Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab S6: the pro tablet on the Android side

Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab S6: the pro tablet on the Android side
While we are waiting with baited breath for the Galaxy Note 10 announcement and the eventual Galaxy Fold release, Samsung decided to drop us a pleasant surprise a week early — the Galaxy Tab S6 has just been announced. No, you didn't miss something — there was, indeed, no Tab S5. We jumped straight from S4 to S6 for... well an unknown reason.

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

Of course, the S Pen is here and it has gotten its own little upgrades. For one, it now connects to the Tab S6 via Bluetooth LE and gets all the remote control features of the 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.

Release date

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.

Related phones

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



1. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 775; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

You guys reference the Note 8 multiple times in the article as having certain features. You're referring to the Note 9.

3. paul.k

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Thanks. Brain went drifting for a second there

2. Xavier1415

Posts: 231; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

its so beautiful!! cant wait!

24. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 719; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Does it feature an 120Hz display? If not one should skip this tablet. Every premium device with less than 90Hz launching in 2nd half of 2019 is not worth buying.

28. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 775; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

That's a completely ridiculous subjective statement. There will be plenty of flagship devices with 60Hz displays moving forward and plenty of people will buy them.

30. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 719; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

That is not a contradiction to what I wrote. I wrote that 60Hz flagships are not worth buying. I didn’t say nobody will buy them.

31. pimpin83z

Posts: 606; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Everyone's been on the 90Hz bandwagon since the OP7 Pro came out. It is not that groundbreaking ir life changing.

33. cmdacos

Posts: 4367; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Yep, most wouldn't notice the difference at all.

36. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

I beg to differ, ipad pro woth 120hz says it all

4. OneLove123

Posts: 1286; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Definitely getting one .

5. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Its looks like ipad pro.

10. adecvat

Posts: 661; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Inspired by :)

35. cmdacos

Posts: 4367; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Preceded the ;)

13. oldskool50 unregistered

No it doesn't. It looks far and away better and it won't bend either. You nee to go back and look at the 10.5" original galaxy Tab S. That is what the S6 looks like, just with a all metal design. Looks better than the iPad and I bet it won't bend like tinfoil either. Funny how iloveapps does't talk about why a $1000 tablet should bend in your hands. The main reason is, because no other tablet has, even ones cheaper in cost.

29. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 403; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I would of liked the edges of the display to curve, a minor pet peeve. Have you seen the snap on case that has a neat magnetic flip up section for the speb, it's very neat.

37. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

If Samsung products is better than apple then why Samsung profit drops 56% this quarter and the ipad profit of apple is up? I think it should be proportional that when a product is better then it will sold more. How is that so?

34. cmdacos

Posts: 4367; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Sure does look like iPad pro and it came out before the iPad pro design with the s4. What's your point?

6. shawman

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Ewww. no headphone jack on a big tablet. terrible idea. otherwise its great. I wish it were not so thin and they had fitted bigger batteries.

14. oldskool50 unregistered

I've never seen anyone use headphones with tablets. I rarely see them used with phones. Come on dude.

21. deleon629 unregistered

Right. Most people with money to blow on a high-end tablet are usually not gonna have a problem going for a high-end phone and, ideally, using headphones for their phone's media

25. srgonu

Posts: 567; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I use headphones with my tab s4 but I guess the road ahead is missing them. Unfortunately even without headphones battery size is smaller than Tab S4's. (That's one of the reasons tech sites mention the reason for head phone jack removal)

7. shawman

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Same tablet(may be 12") with windows would be better. Android in tablet is not great. May be with Icelake-Y chip it would be awesome.

8. Jason2k13

Posts: 1474; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I’ll stick to my iPad Pro 11, the fact google has abandoned tablet software features, no company would want to develop apps for it. Good hardware, just disappointing software support.

15. oldskool50 unregistered

This isn't a google tablet. Samsung tablets are far an away better than any tablet that runs Vanilla Android

18. Jason2k13

Posts: 1474; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

And who's gonna develop proper apps for tablets when Google and the rest of the major manufacturers themselves abandoned tablets all together?

20. Fellwalker

Posts: 545; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

I've not found any app that doesn't work perfectly well on my tab S3.

32. pimpin83z

Posts: 606; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

I might be taking a shot in the dark, but I'm gonna say........the manufacturer. There is a Galaxy store.

38. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

How is scaled apps better? It sucks.

9. surethom

Posts: 1740; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Same design as the S5e but PLEASE dont have the same Wifi problem with the bottom left corner(landscape) as majority of users are having.

16. oldskool50 unregistered

No it is no. The design is improved. The Tab S5e only similarity is the front. Gsh dude. Most products looks very similar to their predecessor. This one looks considerably better. The S5e is ugly.

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