Samsung has just announced its latest tablet to hit the market – the Tab S6.
In addition to some nifty changes that have been made compared to the previous generations, Samsung has also declared its intention to to push into the premium end of the market with the price tag.
The Galaxy Tab S6 is a light boi, coming in at just 420g to accompany the 10.5-inch display and 5.7mm thickness.
And if you’re one of those people who likes to walk around taking photos with your tablet (only minimal judgement here), it has a dual camera setup with a wide and ultra wide lens. You’ll also find a little magnet on top for the S-Pen to attach to.
If you want to be able to use it for typing, there is an optional keyboard attachment, but it will set you back an extra $199. If you’d like the regular book cover it’s $89.
Introduced a few years ago, Samsung DeX is still alive and kicking, but thankfully you no longer need a HDMI cable to make it work. It’s installed directly onto the tablet itself.
Samsung is also pushing the Tab S6 as a gaming device due to its new 7nm processor. It apparently has 81 per cent faster CPU performance than the Tab S4 and a 64 per cent faster CPU. It’s interesting that the S5 was skipped when pulling those numbers, but we’re guessing the gap wasn’t as big.
The new S-Pen also has some upgrades, including a magnetised attachment that is reminiscent of the Apple Pencil, transparent note taking, air actions (that can control the camera, video and cursor), handwritten note-to-text conversion and note exporting.
It also supports fast charge, offering 10 hours of use from just ten minutes of charge.
While many of us require a more hardcore workhorse for our daily driver, Samsung is doing a good job of highlighting how much you can get done on a thin and light tablet.
You’ll need to pry my laptop out of my cold, dead hands before I ever consider switching full time – but I’ll admit that I enjoyed using the S5 for short trips and was able to do enough work to get by. I’m looking forward to seeing if the S6 can significantly up the ante.
There will be two options for the Tab 6 available in Australia – 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, which will come in Mountain Grey or Cloud Blue. Or if you want a little more power there will also be an 8GB RAM/256GB storage option in the Cloud BLue colour variant.
The Tab 6 will set you back $1,099 for the 6GB/128GB on Wi-Fi, or $1,299 for 4G LTE. The 8GB/256GB version will start at $1,299 on Wi-Fi or $,1499 for 4G LTE connectivity.
Pre-orders start on August 27, with the tablets going on sale September 13. Anyone who pre-orders will be able to upgrade to the 8GB/256GB model for free.