Samsung has officially announced the new Galaxy Tab S6 with a pitch that sounds similar to that of Apple's iPad Pro and Microsoft's Surface Pro. The high-end tablet is designed for both productivity work and entertainment needs, and will support pen input (with a stylus included in the box) and it can be attached to an optional keyboard case. The tablet will be available on September 6th, with the 128GB + 6GB RAM going for USD$649 (~MYR2688) and the 256GB + 8GB RAM will cost USD$729 (~MYR3019). Samsung says an LTE version of the Tab S6 will be available later in the year.
The tablet will have a 16:10 10.5-inch OLED screen (2560 x 1600 pixel resolution), similar to the Tab S4, but Samsung has trimmed the bezels a tad to make the overall footprint smaller. It has also traded the facial recognition login system for an in-screen optical fingerprint scanner.
Samsung has also thinned the thickness and weight of the tablet down to 5.7mm thick and 420 grams. There are four speakers along the edges, two on each side when the tablet is held in landscape. Inside, the Tab S6 has a Snapdragon 855 processor and a 7,040mAh battery that the company says is good for up to 15 hours of use.
In terms of camera, the Tab S6 has a dual-camera system with a standard lens and a 123-degree wide angle lens at the back. The back also has the most interesting part of the tablet: a magnetic strip that lets the included S Pen stylus attach to the tablet. Like the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil, the S6 can charge the pen when it’s attached and it even has a similar on-screen charging notification when you attach it.
The S Pen stylus has similar remote-control features as the S Pen that comes with the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone, including the ability to advance PowerPoint slides or trigger the camera shutter remotely. There are also new gestures for scrolling through media and other functions while holding the pen. It’s likely that these gestures will also be available on the new Note 10 smartphone when it’s announced next week.
Samsung has redesigned the keyboard attachment to include a small trackpad and can be purchased for an additional USD$179 (~MYR740). It connects to the tablet through a set of pogo pins on the left edge of the Tab S6 and can be detached separately from its back cover, which also acts as a kickstand to prop the tablet up.
No news on when it will come to Malaysia, or even official local prices yet. You can find out more about the Tab S6 on Samsung's official website.