Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite release date, news and leaks
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite could be launched shortly, based on the growing number of leaks and rumors surrounding it, and it could offer much of the appeal of the full-fat Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 at a lower price.
In fact, if leaks are to be believed it both sports a similar design and comes packing a stylus, which could give it a boost over other budget slates.
Below you’ll find everything we’ve heard about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite so far, along with a wish list of things that we want from it.
We’ll also be updating this article as soon as we hear anything new, so make sure to keep checking back if you’re interested in Samsung’s next slate.
Update: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has been listed by Samsung itself, as well as appearing on yet another online store.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? A cheaper alternative to the Galaxy Tab S6
- When is it out? Probably very soon
- What will it cost? Maybe around $415 / £340 / AU$680
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite release date and price
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has been listed on Amazon Germany with a release date of April 2, a date which has been and gone. But its presence on Amazon at all suggests it's launching soon, and that's not the only store we've seen it listed on.
We've even now seen the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite listed on official Samsung support pages.
We’ve also previously seen it mentioned by name in an official Bluetooth certification database, which further suggests it’s probably almost here.
The slate has also been certified by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), as spotted by SamMobile, which is another sign that it's almost here. It has even been listed by Netflix as supporting HD playback on the service, so it's not a very well kept secret.
Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e was announced in February 2019, and the Tab S6 Lite is something of a successor to that, further suggesting it should land soon, since the S5e landed around a year ago.
As for what it will cost, the Amazon listing says it's €428.44, (around $470 / £380 / AU$770) for an LTE model, while an earlier rumor pointed to a price of between 350 and 400 euros, which – splitting the difference – converts to around $415 / £340 / AU$680.
A listing on B&H (an electronics store) meanwhile puts the starting price at $349.99 (roughly £280/AU$575) for a 64GB Wi-Fi-only model.
That all broadly makes sense, as it would put the price roughly in line with the Galaxy Tab S5e, which starts at $399/£379/AU$649.
Certainly it should be a fair bit less than the $649.99 / £619 / AU$1,099 Samsung Galaxy Tab S6.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite design and display
One of the biggest Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite leaks takes the form of a render, which you can see below. This looks like it could be an official press render, and if so then that’s further evidence that the slate is probably landing soon.
As for what it shows, there are black bezels along every edge of the screen, and a design that from the front (which is all we’ve seen) looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6.
You can also see that there’s a single-lens front-facing camera, and most notably that there’s an S Pen stylus.
More recently we've seen additional renders, this time showing the slate from both the front and back. You can see these below.
The source of these renders added that the Tab S6 Lite apparently has a 10.4-inch 1200 x 2000 screen, an aluminum body, a thickness of 7mm, and a weight of 467g. Based on the images it also seems like the slate will come in both black and blue-grey shades.
The same design can also be seen in an Amazon Germany listing, which states that the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has a 10.4-inch screen and dimensions of 245 x 154 x 7mm.
And we've seen the design yet again in a B&H listing, some of which you can see below, this time in ‘Chiffon Rose’, 'Oxford Gray' and 'Angora Blue' shades.
That listing disagreed slightly on screen specs, saying that the Tab S6 Lite has either a 10.4-inch or 10.1-inch display with a 1000 x 2000 resolution, but we suspect that's wrong, especially as the site can't make up its mind about the size.
Another listing meanwhile, this time on a South Korean store, points to a 10.5-inch screen. We still reckon 10.4 inches is the most likely size though.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite specs and features
The stylus in the leaked image above is notable because while the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 comes with one, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e doesn’t. So including one here could help the Tab S6 Lite stand out in the mid-range market.
The design of the stylus also looks similar to the one that comes with the Tab S6, which might mean the features are the same too. So it’s possible that there’s a magnetized slot on the back of the slate to house and charge the stylus.
It might also support Air Actions, which let you interact with the slate by making gestures with the stylus in the air above the screen.
The source of stylus the image above additionally claims that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite will have a mid-range Exynos 9611 chipset, 4GB of RAM, Android 10, and either 64GB or 128GB of storage, depending on where in the world you buy it.
Broadly those exact same specs have been seen on a store listing too – though it claimed the slate uses the Exynos 9610 rather than 9611.
We’ve previously seen the Exynos 9611 chipset, along with that RAM amount and Android version mentioned in a benchmark, so there’s a good chance those details are accurate.
We've also heard the same specs from another source, which adds that the slate will have an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing one, a 7,040mAh battery, a microSD card slot, and that it will come in both LTE and Wi-Fi-only configurations.
Yet another store meanwhile lists an Exynos 9611 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a microSD card slot, an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing one, an S Pen stylus, a 7,040mAh battery, 5G support and quad speakers.
What we want to see in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Even assuming the rumors are right, there’s still a lot that we don’t know about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite just yet, but below you’ll find what we’re hoping to see.
1. A stylus
Based on leaks, the inclusion of a stylus looks very likely, and we hope there is one, as this accessory could transform the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite from an identikit mid-ranger to something with a real selling point.
It would also likely be a much cheaper way to get a stylus-packed slate than most iPad options or the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. And if the stylus comes packing all the same tech as it does in the Tab S6 then it will be a good one too.
2. A headphone port
Headphone ports are clearly on the way out, but there’s just as clearly still an audience for them, and in a device as big as a tablet the argument for removing them is less compelling than in a phone, where every tiny amount of space matters.
We don’t expect the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite will have a headphone port, given that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e don’t, but it would be nice if it did.
3. A reasonable price tag
Back in the realms of likely features is an affordable price. We don’t expect the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite to be cheap, but it’s likely to have a mid-range price, and might even undercut the iPad 10.2. If it does that while including a stylus then Samsung could have a real winner on its hands in the cheap Android tablet space.
4. A great screen
If there’s one thing Samsung knows how to do well, it’s screens, and even its mid-range slates tend to have good ones, so we’re not asking for much with our wish for a great screen.
A Super AMOLED display of over ten inches with a QHD+ resolution is likely, and that should just about be enough for us to consider the screen great, but if Samsung could pack in HDR support too then it would be even better.
5. A keyboard cover
As well as a stylus, we’d also love for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite to launch alongside an official keyboard cover.
But we’re not greedy, we don’t need this to be bundled with the slate, it can be sold as an optional extra just as it is with the standard Samsung Galaxy Tab S6.
Even with the extra expense, the ability to turn the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite into a true productivity device could be enormously desirable for some people, while those who just want a tablet can enjoy the Tab S6 Lite as is, without splashing out on expensive accessories.
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