While Samsung hasn't exactly been on the forefront of the value-oriented aspect of the mobile industry in recent years, the company is now looking to change that with a number of new product ranges, including the Galaxy Tab S5e.
Launched mere moments ago, the tablet in question offers remarkable value for money even not accounting for the fact that it's coming from Samsung, a company that traditionally insistent on securing high profit margins at all costs.
Besides a high-quality 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display (WQXGA resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio) which handily beats every other rival in the price bracket, the Galaxy Tab S5e is also Samsung's first Android slate shipping with Bixby 2.0, the latest and greatest edition of the firm's artificial-intelligence companion which leverages an in-house Exynos cheap consisting of eight cores in total – a high-performance duo clocked at 2.0GHz and a hexa-core cluster running at up to 1.7GHz.
Whereas mid-range Android tablets are often made of plastic, the Galaxy Tab S5 touts a metal body promising a more premium feel, not to mention a significantly improved ability to conduct heat. The Galaxy Tab S5e will be released globally in the second quarter of the year, though no firm dates have yet been mentioned by Samsung. On the other hand, the technology giant had no issues with confirming the recommended price tag of the device, having just revealed the gadget will start at $399 in the United States. As a result, the tablet is an extremely attractive offering that combines reliable performance with frugal system behavior, a winning combination for most people consumers planning with long-term scenarios in mind.
A Galaxy Tab S4 you can actually afford
The Galaxy Tab S5e can also be paired with a physical keyboard that Samsung is selling separately, whereas AKG, an Austrian subsidiary of Samsung-owned Harman, manufactured and calibrated the quad-core speaker system implemented into the device. That hardware combination promises to deliver an immersive entertainment experience that can be the center of any household, especially when paired with support for Samsung's SmartThings platform.
That's $250 down compared to the Galaxy Tab S4, still the most powerful tablet from Samsung's portfolio. and beyond – way beyond The Galaxy Tab S5e will be offered in Black, Silver, and Gold, with all members of the incoming rage being only 5.5mm thin and weighing almost exactly 400g.
In other words, these tablets are as compact as they come; anything smaller than them and Samsung would have announced a handset range today. On the other hand, that's exactly what the company will be doing on Wednesday when it's scheduled to hold its next "Unpacked" event whereat it will unveil the Galaxy S10, S10E, S10+, and its very first foldable phone.
Many options, none with a headphone jack
Samsung will be retailing two main variants of the slate, offering a choice between 4GB/64GB and 6GB/128GB memory configurations. Both come with highly autonomous 7,040mAh batteries promising over 14 hours of use on a single charge, USB Type-C 3.1 connector, and Android 9 Pie, i.e. Samsung's proprietary One UI operating system. Support for up to 512GB of extra microSD memory is meant to seal the deal, together with a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front one.
If that still sounds like something's missing, it's because it is – Samsung killed the headphone jack with the Galaxy Tab S5e. Yes, a USB Type-C headset connector Provided is part of the newly launched tablet package but this appears to be a clear signal that Samsung will be discontinuing the popular audio port over the course of this year, despite the fact that the Galaxy S10 range should still be offering it this spring.