Nice screen, decent specs, and a solid build for under $400.

Samsung has announced a new tablet it’s adding to its roster: the Galaxy Tab S5e. This marks the first time the company has used its “e” branding in 2019 to indicate a lower-end product, as Samsung is expected to reveal a cheaper Galaxy S10e later this month. We don’t have a standard Galaxy Tab S5 just yet, but that will likely come in the future.

For now, we have the S5e, and it looks pretty promising. It features an aluminum unibody design with a thickness of only 5.5mm and a weight of just 400 grams. Its display measures in at 10.5-inches and features a Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2560×1600. It also offers a screen-to-body ratio of 81.8 percent which is rather impressive. It slots right below the 2018 iPad Pro which offers an 82.9 percent screen-to-body ratio.

In terms of specs, the Galaxy Tab S5e packs a Snapdragon 670 chipset, 4 to 6GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of storage. The device features up to 14.5 hours of battery life thanks to its 7,040mAh battery, and it charges over USB-C. The tablet also packs quad AKG speakers, a 13MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, a fingerprint sensor, and keyboard support thanks to pogo pins on the bottom. No headphone jack, though.

For software, the Galaxy Tab S5e runs Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung’s One UI. It’s the first Samsung device to ship with the software onboard. Users will also find Bixby 2.0 on the tablet alongside DeX compatibility.

Overall, the Galaxy Tab S5e seems like a pretty good Android alternative to the iPad. Samsung says it’ll retail for $399 and launch in the second quarter of 2019. If we manage to spend some time with the tablet, we’ll let you know.

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