Samsung is coming back with a third tablet in this year 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.
Less than 6 months after the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e , Samsung returns with the Galaxy Tab S6, real successor of the Galaxy Tab S4 . A more “professional” tablet, charged with 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 compete at the same price, as the market is not as flourishing as ‘he was. However, since it lands on the segment of tablets “pro”, we can compare it to the iPad Pro 11 ” which is still priced at 899 € in its least expensive version.
Visually, not much new to put in the tooth. The design introduced with the Galaxy Tab S5e is back and it is not displeasing to us. The template is also more or less preserved. Only the thickness changes (5.7 mm against 5.5 mm). It also takes a little overweight with 420 g on the scale; which remains negligible as the tablet is light.
Not much more upheaval too. We find the same Super Amoled slab of 10.5 inches at the 16:10 ratio, with a higher pile occupancy rate (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 can not stand out from a Tab S5e. Finally, the slab of the Tab S6 contains the fingerprint sensor (optical technology).
The actual design change is on the back of the tablet as it gains a concave space to accommodate the famous S Pen that was missing on the Tab S5e. It is therefore placed there to provide recharging, but also 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 on which we will return in the dedicated part of this test.
On the right edge, we find the traditional buttons start and volume control. On top, we have the first two speakers, and on the opposite side the next two and the USB-C port. Finally, on the right edge are placed the connectors needed to accommodate the keyboard sold separately (179 euros).
The Galaxy Tab S6 lacks a 3.5mm mini-jack and Samsung did not bother to put a USB-C to jack adapter in the box. Instead, we have a pair of USB-C earphones.
The 4 speakers are placed as on the Galaxy Tab S4 and the Galaxy Tab S5e and are signed AKG. The sound quality delivered is quite good, even at high volume.
Samsung’s tablet boasts a 10.5-inch Super Amoled slab in 16:10 format (2,500 x 1,600 pixel resolution and 287 dpi resolution).
By default, the screen is pretty well calibrated, no need to go through the settings so. We measured a delta E at 2.4, a correct value even though we observed a stall in the green (which reaches a delta E of 7).
With 6,474 kelvin, the color temperature almost meets the video standard (6,500 K). The readability of day is very good thanks to a maximum brightness of 446 cd / m² and a reflectance rate of 54%. At night, it’s all good also with a minimum brightness of 1.7 cd / m². Not enough to burn the retina in the dark.
Thanks to the Oled slab, the remanence is non-existent and the contrast ratio almost infinite. The tactile delay is, him, of the order of 62 ms.
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 processor of Qualcomm is coupled to 8 GB of RAM and as much to tell you that the performances of the tablet are really solid.
It is also the first tablet to pass on our new protocol of performance, set up shortly before the summer. And it has nothing to envy to 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 off: 95.54).
The Adreno 640 GPU that takes over in the games. Well optimized, the tablet is better than the Meizu 16s with a score of 100.24. This is 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). Pretty impressive.
In use you will have no problem with the device. Everything is fluid and runs without slowing down, even when several applications are open in the background. The picture-in-picture works great and the display of several pages on the screen does not detract from the comfort of use. The heating is for its part zero; we found a maximum temperature of 32 ° C.