Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e revealed

March 12, 2019

As Samsung geared up for their major unveiling event of the year, they quietly slipped new tablet onto the market. Known as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e, it’s a slim and compact Android tablet that slots neatly into the tech co’s range between the pricier S4 and the lower spec Tab A, and so far, it’s garnering good reviews.

Here’s a quick round up of all the features on offer with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

With a 10.5-inch screen and a lightweight, compact design, the S5e is designed to fill a gap in the Samsung market. This device is squarely targeted at those who want a useable Android tablet with decent battery life but aren’t quite committed enough to foot the US$649 price tag for the S4.

It’s the company’s thinnest and lightest tablet to date yet offers some decent spec’s to prove it’s not just a pretty face.

The display and dimensions

The S5e comes with a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1600 resolution at 227ppi and features an increased screen-to-body ratio compared to Samsung’s other tablets.

Screen Size
10.5″

Resolution
2560 x 1600

DPI
227ppi

Port
USB-C

To achieve this, Samsung has slightly reduced the bezels and now accommodates the power/lock button at the top of the right-hand side of the tablet where there is also a built-in fingerprint sensor.

They’ve also eliminated the headphone jack, allowing the tablet to be the thinnest Samsung tablet so far. It measures just 5.5mm deep and weighs in at just 400 grams.

To overcome the loss of the audio jack, Samsung has included an adaptor in the box that allows users to plug their headphones in via the USB-C port.

Cameras and sound

The S5e features two cameras, with an 8MP selfie camera at the front and a 13MP number at the rear.

Meanwhile, the device is fitted with four AKG-tuned stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos Cinematic sound and has two speakers positioned at each end of the device.

Spec’s and battery power

Inside, the S5e features a Snapdragon 670 octa-core processor, and kicks off with 4GB of memory and 64GB of internal storage. Storage can be expanded courtesy of the MicroSD card slot, and Samsung also offers a configuration with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

The device comes complete with a 7040mAh fast charging battery that Samsung claims offers up to 14.5 hours of battery life.

Meanwhile, out of the box the S5e runs Android 9.0 (Pie), with a custom Samsung overlay. As a point of difference, this is Samsung’s first tablet with the Bixby voice assistant installed.

Tech Radar notes: “The feature will use the tablet’s far-field microphones for voice commands aimed at saving time and keeping you organized, like Google Assistant does”.

Galaxy Tab 5Se stand

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Price

The price tag of S5e reflects Samsung’s mid-range aspirations. This device starts off at US$399 and will be available in America in the second quarter of 2019. The Australian price and release date are yet to be announced.

So far, the Galaxy Tab S5e is garnering generally favourable reviews.

Website BGR notes it “might be the best-looking tablet Samsung has ever released” and coupled with its lower price tag “the Tab S5e has a lot going for it”, while TechRadar notes it fills a unique position in the Android market.

“If you’re after a decently powered, but affordable Android tablet there isn’t really much competition for the Tab S5e to worry about, and it fits the bill.

“However, for the same price you can pick up the iPad 9.7 (2018), which offers up a more impressive design and slicker overall experience.”

The reviews

So far, the Galaxy Tab S5e is garnering generally favourable reviews.

Website BGR notes it “might be the best-looking tablet Samsung has ever released” and coupled with its lower price tag “the Tab S5e has a lot going for it”, while TechRadar notes it fills a unique position in the Android market.

“If you’re after a decently powered, but affordable Android tablet there isn’t really much competition for the Tab S5e to worry about, and it fits the bill.

“However, for the same price you can pick up the iPad 9.7 (2018), which offers up a more impressive design and slicker overall experience.”

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