Galaxy Tab S6 Leaks Point to Samsung’s Continued Commitment to Tablets

Samsung has been making tablets almost as long as Apple, but while the iPad has maintained its popularity, Android-based slates have declined. Google might be giving up on making tablets, but Samsung is keeping at it with a rumored high-end Galaxy Tab S6. This device will allegedly be the followup to the Galaxy Tab 5e and Tab S4, but it will have more in common with the Galaxy S10. 

The latest leaked info points to a major upgrade over the Tab S4, which was Samsung’s last high-end tablet. That device had no fingerprint scanner, instead relying on an awkwardly positioned iris scanner for biometric authentication. The Tab S6 will reportedly have an in-display fingerprint sensor like the one in the Galaxy S10. This would be a first for a tablet — Apple uses Face ID, and most Android tablets aren’t expensive enough to justify such an extravagance. 

While you should never take photos with a tablet, most of them still have a (terrible) camera on the back. Strangely, Samsung will equip the Tab S6 with a pair of camera sensors on the back. There will be a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP wide-angle. Camera performance on tablets is rarely a selling point for consumers, so it’s odd to direct resources there. 

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On the inside, this tablet should rival the Galaxy S10. Past Galaxy Tabs have been a generation behind in specs, but not this time. The leak points to a Snapdragon 855 chip, the same one in Samsung’s current flagship phones. There will also be 128GB of storage (with a 256GB option), 6GB of RAM, quad speakers, and a 10.5-inch OLED display. We don’t know the resolution, but the tablet reportedly has very narrow bezels. 

Since this is a Galaxy Tab, it will include Samsung’s S Pen stylus. It’s been reworked to attach magnetically to the back of the tablet. While there, it will charge inductively. So, we can safely assume it will have the same Bluetooth tricks as the Note 9. The Tab S4 stylus wasn’t powered at all, so it didn’t need charging. 

There’s no word on the pricing, but it won’t be cheap. Samsung’s Tab S4 started at $650, an almost unthinkably high price for an Android tablet. Still, someone must be buying them if it’s making another. Samsung may choose to unveil the Tab S6 alongside the Galaxy Note next month.

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