09 January 2020
Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Tab S6 is the world's first tablet to feature HDR10+ support. It is a display technology standard that is widely used in premium televisions and has also started to appear in smartphones. Samsung is the first OEM to bring the standard to a tablet.
HDR10+ is the latest iteration of HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology and Samsung is one of the key players behind its development. Despite that, the tablet had to undergo "extensive quality testing" to get approval for using the HDR10+ technology and its logo for branding purposes. The technology is aimed at optimizing contrast levels of videos and still image contents to show them exactly the way their creators intended.
It essentially adjusts brightness and darkness levels of content depending on the particular frame to deliver the best possible results. It does so by sending dynamic metadata to the TV which allows each frame of a video to get its own brightness and darkness level based on what the frame is about. This ensures that as a viewer you don't end up with bright scenes getting too bright and dark scenes getting too dim. This is also what differentiates it from HDR10 which sends static metadata which remains the same for all frames.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is a premium Android tablet with all of the high-end features. It sports a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution. It features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor coupled with 6GB and 8GB of RAM. The storage options include 128GB and 256GB with microSD card support up to 512GB.
On the back, it has a 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel dual rear camera setup with f/2.2 and f/2.0 aperture respectively. The tablet has an 8-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture for video calling and selfie purposes. There is a 7,040mAh battery to keep the lights on and it will ship with One UI based on Android 9 Pie. The connectivity options include a USB Type-C port, Bluetooth, and WiFi but no 3.5mm headphone jack.