Back in May, Samsung slowly rolled out the 2022 edition of its Galaxy Tab S6 Lite in selected markets around the world. The company didn’t make any official announcement regarding the tablet, so it is rather hard to keep track of its whereabouts.
Nevertheless, it seems that retailers have recently begun offering Galaxy Tab S6 Lite 2022 in Malaysia. We first noticed the tablet through Direct D’s Latest Product list which currently listed the LTE model for RM1,799.
A quick search online through Lazada and Shopee showed that the Wi-Fi variant can also be obtained in our market albeit with a lower price tag of RM1,499. These pricings are actually no different to the current retail prices of the 2020’s model that were implemented in April 2021.
At the time this article is published, you are still not able to purchase them directly from Samsung Malaysia’s website. This is despite the fact that both the Wi-Fi and LTE variants have already been listed there.
In general, the only major difference between the 2020 and 2022 models is their processor. The original Galaxy Tab S6 Lite was equipped with Samsung’s own Exynos 9611 chip but the 2022 version comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G instead.
The refreshed version has also been pre-installed with Android 12 and OneUI 4.1. Aside from that, it still features 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a 10.4-inch WUXGA+ (2000 x 1200) display, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, 7040mAh battery and the support for S Pen.
Even though it has a new processor, the 2022 version is not exactly better than the original model. According to Andrzej Tokarski of MyNextTablet who has made a rather informative side-by-side comparison between both versions, found that the differences between them were rather minor.
Still, given the possibility that the 2020’s stocks are still being sold in Malaysia, it is rather essential to pay attention to the model number of the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite unit that you are planning to purchase. According to SIRIM’s e-ComM database, the 2022 edition model which was certified in June carries the model number SM-P613 for the Wi-Fi variant while the LTE version is labelled as SM-P619.
As a comparison, the 2020 version model numbers were SM-P610 and SM-P615, respectively. If you are looking into purchasing a brand-new Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, do make sure to know the differences, so that you will not end up receiving the older 2020 version despite paying the full price that is meant for the 2022 edition.