.4 inches
8.9 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
Super AMOLED
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

71.65 %
76.61 %
69.90 %

Features

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

Hardware

System chip

Apple A7
Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5420
NVIDIA Tegra K1

Processor

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

GPU

PowerVR G6430
Mali-T628 MP6
Kepler

RAM

1GB LPDDR3
3GB LPDDR3
2GB DDR3

Internal storage

128GB
32GB
32GB

OS

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
Android (7.1 Nougat, 7.0 Nougat, 5.0 Lollipop)

Battery

Capacity

8820 mAh
4900 mAh
6700 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 0 h (0 min)
 

Music playback

 
80.00 hours
 

Video playback

 
12.00 hours
9.50 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

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

Specifications

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

Video recording

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

Recording format

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

Features

Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling
 
 

Front

1.2 MP
2.1 MP
1.6 MP

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

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)
8.99 x 6.05 x 0.31 inches (228.25 x 153.68 x 7.95 mm)

Weight

16.86 oz (478.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)
10.51 oz (298.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)
15.38 oz (436.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum
 
Back: Plastic

Biometrics

 
Fingerprint (swipe)
 

Features

 
Touch sensitive control keys
Notification light

Phone functionality

 
Yes
 

Buyers information

Price

$ 929
 
 

Related phones

Nexus 9

PhoneArena Score:

9.3

User Score:

8.8
  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 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
iPad Air

PhoneArena Score:

9.2

User Score:

8.2
  • 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
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow Samsung TouchWiz UI
  • 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

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