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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6: the almost perfect tablet

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amsung is coming back with a third tablet in 2019, and not just any. The Galaxy Tab S6 takes the place of the Tab S4 and is a continuation of the Tab S5e. An excellent tablet, not far from perfection.

Presentation

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 won the 2019-2020 Digital Star in the tablet category at our Digital Stars event .

Less than 6 months after the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e , Samsung returns with the Galaxy Tab S6, the real successor to the Galaxy Tab S4 . A more “professional” tablet, responsible for standing up to Apple and its iPad Pro.

Sold from € 799 in its Wi-Fi configuration and € 859 in Wi-Fi + 4G, the tablet does not really have competition at the same price, since the market is no longer as flourishing as what ‘he was. However, since it arrives on the segment of “pro” tablets, we can compare it to the iPad Pro 11 ” which is still priced at 899 € in its least expensive version.

Ergonomics

Visually, nothing new to chew on. The design introduced with the Galaxy Tab S5e is back and it is not to displease us. The template is also more or less preserved. Only the thickness changes (5.7 mm against 5.5 mm). She is also a bit overweight with 420 g on the scale; which remains negligible as the tablet is light.

Not much more upset too. We find the same Super Amoled slab of 10.5 inches at a 16:10 ratio, with an occupancy rate of the facade a bit higher (82%). The borders are of the same ilk, that is to say rather thin compared to previous models. By simply looking at the front, it is impossible to distinguish it from a Tab S5e. Finally, the Tab S6 panel contains the fingerprint sensor (with optical technology).

The real design change is on the back of the tablet since it gains a concave space to accommodate the famous S Pen that was so missing on the Tab S5e. It is therefore placed there to provide recharging, but also to connect to the device. The whole is certainly aesthetic, but not the most practical since it becomes complicated to lay the tablet flat. Another big news: the appearance of a second photo sensor, which we will come back to in the dedicated part of this test.

On the right edge, there are the traditional start and volume control buttons. On the top one, we have the first two speakers, and on the opposite side the next two as well as the USB-C port. Finally, on the right edge are placed the connectors necessary to accommodate the keyboard sold separately (179 euros).

Audio

The Galaxy Tab S6 does not have a 3.5mm mini jack and Samsung has not bothered to place a USB-C to jack adapter in the box. Instead, we have a pair of USB-C headphones.

The 4 speakers are placed as on the Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy Tab S5e and are signed AKG. The sound quality delivered is quite good, even at high volume.

Screen

The Samsung tablet benefits from a Super Amoled 10.5-inch panel in 16:10 format (definition of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels and resolution of 287 ppi).

By default, the screen is fairly well calibrated, no need to go through the settings. We measured a delta E at 2.4, a correct value even if we observed a stall in the green (which reaches a delta E of 7).

With 6,474 Kelvin, the color temperature almost approaches the video standard (6,500 K). Daytime readability is very good thanks to a maximum brightness of 446 cd / m² as well as a reflectance rate of 54%. At night, it is also good with a minimum brightness of 1.7 cd / m². Nothing to burn your retina in the dark.

Thanks to the Oled panel, the afterglow is nonexistent and the contrast ratio almost infinite. The tactile delay is around 62 ms.

Performances

If we had regretted the use of the Snapdragon 710 in the Tab S5e, this model repairs the wrongs since it embeds the famous Snapdragon 855. The Qualcomm processor is coupled to 8 GB of RAM and as much to tell you as the performance of the tablet are really solid.

It is also the first tablet to use our new performance protocol, implemented shortly before the summer. And it has nothing to envy of the most powerful smartphones. The Tab S6 arrives directly in 4th position (99.57), just behind the Meizu 16s (99.60) and in front of the ROG Phone 2 (with the X mode disabled: 95.54).

The Adreno 640 GPU which takes over in games. Well optimized, the tablet does better than the Meizu 16s with a score of 100.24. It is therefore the third of our products to exceed a score of 100 with the Huawei P30 Pro (performance mode) and the ROG Phone 2 (X mode). Rather impressive.

In use you will therefore have no problem with the device. Everything is fluid and runs smoothly, even when several applications are open in the background. The picture-in-picture works wonderfully and the display of several pages on the screen does not affect user comfort. The heating is for its part zero; we noted a maximum temperature of 32 ° C.

Photo

The Galaxy Tab S6 is the first tablet from Samsung to have two sensors on the back. It could even be the first tablet on the market to offer this configuration. It therefore has a 13 Mpx main sensor as well as a 5 Mpx ultra-wide-angle secondary sensor.

Main module: 13 MP, eq. 26 mm, f / 2

During the day, the main photo module tends to overexpose the scene, until practically “burning” it in certain places. The software processing smoothes a little too much and we are witnessing a great loss of details. The colors are more or less preserved on the lower part of the shot, but not enough to make the iPad Pro tremble at this level.

By night, on the other hand, it’s a whole different story. The Samsung tablet is doing much better, even if the result is not brilliant. The whole pulls towards red tones, we observe noise on most of the scene as well as a slightly present smoothing. However, the details are kept a little better than they are by day, which is strange enough for us to point out.

Ultra-wide-angle module: 5 MP, eq. 13 mm, f / 2.2

Difficult to compare the second module of the tablet since it is the first to benefit from this favor.

As we can see, the quality is not really there. Day and night, the result is blurred, highly smoothed and not very detailed. Not really at the level of what you can find on smartphones from the South Korean company. But the second sensor has at least the merit of existing and perhaps opens the door to other manufacturers who could offer the same configuration. To be continued…

Front camera, portrait and video mode

The front camera is of the same ilk as that of the Tab S5e. The selfie results are very correct but lack sharpness. The clipping when taking portrait shots is good, although this mode is always a bit difficult with small details like hair.

On video, you can film up to 4K at 30 frames per second. Honorable for a tablet, even if you can hardly imagine being able to hold outstretched arms over time.

Autonomy

The new Samsung tablet is equipped with the same battery as that of the Tab S5e. We are therefore dealing with a 7,040 mAh accumulator which promises up to 15 hours of autonomy. The commitment is practically kept since our autonomy test measures 14 h 49 min.

Charging takes approximately 2 h 30 min. Note that, unlike the Tab S5e which managed fast charging up to 18 W, the Tab S6 only manages up to 15 W. An amazing choice on the part of the brand.Interface & OS

Like Samsung smartphones, this tablet runs Android 9.0 as well as OneUi, the company’s home interface. She also relies on her stylus and the possibilities that flow from it. In the same way as on a Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy Note 10+ , the S Pen acts like a magic wand. By pressing the button and performing movements, you can interact with the photo application (take a picture, zoom, change mode …). Convenient when the tablet is not in the hands.

When it is connected, you access the “Daily dashboard” mode which displays useful functions such as the clock, a notebook page or a slideshow of your photos. An interesting mode if the tablet is used by several people.

As of this writing, the last security update was on July 1, 2019.

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