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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Tablet Review: Top technology at a premium price

Manuel Masiero, 👁 Daniel Schmidt (translated by Mark Riege), 10/22/2019

The tablet S-class. For Samsung's new tablet flagship, the best is just good enough: As with the first Samsung tablet, the 10.5-inch Android device is equipped with a dual camera and is run by the Snapdragon 855 high-end SoC and at least 6 GB of RAM. The Samsung S Pen is also always included.

In the test, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 makes an impression with a tremendous performance and exciting features, but also with its ambitious price. Officially for 749 Euros (~$836; $649 in the US) for the version we tested, which is the most affordable model with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space, it is one of the most expensive Android tablets that are currently available. For the LTE version SM-T865, you even have to pay at least 820 Euros (~$915).

What is so special about the new tablet flagship from Samsung? In the Galaxy Tab S6, a dual camera (13 + 5 MP) is used for the first time. In addition, the 10.5-inch Android device is run by the current Snapdragon 855 flagship SoC and also includes the Samsung S Pen input pen by default. With the 2560x1600 pixel resolution Super-AMOLED panel, the Galaxy Tab S6 uses the same display ingredients as the Galaxy Tab S5e, but combines this with an in-display fingerprint sensor. It is also equipped with four Dolby-Atmos speakers again.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Galaxy Tab S Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
6144 MB 
Display
10.5 inch 8:5, 2560 x 1600 pixel 288 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, Super AMOLED, WQXGA, S Pen support, glossy: yes
Storage
128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash, 128 GB 
, 104.3 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Audio Connections: USB-C, Card Reader: microSD cards up to 1 TB (FAT, exFAT), 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, fingerprint scanner, position sensor, compass, Hall sensor, brightness sensor, Wi-Fi Direct, ANT+, Samsung Smart Switch
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0 LE, body SAR 0.701 W/Kg, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 5.7 x 244.5 x 159.5 ( = 0.22 x 9.63 x 6.28 in)
Battery
7040 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 9.0 Pie
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix auto-focus, videos up to UHD 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) @30fps, Bixby Vision
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix videos up to Full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) @30fps, Bixby Vision
Additional features
Speakers: 4 speakers with Dolby Atmos, Keyboard: virtual, modular charger (9V/1.67A, 5V/2.0A), USB cable (Type A to Type C), Samsung S Pen, SIM tool, quick-start manual, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
420 g ( = 14.82 oz / 0.93 pounds), Power Supply: 25 g ( = 0.88 oz / 0.06 pounds)
Price
749 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison Devices

RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionBest Price
87%10/2019Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
855, Adreno 640
420 g5.7 mm10.5"2560x1600
85%10/2019Apple iPad 7 2019
A10 Fusion, A10 Fusion GPU
483 g7.5 mm10.2"2160x1620
90%11/2018Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
A12X Bionic, A12X Bionic GPU
468 g5.9 mm11"2388x1668
83%04/2018Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
Kirin 960s, Mali-G71 MP8
498 g7.3 mm10.8"2560x1600
88%08/2018Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
Kirin 960, Mali-G71 MP8
498 g7.3 mm10.8"2560x1600
84%05/2019Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
670, Adreno 616
400 g5.5 mm10.5"2560x1600

Case - 5.7 mm slim Galaxy Tab S

With a thickness of 5.7 mm (~0.22 in), the Galaxy Tab S6 is one of the slimmest tablets currently available, which makes holding it in the hands very comfortable. What is also immediately apparent are the significantly slimmer display bezels compared to other Galaxy Tab models such as the Galaxy Tab S5e. These have now shrunk to barely 8 mm (~0.31 in) on all sides, which makes the 420-gram (~0.93 lb) tablet appear very elegant. The Galaxy Tab S6 does not have a fingerprint sensor that you can see. Unlike the Galaxy Tab S5e, Samsung did not place it in the Home button, but directly underneath the Super-AMOLED display.

The sides and back of the Galaxy Tab S6 are made from metal that has a silky matte shine – depending on the selected color, either in Mountain Grey like our test unit, or alternatively in Cloud Blue or Rose Blush. The two short sides show slim inserted plastic bands which hide the radio antennas. As in the Galaxy Tab S5e before, the Galaxy Tab S6 also has four speakers with Dolby-Atmos support that produce a powerful sound.

The included Samsung S Pen fits into a special slot on the back cover that was made for it. It is docked there magnetically and then also charged. According to Samsung, 10 minutes of charging is sufficient for 10 hours of runtime. The input pen does not sit very tightly in its slot, and as soon as it is touched only slightly from the sides, it comes loose from its fitting. When the pen is docked, the tablet does not sit flush on the table anymore.

Size Comparison

258.7 mm / 10.2 inch 171.8 mm / 6.76 inch 7.3 mm / 0.2874 inch 498 g1.098 lbs258.7 mm / 10.2 inch 171.8 mm / 6.76 inch 7.3 mm / 0.2874 inch 498 g1.098 lbs250.6 mm / 9.87 inch 174.1 mm / 6.85 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 483 g1.065 lbs248 mm / 9.76 inch 179 mm / 7.05 inch 5.9 mm / 0.2323 inch 468 g1.032 lbs245 mm / 9.65 inch 160 mm / 6.3 inch 5.5 mm / 0.2165 inch 400 g0.882 lbs244.5 mm / 9.63 inch 159.5 mm / 6.28 inch 5.7 mm / 0.2244 inch 420 g0.926 lbs

Equipment - At least 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 high-end SoC and an Adreno 640 graphics unit form the hardware basis of the Galaxy Tab S6 and make it into a very powerful tablet. Like our test unit, the Wi-Fi version comes either with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space, or as a 8/256-GB version. You can expand the internal storage by using a microSD card up to 1 TB that you can also use for storing apps.

The Samsung tablet does not support NFC, not even in the LTE version. The Galaxy Tab S6 also lacks an audio port. Instead, the sound output occurs via adapter through the USB-C port. Unfortunately, Samsung does not include the corresponding dongle. Considering the premium price, this should have been included, we think. 

The Galaxy Tab S6 offers two physical connections: the USB-C port (USB 3.1 Gen. 1) at the bottom and four Pogo Pins on the left side of the case. The latter are meant for the optional book cover keyboard, which is docked there magnetically. This allows the tablet to change into the DeX mode via quick key press and then also mirror the display contents on an external monitor via USB-C-to-HDMI adapter.

Left: Pogo pins (docking port)
Left: Pogo pins (docking port)
Right: microSD slot, volume rocker, power/function key
Right: microSD slot, volume rocker, power/function key
Top: 2x speakers
Top: 2x speakers
Bottom: speaker, USB-C port, speaker
Bottom: speaker, USB-C port, speaker

Software - Android 9, Bixby, and DeX in the Samsung tablet

Samsung delivers the Galaxy Tab S6 with Android 9 and also plans to deliver an update for Android 10 soon. With the Android security patches from Sept. 1, our test unit was as current as possible. 

As usual, Samsung combines the Android system with its own One UI user interface (here in version 1.5), which also includes the Bixby smart assistant. This is activated when you swipe to the right on the main screen or on a long-press of the function key. Samsung DeX is also on board as always, which is a desktop arrangement similar to Windows. In combination with the optional book cover keyboard, you can then use the tablet like a small notebook.

As well as the Google and Samsung apps, the preinstalled apps are limited to a few apps by Microsoft (Office Mobile, OneDrive, and Outlook) as well as Netflix and Spotify. In our 128-GB test unit, there were still 104 GB of free space available.

Communication and GPS - Very fast WLAN in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

The two wireless communication channels of the Samsung tablet are Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 5 (WLAN 802.11ac). It does not have NFC. On the other hand, it communicates extraordinarily fast in the 2.5 and 5-GHz WLAN net, thanks to MU-MIMO support. In combination with our Linksys EA8500 reference router, it reaches 679 Mbps while receiving, and still a good 577 Mbps while sending. The connections are also stable, and the transfer rates only vary within a relatively limited range.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
Adreno 640, 855, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
679 (min: 600, max: 714) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
A12X Bionic GPU, A12X Bionic, TSB3247M61710TWNA1 64GB NVMe
537 (min: 397, max: 559) MBit/s ∼79% -21%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
Adreno 616, 670, 64 GB eMMC Flash
346 (min: 329, max: 362) MBit/s ∼51% -49%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB eMMC Flash
236 MBit/s ∼35% -65%
Apple iPad 7 2019
A10 Fusion GPU, A10 Fusion, 128 GB NVMe
225 (min: 43, max: 264) MBit/s ∼33% -67%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960s, 32 GB eMMC Flash
214 MBit/s ∼32% -68%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
Adreno 640, 855, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
577 (min: 534, max: 612) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
A12X Bionic GPU, A12X Bionic, TSB3247M61710TWNA1 64GB NVMe
488 (min: 262, max: 543) MBit/s ∼85% -15%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
Adreno 616, 670, 64 GB eMMC Flash
289 (min: 229, max: 300) MBit/s ∼50% -50%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB eMMC Flash
238 MBit/s ∼41% -59%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960s, 32 GB eMMC Flash
237 MBit/s ∼41% -59%
Apple iPad 7 2019
A10 Fusion GPU, A10 Fusion, 128 GB NVMe
229 (min: 160, max: 286) MBit/s ∼40% -60%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø679 (600-714)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø577 (534-612)
GPS reception indoors
GPS reception indoors
GPS reception outdoors
GPS reception outdoors

The Galaxy determines its location using GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, and Galileo. In the test, it succeeds within several seconds outdoors as well as indoors with an accuracy of 4 meters (~13 ft).

It also passes our practice test with flying colors – even if other than us, nobody would really want to try to use a tablet as a navigation device for the bike. But be that as it may, compared to the Garmin Edge 500 professional navigation device, the Galaxy Tab S6 directs us on the bike subjectively just as accurately and only shows some minimal inaccuracies. The Samsung tablet also provides apps with the exact position information.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6: overall route
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6: overall route
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6: lake
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6: lake
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6: turning point
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6: turning point
Garmin Edge 500: overall route
Garmin Edge 500: overall route
Garmin Edge 500: lake
Garmin Edge 500: lake
Garmin Edge 500: turning point
Garmin Edge 500: turning point

Cameras - The first Samsung tablet with a dual camera

Picture taken with the main camera
Picture taken with the main camera

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is Samsung's first tablet where the main camera is a dual camera. It consists of a 13 MP ultra-wide-angle lens with a 123-degree viewing angle and a wide-angle lens with 5 MP sitting below that. With these, the tablet can handle portraits and close-ups just as well as landscape and group pictures. 

Particularly for the latter two, the Live Focus mode, which is available for the main camera as well as the 8-MP selfie camera, is suited as if custom made. Optionally, this mode blurs the background and thus emphasizes the main object. In the Professional mode, you can manually adjust the length of exposure, the white balance, and the ISO value.

Picture taken with the selfie camera (AR sticker)
Picture taken with the selfie camera (AR sticker)

Other supporting photo features include an HDR mode, a scene optimization that optimizes the colors depending on the surroundings, various filter and Beauty effects, AR Emojis, as well as the Bixby Vision augmented reality app, among others. This is, for example, able to translate texts, search information on locations nearby, and search for images that resemble the photographed object. 

The dual main camera is able to record videos at a maximum of 4K (3840x2160 pixels) at 30 frames per second. The selfie camera offers a maximum of Full-HD, also at 30 FPS.

During daylight conditions (Scenes 1 and 2), the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 takes decent pictures. Considering that it is a tablet, they are even really good, especially because Samsung reaches deep into the color jars. This causes the pictures to look vibrant with a lot of dynamics, but they also look a little artificial. In addition, the tablet does not succeed in producing fine details particularly sharp, and some image noise can also show up quickly. With weak surrounding light, the Galaxy Tab S6 reaches the limits of its capabilities (Scene 3). You can only guess what is supposed to be displayed in our sample photo.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
ColorChecker Photo
29.6 ∆E
54.8 ∆E
39.6 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
44.9 ∆E
62.4 ∆E
53.3 ∆E
35.2 ∆E
43.7 ∆E
29 ∆E
64.7 ∆E
63.9 ∆E
29.4 ∆E
47.7 ∆E
37.7 ∆E
75.6 ∆E
44.6 ∆E
41.9 ∆E
89.8 ∆E
70.6 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860: 46.66 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 89.82 ∆E
ColorChecker Photo
8.5 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860: 7.74 ∆E min: 2.2 - max: 15.32 ∆E
Test chart with an illumination of 1 Lux
Test chart with an illumination of 1 Lux
Detail of the test chart
Detail of the test chart
Test chart
Test chart

Accessories and Warranty - S Pen included

Unlike the Galaxy Tab S5e, the Galaxy Tab S6 already includes a digital input pen. In addition, there are a modular 15-watt charger (9V/1.67A, 5V/2.0A), a USB cable (Type A to Type C), a SIM tool, and a quick-start manual. Optionally, the book cover keyboard, which connects to the tablet via the Pogo Pins, is also available for about 130 Euros (~$145).

There is a 24-month warranty on the Galaxy Tab S6.

Input Devices and Operation- The Galaxy Tab S6 with an in-screen fingerprint reader

Menu for the S Pen actions
Menu for the S Pen actions

The super-AMOLED touchscreen of the Galaxy Tab S6 implements input commands without delay and responds to input anywhere very precisely. The optical fingerprint reader integrated into the display also works flawlessly.

The included Samsung S Pen can also be used for navigation. With its 4096 pressure levels, it also allows you to create very fine drawings and outlines. Via Bluetooth it can also be used to control content such as presentations or videos via gesture controls. It is also able to trigger app actions, such as taking a picture or turn the music volume up or down. You can set up the pen commands in the "S Pen Actions" menu item of the expanded Android settings (see screenshot).

What goes as the Power key in other tablets, Samsung calls the "Function key." Long-pressing it will bring up the Bixby smart assistant. You can bring up the Turn Off dialog by either long-pressing the Function and Decrease Volume keys or by tapping the Power symbol in the notification area.

Back to Bixby again: In combination with Samsung's SmartThings app, Samsung's AI assistant offers the option to control your networked home via voice input, such as turning on your TV or tell your robot vac to start cleaning, for example. This of course assumes SmartThings-compatible hardware, which is listed on Samsung's web site. You can always switch to the DeX desktop mode, but it only becomes really usable with the optional keyboard.

Keyboard in landscape format
Keyboard in landscape format
Keyboard in portrait format
Keyboard in portrait format

Display - A brillant Super-AMOLED panel in the Samsung Galaxy

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The 10.5-inch Super-AMOLED display of the Galaxy Tab S6 has a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels, which corresponds to a high pixel density of 288 PPI.

With 445.4 cd/m² on average, the Samsung tablet achieves a slightly higher brightness than the Galaxy Tab S5e and scores with very good pre-adjustments of the image parameters – more on that in the next section.

The only negative point is that the AMOLED panel uses PWM to control brightness, which might be an obstacle for sensitive persons.

443
cd/m²
429
cd/m²
416
cd/m²
458
cd/m²
446
cd/m²
430
cd/m²
481
cd/m²
462
cd/m²
444
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 481 cd/m² Average: 445.4 cd/m² Minimum: 1.64 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.7 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 2.1 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
98.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.05
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
Super AMOLED, 2560x1600, 10.5
Apple iPad 7 2019
IPS, 2160x1620, 10.2
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
IPS, 2388x1668, 11
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
IPS, 2560x1600, 10.8
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
IPS, 2560x1600, 10.8
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
Super AMOLED, 2560x1600, 10.5
Screen
34%
39%
-17%
-97%
10%
Brightness middle
446
499
12%
639
43%
382
-14%
384
-14%
452
1%
Brightness
445
470
6%
591
33%
378
-15%
360
-19%
453
2%
Brightness Distribution
86
87
1%
87
1%
92
7%
84
-2%
90
5%
Black Level *
0.49
0.45
0.24
0.8
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.7
0.97
64%
0.92
66%
2.8
-4%
6.83
-153%
1.7
37%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.4
1.98
63%
2.59
52%
6
-11%
12.7
-135%
3.7
31%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.1
0.9
57%
1.3
38%
3.5
-67%
7.5
-257%
2.4
-14%
Gamma
2.05 107%
2.135 103%
2.22 99%
2.33 94%
2.199 100%
2.07 106%
CCT
6468 100%
6571 99%
6656 98%
6903 94%
8544 76%
6337 103%
Contrast
1018
1420
1592
480

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 242.7 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 242.7 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 99 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 242.7 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9276 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The Samsung tablet offers the choice between two display modes: "Natural" is the default and "Lively" is the second option. The first corresponds to the character of its name: The "Natural" display mode scores with low Delta-E values, a good RGB balance, and a practically optimal color temperature. The "Lively" mode is more colorful and not quite as accurate, but it is still fairly close to the realistic color reproduction.

Color Accuracy (Natural display mode, sRGB target color space)
Color Accuracy (Natural display mode, sRGB target color space)
Color Accuracy (Lively display mode, AdobeRGB target color space)
Color Accuracy (Lively display mode, AdobeRGB target color space)
Color Space (Natural display mode, sRGB target color space)
Color Space (Natural display mode, sRGB target color space)
Color Space (Lively display mode, AdobeRGB target color space)
Color Space (Lively display mode, AdobeRGB target color space)
Grayscale (Natural display mode, sRGB target color space)
Grayscale (Natural display mode, sRGB target color space)
Grayscale (Lively display mode, AdobeRGB target color space)
Grayscale (Lively display mode, AdobeRGB target color space)
Saturation (Natural display mode, sRGB target color space)
Saturation (Natural display mode, sRGB target color space)
Saturation (Lively display mode, AdobeRGB target color space)
Saturation (Lively display mode, AdobeRGB target color space)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
5.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2.8 ms rise
↘ 2.8 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 4 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3.2 ms rise
↘ 2.8 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 4 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.5 ms).

Due to their construction, OLED displays achieve a high viewing angle stability, and the Galaxy Tab S6 is no exception here. Outdoors, the tablet benefits from its high brightness. As long as you avoid direct sunlight on the display, the contents can be read easily.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - Currently the fastest Android tablet

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is currently probably the powerful Android tablet. Run by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 high-end SoC, the Adreno 640 graphics unit, and at least 6 GB of RAM, it clearly beats back competitors such as the Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro and also leaves no chance to its Galaxy Tab S5e sibling, which is by no means slow. However, the Apple tablets are again significantly faster in comparison.

Geekbench 5
Metal Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
9229 Points ∼100%
Average of class Tablet (773 - 9229, n=4)
3916 Points ∼42%
Apple iPad 7 2019
2804 Points ∼30%
Vulkan Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
2150 Points ∼4%
Average of class Tablet
2150 Points ∼4% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (1849 - 2150, n=6)
2011 Points ∼4% -6%
OpenCL Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
2360 Points ∼3%
Average of class Tablet
2360 Points ∼3% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (2218 - 2395, n=5)
2289 Points ∼3% -3%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
4661 Points ∼27% +91%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (2441 - 2852, n=6)
2604 Points ∼15% +7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
2441 Points ∼14%
Average of class Tablet (1060 - 4661, n=5)
2204 Points ∼13% -10%
Apple iPad 7 2019
1426 Points ∼8% -42%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
1114 Points ∼83% +50%
Apple iPad 7 2019
767 Points ∼57% +3%
Average of class Tablet (381 - 1114, n=5)
756 Points ∼56% +2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
744 Points ∼55%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (725 - 750, n=6)
741 Points ∼55% 0%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (8342 - 11440, n=15)
9636 Points ∼81% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
9615 Points ∼80%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
6698 Points ∼56% -30%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
6039 Points ∼51% -37%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
5114 Points ∼43% -47%
Average of class Tablet (2345 - 9615, n=40)
4415 Points ∼37% -54%
Work performance score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (10330 - 14439, n=15)
12136 Points ∼62% +4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
11644 Points ∼59%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
8126 Points ∼41% -30%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
6830 Points ∼35% -41%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
5040 Points ∼26% -57%
Average of class Tablet (1873 - 11644, n=79)
4799 Points ∼24% -59%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
2992 Points ∼19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (2104 - 3365, n=15)
2985 Points ∼19% 0%
Average of class Tablet (2053 - 2992, n=3)
2444 Points ∼16% -18%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2288 Points ∼15% -24%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
5819 Points ∼40%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (4236 - 5884, n=15)
5580 Points ∼38% -4%
Average of class Tablet (612 - 5819, n=3)
2613 Points ∼18% -55%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
1408 Points ∼10% -76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
4809 Points ∼33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (3800 - 5012, n=15)
4663 Points ∼32% -3%
Average of class Tablet (725 - 4809, n=3)
2358 Points ∼16% -51%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
1540 Points ∼10% -68%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
3919 Points ∼49%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (1934 - 4535, n=15)
3794 Points ∼48% -3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2424 Points ∼30% -38%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2405 Points ∼30% -39%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
2323 Points ∼29% -41%
Average of class Tablet (650 - 3919, n=42)
1768 Points ∼22% -55%
Apple iPad 7 2019
1524 Points ∼19% -61%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (5184 - 7115, n=15)
6752 Points ∼81% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
6750 Points ∼81%
Apple iPad 7 2019
3800 Points ∼45% -44%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
2069 Points ∼25% -69%
Average of class Tablet (99 - 6993, n=42)
1921 Points ∼23% -72%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
1885 Points ∼23% -72%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
1612 Points ∼19% -76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
5816 Points ∼84%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (3969 - 6312, n=15)
5719 Points ∼83% -2%
Apple iPad 7 2019
2854 Points ∼41% -51%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
2121 Points ∼31% -64%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
1980 Points ∼29% -66%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
1742 Points ∼25% -70%
Average of class Tablet (129 - 5816, n=42)
1670 Points ∼24% -71%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
3898 Points ∼83%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (2345 - 4703, n=14)
3840 Points ∼82% -1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2413 Points ∼51% -38%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2210 Points ∼47% -43%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
2101 Points ∼45% -46%
Average of class Tablet (739 - 4700, n=50)
1685 Points ∼36% -57%
Apple iPad 7 2019
1480 Points ∼31% -62%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
10119 Points ∼35%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (6358 - 10420, n=14)
9435 Points ∼33% -7%
Apple iPad 7 2019
6712 Points ∼23% -34%
Average of class Tablet (165 - 28751, n=50)
3312 Points ∼12% -67%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2534 Points ∼9% -75%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2466 Points ∼9% -76%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
2208 Points ∼8% -78%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
7470 Points ∼56%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (5268 - 8141, n=14)
7082 Points ∼53% -5%
Apple iPad 7 2019
3759 Points ∼28% -50%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2506 Points ∼19% -66%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2404 Points ∼18% -68%
Average of class Tablet (207 - 13454, n=50)
2193 Points ∼16% -71%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
2183 Points ∼16% -71%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (2705 - 4349, n=15)
3854 Points ∼85% +4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
3695 Points ∼82%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2436 Points ∼54% -34%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
2419 Points ∼54% -35%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2416 Points ∼53% -35%
Average of class Tablet (793 - 3695, n=57)
1694 Points ∼37% -54%
Apple iPad 7 2019
1509 Points ∼33% -59%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (5663 - 6362, n=15)
6241 Points ∼87% +2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
6128 Points ∼86%
Apple iPad 7 2019
3318 Points ∼46% -46%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
1646 Points ∼23% -73%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
1504 Points ∼21% -75%
Average of class Tablet (55 - 6128, n=57)
1463 Points ∼20% -76%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
1451 Points ∼20% -76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (4556 - 5747, n=15)
5468 Points ∼87% +2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
5346 Points ∼85%
Apple iPad 7 2019
2621 Points ∼41% -51%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
1771 Points ∼28% -67%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
1642 Points ∼26% -69%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
1594 Points ∼25% -70%
Average of class Tablet (70 - 5346, n=59)
1348 Points ∼21% -75%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (3001 - 4540, n=14)
3881 Points ∼85% +6%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
3678 Points ∼81%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2456 Points ∼54% -33%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
2445 Points ∼54% -34%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2366 Points ∼52% -36%
Average of class Tablet (56 - 3678, n=62)
1573 Points ∼35% -57%
Apple iPad 7 2019
1490 Points ∼33% -59%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
9415 Points ∼83%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (6122 - 10008, n=14)
9184 Points ∼81% -2%
Apple iPad 7 2019
5537 Points ∼49% -41%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2392 Points ∼21% -75%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2357 Points ∼21% -75%
Average of class Tablet (42 - 10647, n=62)
2028 Points ∼18% -78%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
1719 Points ∼15% -82%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (5251 - 7820, n=14)
7022 Points ∼86% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
6992 Points ∼86%
Apple iPad 7 2019
3453 Points ∼42% -51%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2386 Points ∼29% -66%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2378 Points ∼29% -66%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
1840 Points ∼23% -74%
Average of class Tablet (53 - 6997, n=63)
1633 Points ∼20% -77%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
34750 Points ∼40%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (20636 - 45072, n=14)
31288 Points ∼36% -10%
Apple iPad 7 2019
15479 Points ∼18% -55%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
14698 Points ∼17% -58%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
14456 Points ∼17% -58%
Average of class Tablet (3675 - 51374, n=154)
13484 Points ∼16% -61%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
13055 Points ∼15% -62%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
107333 Points ∼20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (97354 - 110432, n=13)
105815 Points ∼20% -1%
Apple iPad 7 2019
65558 Points ∼12% -39%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
35210 Points ∼7% -67%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
35076 Points ∼7% -67%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
22381 Points ∼4% -79%
Average of class Tablet (2109 - 194856, n=154)
21062 Points ∼4% -80%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
73307 Points ∼31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (55771 - 83518, n=13)
68188 Points ∼29% -7%
Apple iPad 7 2019
38138 Points ∼16% -48%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
26875 Points ∼11% -63%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
26634 Points ∼11% -64%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
19315 Points ∼8% -74%
Average of class Tablet (2411 - 106954, n=155)
16463 Points ∼7% -78%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
451 fps ∼4% +172%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
166 fps ∼1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (85 - 167, n=17)
155 fps ∼1% -7%
Apple iPad 7 2019
123.7 fps ∼1% -25%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
96 fps ∼1% -42%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
93 fps ∼1% -44%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
46 fps ∼0% -72%
Average of class Tablet (1 - 451, n=177)
33.8 fps ∼0% -80%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
120 fps ∼4% +100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (59 - 91, n=17)
64 fps ∼2% +7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
60 fps ∼2%
Apple iPad 7 2019
59.5 fps ∼2% -1%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
57 fps ∼2% -5%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
40 fps ∼1% -33%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
32 fps ∼1% -47%
Average of class Tablet (1.1 - 120, n=181)
21.7 fps ∼1% -64%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
202 fps ∼37% +108%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
97 fps ∼18%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (50 - 102, n=17)
92.8 fps ∼17% -4%
Apple iPad 7 2019
60.4 fps ∼11% -38%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
44 fps ∼8% -55%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
41 fps ∼7% -58%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
29 fps ∼5% -70%
Average of class Tablet (1.6 - 220, n=112)
23.2 fps ∼4% -76%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
110 fps ∼30% +96%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (51 - 85, n=17)
60.4 fps ∼17% +8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
56 fps ∼15%
Apple iPad 7 2019
41.1 fps ∼11% -27%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
27 fps ∼7% -52%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
26 fps ∼7% -54%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
17 fps ∼5% -70%
Average of class Tablet (1.9 - 110, n=118)
15.6 fps ∼4% -72%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
169 fps ∼4% +156%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
66 fps ∼1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (35 - 71, n=17)
61.7 fps ∼1% -7%
Apple iPad 7 2019
39.3 fps ∼1% -40%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
28 fps ∼1% -58%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 173, n=64)
21.8 fps ∼0% -67%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
19 fps ∼0% -71%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
18 fps ∼0% -73%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
95 fps ∼3% +150%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (36 - 58, n=17)
47.8 fps ∼1% +26%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
38 fps ∼1%
Apple iPad 7 2019
25 fps ∼1% -34%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
16 fps ∼0% -58%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
15 fps ∼0% -61%
Average of class Tablet (2.7 - 95, n=64)
13.7 fps ∼0% -64%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
6.9 fps ∼0% -82%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
49 fps ∼31% +206%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (14 - 26, n=16)
21.6 fps ∼14% +35%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
16 fps ∼10%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 49, n=15)
12.4 fps ∼8% -22%
Apple iPad 7 2019
12.3 fps ∼8% -23%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
4.3 fps ∼3% -73%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
48 fps ∼35% +220%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (8.5 - 24, n=17)
16.5 fps ∼12% +10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
15 fps ∼11%
Average of class Tablet (1 - 51.1, n=15)
13.4 fps ∼10% -11%
Apple iPad 7 2019
10.8 fps ∼8% -28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
4.4 fps ∼3% -71%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
58 fps ∼29% +142%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (22 - 38, n=16)
33.6 fps ∼17% +40%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
24 fps ∼12%
Apple iPad 7 2019
20 fps ∼10% -17%
Average of class Tablet (2.7 - 58, n=15)
18.1 fps ∼9% -25%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
6.8 fps ∼3% -72%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
127 fps ∼37% +202%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
42 fps ∼12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (22 - 43, n=17)
40.2 fps ∼12% -4%
Average of class Tablet (2.8 - 134, n=15)
36.1 fps ∼11% -14%
Apple iPad 7 2019
29.1 fps ∼8% -31%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
12 fps ∼3% -71%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
101 fps ∼26% +153%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
40 fps ∼10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (22 - 42, n=17)
39.3 fps ∼10% -2%
Apple iPad 7 2019
25.1 fps ∼6% -37%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
18 fps ∼5% -55%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
16 fps ∼4% -60%
Average of class Tablet (1.8 - 107, n=41)
15.9 fps ∼4% -60%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
8.5 fps ∼2% -79%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
47 fps ∼28% +104%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (21 - 41, n=17)
32.1 fps ∼19% +40%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
23 fps ∼14%
Apple iPad 7 2019
17.7 fps ∼10% -23%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
10 fps ∼6% -57%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
9.3 fps ∼5% -60%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 47, n=41)
9.27 fps ∼5% -60%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
6.4 fps ∼4% -72%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
566378 Points ∼100% +60%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
354840 Points ∼63%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (217967 - 398720, n=16)
354450 Points ∼63% 0%
Apple iPad 7 2019
210596 Points ∼37% -41%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
175581 Points ∼31% -51%
Average of class Tablet (20856 - 566378, n=31)
165344 Points ∼29% -53%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
156772 Points ∼28% -56%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
113687 Points ∼20% -68%
BaseMark OS II
Web
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
2034 Points ∼100% +63%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (1076 - 1601, n=16)
1338 Points ∼66% +7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
1249 Points ∼61%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
1144 Points ∼56% -8%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
913 Points ∼45% -27%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
811 Points ∼40% -35%
Average of class Tablet (9 - 2034, n=109)
765 Points ∼38% -39%
Graphics
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
28547 Points ∼99% +205%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
9372 Points ∼32%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (8125 - 9510, n=16)
9193 Points ∼32% -2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2816 Points ∼10% -70%
Average of class Tablet (98 - 28853, n=110)
2314 Points ∼8% -75%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2284 Points ∼8% -76%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
1602 Points ∼6% -83%
Memory
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
5617 Points ∼75%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (2661 - 7500, n=16)
5010 Points ∼67% -11%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
3390 Points ∼45% -40%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
3108 Points ∼41% -45%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2894 Points ∼39% -48%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
2654 Points ∼35% -53%
Average of class Tablet (56 - 5617, n=110)
1113 Points ∼15% -80%
System
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
16298 Points ∼99% +95%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (5993 - 9143, n=16)
8540 Points ∼52% +2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
8360 Points ∼51%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
5315 Points ∼32% -36%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
3639 Points ∼22% -56%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
2838 Points ∼17% -66%
Average of class Tablet (482 - 16467, n=110)
2516 Points ∼15% -70%
Overall
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
7526 Points ∼89% +55%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
4842 Points ∼57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (3847 - 5397, n=16)
4758 Points ∼56% -2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
2653 Points ∼31% -45%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2204 Points ∼26% -54%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
1769 Points ∼21% -63%
Average of class Tablet (150 - 8450, n=109)
1322 Points ∼16% -73%

Legend

 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm Adreno 640, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
 
Apple iPad 7 2019 Apple A10 Fusion, Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR, 128 GB NVMe
 
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018 Apple A12X Bionic, Apple A12X Bionic GPU, TSB3247M61710TWNA1 64GB NVMe
 
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 HiSilicon Kirin 960s, ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro HiSilicon Kirin 960, ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720 Qualcomm Snapdragon 670, Qualcomm Adreno 616, 64 GB eMMC Flash

The browser performance shows similar results: Apple wins, followed by the Galaxy Tab S6 as the fastest Android tablet. Subjectively, the experience of surfing on the Samsung is absolutely smooth. Web sites are rendered extremely fast, and during loading, there are neither stutters nor any other delays. 

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPad 7 2019 (Safari 13)
76.172 Points ∼100% +14%
Average of class Tablet (22.1 - 110, n=6)
69.7 Points ∼92% +4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Chrome 77.0.3865.116)
66.971 Points ∼88%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (45.5 - 67, n=13)
57.6 Points ∼76% -14%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720 (Chrome 74.0.3729.136)
33.6 Points ∼44% -50%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018 (Safari 13)
277.69 Points ∼100% +135%
Apple iPad 7 2019 (Safari 13)
172.61 Points ∼62% +46%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Chrome 77.0.3865.116)
118.05 Points ∼43%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (90.8 - 120, n=13)
110 Points ∼40% -7%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro (Chrome 68.0.3440.91)
57.007 Points ∼21% -52%
Average of class Tablet (10.9 - 279, n=87)
54.6 Points ∼20% -54%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720 (Chrome 74.0.3729.136)
49.121 Points ∼18% -58%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 (Chrome 65)
36.127 Points ∼13% -69%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018 (Safari 13)
172 Points ∼100% +65%
Apple iPad 7 2019 (Safari 13)
111 Points ∼65% +7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (94 - 129, n=16)
108 Points ∼63% +4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Chrome 77.0.3865.116)
104 Points ∼60%
Average of class Tablet (23 - 182, n=22)
76.7 Points ∼45% -26%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro (Chrome 68.0.3440.91)
68 Points ∼40% -35%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720 (Chrome 74.0.3729.136)
66 Points ∼38% -37%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018 (IOS 12.1.1)
131.9 (min: 131, max: 133) runs/min ∼100% +99%
Apple iPad 7 2019 (Safari 13)
66.4 runs/min ∼50% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Chrome 77.0.3865.116)
66.2 runs/min ∼50%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (42.5 - 67.9, n=12)
61.3 runs/min ∼46% -7%
Average of class Tablet (11.1 - 132, n=12)
60.1 runs/min ∼46% -9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720 (Chrome 74.0.3729.136)
33.74 runs/min ∼26% -49%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018 (Safari 13)
44425 Points ∼100% +80%
Apple iPad 7 2019 (Safari 13)
27900 Points ∼63% +13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Chrome 77.0.3865.116)
24654 Points ∼55%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (17011 - 25640, n=16)
23211 Points ∼52% -6%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro (Chrome 68.0.3440.91)
11854 Points ∼27% -52%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720 (Chrome 74.0.3729.136)
11312 Points ∼25% -54%
Average of class Tablet (1238 - 45734, n=173)
7001 Points ∼16% -72%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 (Chrome 65)
6802 Points ∼15% -72%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (603 - 43092, n=184)
9122 ms * ∼100% -319%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 (Chrome 65)
5947 ms * ∼65% -173%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro (Chrome 68.0.3440.91)
3575.4 ms * ∼39% -64%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720 (Chrome 74.0.3729.136)
3496.3 ms * ∼38% -61%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Chrome 77.0.3865.116)
2175.7 ms * ∼24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (1852 - 2611, n=15)
2128 ms * ∼23% +2%
Apple iPad 7 2019 (Safari 13)
1115.9 ms * ∼12% +49%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018 (Safari 13)
603 ms * ∼7% +72%

* ... smaller is better

The storage performance of the Galaxy Tab S6 is a real highlight. Its UFS-3.0 storage results in miraculous transfer rates of up to 1416 MB/s during sequential reads and up to 192 MB/s during 4 KB random reads. The Android competitors can pack their bags here, since they only achieve about a quarter of the storage bandwidth of the Samsung.

However, when reading from or writing to microSD cards, the Galaxy Tab S6 is even slightly slower than the comparison devices. But at a maximum of 70.5 MB/s with our Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference card, it still remains within a good range, particularly since the competitors are not really that much faster at a maximum of 85 MB/s.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 ProSamsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720Average 128 GB UFS 3.0 FlashAverage of class Tablet
AndroBench 3-5
-39%
-48%
-45%
-13%
-66%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
54.45 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
73.84 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
36%
73.1 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
34%
60.76 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
12%
54.5
0%
45.9 (14 - 73.8, n=53)
-16%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
70.47 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
85.14 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
21%
84.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
20%
76.12 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
8%
70.5
0%
63.7 (17.6 - 87.7, n=53)
-10%
Random Write 4KB
170.16
60.8
-64%
15.35
-91%
18.79
-89%
100 (29.9 - 170, n=2)
-41%
6.66 (0.13 - 170, n=204)
-96%
Random Read 4KB
191.65
54.7
-71%
27.41
-86%
79.19
-59%
181 (170 - 192, n=2)
-6%
19.6 (1.04 - 192, n=204)
-90%
Sequential Write 256KB
522.31
126.8
-76%
94.08
-82%
197.05
-62%
370 (218 - 522, n=2)
-29%
41.3 (2.04 - 522, n=204)
-92%
Sequential Read 256KB
1415.55
247.8
-82%
278.59
-80%
294.35
-79%
1411 (1406 - 1416, n=2)
0%
117 (6.75 - 1416, n=204)
-92%

Gaming - The ideal gaming platform

The Galaxy Tab S6 is great as a gaming machine. Due to their placement on the two short sides, its four Dolby-Atmos compatible speakers always ensure a great sound field, no matter whether you hold the tablet in portrait or landscape orientation. Current games, which we always test with our Gamebench test tool, are displayed by the Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor and the Adreno 640 graphics unit in the maximum possible frame rate almost throughout, without the need to reduce the detail adjustment. 

Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2
Asphalt 9
Asphalt 9
010203040506070Tooltip
; Asphalt 9: Legends; 1.8.1a: Ø28.9 (22-32)
; Dead Trigger 2; 1.6.3: Ø60.2 (56-61)

Emissions - Surround sound and Dolby Atmos

Temperature

GFXBench Manhattan battery test
GFXBench Manhattan battery test

During operation, the Galaxy Tab S6 always remains comfortably cool. Even under maximum load, we barely measure 34 °C (93 °F) as a maximum value. As the GFXBench battery test shows, the Android device has to use some tricks from time to time, in order to keep the heat developments within limits.

Although the frame rate remains constantly high even after the 30th run in the GFXBench T-Rex test scenario, during the more demanding Manhattan test scenario it slightly drops already in the beginning and then drops significantly after 17 runs. While there are some speed drops, due to the high performance reserves of the tablet, you will not notice any of them in practice.

Max. Load
 33.8 °C
93 F
34 °C
93 F
30.1 °C
86 F
 
 29.5 °C
85 F
29.5 °C
85 F
28.7 °C
84 F
 
 29.8 °C
86 F
30.4 °C
87 F
28.6 °C
83 F
 
Maximum: 34 °C = 93 F
Average: 30.5 °C = 87 F
29.5 °C
85 F
31.2 °C
88 F
32.4 °C
90 F
28.3 °C
83 F
29.1 °C
84 F
30.5 °C
87 F
28.1 °C
83 F
29.4 °C
85 F
30 °C
86 F
Maximum: 32.4 °C = 90 F
Average: 29.8 °C = 86 F
Power Supply (max.)  30.3 °C = 87 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.5 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 34 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 34.8 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.2 to 51.8 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 32.4 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 34.3 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.1 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.

Speakers

Speaker characteristics
Speaker characteristics

With its four Dolby-Atmos compatible AKG speakers, the Galaxy Tab S6 delivers a surprisingly full surround sound, which is automatically optimized in the Standard setting. Alternatively, there are also the Movie, Music, and Voice modes, through which the sound output can be adjusted correspondingly.

By linking Bluetooth speakers to the tablet, you can also output the sound of selected apps to them. Unfortunately, Samsung does not include headphones with the Galaxy Tab S6.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.736.62527.632.73130.630.54024.828.85032.732.66324.628.48023.23510019.24512517.952.116016.561.520015.259.325017.362.931517.268.940016.869.750014.6736301474.380014.773.7100014.776.6125014.876.216001576.7200014.976.225001572.8315014.671.540001467.4500015.167.7630014.670.1800014.869.51000015.172.31250015.168.41600015.553.3SPL2785.5N0.967.4median 15median 69.7Delta0.45.13237.731.931.131.731.131.132.736.235.926.332.422.232.222.53825.445.518.952.817.159.816.962.41462.613.568.713.869.212.571.312.17511.47511.273.4117010.871.410.574.310.874.610.373.110.375.210.469.410.563.510.459.410.351.310.447.170.765.523.884.62718.20.562.7median 11.2median 69.22.59.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 92% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 22%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 3% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 13% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 85% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 22%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 12% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 84% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management - A long battery life guaranteed

Power Consumption

At 2.8 watts during idle operation and a maximum of 11.9 watts under load, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is very energy efficient. With the exception of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e, the competitors are unable to match these values by far. If you also take the 7040 mAh battery into consideration, a long battery life should be guaranteed.

The included 15-watt charger fully recharges the tablet within 2.5 hours.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.02 / 0.18 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.96 / 2.8 / 2.82 Watt
Load midlight 5.31 / 11.91 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
7040 mAh
Apple iPad 7 2019
 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
7736 mAh
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
7500 mAh
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
7500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
7040 mAh
Power Consumption
-92%
-71%
-49%
-76%
-2%
Idle Minimum *
1.96
2.2
-12%
1.2
39%
2.01
-3%
3.3
-68%
2.07
-6%
Idle Average *
2.8
6.7
-139%
4.1
-46%
5.4
-93%
4.2
-50%
3.94
-41%
Idle Maximum *
2.82
8.2
-191%
7.5
-166%
5.44
-93%
7
-148%
3.96
-40%
Load Average *
5.31
11.3
-113%
13.6
-156%
8.55
-61%
10.4
-96%
4.07
23%
Load Maximum *
11.91
12.5
-5%
15.2
-28%
11.53
3%
13.8
-16%
5.73
52%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Samsung promises up to 15 hours of playing videos and a straight 9 hours of using the internet for its high-end tablet and scores correspondingly in the battery test. With 9:16 hours in the realistic WLAN test and 14:32 hours when playing the H.264 test video, the Galaxy Tab S6 fulfills the manufacturer specifications almost exactly.

Of course, this is really by chance, since those times depend on different test conditions. But what is more important is that the results show that the Galaxy Tab S6 is a companion with a lot of endurance that does not necessarily need to get back to an outlet after a day of intensive use.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
21h 16min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
9h 16min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
14h 32min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 40min
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860
7040 mAh
Apple iPad 7 2019
 mAh
Apple iPad Pro 11 2018
7736 mAh
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8
7500 mAh
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
7500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
7040 mAh
Battery Runtime
-2%
25%
-10%
-11%
-1%
Reader / Idle
1276
1486
16%
2056
61%
1344
5%
1254
-2%
1263
-1%
H.264
872
802
-8%
982
13%
702
-19%
629
-28%
864
-1%
WiFi v1.3
556
707
27%
920
65%
648
17%
670
21%
623
12%
Load
340
196
-42%
208
-39%
196
-42%
220
-35%
300
-12%

Pros

+ high-quality workmanship
+ very light at 420 grams (14.8 oz)
+ Samsung S Pen included
+ Samsung DeX
+ very fast WLAN
+ dual camera
+ brilliant Super-AMOLED display
+ very fast SoC
+ 4 speakers with Dolby Atmos
+ remains very cool during operation
+ long battery life

Cons

- expensive
- no NFC
- PWM flickering
- weak lowlight performance of the camera
- throttling under load

Verdict - Top technology at a steep price

Testing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. Test unit provided by notebooksbilliger.de
Testing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. Test unit provided by notebooksbilliger.de

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is currently probably the best Android tablet. With its Snapdragon-855 SoC, the 10.5-inch tablet leaves even fast competitors such as the Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro behind. It also scores with a brilliant AMOLED display, high-quality workmanship, and a powerful surround sound from four speakers.

Additional advantages of the Galaxy Tab S6 are the good battery life, the at least in daylight conditions decent dual camera, and last but not least the included S Pen that adds very practical pen input to the tablet. Samsung's DeX desktop mode is also worth a mention, but to really be able to work with this, you need the optional docking keyboard, which increases the total price by about 130 Euros (~$145).

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is ideal for creative and multimedia use. However, the Galaxy Tab S5e is almost just as good at that, at only half the price.

This also brings us to the main disadvantage of Samsung's flagship tablet: the price of officially at least 749 Euros (~$836). If it does not have to be the maximum performance, the Galaxy Tab S5e will do just as well. It costs only half as much, but already offers more than sufficient performance for all everyday tasks. Its equipment is also to a large extent identical to that of the Galaxy Tab S6.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 - 10/21/2019 v7
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
86 / 98 → 88%
Keyboard
75 / 80 → 94%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
45 / 70 → 64%
Weight
84 / 40-88 → 93%
Battery
88%
Display
78%
Games Performance
56 / 78 → 71%
Application Performance
79 / 92 → 86%
Temperature
94%
Noise
100%
Audio
89 / 91 → 97%
Camera
56 / 85 → 66%
Average
79%
87%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Tablet Review: Top technology at a premium price
Manuel Masiero, 2019-10-22 (Update: 2019-10-23)