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Samsung to unpack new Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Watch over the next week

Expect to see big changes in the next tablet and little ones in the smartwatch.

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Enlarge / Samsung teased two new devices to debut ahead of its Unpacked conference.

Samsung has opted to release some new hardware ahead of its Unpacked conference next week. A shadowy teaser video gives launch dates for two new products: a tablet and a smartwatch.

 

The tablet is likely a full-featured Galaxy Tab S6. The most recent entry in the tech company’s tablet lineage was the midrange Galaxy Tab S5e, which combined a selection of high-end offerings and lightweight design at a $399 price point. The video shows that the new Tab will once again come with an S Pen stylus, and a keyboard cover will at least be an optional upgrade if not the default. More details will drop from Samsung tomorrow, with July 31 set as the tablet’s unveiling date.

 

The smartwatch will get its official introduction on August 5. Samsung’s February Unpacked event included a refresh of its wearables products, and the teased smartwatch is likely the followup to the Galaxy Watch Active. Expect to see only minor tweaks to the design and specs with the Galaxy Watch Active 2, since the original version only just hit the market a few months ago.

 

Front-loading some of the product reveals seems to point to some major developments in the works for the actual Unpacked conference on August 7. The Galaxy Note 10 is due to be the highlight of the event, and we’ve already seen leaks about some of the expected design changes the latest model will be sporting.

 

Samsung might also have more information about the Galaxy Fold, which is now slated for a September relaunch, and it’s long overdue to share some insights on the Galaxy Home smart speaker it teased a year ago.

 

 

 

Source: Samsung to unpack new Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Watch over the next week (Ars Technica)

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Samsung won’t let Android tablets die, announces the Galaxy Tab S6

Would you believe Samsung is removing the headphone jack from tablets?

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Samsung is still not giving up on the Android tablet market. Today the company announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, its latest high-end tablet, for $649.

 

The Samsung Tab S6 features a 10.5-inch 2560×1600 OLED display, a 2.84GHz Snapdragon 855, and a 7040mAh battery. The base version has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, with a higher tier of 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. For cameras, there's an 8MP front camera, while the rear gets a 13MP main camera and a 5MP wide-angle lens. The device is down to 5.7mm thick and weighs 420 grams. This is Samsung's first-ever tablet with an in-screen fingerprint reader. Interestingly, it's an optical reader instead of the ultrasonic tech that the Galaxy S10 uses.

 

Somehow, on a 10-inch tablet, Samsung couldn't find room for a headphone jack. Even Apple, which ditched the headphone jack two years ago, still puts a headphone jack on iPads. Samsung is apparently declaring war on the headphone jack with this round of updates—the Galaxy Note 10, launching next week, is expected to dump the headphone jack, too.

 

The S-Pen comes with the tablet but doesn't stow away inside the body; instead, a groove on the back of the tablet gives it a spot to magnetically attach to. Of course, don't expect the tablet to sit flat on a table with a big pen attached to the back. As with other newer Samsung devices, the S-Pen now comes with a battery and some Bluetooth functionality, allowing it to do things like work as a remote shutter button for the camera. A new "Air action" gesture system lets you do things like change the camera mode or scroll through pictures with a flick of the pen.

 

There's also a new "Book Cover Keyboard" for $180 that you can attach to pogo-pins on the bottom of the tablet. This cover features a keyboard and trackpad and will launch a "new and improved" version of Dex, Samsung's desktop interface. The cover doesn't just go around the back of the tablet; there's a spot that covers the pen, too. There's a hinge just below the pen lump, so you can pull back the cover away from the tablet and still get to the pen.

 

Seeing any company release an Android tablet is always a surprise, as the market is pretty much dead. The only big players you can count on for Android tablets anymore are Samsung and Huawei, and maybe Amazon, if you want to count forked Android. Android tablet tech still might see a resurgence in the coming years, though, thanks to foldable smartphones, which basically turn into Android tablets when they open up.

 

Pre-orders for the Galaxy Tab S6 start August 23, and the device ships September 6. Samsung says there will be an LTE version available later.

 

 

 

Source: Samsung won’t let Android tablets die, announces the Galaxy Tab S6 (Ars Technica)

 

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