Aug 13, 2019

Let's Compare: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 VS Galaxy Tab S4

The Galaxy Tab series has always featured enough power and features that make it competitive with Apple's iPad series. Both the Galaxy Tab S4 and the latest Galaxy Tab S6 are powerful enough to go toe-to-toe with the iPad Pro, so we look at both tablets closely to see which one the better buy is.

With Samsung just recently unveiling the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, which they say caters to creatives, power users and to professionals, we take a closer look at what this new tablet has to offer and compare it with the previous-generation Galaxy Tab S4 to see what changed and whether the changes make the Galaxy Tab S6 a worthwhile investment. Or is it better to purchase the Galaxy Tab S4 once it's offered at a discounted price? Let's find out.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Release DateAugust 2019August 2018
Dimension244.5 x 159.5 x 5.7 mm249.3 x 164.3 x 7.1 mm
DisplaySuper AMOLED 10.5-inch
2,560 x 1,600 (WQXGA)
Super AMOLED 10.5-inch
2,560 x 1,600 (WQXGA)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 8150 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Internal Storage128GB
OSAndroid 9 PieAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Front Camera8MP8MP
Rear Camera13MP + 5MP13MP
BiometricsFingerprint sensor
Face recognition
Iris sensor
Face recognition

Observers say that there aren't many differences between the Galaxy Tab S4 and the Galaxy Tab S6, though the former does feature little tweaks with the new S Pen being the most prominent change as it's been packed with new features and BLE that make it easier to use.

Left: Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, Right: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

The first thing to consider is the price: the Galaxy Tab S6 is priced at USD 649 (around PHP 33,000) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM variant while the 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM variant has a price tag of USD 729 (around PHP 37,000). It's scheduled to be available for sale in selected markets by September 6.

The Galaxy Tab S4 was released just last year and can now be found for discounted prices, especially if you know where to look, but usually Greenhills and online forums are a good place to look. This tablet also had a price tag of USD 649 at its launch, but it's likely to be found for a lower price now, especially since the Galaxy Tab S6 has launched.

With regard to design, the Galaxy Tab S6 has the same look as the Galaxy Tab S4, with the main difference being that the Galaxy Tab S6 is just slightly thinner at 5.7mm vs 7.1mm and lighter at 420g vs 480g, so it isn't that much of a difference.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

The biggest game breaker here is the new S Pen which packs a lot of features. It's been redesigned to have an oblong shape making it easier to hold vs the previous S Pen which is cylindrical, making it a challenge for some to hold and use. The new S Pen also now features BLE, which can be used as a remote control for supported apps like the camera or for air gesture controls.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Video

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Video

Samsung also revised the Book Cover Keyboard accessory, as the new version now features a breakaway keyboard that can be stowed away in case space is an issue, something which the old version cannot do. It's important to note that the new Book Cover Keyboard is not compatible with the Galaxy Tab S4.

Both the Galaxy Tab S6 and the Galaxy Tab S4 feature the same 10.5-inch Super AMOLED high-res display panel, though the former wins this battle as it now features an in-display fingerprint reader, the first time Samsung has integrated this feature into a tablet, while the Galaxy Tab S4 is only capable of facial recognition.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Camera

Overall, the Galaxy Tab S6 is a superior machine as it packs the features stated above plus a dual-camera setup and better specs with more RAM and ROM, but the biggest factor for most users here is going to be the cost.

We would recommend going with the Galaxy Tab S4, especially if you're on a low budget. It still has a decent amount of power and can stay relevant for years to come. However, if you have some cash to spare, we would recommend going with the Galaxy Tab S6 since it has more features and offers more power and storage. Whichever one you choose, both will definitely serve your needs.

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