Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 review: The tablet is the most useless gadget ever, and I will tell you about the same time last year. There is a 13-inch laptop on the table and a 6.7-inch smartphone in the pocket, so it doesn’t make much sense to spend another 10-inch screen! Having a tablet is always more of a luxury than a necessity. Then, the coronavirus occurred.
Now, after working at home for nearly four months, I really understand the importance of attaching a portable screen, which can make your life easier. Moreover, not only for working professionals, but for most online courses, the tablet is also a good choice for students.
The only challenge is price. There are only a few affordable options on the Indian market.
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Therefore, when Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite at almost half the price of last year’s Galaxy Tab S6, I was really looking forward to testing the device. The Wi-Fi variant of Tab costs Rs 27,999, while the LTE model costs Rs 31,999. At this price, you can get LCD monitors, dual speakers and entry-level processors. Is it enough money? Let’s find the answer in the review of Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite evaluation: design
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is the same as the more advanced Galaxy Tab S6, with a lens on the back and a slightly smaller display. Tab S6 Lite is equipped with a 10.4-inch display and a fairly simple design, with a power button and volume control on the right, a Type C USB charging port on the bottom, and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top.
The tablet is equipped with dual speakers, one for each speaker. This is the first major difference from the Tab S6, which is equipped with four speakers and has a much louder sound than the S6 Lite.
Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is available in three colors-Angola blue, Oxford gray and chiffon pink. For review purposes, we used Oxford Grey. Although the device doesn’t feel as good as the Tab S6, even now its quality is quite reliable. Samsung provided the label with a metallic texture and included the S Pen stylus in the box. There is a magnet on the back panel to keep the S Pen attached. However, as we saw on Tab S6, Pen does not have Bluetooth.
The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite weighs 7 mm and weighs about 467 grams. The tablet is obviously not designed for one-handed use. However, otherwise it is quite comfortable to use.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite evaluation: display and performance
In order to reduce costs, Samsung made some major sacrifices in the specifications provided. First, the AMOLED display on the Galaxy Tab S6 has been replaced by a 10.4-inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 2000×1200 pixels. As a result, the quality of text, icons, and the content you are streaming is automatically reduced.
For me, the biggest problem is brightness. Even if you switch to the maximum brightness, the display is not bright enough. Therefore, using the Tab S6 Lite outdoors is a bit cumbersome.
Surprisingly, there is no fingerprint scanner of any kind. I remember last year’s Galaxy Tab S5e with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and the Tab S6 with a display sensor.
The LTE model allows you to make calls from the option card, and also supports 4G connections, which is very useful, especially when you plan to use the option card to make work calls and keep your smartphone for personal contact.
On this tab, another disappointing form is the Exynos 9611 SoC used by Samsung. The chipset is the same chipset the company uses in its entry-level and mid-range Galaxy M and Galaxy A series smartphones-some of which are less than half the price of the Tab S6 Lite. The processor is supported by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The latter can be expanded with a microSD card.
When running Call of Duty: Mobile under high graphics settings, the limitations of the processor are clearly visible. The frame rate often drops, but once I switch to the medium setting, the game runs smoothly.
Otherwise, multitasking will never be a problem. I participated in many video conferences, meetings, exchange emails and take notes on Tab S6 lite without too much trouble.
However, one thing you don’t have to complain too much is that Samsung’s clean One UI 2.0 can run on top of Android 10. If you have used a Samsung smartphone in the past, the label will not require much time to adjust. Most users will also realize the fact that there are not too many pre-installed applications. All you get are Samsung’s own applications and products provided by Google and Microsoft.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite evaluation: The S Pen
One of the reasons you might seriously consider buying this tab is the S Pen experience, which you cannot get at this price point. It can definitely enable you to complete most tasks better and improve work efficiency. The stylus comes with a button. Pressing this button brings up a floating menu that contains shortcuts for smart selection, smart writing, real-time messaging, AR Doodle, and notes.
Even here, you will see some budget because Samsung has removed the Bluetooth function from the S Pen. This means that it is no longer available for clicking pictures. However, regular functions such as Air Command and Samsung Capture are still supported.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite evaluation: battery
The huge 7,040 mAh battery is a sturdy case for the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. If the usage is medium, the device can easily last 36 to 40 hours. Therefore, you do not need to charge frequently.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite evaluation: camera
The camera department offers very little. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is equipped with an 8-pixel rear camera and a 5-pixel front camera. Both lenses can produce good images, but have their limitations.
But to be honest, you should have high hopes for the tablet camera department. Think of it as an improved version of a webcam, not an upgrade on a smartphone. The 5MP front camera is sufficient for video calls and online meetings.
Actually, I conducted an interview using Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, you can find it below to judge the video quality.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite review: should you buy it?
With the help of Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, the Korean electronics manufacturer must have made some contributions by using basic processors, substandard displays, and abandoning basic functions such as fingerprint scanners. However, this tablet has impressive battery life, an excellent camera and the magical S Pen.
To this advantage, there is little competition in this market segment. Now, the decision is very simple.
If you are a professional worker who is looking for equipment to participate in online meetings, then Tab S6 Lite is a good choice. If you plan to buy this product for your children so that they can take online courses, then go buy it.
However, if you see Tab S6 as a replacement for laptops or for gaming, please stop here. Invest more money to buy a laptop or Galaxy Tab S6.