Samsung’s Newest Android Tablet Features a Thin Design and Bixby 2.0

Posted on February 15, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware, Android with 13 Comments

Samsung is launching a brand new Android tablet ahead of its big Unpacked event next week. The company is announcing a bunch of new products next week, and so it’s announcing this tablet ahead of all the upcoming news.

The new Galaxy Tab S5e is Samsung’s latest stab at making an affordable but arguably premium Android tablet to compete with some of the lower end iPads. The device features a thin 5.5mm design, weighing only 400 grams. The 10.5-inch display on the device is surrounded by thin bezels, giving it a screen-to-body ratio of 81.8%.

The device has a 13MP camera on the back, as well as an 8MP front camera. It’s powered by a 64-bit octa-core processor and promises to offer up to 14.5 hours of battery life.

On the software side of things, the device is powered by Android Pie out of the box. And Samsung is bringing Bixby 2.0 to its Android tablet for the first time. Bixby 2.0 apparently offers “a smarter and more convenient way to interact with your device, and serves as an ideal hub to control your connected home device”.

Samsung is also offering 4 months of YouTube Premium for free for up to 4 months with the Tab S5e, as well as 3 months of free Spotify Premium for new members. The device comes with sound by Samsung’s AKG and Dolby Atmos integration, so the Spotify Premium ties in nicely here.

The Galaxy Tab S5e will be available from the second half of 2019 starting at $399. Comes in Silver, Black, and Gold.

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13 responses to “Samsung’s Newest Android Tablet Features a Thin Design and Bixby 2.0”

  1. locust infested orchard inc

    I'll take the Surface Go over this upcoming Galaxy Tab S5e, and for that matter any iFad.

    The Surface Go really does embody productivity. It's just a tad expensive for what it is. Perhaps Centaurus will be the ultimate 10"–12" unfolded tablet – time will tell.

    • digiguy

      In reply to locust infested orchard inc:

      I'll take the ipad any day. This maybe second (not too much information yet, maybe a distant second), and surface go last. Battery life is the main deal breaker with the go. For me productivity on the go means having LTE (which brings the go in Pro territory) and with that I can connect remotely to a (powerful) windows pc if needed. A surface go 2 with a powerful snapdragon chip may change this completely...

    • Tony Barrett

      In reply to locust infested orchard inc:

      The Surface Go is a toy - nothing more. It certainly doesn't embody productivity, with a hugely limited CPU dragged down by an over-bloated OS. You still have to buy a keyboard (and optional pen), and it's way overpriced for what it actually is, so we actually agree on that one.

      • jgraebner

        In reply to ghostrider:

        I have a Surface Go LTE and use it extensively every day. I selected it over the iPad or similar-sized Android tablets due to a combination of a personal preference for the Windows UI as well as a few Windows-based applications that I like having available. I really haven't had major complaints about performance for the way I use the device (for work that requires more horsepower, I have a Surface Book 2 for personal use and a work-issued Thinkpad). More battery life would be nice, but has rarely been a problems it charges very quickly and I'm rarely that far from an outlet.

        Every device of this size is going to have compromises. Unless you are a major investor in one company or the other, I don't really see the need to pick a winner and dismiss the competition as "garbage" or "a toy" just because the compromises aren't the right ones for your needs.

  2. nbplopes

    I thought Samsung was passed it’s mimetic phase .

    I guess that it’s not the case.

  3. Daekar

    Huh. I could actually see myself buying this one. Never thought to see an Android tablet in my target price range that wasn't garbage.

  4. Chris_Kez

    No S Pen support?

  5. wolters

    I have the Tab S4 4G issued to me by work. It comes in handy when mobile and I really have no complaints. The hardware is fantastic, S-Pen (though different than the Note) works great and the screen is amazing. I just don't find myself using it much because it just seems redundant to my phone. My main laptop is a Surface Book 2 but my "tablet" of choice is the Surface Pro Core M3.

  6. Necron

    What about bending issues with this one? It looks like it can be bended way too easily

  7. Necron

    So Samsung can’t go without copying anything from Apple. This design is clearly copies latest ipads. Look at antenna inserts on the back, camera bump and speakers

    They really should go with iPad-like screen aspect ratio, which is more close to sheet of paper and great for reading

  8. lbastie

    iPad wins