Review of Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, Apart from laptops, the type of device whose popularity rose during the pandemic was tablets. Why is that? Although not as reliable as a laptop in terms of performance, tablets – like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite – are more simple yet multifunctional.
Some people use it as a portable working device to ‘go’ from one Zoom meeting to another. There are also those who need this tool to study, or teach online.
When compared to smartphones, the choice of Android tablets in Indonesia itself is not much. Especially the new series that was launched in 2020. Having previously introduced its best tablet, the Galaxy Tab S6, Samsung is trying to bring a similar experience in a more affordable class through the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.
Although simpler, Samsung’s latest tablet has a similar premium design, complete with a superior accessory, the S-Pen. In addition to entertainment needs, Samsung also positioned this product as a productivity support device, especially with a book keyboard cover.
Review of Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
The price tag is still at Rp 6 million, making the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite compete with the cheapest iPad series in 2020. Will this Samsung tablet device provide more benefits? The following is a full review.
It doesn’t look like a cheap version at all. Yes, despite having a “Lite” appendage, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has a unibody metal body that is made seamless. It feels very sturdy and premium, and even though it has a large screen, it weighs only 467 grams with a thickness of just 7mm. In my hands which is quite large, holding it in portrait mode is still relatively comfortable.
The matte surface makes the body not get dirty quickly and also not too slippery. The rear camera bulge is not too annoying when it is placed on the table. Samsung also placed the second position of the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite stereo speakers very precisely, namely on the left and right of the body (when placed in landscape mode).
Samsung includes a fairly complete connectivity, such as a USB-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, SIM card and microSD card slot – a luxury that is not owned by Apple devices. Angora Blue’s color is quite interesting even though the blue color is not too bright. If you prefer a calm color, you can choose the version of Oxford Gray which is close to dark gray.
In terms of specifications, cuts are being presented to the lite variant of this device. Not using AMOLED panels, the 10.4-inch screen used by the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite uses a PLS TFT panel. But do not worry, because you can say the color reproduction and contrast resemble IPS panels. The black color is also relatively concentrated, so it’s not too dazzling.
The resolution is 2000 x 1200 pixels, high enough for a tablet of 224 ppi. With four thin bezel, making this device look elegant from the front side. Netflix content that is displayed from the screen of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite can look quite immersive. Dimensions are also sufficient for other needs, such as virtual meetings or childhood teachers who use the whiteboard feature in the virtual teaching and learning process.
To be honest, the last time I used an Android tablet for everyday use was the Galaxy Note 8. Yes, it’s a tablet, not a smartphone. Alias has been a long time. At that time, the thing that I complained about was the availability of applications for tablet devices. Many and complete, indeed, but almost all of them are just an enlarged smartphone application.
After almost 7 years, the situation did improve. But when compared to the availability of ‘tablet apps’ for Apple devices, it’s still very far away. It’s a pity it feels like this big screen dimension isn’t utilized by application developers. Never mind the third party application, just look at the Google Play Store interface below. Lots of empty space that should be used.
Fortunately with One UI 2 based on Android 10 on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, the screen dimensions can be utilized with productivity features such as split-screen or pop-up view though. And of course, for media consumption, this device is arguably quite perfect. The quality of stereo speakers that are also designed by AKG is capable of producing very good output.
Another deficiency is in the security system. This tablet does not have a fingerprint sensor like the Apple iPad, so the option is only to use a password, or a face unlock that almost never functions during use.
One selling power offered by the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is the S-Pen stylus. Just as sophisticated as the S-Pen in most Galaxy Note series, this stylus supports up to 4,096 different pressures. Equipped with palm rejection, users can draw freely by placing their hands on the screen, without worrying that the image will be crossed apart from the stylus.
The stylus can also be used to navigate from one menu to another. Plus certain shortcuts for taking notes quickly from any view, or other features such as smart select that can capture certain content from the screen. Oh yeah, this stylus doesn’t have a special slot, but it can be magnetically affixed to the left or right side of the device.
If you are afraid of losing the S-Pen, Samsung will provide additional accessories in the form of a book cover. Each is equipped with a special place to place the stylus from the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. The book keyboard cover created in collaboration with Targus is also quite comfortable to use for typing scripts for a long time. Of course, it requires adjustments, but quickly I can achieve optimal writing speed.
There is nothing special about the camera brought by the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. Only one rear camera, 8MP f / 1.9 resolution with a sensor that can be considered cute, only ¼ inches. Not many photo modes are provided, besides panoramas, special modes for taking food photos, and Live Focus. Because using software, the only objects that can be given a bokeh effect are humans.
While the front camera has a resolution of 5MP f / 2.0. The result, when compared to IDR 1 million smartphone is still quite equivalent. It is very enough for a virtual meeting and is still better than a webcam camera on a laptop device for less than Rp. 10 million. Both cameras are able to record video up to 30fps full HD resolution.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite uses the exact same chipset as the Galaxy A51, the Exynos 9611 octa-core with 10nm fabrication. The CPU architecture consists of 4-core 2.3GHz Cortex-A73 & 4-core 1.7GHz Cortex-A53. This chipset should be arguably powerful enough for middle class devices, but unfortunately this is not the case.
Performance is an issue that in my opinion is quite disturbing from the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. Already using the latest version of the software (at the time of the review), not installing too many applications, but the menu switching was not smooth. Pause 1-2 seconds when we are using a large sailing device will be more pronounced than when only holding a smartphone.
So if you expect this device to be as fast as the new iPad at the same price tag, of course you should be a little disappointed. But for gaming itself is still quite smooth, really, both for PUBG Mobile and COD Mobile. With medium graphics settings, yes. Given this tablet has a fairly high resolution too.
It’s only natural for a tablet to have a very long battery life. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is equipped with a battery capacity of 7,040 mAh, which can last all day if it is being used intensively.
Samsung itself claims that this device can play videos for up to 13 hours nonstop. If you only occasionally watch 1-2 serial episodes on Netflix, access e-commerce at night before going to bed, and check social media, you can easily hold 2-3 days.
The default charger itself has a relatively small output. However, if it is charged using another fast charging adapter, the charging process is relatively short. It only takes about three hours – keep in mind, the capacity of the battery is far greater than a smartphone huh.
This is one of the best Android tablets I have ever used. But that statement does not necessarily make the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite suitable for all those who are looking for tablet devices. Of course it really depends on the goals and needs of each.
Want the best tablet experience with the optimal application? Apple iPad is a wiser choice. From navigation gestures, to game choices and applications made specifically for large screens, everything is better on the iPad.
But if Gizmo friends don’t want to switch ecosystems, it’s fine with an enlarged smartphone app, and wants a tablet that’s already bundled with its sophisticated stylus, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite can still be recommended. In addition to productivity, this device is also still very suitable for entertainment media.