Now Samsung has introduced a more affordable model called the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.
It’s a similar-sized tablet and like the Galaxy Tab S6, the Lite model supports Samsung’s pressure-sensitive S-Pen. But the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has slightly less impressive specs across the board to keep the price down. First announced by Samsung Indonesia, I suspect the new mid-range tablet should be available in additional markets soon.
Update: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is coming to the US in the second quarter of 2020 for $350 and up.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite isn’t exactly a cheap device. It has an octa-core processor, optional support for 4G LTE,and Samsung promises up to 13 hours of battery life while streaming videos.
But in a head-to-head spec comparison with the original Galaxy Tab S6, it’s pretty clear which is the premium model and which… is not.
|Spec||Galaxy Tab S6 Lite||Galaxy Tab S6|
|Display||10.4 inch, 2000 x 1200 LCD||10.5 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel AMOLED|
|Processor||Samsung Exynos 9610||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Storage||64GB or 128GB||128GB or 256GB|
|Front camera||5MP fixed-focus||8MP fixed-focus|
|Rear camera(s)||8MP auto-focus||13MP + 5MP auto-focus|
|Battery||7,040 mAh||7,040 mAh|
|USB||2.0 Type-C||3.1 Gen 1 Type-C|
|microSD?||Up to 1TB cards||Up to 1TB cards|
|Dimensions||244.5mm x 154.3mm x 7mm||244.5mm x 159.5mm x 5.7mm|
|Weight||467 grams||420 grams|
In other words, the Galaxy Tab S6 may be a little older, but it’s faster, has a better display, features a slightly thinner and lighter design, and faster USB, among other things.
Samsung also says it gets longer battery life (up to 15 hours of video playback time).
But that $650 and up price tag surely limits the appeal.
International pricing for the new Lite model hasn’t been announced yet, but smart money is on “less than $650.”