Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 certainly came to “shake up” the tablet market and bring eyes to this segment again. This review will tell you why the Galaxy Tab S6 is probably the only Android tablet to consider when making a purchase. This can be purchased in large stores for a price of € 749.99, always depending on promotions in force.
Strengths of the Galaxy Tab S6
- Build quality
- Sound quality of the speakers
- Fast charging and satisfactory battery life
- Fluid performance without “hiccups”
- Fantastic shape and color display
- Excellent pen sensitivity and functionality
- Samsung Dex is great for multitasking
Weaknesses of the Galaxy Tab S6
- 60Hz rate display only
- Pen ergonomics when attached to the tablet
- Cover accessory with keyboard is expensive (€ 179.99)
Solid build quality and design
The Galaxy Tab S6 has a construction that combines metal and glass in an excellent way. Strategically placed in the upper and lower frame we find the four loudspeaker columns, with the USB-C input in the lower corner. We also have the microphone at the top, with the on / off and volume buttons on the right side.
Finally, on the left side we have the connection pins whose purpose is to connect the cover with the keyboard. Interestingly, it is also possible to use these pins as a rest for the pen, although this is not the space to carry it. The space to load the S-Pen is located in the back hollow of the tablet, although it is not the most ergonomic place to have it during use without a cover.
There is no 3.5mm jack input but if you want to use wired headsets or headphones, nothing that a USB-C to jack adapter does not solve (not included). This is another step towards the trend to make all equipment independent of wires.
A fantastic screen
The Super AMOLED screen on the Tab S6 is HDR 10+ certified and has a high resolution of 2560 x 1080. This combination in a 16:10 format in 10.5 inches gives a simply fantastic viewing experience. Whether you’re consuming media, playing games or browsing the interface, you won’t be disappointed at all.
The sound quality is simply exemplary
For many years I have been insisting that manufacturers should invest more in the sound of their equipment, especially in mobile phones. Fortunately, Samsung has spared no effort when it comes to sound quality on the Galaxy Tab S6. This is because we have 4 columns tuned by AKG, the longtime partner of the company.
So, we have a sound classified as quadrifonic, because we have sound that comes out doubly from the sides of the device, depending on how you grab it. The sound is rich, has quality in various types of music and reaches high volumes without distorting or becoming annoying.
An enviable performance
From PUBG Mobile with maximum graphics to the most intense multi-tasking, the Tab S6 withstood all the tasks. Its Snapdragon 855 and the combination of 6GB of RAM make this tablet fly in any application or daily use.
Even without closing applications and having music or video to play, along with simultaneously browsing and installing apps, the Tab S6 provided a hiccup-free experience, as a device in this category should do.
In addition, the Tab S6 has memory expandable by SD card up to 1 TB. This way, if you want to keep your entire digital life (videos, photos and documents) inside the tablet, it is possible to go beyond the included memory.
Galaxy Tab S6 Features
- 10.5 inch Super AMOLED screen
- 2560 x 1600 resolution with 297 pixels per inch
- Snapdragon 855 processor
- 6 GB RAM
- 128 GB internal storage
- Rear camera: 13 MP angular sensor + 5 MP ultra-angular secondary sensor
- Front camera: 8 MP angled sensor
- 7040 mAh battery with 15W charging
- Android 9 with OneUI
- Biometric sensor under the glass
- Weight of 420 grams
Satisfactory autonomy from 2 to 3 days
Its 7020 mAh battery gave about 2 to 3 days of use, with the necessary interruptions. Our use went through multimedia consumption with maximum brightness, games, navigation and several productivity apps, in addition to loading the pen itself.
The Tab S6 comes with a standard 15W charger, which charges fully in just under two hours. However, the Tab S6 is compatible with fast charging up to 25W, having to be purchased separately.
S-Pen to draw and more
Fortunately, Samsung did not do like Apple and decided to include the S-Pen as an original accessory. S-Pen offers the same functions as it does in Notes, from notes to more personalized screenshots. Additionally, we have the option of transforming handwritten notes into text, making it possible to copy, paste and share everything later.
However, for more artistic users, the Tab S6’s huge screen offers great possibilities for design or artistic design. I strongly recommend installing apps like Adobe Draw to experience the pen to the fullest. Unfortunately, the pen button does not work in Adobe Draw, for example, you cannot quickly erase scratches.
Samsung Dex is the way
Although OneUI is much better than Samsung Experience or the old TouchWiz, I’m still not convinced to use Samsung’s apps for everything. Applications like Samsung Store and the Bixby assistant are interesting but I still prefer the versions of Google, tested and used for decades.
However, if there is one field where I have to praise Samsung at the software level, it is the Samsung Dex. This is the “desktop” version of Samsung, offering an approximate experience to a Windows or Mac computer. The best part is that Dex already works independently of an external monitor, you can activate it inside the tablet.
To further improve, you can connect an external mouse and keyboard via Bluetooth. In this way, the Tab S6 becomes the ultimate productivity machine. Samsung Dex offers an easier interface for multitasking, opening apps and using work in general.
Conclusion: this tablet is ideal for working
If you are looking for a tablet to work in a portable way, this should be your choice. Its Samsung Dex Desktop mode opens up a world of possibilities for work, due to the external connection of peripherals and the simplified interface, which comes close to a more traditional computer experience.
Its above-average screen and performance will also please anyone who wants to make light photo edits. For the more artistic, the S-Pen is an ideal companion for drawing, in addition to complementing productivity with the functions of text capture and conversion of manuscripts.
In short, there is no doubt that the Galaxy Tab S6 is an example to follow when it comes to Android tablets. We have performance, sound quality, a bright screen with vivid colors in all situations and features that stand out like the S -Pen and the Samsung Dex. All of this with satisfactory autonomy.
Its price of € 749.99 is fair, considering the premium market where it is inserted and the inclusion of the pen in the purchase. However, the same cannot be said of the cover with keyboard and touchpad that has a value of € 179.99, a high price for a secondary accessory. For more modest users, there is the option of the Galaxy Tab S5e, with a value of 459 €.