Review Galaxy Tab S5e: Scared for iPad! - VnReview

Review Galaxy Tab S5e: Scared for iPad! – VnReview

The appearance of the Galaxy Tab S5e is an affirmation that Samsung not only does not give up the tablet market, but is also willing to compete fairly with the iPad or any competitor.

As smartphones get bigger and bigger, tablets are becoming less and less interested by users. "iPad and the rest", that's how a user will describe the current tablet market, when Apple products are still trusted by users. However, there is a name that does not accept that, not ready to give up the tablet market, it is Samsung.

In February of this year, Samsung released not only one but three new Galaxy Tab tablets at the same time including Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and Galaxy Tab A Plus 8. In particular, Galaxy Tab S5e is real High quality products. With the listed price of VND 12.49 million, Galaxy Tab S5e is positioned like Samsung's Galaxy S10e smartphone launched earlier this year: bringing the experience of a high-end product but not making the user "rice vegetables through the day ".

Design: Slimmer, lighter and more beautiful

The first impression of the Galaxy Tab S5e is that it is significantly slimmer and lighter than previous generations of Samsung tablets. With a thickness of only 5.5mm and weighing 400g, the Galaxy Tab S5e is lighter than Samsung's 2018 flagship seniors, the Tab S4 (7.1mm, 482g) and also the 11-inch iPad Pro (5.9mm, 468g). Thanks to that, it's easy to hold Tab S5e with one hand. It was light and thin, but Tab S5e's solid aluminum material still feels solid.

Overall, Tab S5e has some similarities with Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro, from curves, screen edges to how the antenna is placed. The product has 2 color options: pink (Rose Gold) and silver.

Tab S5e's screen border has been significantly reduced and all 4 sides, giving a sense of balance. As a 10.5-inch tablet, in fact, Tab S5e's size is smaller than iPad 9.7 inches. However, the thin border also makes it easier for me to touch the wrong side of the screen.

Tab S5e has only one main camera on the back, slightly convex (about 1mm) so it can be scratched when placed on a flat surface. This camera cluster does not have a bright LED flash, but this is not a problem because the rear camera is not too important for a tablet like on a smartphone.

Tab S5e has been significantly upgraded with 4-speaker AKG – Samsung Audio brand system – refined, evenly divided on the top and bottom sides and placed close to the corners so as not to be covered by user hand. To have a slim design, the 3.5mm headphone jack has to be sacrificed, but in return Samsung has included a 3.5mm dongle into Type-C, a small thing that shows that the company has thought to cover it. user experience.

Tab S5e has no fingerprint sensor on the front, instead we have a power button and fingerprint sensor placed on the right side like Galaxy S10e. Practical experience, this fingerprint sensor is sensitive, the speed of unlocking is fast, accurate identification. Unfortunately, the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor under the screen used on the Galaxy S10 does not appear on Tab S5e, maybe Samsung is "saving" the flagship Tab S5?

Tab S5e supports a nano sim card for calling and 4G / LTE connectivity. Besides, you can also increase storage capacity with microSD card slot up to 1TB.

The left side of the device is the pins connected to the charging dock, which you have to buy outside.

Overall, Tab S5e has made significant design improvements. Slimmer, lighter and uses solid metallic material, these are the first steps right if you want to overthrow Apple's dominance.

Screen, sound for very impressive experience

Tab S5e is equipped with 10.5-inch Super AMOLED screen, QHD + resolution (1600 x 2560 pixels), the screen / front rate is 81.6%. Display quality is always something that Samsung does well, and Tab S5e is no exception. Flattering colors are suitable for entertainment needs, deep black, high contrast, which are the typical advantages of Super AMOLED screens. The pixel density of 288 ppi gives sharp images enough to be used, so you have to look carefully to see the pixels.

Tab S5e's 4 external speaker system is really a bright spot, with clear sound quality and good sound reproduction. Combined with the Super AMOLED screen, the Tab S5e experience of playing games, watching movies is great, during the experience I almost never used a laptop anymore.

However, Tab S5e's screen has a problem when scrolling the page vertically, the left side of the screen has a lag to the right, causing a distortion effect or also called a "jelly effect". Quick search on Google has some users reported this issue. This phenomenon only occurs when scrolling the page vertically, so when playing games or watching movies will not be affected, but users who regularly read newspapers or documents will feel a bit uncomfortable.

Tab S5e also does not support the S-pen. This is an unfortunate absence when the Tab A Plus 8 in the lower-priced segment has support. The S-pen is an interesting feature of Samsung houses, especially when used on tablets.

Software and performance: enough for both gaming needs

Tab S5e has run Android 9 Pie since it was shipped, wearing the new OneUI interface that we saw on the Galaxy S10 and Samsung's mid-range machines in 2019. The benefits of OneUI on smartphones are all tasks. Optimized for one-handed use, but with 10.5 inches of Tab S5e, this is obviously no longer feasible.

The biggest bright spot of OneUI is the dark interface (Dark Mode) of the whole system, which not only helps to use the night machine more comfortable but also saves battery thanks to the properties of Super AMOLED panels. The Tab S5e OneUI version does not have the Always-on Display feature, but it is easy to understand because the large screen size may affect battery life.

Tab S5e also supports a very useful feature, Samsung DeX, that turns the Samsung tablet into a laptop with a multitasking interface like Windows and Mac.

In terms of performance, Tab S5e is equipped with a mid-range Snapdragon 670 chip manufactured on a 10nm process, along with 4GB of RAM / 64GB of internal memory. This configuration is not bad, meeting the needs of the majority of users, but it is difficult to compete with iPad Air 2019 in the higher price segment with the "super" Bionic A12 chip.

Through the familiar benchmark post, Tab S5e has almost the same score as the mid-range smartphones that VnReview previously evaluated. In performance tests, there is only one notable problem in this tablet is that the high screen resolution will be a burden to the graphics processing chip. Specifically, the graphics processing capability on GFX Bench application only achieved 17 frames per second (fps) at the true resolution of the screen (onscreen).

Although I was a bit concerned about the performance of the Tab S5e, but in fact, the device had a good performance in the tested games, from gentle like Mobile Union to "heavyweight" rather than Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade and PUBG Mobile. Most notably, PUBG Mobile, when in the highest graphics settings (HDR, very high fps, anti-aliasing), Tab S5e still has an average of 37 fps, quite impressive when high-end smartphones like Galaxy S10 + only reached 39 fps in this game.

The S5e tab has an average FPS of 56, a 91% frame stability in Mobile Coalition game.

Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade does not make it difficult for Tab S5e, average fps reaches 60, frame stability is 94%.

PUBG Mobile is the surprise Tab S5e game with an average of 37 fps, 90% frame stability

Battery enough to use, about 2 days with normal needs

Tab S5e has a 7,040 mAh battery, smaller than the Tab S4 (7,300 mAh) and iPad Air 2019 (7,812 mAh). This is something that Samsung has to sacrifice so Tab S5e has a slim body.

In the familiar measurements of VnReview, Tab S5e gave quite a battery life, thanks in part to the Snapdragon 670 chip produced on 10nm process to help save energy. Specifically, the movie player is continuously 15 hours 10 minutes; surf the web for 10 hours 42 minutes or play games for more than 7.5 hours. Note that these activities, VnReview are calculated from when the battery is full until 10%, then stop. With daily use, the device can meet 1-2 days depending on the intensity of use.

* Measurements are performed with 70% screen brightness, from when the battery is full to 10%.

Tab S5e supports 18W fast charging, but Samsung's Adaptive Fast Charge charger only has a capacity of 15W. Using this charger, to fully charge the tablet will take about 2 hours 55 minutes.


The camera has never been and never will be something that tablet makers really care about, because whether it is taking photos or filming movies, smartphones do it much better and more effectively. The biggest use of cameras on tablets is video calling. Maybe so Samsung didn't invest much on this for Tab S5e. The quality of photos in both bright and low-light conditions is only average, which is far from those of mid-range smartphones. However, it is comforting that it also has the ability to capture fonts and adjust the effect of removing fonts.

Photo taken from the front camera

Selfie shots delete fonts from the front camera


In terms of looks, the Tab S5e is an impressive tablet. Not only is it lighter than its competitors and seniors, well-proportioned design and high quality finish are also the plus points of Tab S5e. Samsung's screen is as beautiful as expected and the 4-speaker system makes me feel impressed. The battery has a good usage time.

The performance of this tablet is also sufficient to meet the needs of normal use and gaming. However, this is the detail Samsung needs to do better if they are really serious about wanting to overthrow Apple in this market.

Hoan Dang

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