The Galaxy Tab S5e
was an experiment of sorts: it was not a full-blown flagship successor to the Galaxy Tab S4
, but a mid-range offering that had a lower price tag.
Believe it or not, the Tab S5e is significantly thinner than the 7.1mm Tab S4, at a (record-breaking?) 5.5mm. Its screen bezels are also smaller, resulting in a shorter and narrower slab with the same Super AMOLED display real estate and even the same 2560 x 1600 resolution. At only 400 grams, this bad boy is not just lighter than the Galaxy Tab S4, but also Apple's latest 9.7-inch iPad and the 11-inch iPad Pro
Despite all that, Samsung is promising a respectable battery life of up to 14.5 hours, which actually seems doable with 7,040 mAh cell capacity in tow and an unnamed but no doubt frugal octa-core processor clocked at up to 2.0 GHz speed (Snapdragon 670?). That doesn't exactly make the Galaxy Tab S5e the world's most powerful tablet, but in combination with up to 6GB RAM, it should get the job done adequately as far as web browsing, light gaming, and especially multimedia content consumption is concerned.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
was (and still is) an excellent 2-in-1 device with a great screen, S Pen support and great quad-speaker setup tuned by AKG. The Galaxy Tab S4 follows in its footsteps but is even better. Sporting a solid build and premium design with slim bezels and an immersive 16:10 AMOLED display, the Tab S4 is a sight to behold.
Furthermore, with the Galaxy Tab S4, Samsung brings its DeX dock to a tablet for the first time. Samsung DeX on the Galaxy Tab S4 transforms the user interface and experience so you can multitask like you would on a PC, without any additional accessories needed. For example, you can open multiple PC-style applications— including Android and Microsoft Office apps— directly on the Galaxy Tab S4. You can even resize windows, drag and drop content between apps, and use keyboard shortcuts and commands. The experience is further supplemented by the excellent S Pen stylus, which comes in the box.
On the hardware and software fronts, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 runs the latest version of the Samsung Experience, based on Android 8.1
Oreo. The tablet is powered by the Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz + 1.9GHz) and comes with 4GB of RAM and a 7,300 mAh battery with Fast Charging support. It is also available in two storage options – 64GB or 256GB, both expandable to up to 400GB via the microSD card slot.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is hands-down one of the best Android tablets you can get right now. Boasting an ultra crisp, 9.7” Super AMOLED display—which Samsung claims is the world's first HDR-ready panel on a tablet—as well quad stereo speakers, the Galaxy Tab S3 is pretty excellently suited for multimedia consumption and entertainment.
Furthermore, the Tab S3 also comes with Samsung's trademark S Pen, which leverages the perks of the tablet's outstanding display. It's perfect for note-taking, that's a given, but it's also a powerful tool for artists. Coming from the now-ancient 12.2” Galaxy TabPRO, I found the Tab S3 to be a tad small for drawing with its 9.7” screen, but even if it's not the first choice for artists, it's such a well rounded device otherwise.
As far as looks are concerned, the tablet has a glass and metal design that channels that classic Samsung look, which we're seeing less and less of these days, with the bezel-less craze in full swing, and we actually quite like it. Would it have looked better, had Samsung shaved a bit more on the sides, top and bottom, leaving the frame thinner? Perhaps it would've, but it's not a bad-looking device as is.
The Galaxy Tab S3 is powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor, which is not quite up to par with the current top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835, but it's still more than capable of delivering an adequately smooth experience. That being said, Samsung's Android skin is as usual prone to lag at times, so keep that in mind.
The tablet comes with 32GB of on-board memory and is powered by a 6,000 mAh battery, which is able to deliver average battery life of around seven and a half hours of video at full charge. You can also turn the Tab S3 into a 2-in-1 if you opt to attach a keyboard ti it, but the keyboard's sold separately, so it will run you extra on top of the tablet's already premium price.
Samsung Galaxy Book 12
The Samsung Galaxy Book is a 12-inch 2-in-1 tablet with a fantastic HDR-ready, 2160 x 1440 Super AMOLED display and the horsepower to match. This tablet is aimed at power users who want to do a lot on the go. As such, it runs Windows 10, instead of Android, which could either be a good thing or a deal-breaker, depending on your preferences, but it's safe to say that the people who are buying this product are not getting it primarily for entertainment. Although Windows 10 can feel somewhat clunky on a touch screen device at times, it's much better-suited for actually doing work.
And to supplement the power-user-nature of the operating system, the Galaxy Book comes with both a keyboard kickstand and an S-Pen out of the box, which is really nice. The keyboard kickstand is, however, not as solid as we had hoped. It does the job but can feel a bit flimsy at times, especially compared to Microsoft's solution for the Surface Pro. But then again, this one is included in the box!
For a 12-inch device, the Galaxy Book is relatively compact, sporting a sleek profile that manages to keep things thinner and lighter than the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. At the core of the Galaxy Book is a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU clocked at 2.5Ghz, paired with an Intel HD 620 GPU and either 4 or 8 gigs of RAM, depending on the version. There's also two SSD storage options available – 128GB and 256GB. The all-around performance of this premium 2-in-1 is good for productivity and creative work, but as you would imagine, it is not very well-suited for running more demanding games. However, most of the stuff that you'll find on the Microsoft Store should run just fine.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (with S-Pen)
Sporting a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1200 x 1920 pixels, the Galaxy Tab A
10.1 (2016) runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, but is upgradable to Oreo. The Tab A 10.1 is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7870 processor, paired with a hefty 7300 mAh battery and up to 32GB of onboard storage that's expandable via the MicroSD card slot. The tablet comes in two versions — with and without an S-Pen — which come with 2GB and 3GB of RAM, respectively. It's a very good choice if you're looking for a more affordable device that has a pen stylus.