THE Galaxy Tab S6 is the most complete tablet of the current generation from Samsung, with all the best in screen, performance and features, but it charges its price. A simplified version goes by the name of Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, which saves in some ways, but keeps what’s working on the line, like the S Pen and a large 10.4-inch panel.
With a launch price of R $ 2,999, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite arrives more than a thousand reais cheaper than its full version. What does he lose compared to his more premium brother? Is it worth buying the Samsung “almost top of the line” tablet? I tell you everything in this brief review.
Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: video review
What is legal?
Samsung earns points for delivering a more complete factory experience. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite already comes with a protective case that attaches in a magnetic way and has a compartment to store the pen, another accessory that is also included. The only version on sale in Brazil is compatible not only with Wi-Fi, but also with 4G. All of this is optional on the main rival, the 10.2-inch iPad, which costs more than twice as much with equivalent features.
Despite not having any special details, the included cover does the job of protecting the screen well when the tablet is not in use and allows you to leave it at different angles to watch a video, browse the internet or write with the S Pen, which is the same as the more expensive brother, with a fine tip, supports 4,096 pressure levels and low latency.
The stylus of the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is accurate, responds well and passes my left-handed test: the screen differentiates well between a hand and a pen tip, which allows you to write or draw on the Samsung Notes application with ease, without accidental touches. The side button of the S Pen triggers the tools menu, to create a quick note or mark a document.
Although it does not have a Snapdragon 855, until the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is agile: it has a Samsung Exynos 9611 chip, the same that equips some intermediate cell phones of the brand, accompanied by 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, with the possibility of expansion. Heavier games with maximum graphics make it clear that there is a limit to performance, but day-to-day tasks are performed with one foot on the back.
Samsung opted for a dual speaker scheme with the AKG brand and compatibility with Dolby Atmos for greater immersion in films. The set has clarity in the middle and an excellent level of volume. Of course, you won’t find powerful bass or the last straw of definition, but the quality is more than enough for when you’re not wearing headphones. Another positive point of the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is the 3.5 mm port, which does not exist in the more expensive brother.
What’s not cool?
The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite’s 10.4-inch screen is a far cry from what I would call “bad”, but it may be the first disappointment point for Samsung’s not-so-premium tablet. The LCD panel has a resolution of 2000 × 1200 pixels, presenting good definition and balanced colors, without exaggeration in saturation, but it lacks contrast and brightness.
The black is satisfactory, but it doesn’t come close to what Samsung achieves in the AMOLED, which equipped the Galaxy Tab S5e – the predecessor not only had a better panel, but also a higher resolution in the same price range, which shows a setback in line. In addition, the brightness is only reasonable: I used the tablet at the maximum level most of the time, because the screen was not able to handle the reflections on sunny afternoons.
The 7,040 mAh battery, despite having a large number, also did not impress me. Samsung promises 13 hours of video playback, but even because it has a weaker screen, the tablet becomes more worn: with maximum brightness, it took 7h12min to go from full charge to 5%, which represents just over half of the optimistic brand estimate. If you only do basic tasks and are more restrained in using the screen, you may even be able to reach the two digits of hours of autonomy.
For me, the biggest loss is due to the absence of DeX mode, a Samsung feature that allows you to use the tablet as a desktop, with floating and scalable windows on a desktop. The company killed one of its great differentials in a tablet that is just a little house below the most expensive model. The downside is even greater if we consider that its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S5e, had this function – that is, another setback in the line.
Is Galaxy Tab S6 Lite worth it?
The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite left me feeling mixed. It is a good tablet, which offers excellent features, brings news and does not cost as much as the R $ 4,299 of the standard Galaxy Tab S6, but at the same time sacrifices some features that were already offered in past generations, which leaves a taste of disappointment.
The main rival ends up being the Galaxy Tab S5e, a kind of simplified version of the Galaxy Tab S4 – remembering that Samsung did not even launch a standard Galaxy Tab S5. Like the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, the predecessor arrived in the country with a suggested price of R $ 2,999 and, although the economic times were different, the predecessor can be found today for a lower price than the new model in retail.
The S Pen is the main novelty of the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite and one of the great gimmicks for those who do creative work or want a tablet for notes in college. For these purposes, it basically has no competitors in the same price range, since the closest model would be the 10.2-inch iPad (2019), for R $ 4,398, with Apple Pencil, but without a cover, without 4G and with half the memory.
However, for everything else, which just wants a good tablet to play, browse the internet and consume content without spending the eye, it’s still worth thinking about the old model: the Galaxy Tab S5e loses the pen, but has a upper screen, a battery that tends to last longer and more complete software.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
- Cover and S Pen in the package
- Fine design and great finish
- Single version with 4G connection
- Battery does not impress
- Missing the DeX mode
- Screen could be brighter
- One step forward and two steps back from the Tab S5e
- Screen: 10.4 inch TFT LCD, 2000 × 1200 pixels
- Processor: octa-core Samsung Exynos 9611 with GPU Mali-G72 MP3
- RAM: 4 GB
- Storage: 64 GB expandable with microSD up to 1 TB
- Back camera: 8 megapixels
- Frontal camera: 5 megapixels
- Drums: 7,040 mAh
- Operational system: Android 10 with One UI
- Connectivity: USB-C, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, LTE, headphone connection
- Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, brightness
- Dimensions and weight: 244.5 x 154.3 × 7 mm, 467 g