The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is a very accomplished Android tablet and this is evidenced by the fact that it’s fantastic for media and also practically as good in performance. It’s costly, yet still cheaper than its main rival – the iPad Pro. However, it’s not up to the same standard as Apple’s Pro variety.
No pressure or anything, however, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Tab still bears the expectation of the entire Android tablet market on its sleek metallic frame. Or at a minimum, of that portion of the tablet market that desires something better than being thrown onto the backseat for the youngsters to play with.
Thanks to Apple’s complete grip on the tablet market – and also the iPad Pro’s production and proficiency of a brand-new super-tablet range – very few rival makers dare to enter the premium tablet computer domain. Samsung is a notable exception, having consistently turned out graceful and well-loaded pro tablet models.
Even Samsung hesitated to face Apple’s assault when it chose to lead with the mid-range Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e earlier this year. Yet the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 provides us the Android tablet challenger we have been waiting for.
The bright side is that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Tab is without a doubt the finest Android tablet you can buy right now. The real question is whether the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is good enough to qualify for direct competition with the iPad Pro.
Price and Availability
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 has been available from late August 2019, with prices starting from $649.99 for the base 6GB RAM/128GB storage, Wi-Fi version. Add LTE to that arrangement, or upgrade the Wi-Fi model to 256GB of storage space and also 8GB of RAM, and the cost will rise to $729.99. The actual top Tab S6 design is the 8GB RAM/256GB storage space LTE design, which sets you back $923 and was launched first in the UK, but undeniably expensive by Android tablet norms.
Nevertheless, these prices rank positively compared to Apple’s iPad Pro 11 (2018), which begins with $799 for the 64GB Wi-Fi version. Bump that up to the 256GB LTE specification that matches the Galaxy Tab S6’s leading design, and you’ll be paying $1,099.
And that’s not factoring in the additional $129 price for an Apple Pencil. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 bundles in its own stylus, the S Pen, as part of the deal. You will nevertheless need to pay an additional sum for Samsung’s keyboard cover, as is the case with Apple’s.
S Pen’s performance
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 has a lot of positives, yet its main point of differentiating factors compared to the iPad Pro is the addition of the S Pen stylus. It’s also embedded into the layout of the Tab 6, this time around, slotting right into an area just below the major camera module. The Tab S6 recharges the S Pen when it’s secured location on the device, with a full recharge taking 90 minutes.
While it’s unquestionably trendy that you can stow away the S Pen in this manner, it’s not particularly protected. This means that it’s incredibly easy to nudge the stylus out of its housing, and you will certainly discover it at the bottom of the bag you’re using to carry it around. There’s an excellent reason why both of the main Galaxy Tab S6 cases envelops the S Pen. One of them is virtually compulsory if you plan to travel with this device.
Samsung is a professional at stylus pen innovation, having been running the Samsung Galaxy Note range of phablets for a number of years. The 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S6 screen produces a remarkable canvas for this all-round device. As a matter of fact, we ‘d go so far as to claim that the S Pen makes even much more sense right here than in the abovementioned Note series.
With this perfectly proportioned S Pen nearby, the Galaxy Tab S6’s luxurious display almost invites you to indulge in illustrations as well as various other imaginative tasks. That’s something that’s urged by the optional PENUP application, which offers guided drawings as well as user-friendly devices to assist you to start scrawling. It’s far from being the most detailed drawing device around, and dedicated digital artists will certainly mount their very own third-party choice very quickly. However, for laid-back doodling, it’s not a poor method, to begin with.
Whether you’re writing notes, cutting out screenshot areas for notations, or simply drawing, the S Pen is a finely balanced all-round device. It has simply the best level of resistance as well as precision in its rubber nib to make any job possible, as well as dependent on ability and a steady hand as opposed to technological constraints.
It’s not up to Apple Pencil quality yet, however then we also have to pay an exorbitant amount for Apple’s own tablet stylus. The S Pen is all part of the plan, as well as it’s accomplished at what it does. There are also trendy software program right here like Smart Select, which allows you to eliminate a portion of the screen and get the contents transcribed for you. The main enhancement to the S Pen is something called Air Actions, which are basically gestural commands, triggered by waving the S Pen.
It’s an interesting suggestion, however, we aren’t persuaded yet. Having the ability to assign an app to open when you press the S Pen button (the Electronic camera app as per default settings) is perfect. The ability to customize what a solitary press, as well as a double press of the button, will do to specific apps is much appreciated- though this mostly pertains to Samsung’s own applications.
The motion-based gestures seem a bit fiddly and of restricted value. We can see the charm of making use of these motions as a push-button control when viewing a movie on the tablet – pressing the button and gesturing upwards to turn the volume up, is one example. However, will you ever be that distant from the Galaxy Tab S6 that this will be the preferred option instead of making use of the volume key? We have our doubts in this respect.
At the same time, rotation-based gestures seem to be a hit and miss. Even if there was a useful benefit for focusing the camera in this manner, the half-cracked result guarantees that you’d never do it after a preliminary attempt.
Design and display screen
- Really slim all-metal style.
- Dynamic 10.5-inch Super AMOLED.
- In-display fingerprint sensor: convenient but not the quickest.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 won’t win any accolades for originality on the style front, however, that does not stop it from being a good-looking device. It doesn’t possess the angular, chiseled appeal of an iPad Pro 11, yet it remains in the same all-metal field. If anything the Tab S6’s softer edges, thinner body (though this is only 5.7 mm vs 5.9 mm), substantially light frame (420g vs 468g), and also longer aspect ratio makes it really feel quite a bit slender than its Apple competitor. The Tab S6’s design is certainly a substantial makeover over its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4. We are glad to see the back of the latter’s breakable and also slippery glass rear.
The Galaxy Tab S6 shares some attributes with the mid-range Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e that was introduced a couple of months ago. The main difference is the premium model’s lozenge-shaped dual-camera module and also the S Pen port that runs below it. This last attribute might have a clear function, and additionally it acts as the tablet’s unique identification mark. If you flip around onto the edge nearest that slot, you’ll discover the Galaxy Tab S6’s volume and power buttons, alongwith the SIM tray on the LTE version. The optional keyboard cover’s connector is on the opposite edge.
Samsung has set up 4 AKG-tuned speakers, two on both of the narrow sides, while the bottom side (based on the location of the Samsung logo) similarly includes the USB-C port. There is no 3.5 mm earphone jack, which is a clear deficiency in any pro-level tablet.
If the Galaxy Tab S6’s design is silently breathtaking, and on top of that its screen makes no attempt to minimize things. We’re talking about a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1600 x 2560 resolution for 287ppi. The really significant part is the Super AMOLED bit. It might have been present in both the Galaxy Tab S4 and also the Galaxy Tab S5e, but it still seems like a new addition for a tablet. The usual pros and cons of this panel technology exist and are adequately catered. This is a vibrant screen with superb contrast (including HDR10+ qualification) and deep, inky blacks. It really is attractive, and those lively colors lift everything from video clips to digital paintings.
Is it simply better than the iPad Pro screen? We wouldn’t commit to that for 2 reasons – it does not have the super-responsive 120Hz variable refresh price of the Apple tablet, and it doesn’t have the same brightness. If strong lighting is applied the colors tend to diminish. Both displays have their unique advantages as well as their quirks.
The Galaxy Tab S6 display’s broader 16:10 element ratio supplies a little of both. On the one hand, it fits motion picture content a bit more snugly than the iPad Pro. Alternatively, it makes picture usage really feel a tad restricted and awkward than with the 4:3 iPad.
An additional technique applied by the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6’s screen is a fingerprint sensor tucked beneath, right near the USB-C port. This indicates that you do not need to rely upon the error-prone facial recognition system or the frustrating passcode entry system. This in-display sensing mechanism functions sensibly in our experience, though it still feels slower and much intense than devoted fingerprint sensors. That’s partially because you have to power the display on to trigger it, and also because it just appears to be a bit slower. The failure rate also seemed to be on the higher side.
Battery life and camera
- The 7,040 mAh battery offers excellent stamina.
- Samsung estimates 14 hrs of use on a solitary charge.
Samsung has actually decided to opt for a smaller battery in the Galaxy Tab S6 than the one used in Galaxy Tab S4, i.e. 7,040 mAh versus 7,300 mAh. However, this is still impressive, as well as being the same size as the Galaxy Tab S5e’s battery. Factor in the benefits of the reliable Snapdragon 855 chipset and all the problems are resolved.
This is confirmed by our regular battery test, which involves running a 90-minute looped video clip with the display brightness turned up to maximum level. With the Galaxy Tab S4, this job ate 12% of a complete charge and with the Galaxy Tab S6, it consumed just 9%. Samsung has shared an estimate that the Galaxy Tab S6 is backed for 14 hours of usage. In our experience, it will comfortably withstand a rather extensive workload, and also it’s absolutely competitive with the iPad Pro 11.
The Tab S6 also sustains quick battery charging, despite the fact that it only ships with a 15W battery charger – not the 25W unit that ships with the Galaxy S10 5G mobile phone – is a minor setback. Just for comparison, the iPad Pro 11 ships with an 18W battery charger.
- 13MP and 5MP dual-camera with Night Setting.
- 8MP selfie camera.
A dual-camera may not seem like a specifically noteworthy feature in a digital age where we’re used to quad-camera smart devices. But the Galaxy Tab S6 is the first Samsung tablet computer to include a multi-camera configuration.
That entails a 13MP f/2.0 main sensor coupled with a 5-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide back-up. That would be quite typical appearing in a mid-range smartphone, however, it’s fairly progressive for a tablet computer, where digital photography truly isn’t a major concern. The secondary camera, specifically, opens up the possibility of some intriguing wide-angle shots, as well as allowing overblown bokeh Portrait breaks.
What seems reasonably suitable on paper becomes so in practical use. The shots obtained were perfectly usable, in a mid-range phone sort of way. A few of the colors did appear to be unnaturally ramped up for eyesight, but Samsung has an acknowledged affinity for vibrant colors.
Overall, Samsung’s great camera software strengthens things significantly, with auto-HDR evening out the extremes really well on any fantastic landscape shots. The Night Mode has been brought from Samsung’s top-end smartphones, and you’ll be able to take functional shots in incredibly dark conditions. The procedures involves holding the tablet computer still for a number of seconds and you have to make sure that subject is likewise fixed. All things considered, the results are rather suitable.
There’s an 8MP electronic camera up front, though we presume this will certainly be used mostly for video phone calls. If something was to stop using the tablet for a video camera then it would be utilizing the tablet for a selfie. Purpose defines usage.
User interface and reliability
- Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung’s One UI.
- Effective split-screen as well as S Pen assimilation.
- Swift and responsive, although lacking the prettiest user interface.
The Galaxy Tab S6 runs Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung’s One UI layered on top. This personalized UI still doesn’t suit our individual preference, lacking as it does the sense of refinement of stock Android or the even more critical initiatives of OnePlus and also Motorola. It doesn’t match Apple’s iPadOS in type as well as, for the most part, function. Nonetheless, it is the cleanest and also the least tampered software that Samsung has actually produced a while. It’s likewise easy to browse and significantly snappy. Whether that last factor holds over the long run will certainly take a substantial number of months and even years to find out. Samsung does not have the very best record when it pertains to maintaining its software up to date as well as feeling productive over time.
The fundamentals of Android 9.0 Pie are all right here, from the home screen to the drop-down alerts menu and also the application tray. They just all look a little softer and also much less fashionable. Scrolling to the left of the home screen gives you Samsung’s own ‘Take a Look display.’ This provides you Galaxy Store (Samsung’s very own application shop), news updates, instantaneous games, GIFs, timetable details, recommendations, and so forth. It’s similar to what both Google and Apple supply in their own left-of-home screen arrangements – but it’s still not as sharp or appealing.
Samsung strives to provide a lot of its own applications as typical settings, though thankfully, you can opt-out of a lot of them. When discussing the Samsung Net Browser and Microsoft Outlook, you’d be checking out alternatives of what’s already provided by Google. The vastly exceptional Google Photos does the exact same with Samsung Gallery, which isn’t also optional.
Samsung proceeds to lay on its DeX solution, accessed from the notification menu, which offers you a light desktop computer experience on an exterior screen or Galaxy Tab S6. You can even link a wireless keyboard as well as a computer mouse for the complete impact. The necessary key-board cover and a cable are not supplied with the standard S6 device. As a substitute attaching a Bluetooth mouse, the users are able to glance at the DeX user interface, and everything seemed to be very smooth and efficient running on the S6’s qualified hardware.
The bottom line of DeX is to make it possible for simpler multitasking, with numerous windows as well as applications existing together on the display. Anybody who’s made use of Windows 10 or macOS will certainly be able to comprehend the vital advantages right here. Indeed, we had the opportunity to perform multiple tests like keep a Netflix video clip running, look for documents, creating a Dropbox folder, as well as check a website in Chrome, all at the exact same time on a solitary screen with overlapping home windows. The Tab S6 barely stuttered during these tasks.
Having said that, it deserves noting that for the cost of the Galaxy Tab S6 you can buy yourself a suitable mid-range laptop computer equipped with Windows 10. If you’re truly looking for a portable efficiency machine, that would still seem to be a far better bet. Advanced productivity is still attainable due to the DeX on S6 as shown by test results.
Videos, songs, and gaming
- Missing headphone port.
- A lot of power and also storage space.
- Great screen and speakers make this an actual media device.
There’s no questioning the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6’s media credentials. It excels in more or less every functionality, and it’s acknowledged as the absolute best all-round Android media player available. On the visual front, that 10.5-inch Super AMOLED screen displays movies beautifully. As an example, the vibrant shades and colors of Blade Runner 2049 look truly elegant. This capability is improved by the tablet’s four AKG-tuned speakers which leads to exceptional audio output. There’s a surprising degree of range to this audio performance considering the slimness of Galaxy Tab S6’s body.
By positioning the audio speakers at the 4 edges, it’s really uncommon that you’ll discover that any of them are blocked by your hand. Even if this happens during gaming, there’s constantly a pair totally free. It’s a great benefit that the audio speakers are so great, as you don’t have the ability to use your wired headphones with the Galaxy Tab S6. It’s understandable that wireless headphones are the future, and also prevalent in present times, but eliminating the alternative of a physical link on a large pro-level device such as this seems just as silly as the case with the iPad Pro.
When we switch to games, we’re back on favorable ground. No, the display doesn’t have a mentionable quick refresh rate. However it looks excellent, and also the Galaxy Tab S6’s Snapdragon 855 is practically the fastest Android chip on the market and this specimen soars.
Samsung additionally supplies its very own Game Launcher application, which immediately draws your installed video games into it and tracks your video gaming time. You can additionally connect your Discord account to see what your friends are playing. We should mention that Game Launcher determined that 2 applications are placed on the home screen, which is at par with Samsung’s normal procedures.
When it comes to saving your media files, you’re well protected. You get 128GB of storage in the base design and get up to 256GB in the top model. Factor in a microSD port that can cater up to 1TB of expansion, and the Galaxy Tab S6 has covered all of your needs.
Specifications and benchmark performance
- Perfect multitasking and pc gaming
- Snapdragon 855 works at optimum Android capability
At the time of this article’s publication, it can safely mentioned that you won’t discover a faster Android tablet computer on the market than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. That’s attributable to the advanced Snapdragon 855, which is the chip that supports flagship phones like the OnePlus 7 Pro. This is supported by either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, relying on the design you choose. It’s a shame this isn’t a standard amount, however, it does not make a lot of difference provided the headroom that you can access. We checked the ‘reduced’ 6GB design as well and it performed superbly.
We discovered the possibility of running numerous windows concurrently in DeX mode, consisting of a Netflix video clip as well as three or four diverse applications. The Galaxy Tab S6 really did not think before execution. Split-screen multitasking in normal mode is likewise fast and also fluid. By pulling it from the right of the screen you can pop applications to both sides of the display, and afterward include a third app as well, and while all this is performed there aren’t any kind of noticeable performance hitches.
The games can operate on max settings as well. In PUBG, settings were bumped up to Extreme HDR, which is currently as high as it goes, without any noticeable drop in the efficiency. Similarly, the graphically sophisticated Elder Scrolls: Blades performs smoothly.
The Geekbench 4 benchmark scores underline why all of this is not that surprising. An ordinary multi-core score of 10,741 is really solid for an Android gadget, although it should be noted that it drops short of the iPad Pro 11 2018 (18,104), as well as even the extra modest iPad Air 2019 (11,575). It’s well ahead of the Android tablet group though and to drive the point across the Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro, for instance, can only take care of 6,540.
If you are looking for the best Android tablet that is available in the market than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is your answer. It’s a media-playing giant, thanks to its beautiful display, powerful specs, and excellent audio result. This is additionally the very best Android device for efficiency, due to the aforementioned specs in conjunction with Samsung’s great S Pen and its DeX desktop software application.
However, if you look outside the Android market, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 finds itself threatened by exceptional alternatives. The iPad Pro 11 continues to be the best pro tablet, while the Surface Pro 6 and its Windows 10 are much better for pure productivity.
Is this for you?
If you have actually been waiting patiently for a company to release the top-notch Android tablet with state of the art components than there’s actually no other choice. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is the only good player in the area.
Similarly, if you would certainly like a pro-level tablet computer with all the accessories – including a stylus pen and also ample storage space – but don’t want to pay Apple in access of $1,000 for the privilege, then Galaxy S6 Tab might really turn out to be an excellent option.
Should you go for it right away?
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Tablet is a combination of rare features – a top-end Android tablet with the sort of power, layout as well as features set to rival a 2019 flagship mobile. It’s durable, extremely powerful, has a vivid Super AMOLED screen, and also outstanding battery life. It also bundles in an S Pen stylus pen that can be put to all manner of imaginative as well as productive usages, and also DeX has significant multitasking capacity.
The discussion wouldn’t be complete without mentioning what the iPad 11 Pro has to offer. A 4: aspect ratio leads to a responsive and brighter display, while the device beats Tab S6 in performance and desirability. The iPad OS is easier to use but it doesn’t stack upto DeX’s multitasking potential. The iPad Pro’s premium model doesn’t come cheap and the basic package delivers half of Samsung’s storage. Forking out additional cash for the Apple pencil means that you might be better off with Galaxy Tab S6.
The nearest competitor in the Android ecosystem is the Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro, which provides an affordable tablet experience. It contains an enormous 7500 mAh battery, a 10.8-inch display, and metal design. It allows the addition of a keyboard cover and has a responsive stylus as compared to Tab S6’s one. Despite these facts, it doesn’t have the S6’s Super AMOLED display and doesn’t match its powerful performance.
After considering these options, one has to say that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 6 has more points in its favor than against. Android users will definitely love this option and even a few Apple iPad 11 Pro users might switch sides.