Although the Android tablet market has not exactly been thriving in recent years, Samsung continues on its quest to improve the platform and compete head-to-head with Apple’s iPad family. Samsung on friday announced its new Galaxy Tab S5e, which the company says is its thinnest tablet to date.
The Tab S5e has the thinnest and lightest metal unibody of any Galaxy Tab, measuring just 5.5mm thin and weighing just 400 grams — even compared to the 11-inch iPad Pro at 5.9mm thick and 468 grams, the Tab S5e is both lighter and thinner. Arguably, the most important part of a tablet is its display, and Samsung doesn’t disappoint here. The tablet features a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED panel with a screen resolution of 2560×1600. The Galaxy Tab S5e has relatively small bezels for a tablet, with Samsung indicating that its screen-to-body ratio stands at 81.8 percent.
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e comes in two storage configurations that include a base variant with 4GB RAM + 64GB of internal storage and a higher-end model with 6GB RAM + 128GB of internal storage. The new Samsung offering will hit the market in Wi-Fi-only as well as an LTE-capable variants, however, the Wi-Fi only model will be released first in Q2 2019, whereas the LTE version will be offered in the subsequent months.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e starts at $399.99 (roughly Rs. 28,500) for the Wi-Fi-only model. The pricing of the LTE model for the US market is not known, but Samsung Germany’s website states that Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e LTE version will start at EUR 479 (roughly Rs. 38,600). The new Samsung tablet will be offered via the official Samsung e-shop and major retailers. And unlike Samsung’s previous attempt to make its 10.5-inch tablet more affordable, this slate doesn’t skimp on the screen and not nearly as much on the processor. Samsung’s Tab S5e is a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED device with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 2560 x 1600 resolution, while its octa-core Snapdragon 670 processor should provide solid mid-range performance. Samsung’s also promising up to 14.5 hours of battery life.
For shooting photos — because why not — the Tab S5e comes with 13-megapixel back and 8-megapixel front facing cameras, capable of shooting 4K video at 30 frames per second. Since photography isn’t the primary purpose of tablets, there’s no reason to expect anything ground-breaking from Samsung here, but those are the same specs as the Tab S4.