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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite review

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Quick verdict: The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is a worthy competitor to Apple's entry-level iPad, but Android's ongoing issues with tablet apps still leave it lagging behind Apple's efforts.

  • S-Pen stylus included
  • Good battery life
  • Middling performance
  • Android isn't as well app optimised as iPadOS

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Samsung's latest tablet is very squarely pitched as a competitor to Apple's iPad line, and specifically the entry level Apple iPad 2019. It's priced similarly and as the name suggests, it's a somewhat sliced down version of the company's existing Galaxy Tab S6. There's a fair amount to like about the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, especially if you're solidly committed to the Android space. However, in the ongoing battle between Google's Android and Apple's iPadOS, there's still a huge gulf in terms of app availability and suitability in the tablet form factor, and that does make the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite a touch less compelling.


Design

Design

  • 10.4 inch LCD display
  • fingerprint sensor
  • S-Pen included
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Camera

Camera

  • Single 8MP rear camera isn't exciting
  • tablet form factor poorly suited to photography
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Performance

Performance

  • Exynos 9611 is workable but not fast
  • Android still isn't great in tablet form
  • optional LTE
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Battery life

Battery life

  • 7400mAh battery performs well
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Verdict

Verdict

  • A decent Android tablet that can't quite match an entry-level Apple iPad
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Should you buy it?

If you're buying a tablet purely as an entertainment device and you don't have a particular attachment to any one operating system camp, even with the inclusion of the S-Pen it's hard to mount a good case for the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite over the entry level Apple iPad. Some of that is in processing power, but it's mostly a story of available apps and development environments.

Samsung of course can't control what Google makes available to Android developers for tablet apps, but if you are looking purely in the Android tablet space, then it's a very different story. The reality there is that there's not a lot of competition – most manufacturers who rushed to the tablet space in the wake of the success of the original iPad have by now retreated, licking their wounds – and the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is effectively one of the best survivors. Does that make it worth the money, just because it's one of very few options?

That's going to come down to your particular taste for all things Android. If you're a die-hard fan it's fair value without being all that exciting, but for a wider consumer audience, it's not a compelling argument.


Pricing and availability

Price

RRP $549 for 64GB | $649 for 128GB | $699 for 64GB 4G | $799 for 128GB 4G

Where to buy

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
3
  • Battery 3
  • Camera 3
  • Design 3.5
  • Performance 2.5
How we score our reviews

General

Display Size
10.4 inches
Resolution
2000 x 1200px
Screen Type
TFT LCD
Processor Type
Exynos 9611
Processor Clock Speed
2.3GHz
Processor Cores
Octa Core
RAM
4GB
Operating System
Android

Connectivity

Bluetooth
v5.0
Wi-Fi
802.11 ac
Network Compatibility
4G
GPS
Yes
NFC
No
USB-C Ports
1

Storage

Flash Storage
128GB
Expandable Memory
Up to 1,000GB
Expandable Memory Format
MicroSD Card

Miscellaneous

Battery Life
Up to 10 hours
Rear Camera
8MP
Front Camera
5MP
HD Recording
No
Headphone Jack
Yes
Product Line
Galaxy Tab S

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