The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 offers by far the most features of any current Android slate – sorry tablet.
At the embargoed briefing we saw the successor to the Galaxy Tab S5e. We called that, “Samsung’s great Android tablet tradition refined”. The Galaxy Tab S6 does not simply refine that tradition again (it does) but throws in a few curve balls that make it the class-leading Android tablet by far.
Try an under-glass fingerprint sensor, or built-in DeX (no adapter required for a desktop Android experience), a new S Pen with Air Actions, full Microsoft Office and Outlook 365 compatibility, seamless integration into the Samsung Android smartphone ecosystem and a Book Cover Keyboard with a trackpad, pen cradle and a free angle kickstand.
Garry McGregor, Vice-President, IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Australia, said
“The Galaxy Tab S6 combines the best of mobile innovation in a refined form factor that is perfect for Australians seeking a tablet that supports mobile functionality, entertainment performance and productivity.
Australians’ expectations of tablets have evolved beyond simple media consumption. They now want a device that seamlessly adapts to their changing needs and enables them to do more both in their personal and professional pursuits, whether that’s delivering a presentation at work, creating content on the go, or enjoying a high-intensity gaming session on the commute home.”
What impressed me was the focus on making this 10.5-inch device not only a content consumption device but a content creation device.
Here is what we know – The Galaxy Tab S6 specs will be updated on release
|DISPLAY||10.5” WQXGA (2560 x 1600) Super AMOLED, 16:10, 81.8% S-T-B-R, Edge to edge|
Samsung Exynos 7nm (likely a 9820 as in the S10-series or
9825 rumoured to be in the Note10-series) with similar power to a Qualcomm
Geek Bench single/multi-core approx. 4500/10000
Arm Mali-G76 MP12 supports 10-bit HEVC(H.265), H.264, VP9 codec
Samsung claims 81/64% faster CPU/GPU than the Galaxy Tab S4
AI-based Neuro Game Booster – optimises gaming experience
by customising the Tab S6’s performance level and power consumption. |
Unity and Unreal game engine partnerships offer increased frame rate and minimised lag time leading to smoother gaming performance.
Discord partnership/voice and live chat for games (integrated into Samsung Game Launcher).
|MEMORY / STORAGE||
6/128 or 8/256GB and microSD up to 1TB|
LPDDR4x and UFS 2.1 storage
Rear: 13MP f/2.0 and 5MP f/2.2 extra wide angle 123°|
Front: 8MP f/2.0 with face recognition
Video editor – Adobe Premier Rush partnership
|PORT||USB3.1 (Type C), POGO pins for a keyboard Type-C headset connector|
|SENSORS||Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor (under glass), Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, RGB Light Sensor|
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, VHT80 MU-MIMO, Wi-Fi
Direct, Bluetooth v5.0 |
LTE model Cat.20 8CA 2Gbps (DL) / Cat.20 3CA 316Mbps (UL)
|GPS||GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo|
|DIMENSION, WEIGHT||244.5 x 159.5 x 5.7mm and 420g|
|BATTERY||7,040mAh, Fast Charging – claimed up to 15-hours|
Android 9.0 |
S Pen (included) 4096 pressure levels, magnetic inductive charging
from ‘pen caddy’ area. 10 minutes charge for 10 hours use|
Can be used as ‘air mouse’, remote control and pen with transparent note-taking
Handwritten note-to-text conversion
Exporting notes to apps such as Microsoft Word
|DEX||Android desktop built-in with both 4K USB-C/HDMI and Miracast screen support|
|ACCESSORIES||Book cover (option) Keyboard POGO connection with full qwerty keyboard, Function key and trackpad|
|VIDEO||Recording: UHD 4K (3840×2160) @ 30fps Playback: UHD 4K (3840×2160) @ 60fps YouTube Premium service(|
|AUDIO||Four speakers sound by AKG, Dolby Atmos with auto-rotate if used portrait or landscape.|
The prices below are recommended retail. Pre-orders from 1 August to Friday 13 August will receive the 8/256GB model for the same price as the 6/128GB – saving $200.
|6GB + 128GB||
|8GB + 256GB||