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Galaxy Tab S5e official with crazy thin body, Bixby 2.0, and more


Last updated: February 15th, 2019 at 14:42 UTC+01:00

Samsung has just surprised everyone by announcing a new tablet. The Galaxy Tab S5e has gone official today as the thinnest Galaxy tablet yet. At 5.5mm, the Tab S5e is insanely thin for the kind of specs it packs inside. It’s also the first Samsung tablet with Bixby 2.0 and Android 9 Pie with One UI out of the box.

The front of the Tab S5e is adorned by a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display of WQXGA (2560×1600) resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio, same as the Galaxy Tab S4. The sleek body holds a 7,040 mAh battery that is good for up to 14.5 hours of usage on a single charge. Yes, the battery on the S5e is smaller than the S4’s, but given the difference in thickness between the two (the Tab S4 was 7.1mm), it’s not something one can complain about.

The Galaxy Tab S5e is also similar to the Galaxy Tab S4 and S3 on the audio front. It gets four speakers tuned by AKG and Dolby Atmos support, and the sound output can adapt to how you’re holding the tablet. The tablet also comes with a fingerprint sensor embedded into the power button, but it misses out on an iris sensor. That shouldn’t be surprising, as the iris sensor won’t be available on the Galaxy S10, either.

Under the hood, Samsung says there’s an octa-core processor with two cores clocked at 2.2GHz and six cores clocked at 1.7GHz. The chipset is a Snapdragon 670, making the Tab S5e the first to be powered by that chipset in Samsung’s lineup. RAM options include 4GB and 6GB, with 64GB and 128GB internal storage respectively. The Galaxy Tab S5e also gets 13-megapixel and 8-megapixel front and rear cameras, with support for 4K video recording at 30 frames per second on the rear camera.

The Galaxy Tab S5e is rather lightweight as well at 400 grams, at least for the Wi-Fi variant. And yes, Samsung hasn’t forgotten about the productivity freaks. The Tab S5e’s accessories include a Book Cover Keyboard, a charging dock, a slim cover, and a Book cover. There doesn’t seem to be an S Pen this time around, which may be why Samsung has tacked on the ‘e’ to the tablet’s name.

In fact, that ‘e’ in the name suggests we could see Samsung release a Galaxy Tab S5 and Galaxy Tab S5+ later on, similar to the Galaxy S10. It’s pure speculation on our part, but it’s certainly plausible. For now, though, it’s just the Tab S5e, and its release is set for sometime after March. Initial launch will be in the US and Germany in silver, gold, and black color options, and more availability details should make their way online as we get closer to the release date.

What do you think about the Galaxy Tab S5e?

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