Following last year's successful launch of their first 5G smartphone, the Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung is finding itself in a very comfortable position in the world of next-generation smartphones. And now that the 5G transition for smartphones is underway, the company is kicking off the process for cellular-enabled tablets as well. To that end, last week the company released its first 5G-capable tablet, the Galaxy Tab S6 5G, on its home turf.

With its large 10.5-inch sAMOLED display featuring a 2560×1600 resolution, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 paired with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage (up to 256 GB in case of Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi/4G version), the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 seems to appeal quite well both to consumers and professionals. To that end, it is not particularly surprising that Samsung decided to introduce a version of it with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem in a bid to target the audience that needs a broadband connection on the go.

Officially, Samsung positions its Galaxy Tab S6 5G for various kinds of bandwidth-hungry entertainment, such as games or 4K video streaming/broadcasting. Meanwhile, the tablet can be equipped with a keyboard and comes enhanced with the DeX platform that enables desktop-like capabilities on Android-based tablets (e.g., open up multiple windows, re-size windows, drag and drop content, etc.) as well as the Knox mobile security platform to protect valuable and confidential information. That said, the Galaxy Tab S6 can do much more than entertainment.

At CES, a number of companies announced 5G-enabled notebooks that will be available in the coming months (see the Related Reading section for details), which indicates that the interest for mobile broadband in devices larger than smartphones is there. It is up to debate whether Samsung can cater laptop clientele with its tablet, but at least the latter is available now, albeit only in South Korea.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G 128 GB in Mountain Grey costs KRW 990,900 (around $750 without VAT at press time) and can be purchased from three retailers. As it usually happens in South Korea, the first buyers of the new tablet will be able to get additional benefits to sweeten the deal. Unfortunately, it is unclear whether Samsung will actually make 5G version of its Galaxy Tab S6 in other parts of the world.

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Source: Samsung Korea (via Liliputing)

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  • PeachNCream - Monday, February 3, 2020 - link

    Samsung is one of only a few companies even marketing decent quality tablets these days. I see very little investment in new hardware out there.
  • FunBunny2 - Monday, February 3, 2020 - link

    Is it irony or sarcasm that this thing is 'S6 5G', as in faux 5G at sub-6??
  • bull2760 - Thursday, February 6, 2020 - link

    What impressive Specs? It's not even using the latest Snapdragon, it's only using the 855, why not the 855+ or wait and use the new 865. And only 6GB of memory, they put more memory in their phones. A new tablet with a processor that has been out for over 1 year. Unless you have a custom app for business or primarily are going to use Googles Suite of Apps, Galaxy tabs cannot compare to Apple or Microsoft offerings. Don't get me wrong I own and love my Note 10+ 5G, and I love Android OS. But reality is in the tablet Market Apple and Microsoft are your best options. Both Apple and MS offer way more usability with the vast amount of software available. You are better off purchasing the Galaxy note 10+ 5G it's better hardware.
  • HStewart - Friday, February 7, 2020 - link

    I not sure you need that much memory with this class of machine, it not like a memory hogged PC
  • HStewart - Friday, February 7, 2020 - link

    I personally own Samsung TAB s3 ( previous had Tab S ) and love it and use it every day. Great for emails, minimal internet with minimal typing. Also for audio and video. I like it so much last spring I try out the Tab S6 and I was not not impressed with the performance difference between it and S3- original Tab S is a total different story.

    One concern about 5G of course is radiation from 5G and how it effects your health.

    One thing like about original Tab S compared to TAB S3 is size of the original and I notice Tab S6 is even smaller than the Tab S3
  • k.alan.bates - Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - link

    With the iterative improvements to DeX support, is it possible to link one DeX capable device to another DeX capable device and -for example- link a [Note 10 Plus] to a [Tab S6] and use the Tab as a mobile smart display for the Note? (I don't have a Tab to try it out with)
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  • Robb Drek - Sunday, October 18, 2020 - link

    I think it is a great update. 5G will open a world of games at for UK players from their mobile phones. I am sure it is something new for users. Thanks for the article.

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