In this 2019, Samsung is shaking its range of middle class tablets. The Galaxy Tab S series is ampulated with a middle class tablet with the addition "e". So, can the new Galaxy Tab S5e combine all the essential functions of a tablet in an affordable format? This is our verdict.
- ✓Beautiful Super AMOLED screen
- ✓Very light and thin
- ✓Attractive design
- ✓Decent sound
- ✕No headphone jack
- ✕Limited graphics
- ✕Without IP certification
- ✕No support for the touch pen
The cheapest S model
When you look at the price structure of Samsung tablets, everything becomes a bit more complicated. Last year, its premium class only includes the Galaxy Tab S4. If you do not want to pay more than 500 euros for a tablet or you did not need all its features, you could opt for Galaxy Tab A models, which are priced at 279 euros (Wifi) or 339 euros (LTE). There was no middle ground between these two worlds … Until now! With the Galaxy Tab S5e, which costs 419 and 479 euros respectively, Samsung closes the gap.
So thin and light …
When the Galaxy Tab S5e was announced, it sounded like a marketing gimmick: the Tab S5e is the lightest and thinnest tablet on the market. Only when you have it in your hand do you realize how thin and light the tablet is, with only 5.5 mm thick and weighing 400 grams.
Of course there will be a thinner and lighter Android tablet somewhere in the world, but combined with the high quality appearance of the Galaxy S5e, I can say that I had never had a tablet with this combination in my hands.
This new lightness, however, is compensated by an inconvenience, since the mini jack connection has been sacrificed. On the other hand, a fingerprint sensor has been implemented in the side power button, which is not necessary to use by force, since the new tablet can also be unlocked with the help of facial recognition.
A screen that gives superior quality
While the Galaxy Tab A 2019 still works with a TFT-LCD panel, the Tab S5e has
Samsung's Super AMOLED screen
, which is a real pleasure for the eyes. The screen is not only easy to see, but also contributes to the fact that the tablet is only 5.5 mm thick. Samsung has eliminated the space that would normally be needed between the glass and the display panel. As there are no physical buttons, the edges are thin to maximize screen space, since the screen occupies somewhat more than 81% of the front.
The colors are well represented and light enough to be able to use it often in the summer sun. Watching movies and TV shows on the 16:10 Super AMOLED screen is a pleasure, as well as colorful games. However, games with high quality 3D graphics are not friends with this tablet …
If you want to use the Galaxy S5e as a device for office work instead of a laptop, you will be glad to know that Samsung has also equipped the Galaxy Tab S5e with DeX capability. Therefore, if you connect the tablet to a monitor with a USB-C to HDMI cable, you can activate a desktop screen.
One thing I miss in the Galaxy Tab 5e is the lack of compatibility with the S-Pen or the touch pen.
OneUI including Bixby
If we talk about the software, the Galaxy Tab S5e comes with
Samsung OneUI for tablets,
based on Android 9 Pie as one might expect. This includes updated features such as dark mode and digital well-being to limit your overuse.
However, compared to the Galaxy Tab A variant, the S5e still uses Bixby Home with Smart Things integration. The reason why this cannot be found in the cheaper model is also due to the fact that the Tab S5e is equipped with far-field microphones, so that Bixby Voice can also be used. Neither microphones nor Bixby Voice are not available for the Galaxy Tab A 2019.
Thanks to the integration of Bixby Home and Smart Things, the owners of a Galaxy Tab S5e can also use it in the future as a control center for their smart homes. The advantage of the S5e is that it is not necessary to open an application. Thanks to Bixby Voice, you can also manage your smarthome with your voice.
Although the tablet is compatible with DeX, it has few advantages. Not only the 4 GB of RAM are scarce, but many applications are still limited to mobile versions.
A mid-range engine with a premium design
The Tab S5e gives the impression of being a premium tablet in terms of appearance, touch and screen quality. But inside, the story is a bit different when we analyze its performance. Samsung uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 512 GB. So
it's not about big numbers
, and the benchmarks confirm this.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e: benchmark results
|Galaxy Tab S5e||1591||1535||26320||1719||5727||12143||57885|
Since tablets are not used for very demanding work, I have never been frustrated with their performance, with the exception of high-end games. Although you can run titles as demanding as Darkness Rises or Shadowgun Legends on this S5e, it will not recommend it. Fortnite, for example, is only really capable of working with low settings, although PUBG Mobile manages with high settings.
Four speakers on a tablet
In terms of audio, Samsung relies on the know-how of AKG. With the Galaxy Tab S5e, Samsung made AKG technicians participate in the development. Samsung also makes this clear on the back of the tablet, with the words "Sound by AKG" instead of the old "Tuned by AKG." The
Quality and volume of the four speakers integrated into the table are very convincing
for multimedia viewing or music playback. The speakers adapt the audio to the way the device is held, that is, in portrait or landscape mode.
As I said before, we don't find any headphone plug, but if you're willing to connect or use a Bluetooth headset, Dolby Atmos guarantees a quality experience in your headphones.
Camera available for video chats and facial recognition
The Galaxy Tab S5e has two cameras, but the expectations for a tablet are not the same as what we will demand from our smartphone. A 5MP lens is located on the front, which is not only used for selfies but also for videoconferences and for facial recognition already mentioned. The main rear camera has an image sensor with a resolution of 13MP. Both must be
Useful for photos under good lighting conditions
At home I found that quick facial recognition, but with the caveat that I do not use an iris scanner, so it really is not as safe as using a fingerprint or a PIN in this case. The videoconferences are excellent through the front camera of the Tab 5e, with the additional advantage that the lightness of the tablet makes it easier to keep it upright during longer conversations.
Enough battery for more than 14 hours of multimedia
With the battery I had a small surprise: Samsung has put 7,040 mAh into a 5.5 mm thick tablet.
According to Koreans, this should offer the user a life of up to 14.5 hours. Then, in theory, you can see the extended trilogue of The Lord of the Rings and there is still some left over.
The Galaxy Tab S5e can also be of great help if necessary thanks to reverse charging. If one of your electronic devices runs out of energy, the Galaxy Tab S5e will serve as an external battery.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e – Technical Specifications
|245 x 160 x 5.5 mm|
|2560 x 1600 pixels (288 ppi)|
|9 – Foot|
|Samsung One UI|
|4 GB6 GB|
|64 GB128 GB|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 670|
|HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0|
The Galaxy Tab S5e is designed for those Android users who do not necessarily need the fastest processor and graphics performance, but who are looking for a premium device. In this sense, the Galaxy Tab 5e offers an attractive price, since, unless you want to use it as a substitute for a laptop or for games with exquisite graphics, you can enjoy multimedia with good sound, modern Android software and moderate gaming potential in an ultralight Super AMOLED display at a good price. And that's not bad at all.
Samsung has improved the Galaxy Tab S5e, eliminating some of the weak points of the Tab S4 last year. In addition, the fingerprint sensor is a good alternative to unlocking the face and, above all, there is now a low-cost premium tablet for those who want more for less money.
The comfort and screen of the Galaxy Tab S5e are unbeatable at this price, and it is recommended for anyone who wants a lightweight tablet and can do without the use of high-end pencils and games. For the most demanding users, it remains to be seen what Samsung integrates with its Tab S5.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
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