The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is a new addition to Samsung’s tablet lineup. As its name suggests, this is a less expensive version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, which I reviewed late last year. The Galaxy Tab S6 is very pricey but has an AMOLED display, quad speakers and a powerful processor, whereas the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has a TFT display, dual speakers, and a somewhat weaker processor. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is available in Wi-Fi and LTE versions, priced at Rs. 27,999 and Rs. 31,999 respectively. Samsung has obviously had to cut costs with this new ‘Lite’ version, but is it still good enough to recommend? Read on to find out.Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite design: Looks fairly premiumThe Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite looks a lot like the Galaxy Tab S6 (Review) from the front, but with a slightly smaller 10.4-inch display. It has thick bezels, which is acceptable for a tablet of this size. At 7mm thick, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is actually slimmer than some of the smartphones I’ve recently reviewed. This tablet weighs 467g which is definitely noticeable when using it for prolonged durations with one hand. However, I did find two handed use to be comfortable.Samsung has opted for a metallic finish which makes the device feel premium. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is available in three colours – Angora Blue, Oxford Gray, and Chiffon Pink – of which, we have the latter. To my eye, it looks more like rose gold than pink.The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite comes with an S Pen stylus in the box The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has a 3.5mm headphone socket at the top along with a secondary microphone and a top-firing speaker. The power button on the right can also be used to activate Bixby. The SIM tray is slightly lower and can accept one Nano-SIM and a microSD card. The lower right half of the tablet has magnets to keep the included S Pen stylus attached. This version of the S Pen does not have Bluetooth, like the one that comes with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6.The left side of the tablet is bare but there are magnets if you wish to use optional accessories, such as a Book Cover case. At the bottom, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has a USB Type-C port and a second speaker. There’s only a single rear camera on this tablet unlike the dual cameras on the Galaxy Tab S6. There are antenna lines running around the top and bottom. The Samsung logo is smack in the middle of the rear, along with ‘Sound by AKG’ on the lower half. In addition to the S Pen, Samsung ships a 7.75W charger in the box.Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite specifications and software: Not very impressiveThe Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 was a powerful device, thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. However, in order to hit a lower price, Samsung has used its own Exynos 9611 SoC, which we’ve seen in its entry-level smartphones such as the Galaxy M21 (Review). The tablet also has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Storage can be expanded by up to 1TB using a microSD card.The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite packs in a 10.4-inch TFT LCD screen with a 2000×1200 pixel resolution. Since it’s not an AMOLED panel like you get with the Galaxy Tab S6, content doesn’t look as vivid and colours aren’t as punchy as I would have liked. Surprisingly, there’s no fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy Tab S5e (Review) had a side-mounted one while the Galaxy Tab S6 has an in-display one. You do get face recognition, though.The stereo speakers make the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite good for entertainment The LTE model, which I have for review, supports 4G data connectivity as well as calling. Other connectivity options on the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite include Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, and four satellite navigation systems. You also get the usual suite of sensors. This tablet packs in a 7040mAh battery and comes with a 7.75W charger in the box.Samsung ships the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite with One UI 2.0 running on top of Android 10. My review unit had the March security patch. If you have used any recent Samsung smartphone, you’ll feel at home with this tablet. The interface is near-identical to what you’d see on Samsung smartphones, with certain elements scaled up for the big display, such as the dialler and the quick toggles.It also allows you to run two apps side by side and have up to five apps in pop-up mode. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite uses traditional Android navigation buttons at the bottom of the display but you do have the option to switch to gesture-based navigation. Samsung’s Smart Stay feature keeps the display on as long as you are looking at it.There isn’t a lot of bloatware installed on the device, which is a good thing. You get a few Samsung, Google and Microsoft apps pre-installed along with Netflix and YouTube Music. Samsung has tied up with Google to offer four months of YouTube Premium with the device.The standard S Pen features such as Air Command and Samsung Capture are supported on the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. If you press the button on the S Pen when it’s near the display, you’ll be able to bring up a floating menu with shortcuts for Smart select, Smart write, Live messages, AR doodle, and Notes. You can also add shortcuts to your favourite apps here.Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite performance: A ‘lite’ experience?Let’s start with the display and stereo speakers. The panel that Samsung has used for the Galaxy S6 Lite is decent, but I was expecting better. It has good viewing angles but it doesn’t get very bright. It’s also fairly reflective outdoors. I couldn’t find a way to tweak the colour profile, which is unfortunate. Audio output is good and you get stereo sound when viewing content in landscape mode. There is Dolby Atmos too which makes a noticeable difference when enabled.The S Pen lacks Bluetooth, so it can’t be used as a remote shutter button for the camera, which is possible on the Galaxy Tab S6. You can, however, press the button and tap the display with the S Pen when the tablet is in standby to take notes quickly.The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has a USB Type-C port for charging The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is quick to wake, and you can start writing immediately. I found palm rejection to be excellent, and you can place your palm on the big display while writing using the S Pen. There is handwriting recognition in the Notes app which lets you convert whatever you’ve scribbled into text.Multitasking on the tablet was a breeze, and 4GB of RAM was enough to keep the majority of apps in memory. Split screen worked well and even after opening five pop-up windows at the same time, the tablet was still responsive. One thing that didn’t work as advertised was face recognition. It failed most of the time during my review, forcing me to fall back to a PIN.With my basic usage of watching YouTube videos and playing games such as Clash Royale and Idle Miner Tycoon, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite worked very well. I did not see any signs of lag although heavier apps and games took longer than expected to load. Asphalt 9: Legends ran at the default settings and was playable but I did see occasional stutter in a few races. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is capable of handling casual gaming, but does not provide the best experience in heavy games.I used a cellular SIM to connect to the Internet without Wi-Fi. I could also make calls using the tablet, and these were routed to the stereo speakers by default. This isn’t ideal as anyone nearby can hear the conversation pretty easily. You can connect a wired or Bluetooth headset for calls.Running a couple of benchmarks revealed where the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite stands compared to its siblings. It managed 346 and 1,186 points in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core tests respectively. It could hit 25fps and 12fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex and Manhattan 3.1 scenes, respectively. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite isn’t a powerhouse when it comes to performance.The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite runs Android 10 out of the box My typical usage pattern allowed the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite’s battery to last two days without needing a recharge . The 7,040mAh battery does not require frequent charging. The supplied charger is very slow. I was able to get just a 29 percent charge in one hour. Charging it completely takes well over three hours. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite ran for 11 hours and 40 minutes in our HD video loop test, which is similar to the amount of time I got with the Galaxy Tab S6.Coming to the cameras, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has a single 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. I don’t see a lot of people using such a large tablet as a serious photography tool, but if you have to, then the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite manages good photos in daylight with adequate details. The selfie camera will likely be used a lot more and I did make a couple of video calls on this device. The camera offers decent quality and I did not hear any major complaints from the people I chatted with.Since the camera is at the top of the display, it’s easy to accidentally block it when holding the tablet in landscape mode. For video calls, I found the field of view to be narrow, which forced me to keep the tablet at a distance when chatting.VerdictThe Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is yet another Android-powered tablet from Samsung, and there isn’t a lot of competition these days. It is built well and offers solid battery life. The S Pen stylus is a neat add-on, and is thankfully included in the box.There are however a few compromises that dampen the overall experience. Considering that it is part of the Tab S series, I would have liked better features and a little more power. Priced at Rs. 27,999 for the Wi-Fi variant and Rs. 31,999 for the LTE variant, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is a tad expensive for what it offers.If you don’t need a lot of storage, the Apple iPad 2019 (Review) is an alternative. However, if you want an Android tablet and don’t mind spending a little extra, the Galaxy Tab S5e (Review) is also available, and offers a more powerful processor, an AMOLED display and quad-speakers.Why do Indians love Xiaomi TVs so much? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE, Galaxy Tab A7 Lite With Octa-Core SoCs, 8-Megapixel Rear Cameras Launched in India
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE and Galaxy Tab A7 Lite were launched in India on Friday. Both tablet models were launched in May in the European market, and have now made their way to India. The Galaxy Tab S7 FE follows the same ideology as the FE variants of the Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphone and…
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE and Galaxy Tab A7 Lite were launched in India on Friday. Both tablet models were launched in May in the European market, and have now made their way to India. The Galaxy Tab S7 FE follows the same ideology as the FE variants of the Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphone and brings impressive performance at a more affordable price. Unfortunately, it looks like the model launched in India has its 5G disabled, with just LTE listing despite the tablet running the 5G-enabled Snapdragon 750G SoC. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, as the name suggests, is a toned-down version of the Galaxy Tab A7 that launched in September last year. Both the tablets are powered by octa-core SoCs and come with 8-megapixel camera sensors on the back.Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE, Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite: Price in IndiaSamsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is priced at Rs. 46,999 for 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant and Rs. 50,999 for the 6GB +128GB variant. It is offered in Mystic Black, Mystic Green, Mystic Pink, and Mystic Silver colours. To recall, it was launched in the European market late last month.The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite costs Rs. 14,999 for the 3GB + 32GB model that comes with LTE support. The Wi-Fi model with the same configuration costs Rs. 11,999. It is offered in Grey and Silver colours. To recall, it was launched in the UK late last month.Both tablet models will be available for purchase via Samsung.com, Samsung Exclusive Stores, as well as leading online and offline retail partners from June 23.Samsung has introductory offers for the two table models. For the Galaxy Tab S7 FE, shoppers can get Rs. 4,000 cashback with HDFC debit card and credit card transactions as well as Rs. 10,000 off on the Keyboard Cover. Those interested in the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite can get up to six months of no-cost EMI.Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE specifications, featuresSamsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE runs Android 11 and features a 12.4-inch WQXGA (2,560×1,600 pixels) TFT display. It is powered by n Snapdragon 750G SoC that has two cores clocked at 2.2GHz and six cores clocked at 1.8GHz. It comes with up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 1TB). For photos and videos, there is an 8-megapixel camera sensor on the back and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter at the front.For connectivity, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE comes with LTE, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, and a USB Type-C 3.2 Gen1 port. We’ve reached out to Samsung for comment on 5G connectivity. Sensors onboard include accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, and a hall sensor. You get dual stereo speakers tuned by AKG with support for Dolby Atmos. The Galaxy Tab S7 FE is backed by a 10,090mAh battery that supports 45W Super Fast Charging, though the charger is sold separately. In terms of dimensions, the tablet measures 185.0×284.8×6.3mm and weighs 608 grams.Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite specifications, featuresSamsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite runs Android 11 and features an 8.7-inch WXGA (1,340×800 pixels) TFT display. Under the hood, the tablet is powered by an unnamed octa-core SoC with four cores clocked at 2.3GHz and four cores clocked at 1.8GHz. It comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 1TB). In terms of optics, there is an 8-megapixel camera sensor on the back and a 2-megapixel selfie shooter at the front.Connectivity options on the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite include LTE (optional), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port. Sensors onboard include accelerometer, compass, and ambient light sensor. It comes with dual stereo speakers with Dolby Audio. The tablet packs a 5,100mAh battery with support for 15W fast charging and the charger is sold separately. In terms of dimensions, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite measures 212.5×124.7×8.0mm and weighs 366 grams for the Wi-Fi model and 371 grams for the LTE model.
Apple Leads Global Tablet Market in Q1 2021, Basic iPad Models Bestsellers: Counterpoint
Research firm Counterpoint has released its global tablet market share for the first quarter of 2021 and tablet shipments were up 53 percent compared to the same quarter last year. In 2020, the global tablet market grew by 19 percent compared to the previous year, mainly due to the digital push during the pandemic. The…
Research firm Counterpoint has released its global tablet market share for the first quarter of 2021 and tablet shipments were up 53 percent compared to the same quarter last year. In 2020, the global tablet market grew by 19 percent compared to the previous year, mainly due to the digital push during the pandemic. The global tablet market saw a big revival after a long slump due to the increasing demand for large-screen devices spurred by remote work, online education, and extended stay-at-home orders.Counterpoint says that while the tablet market grew 53 percent globally, it came down by 22 percent from last quarter. The last three months of 2020 saw significant numbers according to Counterpoint, and it says that the tablet market reached a five year high during that period. The January-March period is said to be off season for tablets, but in 2021 it still recorded strong numbers.Apple raked in 37 percent of the market share in the first three months of 2021, as compared to the 30 percent market share in the previous quarter. Samsung gauged 20 percent global tablet share compared to last year’s 16 percent. Lenovo and Amazon both sliced a 9 percent share in the same period, according to Counterpoint. Huawei’s year-over-year tablet market share for the quarter declined from 11 percent in 2020 to 5 percent in 2021.Apple reportedly sold 33 percent more iPad units worldwide in 2020 than in 2019 with improved performance in all major regions, particularly in Japan. Senior Analyst Liz Lee said, “The basic iPad models accounted for 56 percent of the overall iPad shipments in Q1 2021. The iPad Air and iPad Pro series came next with 19 percent and 18 percent shares, respectively. Since consumers are constantly concerned about prices and portability, the latest iPad 8 emerged as the top-selling model. Launched in October 2020, the iPad Air 4 ranked second on the bestseller list as it was a huge hit with consumers looking for cost-effectiveness as well as high specifications.”Counterpoint says that the latest iPad Pro with the M1 chip will see shipments soar in the third quarter, and the growth will be maintained in the next quarter as well. For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel.
Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to [email protected]
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE, Galaxy Tab A7 Lite India Launch Date Set for June 18: Expected Price, Specifications
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE and Galaxy Tab A7 Lite India launch date is set for Friday, June 18, the South Korean company revealed on Wednesday. Both new tablets debuted internationally late last month. While the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite comes as a more affordable variant of the Galaxy Tab A7, the Galaxy Tab…
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE and Galaxy Tab A7 Lite India launch date is set for Friday, June 18, the South Korean company revealed on Wednesday. Both new tablets debuted internationally late last month. While the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite comes as a more affordable variant of the Galaxy Tab A7, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE is positioned as a new model in the company’s Galaxy Tab S7 lineup, alongside the Galaxy Tab S7 and the Galaxy Tab S7+.Ahead of the official launch, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE and Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite have been listed on the Samsung India site. The company also confirmed through a press note that both tablets will go on sale in India from June 23.Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE, Galaxy Tab A7 Lite price in India (expected)Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE and Galaxy Tab A7 Lite price in India are yet to be revealed. However, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE was launched in the UK at GBP 589 (roughly Rs. 60,900) for the 4GB + 64GB variant and GBP 629 (Rs. 65,100) for the 6GB + 128GB configuration. The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, on the other hand, carries a price tag of GBP 149 (Rs. 15,400) for the Wi-Fi only variant, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite (LTE) model is priced at GBP 179 (Rs. 18,500). The Indian variants of the new Galaxy tablets could come with a similar pricing, although local taxes and other factors mean it won’t be a simple conversion.Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE specificationsThe Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE runs on Android 11 with One UI 3.1 and features a 12.4-inch WQXGA (2,560×600 pixels) TFT display. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC, along with up to 6GB RAM. The tablet also has 64GB and 128GB of onboard storage options that both support expansion via microSD card (up to 1TB). There is an 8-megapixel camera sensor at the back, with an autofocus lens, and a 5-megapixel camera sensor at the front.Samsung has bundled its S-Pen with the Galaxy Tab S7 FE to provide users with the ease in taking notes and drawing sketches while on-the-go. The tablet also comes preloaded with Samsung DeX mode.The Galaxy Tab S7 FE packs a 10,090mAh battery with 45W fast charging support. It measures 185×284.8×6.3mm and weighs 608 grams.Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite specificationsThe Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite runs on One UI Core 3.1 based on Android 11 and features an 8.7-inch WXGA+ (1,340×800 pixels) TFT display. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22T SoC, coupled with 3GB and 4GB RAM options. There are also 32GB and 64GB of internal storage options that are expandable via microSD card (up to 1TB). The tablet has an 8-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 2-megapixel front camera sensor.Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite comes with an 8.7-inch displayPhoto Credit: Samsung Samsung has provided a 5,100mAh battery with 15W fast charging. Besides, the tablet measures 212.5×124.7×8.0mm and weighs up to 371 grams on the LTE variant (366 grams on the Wi-Fi option).Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.