Samsung Unveils Latest Android Tablet, the Galaxy Tab S6
Samsung is holding on to its Android tablets for dear life despite the category facing massive sales declines for the past few years. On Wednesday, the company announced it would be releasing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 for $649 in late August.
The Samsung Tab S6 features a 10.5-inch 2560×1600 OLED display, a 2.84GHz Snapdragon 855, and a 7040mAh battery, but one major thing the tablet is missing is a headphone jack. What would have been surprising news now actually makes sense after seeing the Galaxy Note 10 dongle that leaked yesterday. With the Galaxy Tab S6, and the slated Galaxy Note 10, Samsung seems to be joining the ranks of Apple, Google, and nearly every other smartphone maker in ditching the headphone jack, but we’re sure to hear more on that next week during the Unpacked event.
As for the rest of the specs, the tablet features a dual camera for the first time with rear-facing 13MP and 5MP cameras. The 5.7mm thick, 420g Galaxy Tab S6 is Samsung’s first ever tablet with an in-screen optical fingerprint reader. The Galaxy Tab S6 also syncs seamlessly with Galaxy smartphones allowing users to answer calls and respond to texts as usual. Because of its easy pairing, Samsung is positioning the tablet as a “control hub” that allows users to “keep life going with a single Samsung account that lets you move without interruption.”
The Galaxy Tab S6 will be available in three colors: Cloud Blue, Rose Blush, and Mountain Gray, each with a matching S Pen, which also got a few updates. The S Pen now comes with a battery and Bluetooth functionality that allows it to lend its use as a remote shutter button for the camera. An indent on the back of the tablet provides charging and safe keeping for the S Pen when it's not in use.
“Today’s inspiration comes at a moment’s notice and creatives and professionals need a device able to keep up with insatiable imaginations while complementing their busy, on-the-go lifestyles,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “Galaxy Tab S6 enables consumers to unlock their creativity, while delivering the top-quality productivity features and advanced technology they have come to expect from Samsung tablets.”
Additional accessories for the tablet include the Book Cover Keyboard, Book Cover, and POGO Charging Dock. Preorders for the Galaxy Tab S6 begin on Aug. 23 through Samsung.com, with in-store availability beginning Sept. 6. Samsung says an LTE version of the device will also be available at a later date.