A few months after introducing its flagship Galaxy Tab S6, Samsung is now bringing a Lite variant of the tablet with a few trimmed corners. The Galaxy Tab S6 lite (SM-P615) retains the S Pen capabilities but had to give up on some of the trademark features to get its prices down to match its mid-range competitors. It has the same premium look of pricier tablets and tries to bring the stylus’ features to a more affordable package.
The only tablet it comes closest to is the Tab S5e, which is now turning one but still maintains its own league with some more premium features than the S6 Lite. Nevertheless, here are the detailed specifications, pricing details, and some good alternatives for the all-new Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.
- 10.4-inch full HD LCD
- Octa-core processor
- 4GB RAM + 64/128GB ROM
- S Pen
- Stereo speakers
- Front and rear cameras
- 7040mAh battery
- Optional 4G LTE
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: The Basics
Despite sporting the more premium S6 branding, the S6 Lite uses an LCD panel instead of AMOLED, which even the S5e has. The screen measures 10.4 inches and has an unconventional resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels in 16:9.6 aspect ratio. It has rounded corners and is surrounded by thinner bezels. The Tab S6 Lite seemingly has a metal shell that resembles budget Samsung tablets more than the higher-end ones. It has a pair of stereo speakers tuned by AKG that support Dolby Atmos. Samsung will sell this slate in three subtle color shades of black, blue, and pink.
The stand-out feature of the Samsung tablet is the S Pen, making it one of the cheaper models to support the stylus. It gives the users a bigger screen to doodle and take notes on than the 8.4-inch S Pen-equipped tablet introduced last year. The tablet itself cannot store the stylus, but the Book Cover announced alongside does have a slot for it in the hinge area. On the inside, the Galaxy tab is powered by an unknown octa-core processor — it could be the Exynos 9611 chip, based on some leaks. It is paired with 4GB of RAM along with 64 or 128GB of onboard storage that you can expand by up to 1TB using a microSD card.
The Tab S6 Lite comes preloaded with the newer Android 10-based One UI 2.1 version, which has deeper integrations for Netflix as well as Spotify. Aside from the usual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity features, you can optionally upgrade to an LTE-enabled model for having an internet connection when on the go. The tablet gets a pair of cameras — an 8MP one on the back and a 5MP unit on the front. What fuels the device is a 7040mAh battery, which Samsung says can last for up to 12 hours.
|Tablet||Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite|
|Operating system||One UI 2.1, based on Android 10|
|Display||10.4-inch IPS, 2000 x 1200, 16:9.6|
|Processor||Octa-core processor (Exynos 9611 likely)|
|Expandable||microSD card slot (up to 1TB)|
|Connectivity||Optional LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||USB Type-C, headphone jack|
|Battery||7040mAh, up to 12 hours|
|Security||No fingerprint scanner|
|Dimensions||244.5 x 154.3 x 7.0 mm|
Pricing & Availability
As of now, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is listed only on the company’s Indonesian site. We also found it listed on Amazon’s Italian and German sites, but the listings were soon taken down. Luckily, we were able to preorder the tablet’s 64GB option in time from Amazon Germany for a price of €379 ($414) for the Wi-Fi-only model, while the 4G model cost €439 ($479). The company hasn’t made any official announcement yet on its official pricing or availability details. But considering previous device rollouts, it should soon go on sale in some key markets of North America, Europe, and Asia.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite Alternatives
For that kind of pricing, you can alternatively look at the Apple iPad 7 (review), which is an excellent value for a price of $329. However, you’ll need to invest in the Apple Pencil separately. The iPad Mini (review) is also priced similarly and could be an option if you want a more compact tablet. Those on a tighter budget but still wanting stylus support should go for the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with S Pen (review), which has a built-in slot for the pen.
Not everyone wants the stylus, and if you’re one of those, then you can instead go for the Tab S5e (review), which has a better quad-speaker setup, a vastly improved AMOLED screen, and it can also attach to a keyboard accessory. And if you don’t care much for any of those features, then go for the fantastic Tab A 10.1 (review) from last year that has performed well for us so far. Finally, if you can spare some more cash, then the iPad Air (review) offers all the benefits of the iPad 7, with everything upped to a flagship level.
- Premium metal body
- Excellent S Pen
- Good LCD screen
- Up-to-date software
- Good speakers
- No AMOLED screen
- Performance too weak for some games
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