Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e Review


It looks great, its screen is fantastic and its price is easy to swallow. Samsung may have finally made an Android tablet that is worth buying – but an iPad is more powerful


  • High quality aluminum design
  • Impactful speakers
  • Excellent battery life
  • OLED widescreen
  • Ultra thin

Key specifications

  • Price of the examination: $479.99
  • Snapdragon 670 CPU
  • Thin bezel
  • 7040mAh battery, USB-C
  • AKG Audio and Dolby Atmos
  • Android 9.0 with OneUI
  • 13 megapixel rear camera
  • 8 megapixel front camera
  • 245 x 160 x 5.5 mm
  • 400 grams
  • AMOLED display 10.5 inches, 2560 x 1600
  • 128 GB / 6 GB of RAM or 64 GB / 4 GB of RAM

What is  Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is an Android tablet, and one of the best alternatives to a iPad.

At present, it is Samsung which ranks at the top of the ranking in 2019 and which, in some ways, is the successor of the Galaxy Tab S4. But it uses a low-end processor to help bring the price down to less than $500 (for the 64GB version).

As such, it will be suitable for those looking for only a tablet, as opposed to a device to replace their laptop. Its design and screen are also lovely.

The main problem is the current stopping status of the Android tablet’s progress. Tablets are great devices to entertain young kids, but the Samsung Galaxy S5e is probably far too sophisticated to meet that demand. A new feature such as support for Google Stadia would give tablets, in general, a renewed sense.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e – Design

Samsung’s previous high-end tablet had followed the design philosophy of many flagship smartphones: its glass back and metal sides. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e adheres to a more traditional tablet style. All aluminum, except the glass above the screen, of course.

It may be cheaper to make it, but I prefer this design to last year’s glass-back device. Anodized aluminum has a finely textured grain that is perfect for iPads, and the same is true here.

Samsung has also reduced the edges of the screen, even if there is enough room for your thumbs to rest, whether you hold the Galaxy Tab S5e sideways or upright. This reduction also makes this 10.5-inch tablet smaller (in most dimensions) than a 9.7-inch iPad.

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It is ultra-thin at 5.5 mm and its weight of 400 g is light for a tablet of 10.5 inches. Thin, thin and lightweight, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e may be, but a tablet with this screen size can only be very small.

If you are looking for a device for young children, we recommend a smaller tablet. Or at least a bigger one with the type of protection offered by a Kindle Fire for kids.

Would you like to take a tablet of this size on the train? Six years ago, in the golden era of Tesco Hudls and the Google Nexus 7, I had said no. But today, when you see an iPad 12.2 inches occasionally during your trips, I would say why not? The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is pretty light enough to fit in one hand to read an article or a comic.

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Note that there is no headphone jack, so you will need to use an adapter or a pair of wireless headphones. Not ideal.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e has many of the same features as a midrange phone. Storage starts at 64GB, which can be upgraded to 128GB for £ 60. There is a fingerprint scanner on the side – it’s not as fast as the new phones, but you’ll probably only use it a few times a day; certainly not as often as on a phone.

If you prefer, you can switch to unlocking the face, which works reliably enough, probably using the same software that is used in the back shop, such as a phone such as the phone: Samsung Galaxy S10. There are also Wi-Fi only and 4G versions, which cost about $ 100 more for the latter.

Samsung offers a keyboard accessory for around $ 115. Although I have never used this particular device – Samsung has not sent any sending – I’m not a big fan of using such a tablet to replace a MacBook or Windows laptop; it just does not offer the same feeling.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e – Screen

For a long time, Samsung was the master of OLED screens in phones and tablets because the company was responsible for manufacturing the panels themselves. Several other companies are now producing such screens, but it’s still what you’ll find best in a tablet under $500.

This is a 10.5-inch AMOLED display, 2560 x 1600 pixels, with, in my opinion, about 450 nits of brightness. During the 2019 heat wave in the UK, I took the tablet out to a park on a sunny day and the screen remained perfectly visible enough for you to play a game comfortably.

The contrast is superb, the color bright and the sharpness excellent. You will not find a traditional Windows laptop around this price with a screen as powerful.

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In addition, Samsung offers a choice of color profiles. These are the same as Samsung phones and they follow approximately several professional color standards. The modes are Basic (sRGB), AMOLED Photo (Adobe RGB), AMOLED Cinema (DCI-P3) and Adaptive Display, which unlocks the entire native color spectrum of the screen for vivid color.

The lack of stylus is the main drawback (potential). You can use one of the active Samsung S-Pen pens, but one is not provided. This is further proof that the S5e is meant to be less powerful than the Galaxy Tab S4.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e – Software

You do not have to be too discouraged if it’s really what you’re looking for, because the Galaxy Tab S5e has a special software mode called DeX. It is in the notifications drop-down list and turns the Android interface of the tablet into an interface closer to Windows or Mac OS.

It runs applications in floating windows, optimizes the use of space on the screen and provides you with more information and shortcuts. You might want to use DeX only if you are using a keyboard with the S5e because it detaches the laid-back feel of Android. Nevertheless, one of the most compelling arguments is that a tablet can be treated as a “PC” when it is associated with the right accessory.

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Get out of DeX and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e looks more like an oversized Samsung phone. You have home screens and an application drawer, which resemble those of the Samsung Galaxy S10, with however an extra column of icons in the drawer.

Android does not use a lot of larger screens, but it’s still an excellent interface for occasional tasks. Here, fewer apps are forced than by a Samsung phone. Galaxy Store and Game Launcher are installed by default, but you can choose whether or not to add other Samsung apps of your choice.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e – Performance, Games and Speakers

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is very useful. It reacts with a marginal difference in speed in its Android user experience compared to a phone or tablet with an even more powerful processor.

But what you might not expect is that the Tab S5e has a slower processor than last year’s Galaxy Tab S4 because it is part of the mid-range “e” series . There is also a Galaxy S10e phone. It has no reduced processor compared to the standard S10, but its screen is smaller and flatter.

The processor of choice here is the Snapdragon 670, in place of the Snapdragon 855 or 855 Plus used in high-end androids. What is the difference? Its cores are less powerful, with two Kryo 360 Gold performance cores and six Kryo 360 Silvers.

GPU power is perhaps more important. The Snapdragon 670 includes an Adreno 615 graphics chipset, twice as powerful as the Adreno 640 from Snapdragon 855.

If your budget does not exceed £ 400, the entry-level iPad is actually a more relevant comparison. The Samsung gets 1511 in the 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme test (957 using the OpenGL graphics standard). It’s well below the iPad, which handles 2611 points.

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How is it in real games? Most work very well on the Galaxy Tab S5e. PUBG works with “high” graphics and Asphalt 8 and 9 play uncompromisingly obvious. Ark: Survival Evolved shows the mid-range GPU, however: maximizing visual effects and cadence becomes jerky.

It matters, of course, but the context. At present, there is no tablet that comes with a Snapdragon 855 and most phones with such a processor are much more expensive than the Galaxy Tab S5e. Some thought that Samsung would announce a flawless Galaxy S5 tablet with such a processor in August, although it seems that this theory is now taking shape under the rumor Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, instead of.

A Tab S5e on an iPad also has other advantages in terms of play. Its speakers are much more powerful, with a higher maximum volume, four speakers and much richer bass. Their quality is closer to that of the iPad Pro and you will not find a new model for less than £ 400.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e – Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e has a camera on the front and one on the back. Both are pretty basic but have the essential essentials to offer a useful camera experience.

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For example, the rear camera does not have a flash, but uses auto focus. Some low-cost tablets have fixed-focus cameras that do not allow you to take close-up shots. The sensor here is relatively fast to photograph as well and automatically adjusts your images with HDR processing. This means “high dynamic range” and prevents the brightest parts of an image from choking, while bringing out more detail in the shadows.

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The 13 megapixel main camera shots are not too bad either. But re-align expectations.

This is a solid camera for a tablet. This is not going very well if you compare it to Android devices in general. The exposure measurement is far from being as smart as that of Samsung’s best phones, the details are quite correct and the low-light performance is rather mediocre.

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Manually adjust the exposure and you can capture reasonable images

The maximum resolution of the video capture is only 1080p (Full HD), there is no 4K mode and, even if it seems that there is some stabilization of the software, it is not particularly effective .

And, as with any 10-inch tablet, taking photos with a Galaxy Tab S5e seems a bit ridiculous.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e – Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e has a 7040mAh battery, just a little smaller than the 7300mAh cell of the S4 Tab. Samsung says it will last 14 hours and a half.

One hour of Netflix broadcast at 50% brightness consumed 7%, suggesting a full load endurance of 14 hours. A half hour of Real Racing took off 6%, indicating that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e will last about eight hours.

Both are excellent results and actually beat the entry-level iPad.

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Should I buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e?

In recent years, Samsung’s reaction to an off-the-shelf tablet market has been to take a similar approach to Apple’s. You could get pretty high-end tablets designed for hybrid use, and low end options were pretty depressing.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is what I wanted: a mid-priced model with some premium touches. You do not have to sell your laptop to justify your expenses, but it is absolutely not a toy designed to keep children silent.

Until now, the Huawei MediaPad M5 10.5 was your best option among androids. Now it’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e. It has a great screen, great speakers, a charming aluminum body and the ability to live like a laptop like a laptop – if that’s what you really want.

The cameras are not dazzling, but it’s rarely the case for tablets. The processor is not high-end, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is doing very well anyway.


It’s the best medium priced Android tablet that you can buy, but an iPad is more powerful.

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Samsung's previous high-end tablet had followed the design philosophy of many flagship smartphones: its glass back and metal sides. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e adheres to a more traditional tablet style.

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