Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab S6: the pro tablet on the Android side
For the uninitiated, the Tab S line is Samsung's top tier slate, packing the hottest hardware and equipped with the beloved S Pen stylus. The Galaxy Tab S6 brings a few upgrades that are worth being excited for and one major disappointment... let's go through the changes!
Design and display
The wide-screen craze didn't strike just smartphones — Samsung's Tab S4 also had an extra-wide display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. This doesn't change with the Tab S6 — this year's top-tier tablet has the same 10.5-inch AMOLED display with WQXGA (2560 x 1600) resolution.
However, Samsung has made strides to shrink the body that holds said screen. The Tab S6 measures at 9.62 x 6.25 in (244.5 x 159.5 mm), making its bezels very slightly smaller than of its predecessor. But — notably — the Galaxy Tab S6 is extremely thin. Its profile measures at 0.22 in (5.7 mm), which makes it slimmer than the already super-thin iPad Pro (2018). The glove has been thrown and the thinness wars are back!
S Pen and other extras
Galaxy Note 9 — remote shutter for the camera and media control playback via the button. There's a new feature called S Pen Air Actions, which would — supposedly — let you control the tablet by gesturing with the stylus above it, no touch required. However, the information on this new feature is still a bit scarce...
Of course, to support Bluetooth, the S Pen needs a battery. On the Note 9, the stylus charges whenever it is docked inside the phone. Since the Galaxy Tab S6 doesn't have a slot, the S Pen supports wireless charging — either on a stand or via PowerShare reverse wireless charging.
The Samsung DeX desktop experience is back — just like on the Tab S4, the Galaxy Tab S6 can enter in DeX Mode without the need of an external monitor. After all, a 10.5-inch screen is big enough to fit a desktop interface comfortably. The Book Cover Keyboard (sold seperately) has been upgraded — it now has a dedicated DeX key that will take you in and out of DeX mode instantly, upgraded keys (we'd love to try that) a touch pad, and a "free angle" stand, which sounds impressive. All in all, the Tab S6 is shaping up as a solid laptop replacement when using it in DeX.
Hardware and Camera
Of course, the latest pro tablet from Samsung will have the latest hardware. The Tab S6 will proudly flaunt a Snapdragon 855 and you'll get a choice of either having 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage or max it out at 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. In any case, you'll have a microSD card slot for an extra 1 TB of storage expansion.
The camera is also getting an update. There's now a dual lens module on the back — 13 MP main camera and a 5 MP ultra-wide camera with a 123-degree FOV. Samsung's fitted the Tab S6 with its own Neural Processing Unit dedicated to spicing up your photos with some digital enhancements.
True to the Tab S line, we have a stereo setup for the speakers — a total of four AKG-tuned speakers will blast from the left and right (when in landscape mode) of the tablet. Bad news? There's no headphone jack... yep.
Last but certainly not least — the Galaxy Tab S6 has an in-screen fingerprint scanner, just like the Galaxy S10.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 will launch sometime in late August. It'll be available in three colors — Mountain Gray, Cold Blue, and Rose Blush. Pricing is yet to be announced.