Samsung’s latest tablet looks like from 2020

Meet the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite 2022 – same, different, but still the same

An Android tablet has never been the easiest thing. Even as many OEMs ditched building tablets, Samsung stayed strong with its Galaxy Tab lineup — and earned a well-deserved reputation as the only serious Android-based competition for the iPad. Now tablets are finally getting the attention they deserve thanks to Android 12L (and soon, Android 13) as well as the upcoming launch of the Pixel tablet. We’ve got a long time to wait before this one gets here, but this week, Samsung is keeping things interesting with its own “new” tablet: an update for the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.

Samsung’s new 2020 model has quietly appeared on Amazon Italy (via SamMobile) without any major announcement or fanfare from Samsung. But don’t let the familiar name fool you – there are actually a few differences you’ll want to be aware of that could make your purchase worthwhile.

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First, the 10nm Exynos 9611 chip inside the original Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is replaced for a faster and more efficient Snapdragon 720G. Apps often perform slightly better on Snapdragon silicon, and the chip should allow for significant performance improvements across the table — even if that component will also appear two years ago.

Samsung is shipping the new Tab S6 Lite with One UI 4.1 based on Android 12. As a revamp, the original model launched with Android 10, and while it’s currently upgradable to Android 12, it will only be upgraded to one major release (Android 13 ) before it’s just ported to the Security Update System, and eventually, it gets to EOL. Meanwhile, if the promise of Samsung’s latest Android update keeps up, this new tablet should be fine until Android 16 (and if for some reason it gets stuck with the same update policy as the older twin, that still leads us to Android 15).


If you’d like one, the Amazon Italy pre-order list goes for €400. He said “NA” the last time we checked in, but maybe you had better luck than us. Hopefully Samsung will confirm this soon and fill us in with plans for other markets.


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