As smartphones get larger, and Google provides up on its dream of taking the tablet world by storm, iPads and little else have dominated the market. Samsung remains one of many few Android OEMs taking tablets seriously. Following the announcement earlier this year, we lastly obtained our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e as it launches in India. Listed below are our opinions.
The Galaxy Tab S5e takes design inspiration from last year’s Tab S4 but kicks things up a notch. The bezels are only a bit slimmer however still massive sufficient to grip. Samsung claims that is the thinnest tablet they’ve made, and at 5.5mm slim, it certainly feels so.
Combined with the extremely lightweight at 400 grams, the tablet is easy to carry for hours on end while reading or simply watching content. I’ve spent about 48-hours with the tablet and may attest to the fact that the lightweight goes a long way in alleviating fatigue.
The rear of the tablet with its metallic build gives off strong iPad-like vibes. I do wish that Samsung had tried something a bit unique with the look, however, can’t complain about the fit and end. This is a solidly built tablet.
There’s a shortage of tablet-optimized apps on Android, but Samsung can’t be blamed for that. We’ll talk more about efficiency in our full review, but the Snapdragon 670 chipset performs well-enough. By no means is this a powerhouse, but when all you plan to do is watch media content and browse the web, you won’t face a lot of a problem. The 4GB of RAM, on the other hand, is a bit restricted. Considering tablets are long-term investments and not something most customers replace in a year or two, it would’ve been nice to have 6GB or more of RAM for a fraction of future-proofing.