Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6 is a top-end super slate

Galaxy Tab S6
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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.

Galaxy Tab S6 caddy

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.”

Galaxy Tab S6 Dex

What impressed me was the focus on making this 10.5-inch device not only a content consumption device but a content creation device.

Galaxy Tab S6 S Pen

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
CHIPSET Qualcomm SD855
1x Kryo 485 Gold @ 2.84GHz
3x Kryo 485 Gold @ 2.42GHz
4x Kryo 485 Silver @ 1.80GHz
Adreno 6740GPU
Samsung claims 81/64% faster CPU/GPU than the Galaxy Tab S4
GAME LAUNCHER 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
CAMERA 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
WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY 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
OS Android 9.0
One UI
S PEN 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.
Website Samsung Australia
Galaxy Tab S6 colours

The prices below are recommended retail. Pre-orders from 27 August to 12 September will receive the 8/256GB model for the same price as the 6/128GB – saving $200. On sale 13 September.

Model Memory RRP Colour
6GB + 128GB $1099
Mountain Grey
Cloud Blue
8GB + 256GB $1,299
Cloud Blue