Samsung’s confirmed a new high-end, flagship Galaxy Tab S6 tablet. There are some great reasons to consider making it your next slate and there are some reasons why you might want to wait or buy something else.
If you’re in the hunt for a new tablet in August, you’ve got a lot of options. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4 is still a solid choice. The device has been upgraded to Android Pie and it’s a lot cheaper than it was when it launched last year.
These devices should be on your radar while you hunt, but you should also take note of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6, an all new slate that replaces the Galaxy Tab S4 as the company’s top iPad competitor.
Instead of confirming the device on stage with the Galaxy Note 10, the company decided to unwrap the new device a little bit early.
Originally, we thought the device would be called Galaxy Tab S5. However, Samsung is calling it the Galaxy Tab S6 in an effort to differentiate it from the Galaxy Tab S5e that launched earlier this year.
The Galaxy Tab S5e is the company’s budget option while the Galaxy Tab S6 takes its place atop the hierarchy with some powerful hardware and software specifications.
The premium option sports a Snapdragon 855 SoC, a ton of RAM, Samsung’s S Pen stylus, a high-res 10.5-inch display, Android Pie, and a dual camera setup in the rear.
Samsung’s also announced a new dedicated Book Cover Keyboard for the Galaxy Tab S6 that’s worth a look if you like getting work done on-the-go.
Of course, all of this comes at a cost. Samsung’s new tablet will start at $649 when it goes on sale August 23rd ahead of a September 6th ship date.
While some of you might want to go ahead and snag Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab when it goes on sale, others might want to wait or buy something else.
With that in mind, here are the best reasons to buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 and the best reasons not to.
Buy If You Want the Best Software Support
If you plan on keeping your next tablet for awhile, it might be a good idea to buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6.
While you might be tempted to go with the Galaxy Tab S4 or a cheaper model in the Galaxy Tab S series, note that these devices will see their software support end a lot quicker.
Samsung typically keeps its flagships upgraded with major software updates for two years. The company tends to extend bug fixes and security patches for a bit longer than that, but software support will eventually stop and you’ll be on your own.
The company also tends to keep some software features exclusive to newer devices due to the hardware limitations on the older models.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 comes with the company’s best version of Android Pie and One UI. We expect it to immediately benefit from some of the software features coming to the Note 10 and it’ll get a robust version of Samsung’s Android Q update.
If you want the absolute best software experience from a Samsung Galaxy tablet in 2019 and the foreseeable future, you’ll probably want to pickup the Galaxy Tab S6.