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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 review

The Tab S6 is Samsung’s first flagship pill for the reason that Tab S4, however can it compete with the iPad Professional and Floor Professional?

One other yr, one other flagship pill. Properly Samsung by no means launched a full-blown Tab S5 however the Galaxy Tab S6 is right here to tackle the iPad and, effectively, the iPad.

We jest, despite the fact that there isn’t a lot competitors within the pill market as of late, the Galaxy Tab S6 is pitched as a Floor Professional type productiveness pill with the connected keyboard and software program that gives the same expertise to Home windows.


As this can be a flagship system, the Tab S6 begins at £619/$649 making it one of the crucial costly tablets in the marketplace. That’s for the Wi-Fi solely mannequin with 128GB of storage however you may double that for simply £20 further, however $80.

For those who want web entry on-the-go then the LTE mannequin is £689/$729, however this time leaping to 256GB will price you £70 extra – go determine. The worth consists of the S Pen stylus however not different equipment which you may contemplate crucial. The E book Cowl is £60 and the Keyboard Cowl is £159.

It could be costly, however it’s nonetheless cheaper than the most affordable iPad Professional which is available in at £769. The iPad Air with 256GB of storage is nearer in worth at £629.

Our evaluation samples was supplied by Carphone Warehouse. You can even purchase the Tab S6 from Samsung, Amazon, Currys PC World, John Lewis and Argos.

Want one thing cheaper? Properly you may go for the Galaxy Tab S5e which remains to be wonderful or the budget-friendly Galaxy Tab A 10.1. Try our chart of the very best tablets.

Design & Construct

On the entire, not loads has modified concerning the Tab S6 design when in comparison with the Tab S5e.

We’re actually speaking minor tweaks so that you’re getting a modern, skinny and trendy pill. Figures have gone up however solely a contact at 5.7mm skinny and 420g.

The steel casing is available in numerous colors – Cloud Blue, Rose Blush and Mountain Gray – and feels very premium. We’re glad Samsung moved on from the glass rear cowl of the Tab S4 which simply doesn’t make any sensible sense for a pill.

The most important design function is discovered on the again the place there’s an indent to maintain the S Pen stylus. It attaches with magnets just like the iPad Professional (2018) however Apple chooses to stay it to the aspect as a substitute of the again.

Galaxy Tab S6 design

It feels like a good suggestion and angles the pill barely in the direction of you when you depart the stylus connected and place the Tab S6 on a flat floor. It additionally prices wirelessly whereas docked which is useful.

Nonetheless, it solely attaches when you’ve got it within the right place so if the Pen is the incorrect means spherical then it’ll simply fall off. Even in the proper place, it’s simply knocked off when selecting the pill up – particularly when you’re proper handed – or placing it right into a bag.

The opposite design change is extra delicate because the side-mounted fingerprint scanner is gone. It’s now embedded into the display like Samsung’s smartphones.

4 steel contacts on the aspect are for connecting the keyboard cowl so that you don’t have to faff round with Bluetooth. It’s known as a Pogo pin connector.

Though many units, significantly smartphones, are waterproof as of late, the Tab S6 isn’t so that you’ll be in danger if you wish to watch BBC iPlayer within the tub. One other design component to consider is the dearth of a headphone jack, limiting you to wi-fi headphones.

Specs & Options

At over £600, it’s not a lot shock that the Tab S6 comes filled with a superb number of {hardware}.

Display & Audio system

Regardless of being a good bit dearer than the Tab S5e, the show on the Tab S6 is identical.

It’s 10.5in in dimension, has a 2560×1600 decision and SuperAMOLED expertise. There’s actually nothing to dislike right here with a dazzlingly vibrant and crisp picture as we’ve come to count on from Samsung.

There’s loads of brightness on provide once you want it, too, maxxing out at 436cd/m2. The screen-to-body ratio remains to be respectable too giving a contemporary look however leaving sufficient house to carry the pill with out interfering with the show.

Galaxy Tab S6 screen

The 16:10 side ratio means you’ll get skinny black bars above and under movies when you may crop in however it’s not a bit deal actually and gives a bit extra top when engaged on paperwork in panorama orientation.

As talked about earlier, the display now has a fingerprint scanner hidden inside. It’s useful however not the quickest we’ve tried and is usually a little awkward to make use of relying on the way you’re holding the pill.

To go together with the sensible display are some superior audio system. There are 4 with two at both finish ‘by AKG’ – spectacular contemplating how skinny the slate is. They provide a strong, balanced and immersive sound much better than most tablets and up there with the iPads fashions which even have 4 audio system.

The one subject, as we discovered with the S5e is that you just may cowl a few of the grilles up along with your palms when holding the pill in panorama mode.

S Pen

It could be the identical show as its predecessor however the Tab S6 helps Samsung’s S Pen providing you with a purpose to spend the additional.

This stylus is way greater than the one you get with the Galaxy Word 10 telephones, therefore it docking on the again moderately than right into a gap. It’s not probably the most comfy we’ve used as a consequence of its width and appears just a little odd with such a tiny tip.

Galaxy Tab S6 S Pen

Nonetheless, it really works very effectively with the pill and can be utilized for numerous issues together with drawing, handwriting, basic navigation and a distant management (with the button) for apps just like the digital camera or shows.

The software program is identical because the Word 10 so that you get useful options like ‘sensible choose’ and ‘display write’. Others are extra gimmicky similar to AR Doodle the place you may draw on somebody’s face and no matter you create will transfer round with them.

You can even use air gestures as if the S Pen was a wand. For instance, you may change between digital camera modes with a swipe or do a round movement to zoom. It’s enjoyable however we will’t think about anybody will actually use this commonly.


You may get the identical display on the cheaper S5e, however the Tab S6 comes with 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM which is an honest improve. The 256GB mannequin has extra at 8GB. Both means, there’s a microSD card slot you may add as much as 1TB extra storage.

Samsung opts for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor which is flagship stage vs the mid-range 670 mannequin within the the S5e.

This is sensible on the subject of the worth, but in addition the best way the S6 is pitched extra for productiveness moderately than an leisure system. We’ve acquired no quibbles on the efficiency entrance because the system is silky clean. PUBG on Excessive HDR isn’t any downside.

You possibly can see our benchmark outcomes under the place we’ve additionally included the Floor Go as a Home windows comparability (we have not benchmarked the Floor Professional 7 but).

Battery life

The Tab S6 has the identical 7040mAh battery present in its predecessor however Samsung claims an additional 30 minutes of battery life – we assume as a consequence of a special processor.

15 hours of video playback can be nice however we didn’t fairly get that size of time within the Geekbench Four battery benchmark. Nonetheless, at 11 hours and 22 minutes it’s higher than the S5e and one of many higher outcomes round going toe-to-toe with the iPads.

Galaxy Tab S6 USB-C

You’ll use the lone USB-C port for charging most definitely, however that Pogo pin connector we talked about earlier may also be used for charging when you get Samsung’s Pogo Charging Dock.

We couldn’t take a look at the 15W charger as we weren’t provided with one however it’s just a little behind the 18W charger provided with the iPad Professional.

Software program

Samsung’s OneUI is the usual subject software program on Galaxy units now, primarily based on Android 9 Pie right here.

It’s respectable however nonetheless not our favorite at Tech Advisor towers, although it could be yours and that’s your selection, after all. It’s not as refined as inventory Android however it’s a lot better than Samsung’s efforts of days gone previous.

Galaxy Tab S6 software

Let’s concentrate on the principle options right here, firstly the break up view that lets you use apps side-by-side with even a 3rd one on high – with none efficiency points.

DeX (quick for desktop expertise) is the headline function and lets you use the pill as if it have been working on Home windows 10. It takes just a few seconds to load however when you’re in you may run apps in home windows and management the interface with a pointer – a Bluetooth mouse can be utilized when you don’t get the keyboard cowl.

On the one hand it really works effectively and it makes extra sense on the Tab S6 with its highly effective processor in comparison with the Tab S5e. Nonetheless, the show feels small for this sort of use in comparison with a laptop computer and plenty of apps work higher again out within the common Android mode.

Galaxy Tab S6 DeX

A lot of this productiveness depends on the keyboard cowl which additionally has a trackpad. We weren’t provided with one however have been shocked with how good earlier ones have been. The issue is that it’s £159 and once you add this onto the price of even the most affordable Tab S6, you may get an honest Home windows 10 laptop computer as a substitute which can do a a lot better job.

For those who actually need a pill which might exchange your laptop computer then the Tab S6 is likely one of the greatest choices however it does come all the way down to what sort of work you should get finished. We wouldn’t suggest it, actually.


There’s little question that the Galaxy Tab S6 is a wonderful pill – arguably the very best Android pill you should purchase by way of {hardware} and options.

If you deliver within the worth, although, which is much more than the Tab S5e it’s not such a great deal. It’s predecessor is fairly related and there are cheaper iPads on the market, too.

Whether or not you should purchase it largely comes down as to if you actually suppose you’ll use it as a productiveness system by profiting from the S Pen and DeX software program. We’re not satisfied although, and also you’ll have to consider the price of the keyboard cowl to take full benefit.

At this worth, you’ll possible be higher off with a Home windows 10 laptop computer except you actually need a pill as a substitute. Nonetheless, an iPad Professional or Microsoft Floor is a superior possibility within the pill market.

In any other case, the Tab S6 might be overkill in comparison with the Tab S5e which has the identical display, design and audio system and is completely good as an leisure system and light-weight work.


Samsung Galaxy Tab S6: Specs

  • Android 9 P
  • 10.5in WQXGA Tremendous AMOLED (1600X2560) show, 287ppi
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 chipset (2.35GHz + 1.9GHz)
  • 6- or 8GB RAM
  • 128- or 256GB storage, expandable by as much as 1TB by way of microSD
  • Twin rear-facing digital camera setup (13 + 5Mp)
  • 8Mp front-facing digital camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), MIMO
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB-C
  • 4 audio system
  • Redesigned S-Pen with Bluetooth and Wi-fi Charging
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • 7040mAh battery
  • 244.5 x 159.5 x 5.7mm
  • 420g
  • Obtainable in Cloud Blue, Rose Blush, Mountain Gray

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