The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is the most powerful Android tablet today

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is the most powerful Android tablet today

Android tablets have long trudged upon a path of slow decline. They usually aren’t great at competing against current smartphones, are often really expensive, and even launch with outdated hardware — making it very hard to recommend an Android tablet to most users. Samsung is trying to change this with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 — launching with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, dual rear cameras, a redesigned S Pen with Air Mouse, a 2K AMOLED display and a huge 7040 mAh battery.

Earlier this year Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e. The Tab S5e was meant to be an entertainment-focused tablet, so certain specifications, such as the CPU, were an obvious compromise. The tablet also focused on being one of the thinnest and lightest Android tablets one could purchase at that time. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is similar to the Tab S5e in size and some hardware, but the specs and performance have received a huge bump to turn this into a productivity-based tablet. Unfortunately, like the Tab S5e, the Tab S6 also does not have a headphone jack.


The Tab S6 has a 10.5-inch display with 2560×1600 resolution. That’s a 2K display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. This tablet is incredibly thin at just 5.7mm, making it just 0.2mm thicker than the Tab S5e. It comes with quad AKG-tuned speakers for rich and immersive surround sound. The Tab S6 also has facial recognition and an optical in-display fingerprint scanner as its forms of biometric unlocking, as it gets rid of the fingerprint scanner present in the Tab S5e.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 with S Pen with Air Gesture Support

Unlike the Tab S5e, the Tab S6 comes with an S Pen. The interesting part of this S Pen is how it gets charged. Unlike the Note series S Pen which rests within the device, the S Pen on the Galaxy Tab S6 actually gets docked magnetically on the back of the tablet. This is an interesting docking and charging method. This S Pen has up to 10 hours of battery life and takes just 10 minutes to charge.

Air Gestures let you move the S Pen around the air like a magic wand and control your device. You can twist and move it to change the volume, zoom with the camera, and more. The feature set is pretty interesting and should lend itself to innovative applications. These Air Gestures will also make their way to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10.

Samsung has also equipped the Tab S6 with a new version of DeX, dubbed “DeX3.” There is a new DeX function key on the Book Cover Keyboard which makes it easy to launch. The USB-C port supports outputting to an external display, which makes DeX more useful. Samsung didn’t share all the details of the upgraded DeX functionality.

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
  • 244.5 x 159.5 x 5.7mm, 420g
Display 10.5-inch WQXGA, Super AMOLED
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 CPU:

  • 1x 2.84GHz Kryo 485 +
  • 3x 2.42GHz Kryo 485 +
  • 4x 1.8GHz Kryo 385

Adreno 640 GPU

Memory and Storage
  • 6GB/8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of storage
  • Expandable storage up to 1TB via MicroSD card
  • Rear: 13MP (f/2.0) + 5MP (f/2.2)
  • Front: 8MP (f/2.0)
  • Recording: UHD 4K (3840×2160) @ 30fps
  • Playback: UHD 8K (7680 x 4320) @ 30fps
Audio 4 speakers tuned by AKG; Dolby Atmos
Ports USB3.1 (Type C), POGO
Type-C headset connector included
Sensors Optical Fingerprint Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor,
Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
Wireless Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G+5GHz
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • Bluetooth v5.0
GPS GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo
Battery and Charging 7,040mAh (0.35mAh S Pen); Fast Charging
Android Version Android Pie with One UI
Accessories Book Cover Keyboard, Book Cover, POGO Charging Dock, S Pen

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 will be available starting on September 6th (the LTE version is coming later this year). The Wi-Fi version will start at $649 for the 6GB/128GB model and $729 for the 8GB/256GB model. The optional keyboard cover will cost an additional $179. Pre-orders begin on August 23rd and they come with 50% off the Book Cover Keyboard and 4 months of YouTube Premium.

What are your thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 and its S Pen features? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Samsung | Additional Info: The Verge

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