Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, the true successor to the Galaxy Tab S4, is now official. The tablet comes a few weeks after the Galaxy Tab S5e arrived in the country, but we don’t expect the Tab S6 to be available locally immediately.
In fact, official availability of the Galaxy Tab S6 begins in early September but this will only be in select markets. In the U.S., for instance, pre-orders open on August 23 and shipping begins on September 6th. Samsung’s other markets will follow later in September.
Around here, the wait could take weeks before the slate arrives, probably in late September or maybe even October. It’s then that we’ll get to know the local pricing, but elsewhere, it costs $649 for the base model of 6GB/128GB. This should easily be Kshs 70,000 when it arrives these sides of the world.
Here are the major specs:
- 10.5-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600 pixels) Super AMOLED display screen
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC
- 6GB or 8GB RAM
- 128GB or 256GB expandable storage (via microSD)
- Dual-lens 13MP + 5MP main camera
- 8MP front camera
- 7040mAh battery
- Android 9 Pie with One UI
- Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, Optical Fingerprint Sensor, 4 speakers sound by AKG, Dolby Atmos, 2 MICs, etc.
- Accessories: Book Cover Keyboard, Book Cover, POGO Charging Dock, S Pen with a 0.35mAh battery.
- Color options: Mountain Gray, Cloud Blue, and Rose Blush.
The Galaxy Tab S6 becomes the first tablet with a dual-lens camera and an in-display fingerprint scanner. Samsung has also made amends for the grave mistake of using an older chipset in the flagship Galaxy Tab S4 by turning to the latest from Qualcomm for the Tab S6, the Snapdragon 855.
The pairing of up to 8GB RAM and 256GB alongside a microSD card slot that accommodates up to 1TB is exactly what this thing needs to serve you better, be it movies, games, and the productivity that is Samsung’s focus.
Samsung claims the updated DeX now makes it easier to get in and out of the desktop experience. Furthermore, the new One UI comes with elements that are optimized for touchscreens. Even better is that the updated S-Pen now works with DeX.
The keyboard accessory, which is to be purchased separately, has been improved to include a trackpad that puts a cursor on the display screen, which is pretty cool. Samsung has also added function keys to the keyboard for more flexibility. It costs $180 or about Kshs 18,000, though.
The Tab S6 has three colors – Mountain Gray, Cloud Blue, and Rose Blush. We don’t know which ones will come to Kenya, but Samsung Kenya is unlikely to bring all of them.