Galaxy Tab S6 Lite vs iPad Air 2019: Which Should You Buy?

Samsung announced in June the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is currently available for $349.99. The tablet arrived to compete directly with Apple’s iPad Air 2019. Both have a large screen, 8 MP main camera, and a large battery, but have differences in the technical specifications such as processor, RAM, and operating system.

Presented in April 2019 and is currently available for $619.99, the iPad Air had no price reduction and is still found for the same value in online retail. The situation is also repeated with the competitor Galaxy Tab S6 Lite which is sold in graphite color for the same launch price. Check below the differences between the tablets.

Galaxy Tab S6 Lite vs iPad Air 2019 Datasheet

Galaxy Tab S6 LiteiPad Air 2019
LaunchJune 2020April 2019
Current price$349.99$619.99
Screen10.4 inches10.5 inches
Screen resolution2000 x 1200 pixels2224 x 1668 pixels
Screen panelTFT LCDIPS LCD
ProcessorExynos 9611 (octa-core up to 2.3 GHz)A12 Bionic
Storage64 GB64 GB or 256 GB
Memory cardyes, microSD up to 1 TBno
Main camera8 MP8 MP
Front camera (selfie)5 MP7 MP
Operating systemAndroid 10 One UI 2.0iOS 12
Battery7,040 mAh8,134 mAh
Telephonynano YESnano YES
Dimensions and weight244.5 x 154.3 x 7 mm; 467 g250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 mm; 464 g
Colorsgray, pink, and blueSilver, space gray, and gold
Source: Apple and Samsung

Screen and Design

Tab S6 Lite

The successor to the Galaxy Tab S5E, Samsung’s new model features a 10.4 inch TFT LCD screen with 2000 x 1200 pixel resolution and 224 PPI density. The iPad Air features a 10.5-inch LCD panel with a resolution of 2224 x 1668 pixels and 265 PPI of density. The device also features True Tone technology and protection against drops and scratches.

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As for the design, the Apple model is slimmer, with 6.1 mm versus 7 mm of the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. Both feature a centralized front camera. iPad Air also comes with a Touch ID button for fingerprint unlocking, while its competitor features facial recognition.

For telephony, both have nano-SIM input. Samsung promises synchronization with Galaxy mobile phones so users can answer calls directly from the tablet.


Apple Air Camera

For those who are used to the quality of photos taken on the iPhone or Galaxy mobile phones, tablets’ cameras can disappoint. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite features an 8 MP rear camera, f/1.4 aperture, and a 5 megapixels front camera. The main iPad Air sensor is also 8 MP, with f/2.4 aperture, and the selfies sensor records photos of up to 7 MP.

For video, both can record in Full HD at 30 frames per second, but only the Apple device features 240 frames per second Slow Motion and widescreen mode. Both tablets have digital stabilization, facial detection, and an HDR system, which helps the records with more evident contrast.

Performance and Storage

In terms of performance, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite features Exynos 9611 processor (octa-core up to 2.3 GHz) and 4 GB RAM. The iPad Air features a Bionic A12 chip with 64-bit Neural Engine architecture, an integrated M12 coprocessor, and 3 GB of RAM. The Apple model can be found in versions 64 or 256 GB of internal storage, while Samsung’s is only available in 64 GB of data space.

As usual, iPad Air does not come with a memory card slot, but the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite can be expanded up to 1 TB by microSD cards.

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The battery of the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is 7,040 mAh, with a 13-hour guarantee of video playback. Apple guarantees that the 8,134 mAh battery on iPad Air can keep the device out of the jack for up to 10 hours of use for surfing the web, watching videos, or listening to music. The tablet can be recharged via USB from your computer or charger.

Operating System and Additional Features

S6 Lite

The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite system is Google’s Android 10, which works together with the Samsung One UI 2.0 interface. The iPad Air has the iPadOS version, which has its features and apps for the tablet.

The Samsung device comes with a cover called Book Cover, which has a specific space to store the S Pen, an electronic pen that is included in the box and offers three support positions for the tablet. The iPad Air also features compatibility with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, but devices must be purchased separately.

Both feature Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and Wi-Fi in 802.11 a/b/g/n/a bands. The Samsung model also features a USB-C port and P2 port (3.5 mm) for headphones, while the iPad Air supports Apple Pay. The South Korean tablet does not offer NFC connectivity for approach payments.

Price and Availability

Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is available for $349.99. Although it has graphite, pink and blue versions. The iPad Air was launched at the beginning of last year for $619.99 in the colors silver, space gray, and gold.

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