Everyone knows that the tablet market is not going through its best moment. However, over the last year, there has been an increase in the sales section boosted by brands such as Samsung that continues to bet on smart tablets. This type of device is not within the current trend, but there are still some users who usually use them on a regular basis. This time we bring a different review in which we leave smartphones aside to analyze in depth the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e.
We are talking about a smart tablet that wants to compete with the iPad Air and from which we could already get our first impressions. Now, and after a thorough analysis, we tell you all the good and the bad about this device, the most common faults, and the qualities to take into account so that you can know all details about the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e.
Analysis of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e: Comfort, Autonomy, and Design in Equal Parts
A very light tablet with a premium design
As it happened with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, Samsung has decided to bet on an exquisite design where you can see that premium finish they want to give their new tablets. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is shown to the world with an elegant aesthetic in which the ornaments located in the lower and upper back and where the metallic color is shown as the real protagonist do not go unnoticed. In this case, we have been able to analyze the silver model, but it can also be found in the market in gold and black variants.
The body of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is made of bright metal that feels pretty good at hand and that, surely, is one of the keys to agree on a lightness improper of this type of devices.
The new Samsung Tablet has a total weight of 400 grams and dimensions of 24.5 x 16 x 0.5 centimeters. Here highlights extreme thinness of 5.5 mm. With which it confirms the existence of the device very light and as comfortable as easy to transport. It is easy to carry this tablet from one place to another, either in the backpack or in a simple folder, it will not give any problem when carrying weight.
In the front, we find an excellent screen that takes full advantage of the body of the device completed by a front camera located at the top. On the sides appear the fingerprint sensor as the power button, the volume controllers and the slot for the SIM and microSD card.
The left edge is completely clean of buttons, but it includes a special section to connect the Samsung DeX keyboard that we will be analyzed later. If we go to the back, the main camera is located in the upper left corner thus leaving almost the entire housing clean except for the Samsung logo located in the center and the AKG mark in the lower area. Without forgetting a few speakers distributed by both frames including the USB Type-C connector on the bottom.
In general, we talk about an extremely light tablet that you can take anywhere without having to make much effort that integrates a design as elegant as comfortable and where the buttons are shown as one of the little more negative points.
Since they are all located on the same side, the off button and the volume buttons may be confusing at some time and it might have been appropriate to change their location. To be accurate, we believe that the fingerprint sensor is too high, but the truth is that it works quite fast.
A quality screen dedicated to content consumption
The screen is one of the highlights of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e and is that most users often use this type of device to consume multimedia content. Although, in this case, we have left the tablet with a complementary keyboard, it is difficult to get used to working on a 10-inch tablet. Although that does not mean that the new Samsung tablet does not serve for that purpose.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e has a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels (288 dpi). A high-quality front panel that meets the promise of the South Korean company in most of its devices of this type. The frames are very small, although the front part of a device can be used a little. We speak about a tablet with an almost perfect size for the reproduction of content but that is a bit small for reading.
At the color level, Samsung solves the section related to contrast well. The tones are vivid and the saturation is quite low in a tablet that is also advisable to use for video games. With titles like the Asphalt 9, we have seen how all the details are appreciated and where the tactile response of the panel rises above the average. The brightness meets the standards and the viewing angles have no objection. To put a hit, the whites are somewhat yellowish in some cases, but it is noticeable that they have improved this aspect with respect to the previous models.
Adequate performance for its main functions
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e comes to the market with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor accompanied by 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. We speak about a chipset that belongs to the new batch of Qualcomm that is manufactured in 10 nm and that correctly meets performance level.
The hardware of this tablet is the most suitable for the purpose that this type of mid-range devices are designed: fluidity in the navigation section and correct results when it comes to demanding a little more performance. When surfing the Internet, even with several applications open, everything works quite smoothly and you can not put any problems in that aspect.
Of course, when we want to go a step further and try games like Fortnite, the tablet starts to show a correct performance that is still the standard of the mid-range. In some occasions, we are able to appreciate some small samples of lag or of stoppages, but it is necessary to say that this type of restrictions has been minimum. Similarly, in our opinion, it is not comfortable to access this type of games with any device of these characteristics.
When it comes to software, we have a minimalist interface that integrates One UI as a customization layer. Yes, the same one that appears on the Galaxy S10 and that is not giving bad results among users. In general, the configuration of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e offers adequate performance for what is manufactured from the beginning. It is not one of the most powerful tablets, but it complies perfectly with the averaged values in the mid-range.
Discrete cameras and security by flag
As usual, cameras are usually the weakest point of the tablets. Of all, it is known that there are not many users who decide to take pictures with a device of more than 10 inches. That’s why Samsung has opted for a rear sensor of 13 megapixels that allows us to take decent photos. But that does not even come close to the quality that we could have in a mobile. The selfie camera has 8 megapixels and follows the path of its big sister.
In another section, we find a camera app that integrates several modes such as dynamic focus for portrait mode, the typical panoramic and a Pro mode in which to alter the ranges of the photograph. In general, the results are discrete, something completely normal in these devices, since they are not made especially for photography. But for the realization of video calls or to get us out of trouble.
In the field of security, Samsung has wanted to include both fingerprint reader and facial unlocking in their new tablet. The sensor of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is quite fast and is integrated with the right side of the device performing the function of the power button. It is a little uncomfortable since sometimes it is confused with the volume button. However, this mechanism is quite fast and the integration of the Samsung DeX keyboard does not hinder safe entry to the device.
With regard to facial unlocking, a security system appears that works very well when we use it vertically. But it becomes a little slow when the device is in the horizontal position. Of course, always in good light conditions, when the brightness decreases, the results of the facial detector are quite bad.
A keyboard that expands the options
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e becomes even more productive thanks to the integration of a Samsung DeX keyboard that has surprised us. We are talking about a very comfortable accessory that not only acts as a keyboard but also serves as a good cover to protect the device. A component that is perfectly adapted to the tablet thanks to its magnetic back. And that connects easily to it thanks to the typical teeth located in the middle section.
It is clear that the Samsung DeX keyboard brings a point of versatility to a tablet that can be used perfectly to work, even if it is not the most comfortable in the world. It should be noted that the interface changes immediately upon detecting the keyboard to offer a pretty good horizontal view identical to that of any computer.
Without forgetting the connectivity section. It is very easy to use the Galaxy Tab S5e with a keyboard that reacts immediately, especially when surfing the Internet or make any type of writing. Yes, it seems a bit small, but everything is adapted to the dimensions.
Not only stands out in that section, but this accessory is also shown to the world as one of the most suitable supports to watch our series and favorite movies. We spent several hours using Netflix on the tablet and the truth is that you get used to this arrangement for almost any task thanks to its enormous comfort.
In addition, it does not weigh too much so it can be transported next to the tablet to any place. The only negative point is that it is not fully integrated with some applications such as YouTube or Instagram. However, it seems that it is made for Netflix.
Similarly, the keyboard is a real success that manages to increase the dose of the versatility of a tablet that was already versatile by itself. Yes, each one is to pay the 129 euros that currently costs in the market.
Excessive Battery and Exceptional Sound
The battery is shown, next to the screen, as one of the most prominent sections of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e. It would be strange for Samsung to bet on a tablet dedicated especially to multimedia content and with certain doses of performance without ensuring a quality autonomy.
In this case, we talk about a 7,040 mAh battery where the problems related to the percentage of energy are forgotten. Moreover, in some cases of discontinuous use, we have forgotten the moment in which we carry out the last load.
That yes, everything depends on the use that can give each user but can be defined as a tablet manufactured to see hours and hours of series. Globally, and with continued use, the Galaxy Tab S5e has a total of approximately 9 hours on the screen.
Another of the highlights at this point, it is the integration with 18W fast charging technology that allows the device to return its total power in just over an hour and a half.
At another point, we find the sound. We speak about a total of four AKG speakers that feature Dolby Atmos technology to achieve a sound as powerful as clear. We have found an outstanding sound, which we did not expect at first, where you can see Samsung to improve an aspect in which they have never excelled.
Our Opinion About the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e manages to generate that feeling of “addiction” that you realize only when you no longer have the product in hand. With this, you can not ensure that the device does not include its drawbacks, but some of them are corrected with a fairly good user experience within the range in which it is located.
As for highlights, we can find with the integration of an excellent screen for multimedia consumption that comes with a very durable battery that is complemented with an incredible sound thanks to AKG technology. The integration of the Samsung DeX keyboard is another of the strengths of a tablet that is as light as it is versatile, and that can save you from a rush if a last-minute job appears. Without forgetting an autonomy that exceeds all initial expectations and that has the extra of fast loading. The design is not far behind, although the frames could be used a little more in the front.
But not everything can be perfect in this world. The new Samsung tablet includes a discreet performance that works very well for the display of content. The cameras are framed as another weak point and follow the same line we saw in previous products.
We must also mention the position of the fingerprint reader (not its speed) and we have missed some other USB input more when contributing that extra ingredient based on work.
Globally, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e justifies its price of 439 euros thanks to the inclusion of extreme versatility and multimedia experience that meets each and every one of the points that are required. A recommended product that you do not know what you need until you have it.
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