Just a few minutes ago, and despite the fact that the Mobile World Congress is just around the corner, Samsung has presented its new tablet: the Galaxy Tab S5e. It is a mid-range tablet that stands out, mainly, for its thin thickness and 10.5-inch panel. The Korean firm is still betting on a market that seems to go less and less, but in which some other companies such as Xiaomi or Apple are still competing.
Therefore, it is necessary to compare the new Galaxy Tab S5e with its competition to see what its main positive and negative points are, in which sections it wins and in which it lags a little behind. The chosen models have been the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4, the MediaPad T5 Honor, the Lenovo Tab P10, the Huawei MediaPad M5 and the iPad 2018.
Top in the screen size and thickness ranking
Starting with the panel, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e incorporates a 10.5-inch screen with WQXGA resolution (2,560 x 1,600 pixels) and 16:10 aspect ratio, which leaves it with a density of 297 pixels per inch. That puts it above most of its competitors in terms of size, since the Mi Pad 4 has 8 inches, the Honor MediaPad T5 amounts to 10.1 inches, the Lenovo P10 stays at 10.1 and the iPad 2018 it is reduced to 9.7 inches diagonally. The only one that surpasses it is the Huawei MediaPad M5, which goes up to 10.8.
In terms of screen resolution, the Tab S5e stays high in the ranking with its WQXGA panel next to the Huawei MediaPad M5. Both share the same resolution but the Samsung gains in terms of pixel density per inch, since having less inches is left with 297 ppi while the Huawei drops to 281 ppi. The rest have FullHD resolution.
Finally, as far as thickness is concerned, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is the thinnest of all that we contemplate in this comparison. Its chassis measures 5.5 centimeters thick, well below the 7.9 mm of the Mi Pad 4, the 7.8 mm of the MediaPad T5 Honor, the 7 mm of the Huawei MediaPad M5 and the Lenovo Tab P10 or the 7.5 mm iPad 2018.
On the back of the Snapdragon 670 and with more than 7,000 mAh of battery
If we open the hood of the Galaxy Tab S5e we find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor at 2 Ghz, thus placing itself in the top positions of the podium. If we compare it with its competitors, the Mi Pad 4 mounts the Snapdragon 660, the MediaPad T5 the Kirin 659, the Lenovo P10 the Snapdragon 450, the MediaPad M5 the Kirin 960 and the iPad 2018 the A10 Fusion.
What does this mean? In which it remains in second / third position, according to how we understand the Apple A10 Fusion. The most powerful of all mentioned is the Kirin 960, followed by the Snapdragon 660 or the A10 and, below, all the others, so the new Samsung tablet stays on the top of the podium.
As for RAM, the model presented today by Samsung has 4/6 GB, figures significantly higher than its compertencia. The rest of models mount between 3 and 4 GB except the iPad, which keeps 2 GB. Regarding internal storage, we have 64/128 GB expandable versus the 32/64 GB expandable of Xiaomi, 32/64 GB of Honor, 32 GB of Huawei, 64 GB of Lenovo and between 32 and 128 GB of the iPad.
On the other hand, the Samsung tablet battery stays at 7,040 mAh battery, which leaves it in the middle of the list. It stays above the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 and the MediaPad T5 of Honor and at the same level (40 mAh above) of the Lenovo, but below the MediaPad M5 of Huawei and the iPad 2018.
We finish this comparison talking about the camera. It is not the section in which the most prominent tablets, especially compared with smartphones, but it is worth highlighting the size of their sensors. The new Samsung model has a 13-megapixel rear and an 8-megapixel front, a figure that leaves the device at the top of the list.
The other models also have only two cameras, being the Mi Pad 4 of 13 + 5 MP, 5 + 2 MP for the MediaPad T5, 13 + 8 MP for the Huawei tablet, 8 + 5 MP for the Lenovo P10 and 8 + 5 MP for the iPad 2018. Does this mean it makes better photos? Not necessarily. There are many factors that influence the final quality of a photograph, and yes, megapixels are one of them but we have to take into account the aperture, the size of the pixels, the materials, the lens, etc.