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Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

Samsung quietly announced the Galaxy Tab S5e just before MWC 2019. Here we compare it to the existing, expensive Galaxy Tab S4 to see how they differ and which of the Android tablets is best for you to buy

Should I Buy The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e or Samsung Galaxy Tab S4?
There’s not much between the two tablets. They have the same quad-speakers, the same excellent 10.5in AMOLED and looks pretty identical save for slimmer bezels on the S5e. If you want the optional keyboard (both have compatible accessories) then you might want the S4 as it will be able to act, and multi-task, more like a laptop.

But for most the S5e will be a much better deal as a Netflix machine running Android. The processor will be able to handle light gaming, it’s super thing, and costs a lot less. It’s odd that both products exist, really.

Weird flex Samsung, but OK.

Price when reviewed
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e: Price TBC
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S4: From $649
Samsung has struggled to compete with the might of the iPad to say the least when it comes to tablet sales. The Galaxy Tab S5e was quietly announced late on a February Friday afternoon via a press release to no fanfare - a marker of how Android tablets are compared to Apple’s iPads in 2019.

But for a certain niche and use case, Android tablets can be preferable, particularly if you use an Android phone. Here, we compare the newer Galaxy Tab S5e to the older Galaxy Tab S4 to see what the differences are and which of the two is best for you.

Price And Availability
At the time of writing the Tab S5e has no price confirmed but given its ‘e’ branding it looks to be a Lite version of the S5. Odd then that no S5 has been announced. Branding be damned, eh.

Samsung said the tablet will launch ‘at a unique price point’, which means nothing aside from hinting it should be cheaper than the Tab S4.

With no UK price confirmed, it will cost from $399 in the US a lot less than the Tab S4 that starts at $649. It’ll ship in Q2 2019 in the UK after going on pre-order in March 2019.

The Tab S4 struggled to sell in number thanks to its relatively high £599 / $649 price tag in comparison to the entry level iPad at £329 / $329.
Head To Head
Let’s take a look at the specs of both tablets side by side to discern if there’s a winner in that sense:
Galaxy Tab S4Galaxy Tab S5e
Display10.5in AMOLED, 287ppi10.5in AMOLED, 287ppi
ProcessorSnapdragon 835Snapdragon 670
Storage64/256GB - expandable up to 512GB64/128GB - expandable up to 512GB
Cameras13Mp rear, 8Mp front13Mp rear, 8Mp front
Operating systemAndroid 8 OreoAndroid 9 Pie
ConnectivityUSB-C, PogoUSB-C, Pogo
BiometricsIris scannerFingerprint scanner, Face recognition
Headphone jackYesNo
Dimensions249.3 x 164.3 x 7.1 mm245 x 160 x 5.5mm
Interestingly a lot is the same. Both have 10.5in AMOLED displays with the same ppi, yet the newer S5e has smaller bezels in a smaller overall body. At an insane 5.5mm thin, the S5e is nothing if not impressively svelte.

Opting for the S5e gets you Samsung’s take on Android 9 Pie, a Snapdragon 670 processor and most impressively (if legit) 14.5 hours of video playback. If the battery is that good in a tablet this slim, then colour us interested.

That processor will mean that you’ll be limited when it comes to multi-tasking, but the S5e is being pushed as a slick entertainment device, and given it has the exact same display as the dearer S4 it looks like a good deal.

Both tablets have the same pogo pin connectors for the optional (non Bluetooth, hooray!) keyboard accessory that while not essential does turn both devices into more productivity focussed laptop-style set-ups.

Splitting Hairs
The Tab S4 is still the technically more powerful tablet with a Snapdragon 835, though it doesn’t have the option for 6GB RAM unlike the newer Tab S5e. Both tablets have four speakers, a 13Mp front and 8Mp rear camera and weigh basically the same. There’s a slightly larger battery in the Tab S4.

The lower powered processor in the S5e might be a way to rehash the Tab line and get the price down. It’s certainly a very good looking tablet - as was the S4 - but it all depends how much the S5e costs as to how much of a difference these changes can really make to you the buyer.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4: Specs
  • Android Oreo
  • 10.5in, SuperAMOLED, 2560x1600, 287ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, octa-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64/256GB storage
  • MicroSD (400GB)
  • S Pen, 4096 pressure levels
  • 13Mp rear camera, f/1.9 with auto focus
  • 8Mp front camera, f/1.9
  • Wi-Fi 11ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB 3.1 gen 1
  • Quad speakers with AKG tuning and Dolby Atmos
  • 7300mAh battery with Fast Charging
  • Up to 16 hours video playback
  • 249x164x7.1mm
  • 482g (Wi-Fi) 483g (LTE)
  • Black or Grey
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e: Specs
  • OS: Android 9.0
  • Display: 10.5in WQXGA Super AMOLED, 287ppi
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 Octa-core processor (2×2.0 GHz & 6×1.7 GHz)
  • Memory: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB + microSD up to 512GB
  • Cameras: 13Mp rear, 8Mp front
  • Ports: USB3.1 (Type C), POGO (Type-C headset connector Provided)
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, VHT80 MU-MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v5.0 GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo
  • Audio: 4 speakers sound by AKG, Dolby Atmos
  • Battery: 7,040mAh, Fast Charging, 14.5 hours video playback
  • Dimensions: 245.0 x 160.0 x 5.5mm
  • Weight: 400g
  • Accessories: Book cover Keyboard, POGO Charging Dock, Slim cover, Book cover (not included)

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