Samsung's new high-end tablet is the first to support HDR10+

Samsung's new high-end tablet is the first to support HDR10+
On the last day of last month, Samsung introduced its new premium Android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. Powered by Qualcomm's top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, the slate is equipped with a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display carrying a resolution of 1600 x 2560. The tablet has two different configurations to choose from. There is a model with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage and a second variant with 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage. On the back is a dual-camera setup (13MP + 5MP Ultra-wide with a 123-degree field-of-vision) while an 8MP front-facing selfie snapper is on board. Those seeking additional storage can access the 512GB microSD slot, and a 7040mAh battery keeps the lights on. The tablet does come with the "all-new" S Pen that magnetically attaches to the tablet for storage and charging.

Today, Samsung let it be known that the Galaxy Tab S6 is the first tablet ever on this planet to receive HDR10+ certification (we can't vouch for other planets though). As Samsung points out, HDR10+ "optimizes brightness levels to deliver a truly immersive viewing experience, letting users enjoy content exactly as a creator intended it to be seen." While HDR10 produces peak brightness of 1000 nits, HDR10+ provides peak brightness of up to 4000 nits. Created by Samsung, HDR10+ uses dynamic metadata that changes scene-by-scene as opposed to the static metadata used on HDR 10. Currently, the format is supported by Amazon Prime Video only.

Pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 begin on August 23rd

Pre-orders for the Galaxy Tab S6 begin on August 23rd and if you make a reservation for the device, you can get the optional keyboard attachment for 50% off along with four free months of ad-free YouTube and YouTube Music. Color options are Cloud Blue, Mountain Gray, and Rose Blush. Pricing has yet to be announced.

The tablet market has been struggling, but Apple could be leading a resurgence; after releasing new Apple iPad Pro models late last year and new iPad Air and iPad mini models earlier this year, Apple reported the strongest year-over-year iPad revenue growth in six years during its fiscal second quarter. And for the just-announced fiscal third quarter, iPad revenue rose again on an annual basis.

The latest data released by IDC earlier this week shows that Samsung remains a distant second place in the global tablet market after shipping 4.9 million units from April through June. That was down 3.1% from the 5 million it shipped during the same period last year. But to show you how weak the tablet industry is overall, Samsung actually picked up market share (from 14.9% to 15.2%) despite the drop in deliveries. Apple shipped 12.3 million iPads during the quarter. Only Apple and Amazon among the top five manufacturers showed growth in shipments from the second quarter of 2018.

Will the new Galaxy Tab S6 help Samsung close the gap with Apple? It's not likely as Android tablets historically have not been big sellers. Apple itself appears to be prepping some new iPads as the Eurasian Economic Commission recently certified seven new iPad model numbers. Keep in mind that each new iPad usually has different storage configurations, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + cellular options. The new iPads could be introduced as soon as next month to coincide with the launch of Apple's new iPadOS operating system.

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Galaxy Tab S6
  • Display 10.5" 1600 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 7040 mAh



1. torr310

Posts: 1724; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I like it except the 19:10 screen ratio. 4:3 is preferred.

2. dcwt2010

Posts: 74; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Wow, they're finally shipping tablets with current chipset and not just last year's cast offs! Still way behind Apple but it's a start.

10. oldskool50 unregistered

Really? Shouldn't what the tablet does be more important? Are you buying the tablet to pull it apart and just look at the insides? or are you actually gonna be using it? I'm sure Ferrari would love to have the same sales Toyota has. But sells aren't the picture. Many of the best products in the world don't sell in high numbers. But as far as capabilites, the Galaxy Tab S has always done far and away more than any iPad or any other Android tablet. In fact the only tablet that equals or supercedes its functions are tablets that run Windows.

3. Be_Mine unregistered

I wonder if the Youtube and Netflix playback resolution will be limited upto 1080p only, through the respective official apps, like the iPads.

4. KingSam

Posts: 1516; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

That's an iOS problem. Apparently it has to die with Apple's API's.

6. Be_Mine unregistered

Too bad. I really want to get a Tablet mostly for Media content consumption and online browsing. I like the iPad Pro, but resolution support of only upto 1080p is making me have a second thought. I wonder if things will change with the release of iPadOS.

8. sachouba

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Samsung's tablets don't have this problem.

5. Mrmark

Posts: 426; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

I have been using my S3 tablet no problem since it came out . I refuse to have to ecosystems . Not sure why y'all saying iOS is a better tablet than Samsung's Android tablet . Please let me know specifically what you mean .

7. iushnt

Posts: 3174; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

iPads are way powerful and smooth. Apps are way more optimized for its size.

11. oldskool50 unregistered

YEs and No. More powerful? NO. There is more to a devices power than having a better benching SoC. The iPad does far less than that Galaxy Tab S and that is a fact. I still have my original Tab S, and as old as it is, it still does things my iPad pro can't do. They are all smooth. That's just a lame attempt to atatck android in general. This isn't 2010 bruh. maybe you should check out newer products. More optimized? To what? One app at a time or better optimized than a device that can have as many as 4 apps open on the screen at the same time? and have folating windows, and you can ahve all he S-Pen apps open on top? And you have direct access to Microsoft services which you don't on iOS device? It works betetr with Google services for obvious reasons and it supporting today's technologies like HDR10+. It does all of that while remaining faster and more versatile than an iPad. You just keep on holding on to those pathetic little attempts to justify the iPad. Just say the fact, you simply prefer the iPad. But your bias can be directed on sites where the fanclub will agree with you. Because you all are actually blind to the facts. If the only thing you brag about is "smooth" or "optimized" when all hardware is optimized. When you consider Android tablets and phone do more than Apple products and yet they last 2 days on a single charge while Apple's hardware which does less lasts barely a work day. I hardly call that optimized.

9. Starwell

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 29, 2019

I will get mine in September. The 256GB and bright display.

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