Samsung today introduced its new mid-range Google Android-based tablet. Despite its formal positioning for consumers, the Galaxy Tab S5e features a rather large 10.5-inch sAMOLED display, a decent SoC, plenty of memory as well as storage, an advanced audio sub-system, a USB Type-C connector, and even compatibility with Samsung’s DeX platform for productivity applications. In general, the new tablet from Samsung brings together a decent performance, a good display, compatibility with productivity apps, compact dimensions, and a relatively low price - a rather interesting combination that we have not encountered before.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is powered by an unidentified SoC that integrates two 64-bit high-performance cores, six 64-bit energy-efficient cores, and an unknown iGPU. It is possible that the application processor was developed by Samsung itself, but at this point this is a speculation. The SoC is accompanied by 4 or 6 GB of DRAM and 64 or 128 GB of NAND flash storage (expandable by 512 GB using a microSDXC card). The tablet is outfitted with a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 2560×1600 resolution and thin bezels, similar to the one found on a considerably more expensive Galaxy Tab S4, but presumably without a stylus support. Imaging capabilities of the device comprise of a 13 MP rear sensor as well as an 8 MP front sensor.

When it comes to wireless connectivity features of the Galaxy Tab S5e, they include an 802.11ac Wi-Fi controller with MU-MIMO support, and Bluetooth 5.0. Samsung says that models with a 4G/LTE modem will be available later. Since the product is aimed at consumers, not road warriors, prioritizing the launch of Wi-Fi-only versions makes sense for the manufacturer. As for wired I/O, the Galaxy Tab S5e is outfitted with a USB 3.1 Type-C interface for audio, data, and charging, as well as a set of POGO connectors for keyboards or some other gear.

Like all good tablets these days, the Galaxy Tab S5e has a rather vast set of sensors, including an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a proximity sensor, a fingerprint scanner, a geomagnetic sensor (a compass), an RGB light sensor, and so on. The sensors can detect how the tablet is held (or placed) and then Samsung’s software automatically adjusts its quad-speaker audio sub-system co-designed with AKG for the best possible experience.

Designed primarily with consumers in mind, the Galaxy Tab S5e is very light and compact. It weights 400 grams and is just 5.5 mm thick, which is considerably lighter and thinner when compared to most 10-inch class tablets. Despite its rather humble z-height, the tablet packs a 7,040 mAh battery that provides up to 14.5 hours of battery life, according to the manufacturer.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
  Specifications
SoC 2 × high-performance cores at 2.0 GHz
6 × energy-efficient cores at 1.7 GHz
Graphics unknown
Display 10.5-inch
sAMOLED
2560×1600
Storage 64 GB or 128 GB
+ microSD up to 512 GB
Memory 4 GB or 6 GB LPDDR4 (?)
Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, VHT80 MU-MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v5.0
GPS GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo
Connectivity USB 3.1 Type-C for data and charging
POGO connectors for keyboard
Camera Rear Camera: 13 MP Autofocus (?)
Front Camera: 8 MP Fixed Focus (?)
Video Recording: UHD 4K (3840×2160) @ 30fps
Playback: UHD 4K (3840×2160) @ 60fps
Audio 4 × Speakers co-developed with AKG with Dolby Atmos certification
USB-C headset
Sensors Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
Battery 7040 mAh
Up to 14.5 hours
Dimensions 245 × 160 × 5.5 mm
400 grams (Wi-Fi)
Color  Silver, Black, Gold
OS Android 9.0 Pie
Price starts at $399.99
Accessories Book cover Keyboard, POGO Charging Dock, Slim cover, Book cover (not included)

One interesting feature of the consumer-oriented Galaxy Tab S5e is its support for Samsung’s DeX platform that enables desktop-like experience on Android-based tablets (e.g., open up multiple windows, re-size windows, drag and drop content, etc.). Obviously, to take full advantage of DeX, users will need the optional Book Cover Keyboard that is sold separately. In the meantime, Samsung does not indicate that users may attach the tablet to a full-sized display using a USB Type-C to HDMI adapter if more screen real estate is needed, so this capability will likely remain exclusive to more expensive Galaxy Tab devices. Besides, the Galaxy Tab S5e also does not support Samsung’s Knox mobile security platform to protect valuable and confidential information, which is pretty logical given its positioning.

Samsung plans to start sales of its Galaxy Tab S5e in the second quarter of 2019 starting at $399.99. To increase the value of the product, Samsung will include a 4-months YouTube Premium subscription and a 3-months Spotify Premium subscription with the device (at least where available). 4G/LTE-enabled models will follow on later this year, their pricing is unknown.

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  • MrCommunistGen - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    Other tech news sites have listed the SoC as a Snapdragon 670 - which should be pretty decent. Reply
  • imaheadcase - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    Correct, its a 670. Its even in the press release not sure how come anandtech didn't know. Reply
  • cfenton - Saturday, February 16, 2019 - link

    Yes, I'm actually hopeful that an Android tablet will be somewhat competitive for the first time in years. The 670 should be just a bit slower than the 710, since it looks like the same configuration with lower clocks. It's tough to compare to iPads though. The single core performance of the 710 comes in around the A8X used in the iPad Air 2, which is not great since the Air 2 is over four years old. The multi core performance is closer to the A10 Fusion in the 6th generation iPad, which is good since that is presumably what this Samsung tablet is designed to compete against. Reply
  • RSAUser - Monday, February 18, 2019 - link

    Except that ipad Air 2 level of performance is more than decent enough for 99% of users and anything that required more performance should be looking at a flagship device. Reply
  • bug77 - Saturday, February 16, 2019 - link

    Samsung tends to use Snapdragons in the US and Exynos in EMEA. Maybe that's what threw Anand off? Reply
  • phoenix_rizzen - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    Now make an 8" version of this for under $300 CDN.

    The 8" tablet market up here is either crappy throwaway kids tablets with 720p or less resolution and quad-A53 SoCs, or $400+ over-priced monstrosities (the Galaxy Tab S2 is over $600 CDN!). There's nothing in between.
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  • WinterCharm - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    You can currently buy a really nice iPad for $250.

    Say what you want about Apple, but they have the best hardware and software in the tablet space right now.
    Reply
  • abufrejoval - Saturday, February 16, 2019 - link

    Say what you want, but some people refuse to become iSlaves for the sake of owning a tablet. Reply
  • BenSkywalker - Saturday, February 16, 2019 - link

    Best hardware... If you want budget screen tablets, Samsung has those too. The tablet space is unique in certain ways, a company like Apple creates a "premium" tablet with budget screens and Samsung creates a "premium" tablet with budget internals. The tab S5 without the SE will likely have an 8xxx or comparable variant probably for an extra $200. Reply
  • wintermute000 - Saturday, February 16, 2019 - link

    Exactly, I have no idea what Samsung is doing pricing their tablets so high. Their abysmal sales figures should tell them as much but they refuse to acknowledge reality. Tab A 10.5 costs > ipad for a bleedin' Snap 450 and no Neflix HD lol. What world do they live in Reply

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