The Tab S8 arrived 18 months after the Tab S7 did, and the same could be true for the S9
The recent unveiling of the Pixel 7 and Pixel Watch may have caught the eye of the likes of Samsung, but the company is still working on its flagship phones, the Galaxy S23 series, for early next year. While the company continues to dominate the Android smartphone segment, its tablets haven’t seen the same success. Whether it’s due to the widespread popularity of the Apple iPad line or the availability of cheaper, flagship-class Android tablets on the market, Samsung’s high-end Galaxy Tab S series has failed to make a mark. The report now suggests that the conglomerate may be delaying the development cycle of the Galaxy Tab S9 line of tablets to adapt to broader market conditions, which was originally expected to launch later this year.
Uncertainty in the global economy is reportedly causing delays in the development of Samsung’s next flagship tablets. South Korea’s The Elec reported that a lack of demand for electronics after the easing of pandemic restrictions was another factor in the company’s decision.
Samsung was originally expected to begin development of the upcoming tablet series in December, with the company planning three Galaxy Tab S9 variants similar to its predecessor.
This drop in demand may also affect Samsung tablet sales this year. Research firm DSCC expected an 8% drop in shipments for the tablet segment this year. This is despite a projected 22% increase in premium products (consisting of tablets with OLED and mini-LED displays). Therefore, this will lead to a slight increase in the number of premium tablets in the market, from a share of 3% in 2021 to 4% this year.
It’s worth noting that we don’t have an estimated date for the tablet’s arrival yet, but based on this new report, the Galaxy Tab S9 could arrive in the second half of 2023, possibly alongside the Galaxy successors. Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 in August.