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The first 5G tablet to hit market is coming from Samsung in Q1 2020

The Galaxy Tab S6 is officially getting a 5G variant in Q1 2020. (Source: Samsung)
The Galaxy Tab S6 is officially getting a 5G variant in Q1 2020. (Source: Samsung)
We knew Samsung was working on a 5G variant of its current flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab S6 but we didn’t know when it was coming. Samsung has now cleared things up at least a little by announcing it will hit the market in Q1 2020.

Samsung has been one of the leading proponents of the new 5G cellular standard, so it was a bit of surprise when it didn’t immediately announce a 5G variant of the Galaxy Tab S6 when it launched last year. It was only a month later, however, that hints emerged that the company was indeed planning a 5G version of the tablet as well. If you’ve been wondering when it would eventually hit the market Samsung has today officially announced it will debut in Q1 2020.

The current iterations of the Galaxy Tab S6 include a Wi-Fi only model and a 4G LTE model with both powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Until the launch of the Galaxy Tab S6, Samsung had been releasing its flagship tablets with Qualcomm’s high-end chips from the previous year, so it was pleasing to see Samsung start to take the category a little more seriously again. The addition of a 5G variant will help the Tab S6 stand out from the crowd as the first to land with support for the dramatically faster network speeds on offer.

As readers will be aware, Qualcomm has released an upgraded Snapdragon 885+ model with performance tweaks. The delay in the arrival of the Galaxy Tab S6 5G could be due to Samsung’s desire to integrate the newer part into the tablet, which would certainly help to boost its appeal. It is unlikely, however, that we will see the company drop the all-new Snapdragon 865 which is more likely to debut in a potential Galaxy Tab S7. Expect to learn more in the next couple of months.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-01- 3 (Update: 2020-01- 3)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.