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Samsung opens pre-orders for the Galaxy Tab S6 in the U.S.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 (Image credit: Hayato Huseman / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Galaxy Tab S6 can now be pre-ordered in the U.S. directly from the Samsung website.
  • The flagship Android tablet starts at $650.
  • Galaxy Tab S6 variants with 4G LTE connectivity are expected to be available sometime later this year.

Samsung introduced its high-end Galaxy Tab S6 Android tablet last month. The tablet, which happens to be a significant step-up over its predecessor in many areas, is now available for pre-order from the company's website in the U.S.

For now, Samsung is only offering the Tab S6 in Wi-Fi only variants, which will begin shipping on September 6. As announced by the company last month, it plans to release variants of the tablet with built-in 4G LTE connectivity later in the year.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 comes in two storage variants: 128GB and 256GB. While the 128GB variant is priced at $650, you will need to pay $730 for the 256GB variant. You can pre-order any of the two variants from Samsung's website in Cloud Blue, Mountain Gray, or Rose Blush colors.

Those who pre-order the tablet can get 50% off the Book Cover keyboard, which has a list price of $180 on the Samsung website. Additionally, Samsung is offering 4 months of free YouTube Premium subscription and up to $350 when you trade in your old phone or tablet.

The Galaxy Tab S6 comes with a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED panel surrounded by quad speakers that have been tuned by AKG. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, paired with up to 8GB of RAM. On the back of the tablet is a dual camera setup with a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP secondary camera offering a 123-degree field-of-view. The tablet also features an optical in-display fingerprint sensor, 7,030mAh battery, DeX 2.0 support, and an all-new S Pen.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

With a Snapdragon 855 processor, DeX 2.0 support, and a versatile S Pen, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is a compelling alternative to Windows-based convertibles. For a more laptop-like experience, however, you will need to get the tablet with the Book Cover keyboard.

Babu Mohan
Babu Mohan
  • Best Buy had the Surface Pro this week on a one day sale for $549 including keyboard. That seems like a much better deal than the S6.
  • True if you still need a pc. Some people would rather pay more for a tablet than to go through windows update hell.
  • It baffles me how people are choosing Android OEMs with regards to how they update their phones and those same people still complain about updates on Windows.
  • There are pros and cons to both. If it is your only computer or you are doing heavy lifting then I would definitely suggest the SP, but as a secondary device this makes an attractive option especially since it is significantly lighter and comes with the pen (an added $99+ for SP). I'm thinking of getting one to use in lectures (I teach organic chemistry, so inking is a plus) where the SP has proven to be just a tad too heavy for multiple lectures a day and the battery a tad too weak when running wireless projections.
  • Not to mention the $550 SP is the 2017 model with an m3 (7th gen) and 4GB of RAM. I have one, it is functional but not spectacular. Especially in newer releases of W10 that RAM is a choke point. My daughter's upgraded 8GB Surface Go feels peppier. My Note 9 is peppier for presentations but doesn't have the inking room I need. The i5 SP6 with 8GB/128GB is price equal to the 6/128 Tab S6 right now (no keyboard for each, but pen on the Tab)
  • I do wish they hadn't left the keyboard flat like the original SP.
  • The perfect time to look for a Galaxy Tab S4 and keyboard cover on sale? I recently nabbed an S4 from Best Buy for $399, and a Samsung keyboard cover on Amazon for $89. Granted, it's older hardware, but that's also a significant price difference for what many will see as an iterative difference.
  • Big changes to S-pen, two generation jump in processor, better keyboard and kick stand, thinner and lighter... lots of changes and more than just iterative. Yes, it is a matter of personal debate whether the changes are worth the premium... I'm still on the fence.
  • Pre-ordered the 128GB Cloud Blue today to replace my 7yo 16GB Nexus 10 which can't hold a charge. Used a 10% birthday discount at Best Buy and beaucoup gift cards so no out of pocket! Wife will get the 32GB Pixel C which should last several more years. Psyched!