High-end Android tablets are thin on the ground these days. Although Apple is all-in on iPad Pro, Google has abandoned its Nexus and Pixel slate design, and NVIDIA does not give SHIELD any love. Samsung picks up the slack.
That being said, the Galaxy Tab S5e is also less lively than some of Samsung's earlier Android-powered tablets. At $ 400 for the Wi-Fi model, it does not compete with the iPad Pro or the High-End Surface line, but makes its consumption-focused design much more achievable. The highlight of the spec sheet is really the 10.5-inch, 2560 × 1600 OLED screen – still a rarity outside the phone market. It will make for rich, vibrant colors and deep contrast.
But elsewhere, the specifications are strangely subdued. The S5e is powered by a mid-range Snapdragon 670 processor and gets only 4GB of RAM in its 64GB configuration (an upgraded 6GB / 128GB version will be available). Cameras are 13 megapixels at the back and 8 at the front, and like Samsung's habit, it packs a MicroSD slot for easy storage expansion. The battery is a generous 7040 milliamp hours, charged via USB-C.
There is no pen or stylus built-in, but an optional keyboard case (connected via proprietary POGO plugs) lets you e-mail or work on your manuscript if you want to travel without a heavy laptop. Samsung's Dex software, combined with a dock, monitor, keyboard and / or mouse, provides an approximation of a desktop experience.
In just 400 grams (a little less than 9 pounds) and 5 mm thick, the Tab S5e is shocking light, and it becomes much easier to throw in a bag or bag. And as it does matter in those days, Android 9.0 and Samsung's new "One" user interface goes out of the box. The tablet has a vague "Q2" launch window and will be available in black, gray or gold color.