Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 vs Galaxy Tab S4: A worthwhile upgrade?

You could argue that while there are still a handful of Android tablet makers worth buying from, most of the devices they create are, at best, forgettable. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab series is a rare exception to this rule and stands as one of the few real alternatives to Apple’s might iPad family.
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Last year’s Galaxy Tab S4 is still a capable slate with a killer screen, but in an effort to stay competitive, Samsung has just pulled the wraps off of its successor – the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6.
If you’re curious as to what happened to some form of  ‘Tab S5’, the closest you’ll come is in the slim but comparatively mid-range Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e, which launched in June 2019.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 vs Galaxy Tab S4 – Slimmer and stronger
The size of both last year’s Tab S4 and the new Tab S6 are primarily dictated by their 10.5-inch displays. However, Samsung has managed to slim down the bezels on the newer tablet, while still granting your fingers a slight lip on which to get some purchase.
The Tab S6 is notably lighter too, at 420 grams. This is all made possible by the switch to a metal unibody design. The Tab S6’s metal back won’t hold onto fingerprints like the glass rear of the Tab S4, and the form makes for a sturdier overall construction, also being thinner.
While not quite on par with the seamless integration found on the company’s Note series of phablets, the Tab S6’s included S Pen stylus does now attach directly to the slate itself; magnetically adhering to the Tab’s back, in a purpose-made divet where it can also recharge.
Like the S Pen on the Note 9, the Tab S6’s powered S Pen allows for remote gestures, while the Tab S4’s passive stylus does not.

Grado launches limited edition on-ears in 'The White Headphone'
Wednesday July 31, 2019

Grado Labs has announced a new pair of headphones in the special edition ‘The White Headphone’, which will be available from August onwards in limited quantities.  It’s rare you get a pair of headphones that don’t come in matte black or metallic grey finishes. Grado Labs have noticed this and bucked that trend by launching … "Grado launches limited edition on-ears in 'The White Headphone'"

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

Marvel’s Avengers Is ‘Stunning’ And ‘Blew Me Away’ Says Nolan North
Thursday August 01, 2019

Marvel Marvel’s Avengers was finally unveiled during E3 2019, where the Square Enix/Marvel collaboration was met with a fairly lukewarm reaction. Fans took issue with what they saw as slightly dodgy character designs, and less-than-impressive visuals – not to mention a worrying lack of gameplay in the actual reveal. Of course, gameplay was shown off during … "Marvel’s Avengers Is ‘Stunning’ And ‘Blew Me Away’ Says Nolan North"

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Dimensions
164.3 x 249.3 x 7.1mm
159.5 x 244.5 x 5.7mm

The Galaxy Note 10's screen may be a huge letdown
Wednesday July 31, 2019

A Samsung Galaxy Note 10 leak has revealed the phone could have a new IP69 water resistance rating. In not-so-good news, the screen may only be Full HD+.  An IP69 rating for the Galaxy Note 10 would mean the phone has “protection against high-pressure, high-temperature jet sprays, wash-downs or steam-cleaning procedures”, according to The Enclosure … "The Galaxy Note 10's screen may be a huge letdown"

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Weight
482g (WiFi), 483g (LTE)
420g

Build
Metal frame, glass back
Metal unibody

Display
10.5-inch 16:10 WQXGA (2560 x 1600) HDR Super AMOLED
10.5-inch 16:10 WQXGA (2560 x 1600) HDR Super AMOLED

Audio
AKG tuned quad speakers, Dolby Atmos, headphone jack
AKG tuned quad speakers, Dolby Atmos

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

RAM
4GB
6GB/8GB

Rear camera
13-megapixels
Dual 13/5-megapixels

Front camera
8-megapixels
8-megapixels

Battery
7300mAh w/ fast charging
7040mAh w/ fast charging

Software
Android Oreo
Android Pie

Storage
64GB/256GB (+ microSD up to 400GB)
128GB/256GB (+ microSD up to 1TB)

Stylus
S Pen w/ 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity
Dockable S Pen

Colours
Black, Grey
Cloud Blue, Rose Blush, Mountain Grey

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 vs Galaxy Tab S4 – More clout, less power?
The inclusion of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 on a 2018 tablet was an odd choice – you could argue that Android tablets don’t need as much clout as their smartphone cousins. However, the potential for gaming, photo editing and other experiences that are better enjoyed on a larger screen suggest otherwise.
Luckily, Samsung looks to have corrected this misstep with the Tab S6, which features the same Snapdragon 855 chipset as many of this year’s top Android smartphones, paired to 6GB (or 8GB) of RAM – that’s at least 2GB more than the Tab S4 and again, more in line with the flagship phone market.
The additional power should help smooth out multitasking, which wasn’t always a lag-free affair on the S4.
On the flip side, the newer Tab S6’s 7040mAh battery is dwarfed by the 7300mAh in the Tab S4. Samsung argues that actual longevity isn’t affected, primarily down to the fact that the 855 chipset is so much more efficient. The company quotes up to an impressive 15 hours of video playback.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 vs Galaxy Tab S4 – Productive predecessor
The Galaxy Tab S4 can be had with an optional keyboard dock, should you want to use it for more than simply streaming Netflix and some light sketching, and Samsung is bringing the same optional convenience and productivity to the Tab S6 as well.
The S4 launched on Android Oreo with the company’s own DeX UI onboard. The Tab S6 launches on the current Android Pie, this time dressed in Samsung’s new OneUI user experience with the option of a DeX overlay once again, creating a more desktop-PC inspired layout, complete with a taskbar and windowed applications.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 vs Galaxy Tab S4 – Better value for money?
For the most part, the Galaxy Tab S6 brings about rather pedestrian updates, like more storage and processing power, without changing up the Galaxy Tab formula all that much. It’s still a great tablet for enjoying media but the added clout available from the Tab S6’s 855 chipset better lends itself to other experiences best enjoyed on a larger screen, from more intensive photo editing, to gaming and the like.
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