Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e goes official with incredibly thin body, decent specs, low price

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e goes official with incredibly thin body, decent specs, low price
UPDATE: Well, that was fast. Mere hours after Evan Blass revealed the first leaked renders of a mysterious Galaxy Tab S5e, Samsung shattered the mystery, officially unveiling the new 10.5-inch slate with minimal fanfare. We're still five days away from the big Galaxy S10 announcement event, mind you, and we have no idea if a "regular" Galaxy Tab S5 is also in the pipeline, although nothing should be ruled out right now.

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.

Lightweight but not a featherweight


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.


To "enhance" your entertainment, the 10.5-incher comes with four speakers designed to perfectly adapt to both portrait and landscape mode usage, as well as premium AKG sound technology and Dolby Atmos enhancements. But the Galaxy Tab S5e can also be seamlessly transformed into a decent workhorse using a separately sold keyboard and Samsung DeX support.

Galaxy Tab S5e price and release date


The best thing about this metal-backed Galaxy Tab S4 sequel spin-off is its $399.99 starting price. That only includes 4 gigs of memory and 64GB internal storage, but it's a lot cheaper than the Tab S4, not to mention Apple's entry-level iPad Pro (2018) configuration. Of course, the Galaxy Tab S5e is squeezed somewhere between the 9.7-inch iPad and 11-inch iPad Pro in terms of design and capabilities, which still makes that price point appealing. After all, a 32GB non-Pro iPad (2018) variant is only 70 bucks cheaper. 

Too bad Samsung is only planning to commercially release the Tab S5e sometime in Q2, i.e. no sooner than April.

The initial leak


Android tablets are certainly not the most exciting devices sold by Samsung nowadays, but after releasing one high-end and one mid-range model just around six months ago, the world's number one smartphone vendor is seemingly preparing yet another slate dubbed somewhat confusingly Galaxy Tab S5e.

Rendered in top-notch quality by none other than Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, the super-slim device strongly resembles the Galaxy Tab S4 from the front, but not the back. Instead of a shiny rear cover made from glass, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e appears to adopt a metal build with rounded corners and what looks like antenna lines, possibly indicating built-in cellular connectivity.

The single rear-facing camera is moved from a centered position on the Tab S4 to the top left corner, with a Samsung logo relocated smack-dab in the middle of the unreleased slate's back, and a "sound by AKG" label at the bottom replacing the "tuned by AKG" text on last year's high-end 10.5-incher. There could be a side-mounted fingerprint sensor in tow as well, which brings us back to that name.


This is the third Samsung device rumored to attach the letter "e" at the end of its moniker, following the Galaxy S10e handset and Galaxy Fit e activity tracker. While it's not entirely clear what the letter might stand for (if anything), it looks like the company wants to make it easier for buyers to distinguish lower-end models from their full-featured siblings. That means a "regular" Galaxy Tab S5 should be in the works too, perhaps with a Galaxy S10-inspired design, in-display fingerprint recognition, and the same snazzy glass construction of its predecessor.

That's just an educated guess, mind you, and on a similar note, we don't expect the Galaxy Tab S5 and Tab S5e to break cover alongside the Galaxy S10 family, Galaxy Fold, and Galaxy Watch Active next week. April is a far more realistic launch timeline, as suggested by the date on today's leaked press render.

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Galaxy Tab S5e
  • Display 10.5" 1600 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 670, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 7040 mAh

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48 Comments

1. Elvis358

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Is it me or it kinda look like ipad pro 11 inch

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Looks like an s4 with a metal back

10. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

...and using iPhone 7 antenna bands.

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Good point

2. Xijah

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 16, 2019

Looks pretty much like a iPad 11

14. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No it doesn't Samsung left off Apple's key feature, they didn't do the bend.

19. adecvat

Posts: 646; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Have you tried?

31. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Apple comes that way out of the box. Bet Samsung wont have that feature out of the box.

27. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Not to mention he said "Looks like an iPad 11", said nothing about functionality so even on a troll level you failed. It's so ironic how much you insult Apple fans for being fans of Apple's devices when you defend Samsung in the exact same way, in fact you act even worse. Just astonishing how that works.

29. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

"It's so ironic how much you insult Apple fans for being fans of Apple's devices when you defend Samsung in the exact same way, in fact you act even worse". one does not act worse than peaceboy piyath and apple rulez. stop spreading fake news.

32. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

They come in a Samsung article and bring up apple. And if you would pay attention I do bitch at Samsung when there is somei don't agree with.

34. stijnvbml

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Its a super thin slap of metal, it Will definitily bend. But since only few people will buy this, it will definitely not get (as much/any) attention.

37. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Nope, more like tab s4

3. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I read somewhere in Twitter the "e" stands for "essential".

5. Dr.SamX

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Honest question: Am I the only one who wishes there were more 4:3 or at least 3:2 Android tablets? Of course 16:10 is better for consuming videos, but 4:3 is much much better for productivity tasks in portrait mode!

12. hjl2345

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

4:3 is great for having stuff side by side, especially documents and stuff, but for videos and video editing, drawing and stuff, 16:10 seems okay.

24. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

You're not. I went for the Tab S3 especifically because it was 4:3. These gigantic 16:10 tablets look stupid in portrait mode IMO. I'd probably be OK with 3:2 though.

39. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Nah, the target consumers is more on media consumption, so the 16:10 screen is perfectly fine, at least there'll be minimal black bars unlike when you watch on an iPad.

6. adecvat

Posts: 646; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

LoL, nice copycat.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They're copying themselves?

15. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly ...

18. adecvat

Posts: 646; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

iPad Pro 11 ofc.

40. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Tab S4 came out first with that almost same minimal bezel design.

49. adecvat

Posts: 646; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

And different design.

7. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I would like another powerfull samsung tablet like the smaller tab s2. We use it more than the bigger tab s3.

9. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2248; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

These are reasons Android tablets are boring and bring no personality to buyers. They want to all function and all be the same.

41. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Nah I like android more, cause it has this thing called file manager, and external hard drive support and lots more that an iOS device can't do.

13. hjl2345

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

Kinda hoping the price point to be a bit lower, but seems to be a great android tablet from Samsung. Hope to pick one up when it goes on a sale or something.

16. Budhainthemood

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

iPad 11 ripoff! That's too much. Except for the square cam module, everything else screams copycat!

42. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Tab S4 came out first with the minimal bezel design on a tablet.

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