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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6: Performer to the Core (Tech Review)

Performance apart, the device also looks stunning in its metal and glass design. Interestingly, the tablet also features a dual rear camera (13+5MP). This 6GB RAM device offers 128GB internal memory

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To get ahead in the fast-changing tech industry, Samsung said it will expand investment in burgeoning tech segments to propel growth. Wikimedia Commons

BY GOKUL BHAGABATI

The demand for tablets shrank considerably as the screens of our smartphones got bigger and better, leading tablets to reinvent themselves as devices that go beyond their traditional appeal. Today they want to be your home entertainment device, and even a portable PC when you are on the go.

Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Tab S6, launched in India for Rs 59,900, is a major addition to all those devices that have been striving to replace your heavy laptop with a much lighter multi-purpose device.

Portability, of course, is a major factor and the Tab S6 weighs just 420 grams. So if you hold it in your hands or place it on your lap for hours, you won’t really feel the weight. Samsung Dex immediately creates a desktop environment. But to get the PC-like experience, you will have to get hold of the keyboard cover and pay some extra cash.

It comes with a dedicated key for Dex and a touchpad that makes typing much more convenient. It could, however, take you a little while to get into the groove of things.

Another advantage is that the keyboard cover comes in two parts — the keypad and the back cover which has a flap for removing the S pen, besides the kickstand. So when you are not using it as your PC, you can easily turn it into an entertainment device.

In fact, the 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display and sound quality of Tab S6 — powered by the quad speakers tuned by AKG and Dolby Atmos — is so good that you would wish you could mount it on a hard surface to align it with your vision. The 16:10 screen ratio makes it quite a breeze to read and watch videos for hours. Powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset, the Tab S6 runs on Android 9.

But before you increase the volume to the maximum, you need to have your privacy because the tablet does not offer a headphone jack.

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Samsung declined to disclose its sales target for the new Note series, but said it expected to achieve higher sales volume than the predecessor Note 9 models. Pixabay

And if you are a movie buff or a gamer, this device could be your constant companion because of a powerful battery, power-saving features, and quick charge capability. Samsung has also devoted a lot of energy in improving the gaming experience on the Tab 6. The 7040mAh battery ensures that once the device is charged fully, it can run for days on moderate use.

The Galaxy Tab S6 gives users multiple unlocking options including face recognition and an on-screen optical fingerprint scanner. We found the face recognition feature fast and reliable, while the fingerprint scanner appeared a little clumsy at times.

The sleek tablet has a subtle indent at the back that can magnetically attach the S Pen. Once attached, the S Pen gets automatically charged.

The S Pen definitely makes jotting down quick notes and drawing much more convenient. With Bluetooth connection and Air Actions, the S pen lets you remotely open certain apps. But when you have Bixby to always help you on your command and you can also do everything with a touch, these fancy features do appear much less useful.

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Performance apart, the device also looks stunning in its metal and glass design. Interestingly, the tablet also features a dual rear camera (13+5MP). This 6GB RAM device offers 128GB internal memory.

Conclusion: With a sleek design, powerful processor, stunning display and gorgeous sound, the Galaxy Tab S6 gives the best of almost everything that an Android tablet offers. All these at a much lesser price than what the iPad Pro or the Surface Pro would cost you. (IANS)

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5G Samsung Smartphones Capture 5% of Global Premium Market

Currently, all the 5G phones available fall within the premium segment, but this will also change in 2020

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The adoption of 5G will play a key role in the growth of the premium segment as well as the overall global smartphone market. Pixabay

5G smartphones captured 5 per cent of the global premium market in the third quarter (Q3) of 2019 led by Samsung with 74 per cent share followed by LG with 11 per cent and Vivo with 5 per cent share, a new report by Counterpoint Research has said.

According to Counterpoint Research “Market Pulse” service, the global premium market sell-through, however, declined 7 per cent YoY.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G was the top-selling model which captured over one-third of the total sales of all 5G devices.

“All major OEMs in the premium segment now have 5G-capable devices, except Apple. Still, Apple alone captured over half of the premium market in Q3 2019. Apple grew 1 per cent YoY increasing its market share from 48 per cent a year back to 52 per cent during the quarter. iPhone XR was the top-selling model globally in the premium segment,” Varun Mishra, Research Analyst, Counterpoint Research, said in a statement.

Huawei remained in the top three OEMs in the premium segment driven by the popularity of its P30 series, especially in China, despite the US ban.

China contributed to over 80 per cent of Huawei’s sell-through in the premium segment as compared to 73 per cent in the year ago quarter.

“The trend is likely to continue. It will be difficult for the newly launched Mate 30 series to create any progress outside China because it lacks Google Mobile Services (GMS). GMS is an important enabler for Huawei to continue its success outside China,” Mishra noted.

OnePlus recaptured its position among the top five OEMs in the segment and also led the India premium segment, which reached a record high shipment level during Q3.

South Korean smartphone maker LG also captured a spot in the top five, driven by the V50 ThinQ 5G. The firm grew 20 per cent YoY in the premium segment. This is in contrast with its overall smartphone shipments, which declined over 30 per cent YoY during Q3.

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5G smartphones captured 5 per cent of the global premium market in the third quarter (Q3) of 2019 led by Samsung with 74 per cent share followed by LG with 11 per cent and Vivo with 5 per cent share. Wikimedia Commons

The adoption of 5G will play a key role in the growth of the premium segment as well as the overall global smartphone market.

Apple will launch its 5G devices in 2020 driving upgrades among Apple users and potentially pulling in some previous Android users.

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“Currently, all the 5G phones available fall within the premium segment, but this will also change in 2020. Major Chinese OEMs will launch 5G-capable devices in the sub-$ 400 price band. China will drive the 5G segment followed by other key markets like the US and Korea,” Mishra added. (IANS)