Samsung Galaxy Tab S6: iPad Pro-rivalling tablet gets a huge update
In the aftermath of a rather quiet July in the world of mobile tech, Samsung is looking to dominate August by launching a bevvy of new products. While the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus are undoubtedly the most hotly-anticipated of the Korean company’s forthcoming launches, they aren’t the only ones.
Ahead of the Note 10’s launch next week, Samsung has acted early and announced its next (hopefully) iPad-rivalling tablet in the form of the Tab S6. This is a powerful new tablet with an S Pen stylus, plenty of grunt and a large AMOLED display.
You might be wondering where the Tab S5 is – for whatever reason Samsung decided to skip it and jump straight to the S6. It’s possible that the company doesn’t want to confuse things, considering the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is already available, having released alongside the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus.
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With this all in mind, here’s everything you need to know about the Galaxy Tab S6.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 – Release date and price
Although initially rumoured to launch alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus at the Unpacked Event in NYC on August 7, the Tab S6 has been stealth released today. Maybe Samsung wants the Unpacked Event to focus solely on the phablet devices?
In the USA you’ll be able to pre-order it from August 23 for a price of $649 with a release date set for September 6. There’s no UK pricing or release information at this time. You’ll also have to pay more for the higher storage and RAM model, along with the LTE variety.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 – Performance and specs
In previous years Samsung hasn’t fitted its tablets with the latest components. The Tab S4, for example, used the slightly older Snapdragon 835 chipset rather than the flagship Snapdragon 845. This is in stark comparison to Apple, who actually add more graphical grunt to its tablets.
Powering the Galaxy Tab S6 is the Snapdragon 855 along with either 6GB or 8GB RAM. There’s also 128GB or 256GB worth of internal storage, plus a slot for expanding that to 1TB through a microSD.
Audio is provided by AKG and there’s support for Dolby Atmos sound, too.
Cameras are often forgotten about on tablets, however that isn’t the case here. There are two on the back of the Tab S6, a main camera and a secondary ultra wide lens. along with a camera on the front.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 – Design and display
As you’d expect from a high-end tablet aimed at overthrowing the iPad Pro, the Tab S6 packs a stylus (called the S Pen), a detachable keyboard and a kickstand.
It also has a thin bezel running the display, complete with rounded corners – it doesn’t look a million miles away from the previous Tab S4 or TabS5e slates.
Flip the tablet over and you’ll notice a long divet on the right side (check out the S-Pen section for what this is) and a cutout for the camera. It’s clear Samsung isn’t going in a radically new direction with this tablet, even if it does lack a headphone jack.
In terms of display we’re looking at a large 10.5-inch 1600 x 2650 panel, built with the same AMOLED tech you’ll find in Samsung’s range of phones. It supports HDR10+ for punchier colours in supported content from Netflix and Prime Video and, if previous Samsung tablets are anything to go by, plenty of brightness.
One new feature we haven’t seen on a tablet yet is an in-display fingerprint sensor, which acts as the main form of unlocking here.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 – S Pen stylus
One of the few real design changes this time around stems from the way the S Pen docks into the tablet. There’s now a slightly indented groove on the rear, which is magnetic, that holds and juices up the stylus.
Attaching the stylus directly to the tablet makes complete sense and we’ve seen it put to fantastic use on the latest iPad Pro – the Apple Pencil attaches to its side. However, we’re not completely convinced about attaching it to the back of the tablet – what will happen when you put it down on a table?
The stylus now packs Bluetooth allowing you to control aspects, like media playback, without actually touching the display.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 – Software
While the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 wasn’t a perfect tablet, it did pack a supremely useful trick. The DeX software layer turned the tablet into something more akin to a laptop, with a desktop, resizable windows and mouse input.
The Tab S6 once again utilises the new OneUI interface which we saw previously on the Galaxy Tab S5e. This is the next-gen of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and it boasts features like