While Samsung is just getting started with development on its next flagship tablet, a cheaper variant of the Galaxy Tab S6 is almost ready to hit retail shelves. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, which has been the subject of a slew of leaks recently, didn't go on sale on April 2 despite an earlier rumor claiming it would, but multiple Korean retailers reportedly started listing it on their website just two days later, hinting that the official launch isn't far away.
A cheaper Galaxy Tab S6 with an LCD display, mid-range specs
The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite may be carrying the name of Samsung's 2019 flagship tablet, but its specs put it squarely in the lower mid-range category. It even misses out on an AMOLED display according to all the leaks and rumors – the Tab S6 Lite is expected to feature a 10.4-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2000×1200 pixels. Pushing all those pixels will be the Exynos 9611 processor, which powers budget and mid-range Galaxy smartphones as affordable as the Galaxy M30s.
The Exynos 9611 could be accompanied by 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage. Other specs, as listed by all the Korean retailers, should include an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP selfie camera, a 7,040 mAh battery, and Android 10 with One UI 2.x. An S Pen will be included as well. The retailers even mention 5G support, though that's clearly not going to be the case as the Exynos 9611 is not built to offer 5G connectivity.
5G support would also be impossible in the price bracket Samsung is targeting with the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. Its Wi-Fi-only variant could be priced as low as $350 while the LTE variant could be priced at $400, at least in Korea. We guess the official pricing and availability details will be out soon enough, though with the smartphone industry having slowed down to a crawl because of the coronavirus pandemic, it's possible Samsung will not announce the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite as quickly as all the retail sightings and leaks may suggest.