Ahead of its Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event in New York, Samsung has announced its new flagship Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab S6, the successor of the Galaxy Tab S4. This high-end 10.5-inch tablet aims to complete Samsung’s Android tablet portfolio, that comprises the entry level Tab A 10.1 and the mid-range Tab S5e.
Featuring top hardware performance (Snapdragon 855, 6Gb/128GB storage base), a WXQGA Super AMOLED display with in-screen fingerprint sensor, a dual rear shooter with ultrawide, a new keyboard cover with touchpad, a redesigned S Pen, high-end audio, and an improved DeX experience, the Tab S6 is positioned as a high-end tablet, ideal both for productivity and immersive entertainment.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 comes in LTE and Wi-Fi versions and in three color flavors: Mountain Gray, Cloud Blue and Rose Blush. The Wi-Fi edition will be available in stores and online on September 6, starting at $649.00. You can pre-order starting from August 23 at Samsung.com. The LTE model is expected later this year.
Latest Gen Processor for top performance in an ultra-compact design
At 5.7mm and 420g, the new Samsung tablet is thinner and lighter than its predecessor (7.1mm/483g) while pushing better performance and new hardware features such as a dual rear camera.
The Galaxy Tab S6 features Qualcomm’s most powerful processor, the Snapdragon 855, which delivers 81% faster CPU and 68% faster GPU than the Tab S4 according to Samsung.
Since the new 10.5-inch tablet is designed for productivity and aims at replacing a PC laptop, the Korean manufacturer decided to go with the current top of the line processor, unlike the S4 which featured an older generation 800-series Snapdragon (835).
Similar to the Galaxy Tab S4, the Galaxy Tab S6 comes with a 10.5-inch WXQGA (2560×1600) Super AMOLED display. For the first time in a Samsung tablet, the display encloses an optical in-screen fingerprint sensor, a technology introduced this year in Samsung’s mobile devices with the Galaxy S10.
Like the Galaxy Tab S4, the Tab S6 is equipped with four speakers tuned by AKG and delivers Dolby Atmos sound.
Dual Rear Camera with Ultra-wide angle – a first in a tablet
Touted to be the 10-inch iPad Pro competitor, the Galaxy Tab S6 is the first tablet to feature a dual 13MP+5MP camera on the back, equipped with a secondary 123-degree ultra-wide-angle lens. Surprisingly, Samsung noticed that 87% of the Galaxy Tab S4 users were snapping photos on a regular basis, with 55% using the camera weekly, most people like to leverage the image editing features on the device. The camera captures 4K (3840×2160) video at 30 fps.
Thanks to the Snapdragon 855, the camera delivers AI capabilities including ton mapping and scene optimization.
The front shooter gets an 8 MP sensor, and we have no information about the field og view for that one.
New Book Cover Keyboard with Touchpad and new S Pen
Besides the new processor, what sets the Galaxy Tab S6 apart from its predecessor is the newly designed keyboard cover with the new S Pen. According to the manufacturer, 60% of Tab S4 buyers use their keyboard, and almost 30% attach a mouse. Samsung added a touchpad and a DeX button to the optional detachable keyboard.
You can now charge the S Pen wirelessly on the back of the tablet where it is magnetically attached. A feature introduced with the Galaxy Note 9 last year, the new S Pen acts as a Bluetooth remote control for various applications such as Powerpoint, shooting selfies, navigating multimedia content or media playback.
DeX improved – PC-like experience for multitasking
DeX is Samsung’s PC-like interface for Android, also called desktop mode, with a multi-window interface that prevents app switches and enables a real desktop experience. Samsung integrated S pen with DeX, you can now use Air command with DeX. As mentioned above, for faster access Samsung added a physical DeX button to the keyboard.
At 7040 mAh, the battery delivers a lower capacity than the 7300 mAH battery of the Galaxy Tab S4.
On the paper, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 looks like a beast packaged in a stylish body, and we cannot wait to put our hands on the device to confirm our first impressions. We will see the Tab S6 very soon, and if you have the chance to go to IFA in Berlin (Sept 6 to Sept 11) you can check out the demos at the Samsung booth, the day it hits the stores in the U.S.
- Display 10.5” WQXGA, Super AMOLED
- Dimension, Weight 244.5 x 159.5 ×5.7mm, 420g
- Camera 8MP(Front), 13MP + 5MP (Rear)
- Memory + Storage 6GB + 128GB or 8GB +256GB
MicroSD (Up to 512GB)
- Processor Qualcomm 855 processor (1×2.84GHz, 3×2.41GHz , 4×1.78GHz)
- Battery Tablet 7,040mAh7, Fast Charging
- Battery S Pen 0.35mAh
- Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0
- GPS GPS + GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
- Sensors Optical on-screen Fingerprint Scanner, Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
- MIC 2 MIC
- Audio 4 speakers sound by AKG, Dolby Atmos
- Accessories Book Cover Keyboard, Book Cover, POGO Charging Dock