Galaxy Tab S5e : Samsung’s iPad Competitor Goes Official
Android tablets are all but extinct. There are hardly any new releases with only a few companies making tablet devices. These devices are often not powerful or robust enough to catch the consumer’s eye. Combine this with the trust consumers place in Apple, its no wonder that the tablet market is still under Apple’s control. But Samsung still isn’t ready to give up. The company tends to release a bunch of new tablets every year. Some for hard core enthusiasts while others for the average consumers. This time around it looks like it is trying to hit both segments of the market with its just official Galaxy Tab S5e.
Mere days before its MWC showing of the upcoming flagship Galaxy S10 series, Samsung has made the Galaxy Tab S5e official over on its website.
More Than ‘Thin Enough’
Pictured above, the Tab S5e is not a radical redesign of its predecessor. Samsung has flattened out the design a little bit, the bezels around the front have been reduced for more than 80% screen-to-body ratio. The screen is a 10.5 inches, 1600 x 2560 resolution Super AMOLED panel with an 8MP selfie camera. Coming on to the back of the device we have an all metal enclosure with some Apple-esque antenna lines. A single 13MP camera capable of recording 30fps 4K video is also present. A side mounted fingerprint reader is also present, if you didn’t already guess it.
Internally, the Galaxy Tab S5e runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 with 4/6 GB of RAM and 64/128 GB of storage. And Samsung promises over 14h of continuous use. And you know what? We actually think it might be true considering this tablet packs a huge 7040 mAh battery. Audio is handled by 4 front firing speakers tuned by AKG.
In all of this talk about specs, sometimes we forget how much effort it actually takes to fit everything into a thin and light body. And considering that the Galaxy Tab S5e is only 5.5mm thick, Samsung deserves appreciation here.
So far everything sounds nice, it must cost an arm and a leg right? Well, no it doesn’t. After a rough 2018, Samsung seems to be learning that ridiculously high prices aren’t acceptable. The Galaxy Tab S5e costs about 420 Euros, about $350-400 for the 64GB verison. That is about $50 less than the cheapest iPad model with the same amount of storage space.
We don’t know when the device will go on sale but if we were to guess we would say sometimes next month. Has Samsung managed to impress you with the Tab S5e? Sound off in the comments down below.