Samsung is delivering one more surprisingly early Android 11 update (with One UI 3.1)

Samsung is delivering one more surprisingly early Android 11 update (with One UI 3.1)
Yet another mid-range Samsung device is reportedly getting a hot new goodie pack in at least two major markets, and you guessed it, this over-the-air Android 11 update is also way ahead of the company's official rollout schedule from back at the end of 2020.

What's perhaps even more impressive is the version of Samsung's proprietary user interface applied on top of Google's latest (stable) OS build for the early 2019-released Galaxy Tab S5e.

That's right, just like the newer and arguably better Tab S6 and S6 Lite, not to mention 2020's state-of-the-art Tab S7 and S7+, the two year-old Tab S5e is already moving up to One UI 3.1 in addition to Android 11. 

While we don't have a specific changelog for the Snapdragon 670-powered 10.5-inch slate to share with you at the moment, we obviously expect little in the way of surprises, either pleasant or not very much so. Unlike the Tab S6 Lite, this e-branded mid-ranger has offered DeX support straight off the bat, so that's one less feature to look forward to here.

Although not entirely shocking, it is definitely a tad disappointing (emphasis on "tad") to see such a big OS promotion delivered in April with slightly outdated March 2021 security patches bundled in.

Then again, it is important to remember that Samsung originally anticipated this device would barely score Android 11 goodies in July. That's a whopping three months down the line, by which point the world's largest smartphone manufacturer may well be able to complete this rollout for all its eligible handsets and tablets.

At the same time, a few other brands, one of which arguably rivaled Samsung's Android upgrading tempo in previous years, are barely getting started spreading the love around the world.

Related phones

Galaxy Tab S5e
  • Display 10.5 inches 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 7040 mAh
  • OS Android 10 Samsung One UI


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