Putting an end to rumors, Samsung has finally launched its flagship Android tablet – the Galaxy Tab S6. It comes as the successor to the Galaxy Tab S4 that was launched back in 2018. This new tablet brings a lot of new features to the table compared to its predecessor or compared to any other Android tablet for that matter. And that, we’ll discuss below, but first, let us talk about its pricing and availability details.
You can have the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 in 6GB RAM + 128GB storage configuration, which costs $649, or you can have it in 8GB RAM + 256GB storage configuration, which costs $729. Both of them will be available in three color options — Mountain Gray, Cloud Blue, and Rose Blush. They’ll be available to purchase starting September 6, 2019, in the USA. Do note that these variants don’t have cellular connectivity. According to Samsung, the LTE variant of the Tab S6 will launch later this year. If history is anything to go by, cellular variants will probably cost $50 more than non-cellular variants.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Specifications
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 sports a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with QHD resolution, just like its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S4. I know, many of you might have expected the tablet to come with a better display. For example, a display that has an HDR feature, but unfortunately, the screen remains the same. That being said, Samsung has cut down bezels around the display, due to which, the display not only looks more immersive, but thin bezels give the tablet a futuristic appeal. Also, worth mentioning is that there is now an in-display fingerprint scanner.
The display supports S-Pen, and yes, the device comes bundled with one. The S-Pen has a 0.35mAh battery, which, according to Samsung, can offer 10 hours of usage, and what’s interesting is that it can charge in just 10 minutes. And how do you charge it? Well, you just have to attach it to the tablet, and it will charge automatically. This S-Pen offers the same functionalities as the S-Pen in the Galaxy Note 9. You can use it as a remote camera shutter, and to forward PowerPoint slides.
Next up is the camera setup. For the first time, Samsung has equipped its tablet with a dual-camera setup at the rear. There is a 13MP primary shooter, and a 5MP ultrawide camera. According to Samsung, the rear camera setup can record 4K videos. For selfies, there is an 8MP camera unit supporting Full HD video recording.
In terms of power, the Galaxy Tab S6 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is currently the second most powerful chipset from Qualcomm (first being the recently announced Snapdragon 855 Plus). The tablet comes with Android 9 Pie OS with One UI customization. There’s a DeX mode, which enables you to have a desktop-like setup on an external monitor when you connect an external display to the Tab S6 through its USB Type-C port. And speaking of connectivity, the device has dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth v5.0, and GPS. Unfortunately, there’s no 3.5mm audio jack, and I think it is a sore point for any tablet to lack one. That being said, the tablet offers a quad-speaker set up in a stereo configuration, which should make up for the lack of audio jack.
Coming to one of the most important aspects of any tablet, which is the battery life, the Galaxy Tab S6 packs a 7040mAh battery. And shockingly, the battery supports only 15W charging. I am sure it would take forever for the battery to charge from zero to hundred percent at 15W charging rate. I hope Samsung upgrades the charging rate to 25W with a software update, just like it did with the Galaxy S10 series.