With the high-end Tablet market utterly dominated by big brother Apple and their iPads, Samsung has silently launched a nuke targeted at the mid-range markets. While the high-end Samsung Galaxy Tab A and S line devices are pretty solid in their own rank, it doesn’t really compete head-on with the iPad and iPad Pro lineage. But with the new Galaxy tab S6 Lite launched aiming to provide premium tablet experiences at affordable prices, one question hits everyone’s minds. Can it really compete for the title of mid-range tablet flagship?
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite overview: Create, learn and relax!
Display and design:
Samsung brands its S6 Lite as a “stylish and affordable tablet designed for both work and play”. And stylish and affordable it certainly is.
With a minimalistic looking spacious 10.4 inch touch screen that supports the Galaxy S pen, and a solid 82% screen-to-body ratio, Samsung isn’t bluffing when it calls the S6 Lite good looking. Anyone that says otherwise could probably need an eye-checkup more than they need a new tablet. But looking under the screen, it’s clear where the corners were cut to make the S6 ‘Lite-er’. Instead of the expected SuperAMOLED panel or even a regular AMOLED display, the S6 Lite holds a TFT capacitive touch screen, which is much cheaper to integrate than AMOLED ones. So, naturally it also doesn’t have the sharp contrast that AMOLED screens have, nor does it have an in-screen fingerprint sensor.
The S pen included in the pack is the same as the S6. This 7.03g light-weight flexible stylus has a 0.7mm pen tip, allowing for greater precision while drawing diagrams or jotting down quick notes. When you’re done, you put the S Pen somewhere on the table. And later, you stress out after you realize you’ve lost it, right? Well, to tackle this problem, the S Pen is magnetically attachable to the tablet’s metallic body. Not only is this a handy way to make sure you don’t lose the pen when you need it, the S Pen also automatically starts charging when you attach it to the tablet surface. Same as the S Pen carrying a 10.4-inch tablet without any protection is risky, so it best to use protection covers that can protect the device from scratches and drops.
Well, tablets aren’t exactly known for their cutting-edge camera setups, and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Lite doesn’t look to reinvent the wheel either. The 8 MP camera on the rear is suitable for photography in ample light environments. The front cam, which is a 5MP lens, is pretty suitable for tasks like video chatting. While you won’t click the cutest and most jaw-dropping selfies you’ve ever clicked, this is sure-shot better than some other tablets in its price range, like the 1.2MP one on the iPad 10.2.
Hardware and Software:
Samsung’s own Exynos 9611 (10nm) processor powers the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. While this isn’t exactly the biggest powerhouse Samsung has in its arsenal, it is sufficient for most tablet functions that users could ask for. The CPU is an octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) one while a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU handles all graphics processing tasks. The tablet is available in two variants: 64GB 4GB RAM and 128GB 4GB RAM. A dedicated microSD slot is also available.
The tablet runs on Android 10.0 with OneUI 2.0 on top. The intuitive workflow of OneUI 2.0 makes the user experience very smooth and hassle-free.
Battery and charging:
A Non-removable 7040 mAh Li-Po battery powers this tab which makes holding out for long usage sessions possible. The tablet also supports 15W fast charging.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite full specs:
- Release date: 2020, April 2
- Screen: 10.4 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors (~81.6% screen-to-body ratio)
- Rear camera: 8 MP, (wide), 1/4″, 1.12µm
- Selfie camera: 5 MP
- Chipset: Exynos 9611 (10nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
- GPU: Mali-G72 MP3
- Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM
- Battery and charging: Non-removable Li-Po 7040 mAh battery, Fast charging 15W
- Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, gyro, ANT+
- Color options: Chiffon Pink, Angora Blue, Oxford Gray
Pricing and availability:
The Galaxy S6 Lite has been launched in international markets starting at a price point of around $399. It will be available in Nepal at an expected price point of NRs. 50,000 for the 64GB variant and NRs. 55,000 for the 128 GB one.