Feb 15th, 2019

If Samsung wasn’t busy enough preparing for the release of the Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e, the company has just unveiled the successor to the Galaxy Tab S4.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e has today been released for those in the market for a new Android tablet if those people still exist. The tablet is priced at $400, which is substantially less than the previous Tab S4. The price tag suggests that the Tab S5e is as an affordable alternative to the $650 10.5-inch iPad Pro. And thanks to its thin bezels around the display, it’s one of the most stylish Android tablets we’ve ever laid eyes on.

With a lower price tag than the S4, it isn’t apparent at first glance what has been left off the S5e to hit that lower price point. The tablet still has the same 10.5-inch OLED display at 2560 x 1600 resolution and slims down the bezels even further. It weighs 399 grams and is only 5.5mm thick, but does have a slightly smaller battery as a result of 7040mAh versus the 7300mAh of the Tab S4.

Internally, the Tab S5e has sacrificed the Snapdragon 835 found in its predecessor for a Snapdragon 670, which does make it a generation older and giving up some performance, especially in the graphics department. Unless you’re doing heavy gaming, the S5e will perform just fine for most real-world tasks with the added benefit of the price saving. There is no S Pen support for Samsung’s new tablet, which may play into the purchasing decision if you intend on using it for drawing. The Tab S5e will be available in various configurations – 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage or 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage.

While the S5e won’t be responsible for taking vast chunks of the tablet market from Apple and the iPad Pro, it does provide an affordable (and probably the best) option currently available for an Android tablet.

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