The display isn’t perfect, however. Like the Galaxy S10, the Tab S6 has a fingerprint scanner embedded in the screen. Samsung is using an optical scanner here, as opposed to the ultrasonic one found in its phones. On top of being slow and unreliable, the scanner just doesn’t work at all when the blue light filter activates in the evening. Other manufacturers that use similar optical scanners on their phones, such as OnePlus, force the screen to disable the blue light filter for the second it takes to scan the fingerprint, but Samsung hasn’t enabled that on the Tab S6.
The screen’s 16:10 aspect ratio is great for watching video, and it doesn’t feel terribly awkward when holding the tablet in portrait orientation for reading. But it’s quite cramped for productivity work when using the attached keyboard or browsing the web in landscape. Though the screen has the same size screen as an iPad Air on paper, the differences in aspect ratio (the iPad uses a 4:3 screen) mean Samsung’s screen is considerably smaller in practice.
There are cameras on the front and back, including a dual-camera setup on the rear with a standard camera and an ultrawide option. Strangely, there’s no LED flash, which is something that comes in handy when using a tablet to scan documents.
For battery life, the Tab S6 is able to last all day while in use, even if I’m hammering it with productivity apps and playing video all day long. It has poor standby time, though: on more than one occasion, I left the tablet for a couple of days without using it, and it was dead when I picked it back up.
- Display: 10.5-inch WQXGA 16:10 HDR OLED
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- RAM: 6GB or 8GB
- Storage: 128GB or 256GB, with microSD expansion
- Cameras: 8-megapixel front, 13-megapixel standard rear, 8-megapixel ultrawide rear
- Battery: 7,040mAh
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Quad Dolby Atmos speakers
- Weight: 14.8 ounces (420 grams)
- Dimensions: 9.63 inches (244.5mm) x 6.28 inches (159.5mm) × 0.22 inches (5.7mm)
- Colors: blue, silver, pink
- Includes S Pen stylus