The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite may maybe finest be described as a mid-range pill from the corporate, sitting above the Galaxy Tab A collection of super-budget units however beneath the ‘essential’ collection of tablets (because the ‘Lite’ identify reveals). It’s a pared-back model of the Galaxy Tab S6 from 2019, though it has plenty of variations to that gadget.
The pill market is vastly skewed in direction of Apple’s iPads, so possibly it’s finest to contextualize the brand new pill with a comparability. Evidently whereas the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is a competitor to Apple’s iPad Execs, the Tab S6 Lite is squaring off in opposition to the fundamental iPad 10.2, with a lot from value to display screen measurement being pretty related.
So does the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite have sufficient to sway these on the lookout for a brand new inexpensive pill, and persuade them to select up an Android slate as an alternative of feeding Apple’s monopoly? We bought hands-on with the pill earlier than our full evaluate, to carry you our preliminary impressions and findings.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite value and availability
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite availability is just a little complicated, and it relies upon fairly a bit on area. Within the US, the pill isn’t available for purchase on the time of writing, however it has been introduced, and we all know it is going to be launched for $349 for its Wi-Fi-only model, although it’s doubtless an LTE model will likely be launched too. In keeping with Samsung the gadget will likely be launched ‘Q2’.
Within the UK, the pill is already accessible, and it prices £349 for Wi-Fi-only or £399 in order for you LTE connectivity too. Each of those costs are for 64GB storage measurement fashions, which is the one model accessible within the nation, however in Australia solely 128GB slates can be found, at AU$649 for Wi-Fi-only and AU$799 for a 4G connection.
Within the areas it’s accessible, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite will be simply purchased on the Samsung web site or Amazon, in addition to from another retailers in every area. Some retailers provide the pill’s ‘Guide Cowl’ folio case free if you purchase the gadget, so verify round to see.
Design and show
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has a 10.4-inch TFT display screen with a 2000 x 1200 decision. That’s solely 0.1 inches smaller than the non-Lite pill however the lack of that slate’s AMOLED panel with a better decision is among the sacrifices of this finances pill.
The display screen high quality is fairly good for TFT, because it’s shiny and will be seen nicely even when open air, however the colours typically look a bit washed out in comparison with different units, and when taking part in video games or watching movies typically the low decision was noticeable.
When swiping the display screen with the S Pen or a finger we observed that the display screen was a bit more durable to swipe than another tablets or smartphones, as there was a bit extra friction or resistance. It’s not precisely clear why that is, however it’s doubtless all the way down to being TFT, or any movies utilized excessive – both manner, it was a little bit of a nuisance when swiping to navigate or drawing with the S Pen.
The physique of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has dimensions of 244.5 x 154.Three x 7mm and a weight of 467g. It’s rather a lot heavier and greater than a smartphone, then, however thinner than most, and total we discovered it pretty dainty and light-weight as tablets go, which suggests it’s fairly transportable. In truth, it even suits in bigger coat (or dressing robe) pockets.
Across the display screen there’s a bezel however it’s not notably large for a pill, and it homes the front-facing digital camera.
On the prime of the pill (when holding it portrait) there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack, on the appropriate facet there’s an influence button and quantity rocker (that are additional down than you’d anticipate, and we ceaselessly by accident pressed the facility button as an alternative of quantity up), then on the underside edge there is a USB-C port.
Not all inexpensive tablets have USB-C ports. Some are caught with micro USB which is usually slower for knowledge switch and charging, so we’re completely satisfied to see the inclusion of USB-C right here. The audio jack will even please many customers of wired headphones.
The again of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is fairly plain, with the rear digital camera within the prime left and never a lot else. The pill is available in a alternative of Oxford Grey, Angora Blue or Chiffon Rose colours, although not all totally different colours can be found in all areas.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite additionally comes with an S Pen stylus, which is a reasonably helpful addition for drawing, sketching and taking notes.
In contrast to the non-Lite model there’s no in-body place to deal with the stylus although, so it has to perch on prime magnetically, although if you happen to get the Guide Cowl (which we examined the pill alongside, as you’ll see within the photos), there’s a compartment for it.
Specs, efficiency and digital camera
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite runs on the mid-range Exynos 9611 chipset, which is paired with 4GB of RAM to create all-around middling processing speeds. We discovered the pill veered between being high quality to make use of at instances, and reasonably gradual to navigate and open apps at different instances, relying on what number of background features have been occurring.
For instance, once we have been downloading apps the consumer interface felt very sluggish, and it was a contact gradual when taking part in music, however typically for day-to-day use it was high quality. Gaming was okay relying on the sport, and we performed Name of Responsibility Cell with out an excessive amount of lag, though we’d think about actually demanding video games may not be simple to play.
Maybe the obvious signal of the gradual speeds was the face recognition unlocking, which hardly ever labored earlier than we’d had time to sort our password in anyway. It doesn’t assist that it’s essential maintain the pill unnaturally far-off from you for this to work.
Talking of the cameras, there’s a 5MP snapper on the entrance for selfies and video chatting, and an 8MP one on the again. These shooters aren’t precisely wonderful for pictures, however it’s unlikely you’re going to do a lot on a pill anyway, and so they’re match for the needs you’d want for a pill.
The front-facing digital camera works nicely for Reside Focus digital camera mode (which helps you to subsequently edit the background of an image) or AR Doodle (the place you employ the S Pen to attract over a mirrored image of your face).
The battery within the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is 7,040mAh, which is pretty normal for a pill of this measurement, and we discovered it simply lasted by means of a day of medium use whereas we ran our preliminary assessments on the pill. We’ll should see how nicely it stands up over time for our full evaluate.
Due to its worthy battery life we have not but had an opportunity to check the charging velocity of the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.
It helps 15W quick charging, which isn’t precisely snappy in comparison with smartphones which might attain as much as 65W, however tablets haven’t actually used this sort of tech but. We’d estimate round two hours of charging time, however might want to take a look at this absolutely for our full evaluate.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite runs Android 10 with Samsung’s One UI laid excessive. That is primarily a change to the looks of ‘inventory’ Android, however all downloaded apps get despatched right into a drawer as an alternative of onto the primary house display screen, and Samsung units have a variety of helpful widgets you may put in your pill house pages, like climate, Spotify controls and e mail previews.
Thus far most Android tablets usually appear fairly missing in comparison with iPadOS ones, and that’s seemingly the case right here, as there are only a few distinctive options that rework the consumer expertise from ‘large smartphone’ to ‘pill’. In truth, if not for the identify, this actually may simply be a giant smartphone.
There are some fairly neat S Pen tips which can be enjoyable to make use of, although, that are all simply accessible from the UI, due to a small icon that pops as much as the facet when the pill notices the pen is in use. These embrace ‘Create Notice’, which rapidly brings up a small window you may scribble over, ‘Display screen Write’, which helps you to take a screenshot and annotate it, and ‘AR Doodle’, which we’ve already talked about.
Relying in your line of labor, these S Pen options might actually assist your productiveness, although we must always word the dearth of an elective keyboard peripheral on the time of writing (except you go for a third-party Bluetooth one) means phrase processing requires the on-screen keyboard, which isn’t as pure to make use of as bodily ones.
With its pretty large and shiny display screen the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is an effective transportable media-player, extra so than some earlier Samsung tablets. We wouldn’t precisely suggest it if you happen to’re on the lookout for a high-powered productiveness machine although.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is a better competitor to the fundamental iPads than any slate Samsung has put out earlier than – however that doesn’t imply it completely rivals Apple’s options in each manner. It’s just a little slower to make use of, and Android nonetheless isn’t designed with tablets in thoughts, so there are much less accessibility and navigation choices.
Saying that, the inclusion of the S Pen brings with it some tips that you simply may not discover in an Apple pill. That’s been the case for earlier Samsung tablets, however with its pretty low value the Tab S6 Lite could be a extra tempting provide for some customers.