Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e SM-T720
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e strikes a perfect balance between a great multimedia companion and a productivity tool. The display, design, and audio make sure you’re covered for your binge-watching sessions even on the go with an impressive battery backup. It’s one of a kind offering at its price range as there are no other tablets in its territory that have such a versatile set of features.
Design, display and audio
The moment I held the Galaxy Tab S5e in the hand, I was impressed with how lightweight and sleek it feels in the hand. Even with the keyboard accessory on, which adds significant weight to the body, it seems like a thin notebook.
You can slide it into any small bag or sleeve and if you are using the keyboard cover, it’s still sleek enough to be carried around in your hand. It weighs around 400 grams which makes it easy to hold for extending periods of time, and it also becomes much easier to be used on the go.
It measures 245 x 160 x 5.5mm, making it one of the thinnest slates on the market – however it comes at the expense of losing the headphone jack. But you do get an adapter in the box, however, allowing you to plug in your wired headphones via the USB-C port.
The only ports on the Galaxy Tab S5e are a USB-C opening and a POGO pin connector for attaching a smart keyboard.
The power/lock key is towards the top of the right side of the tablet (when held in portrait), and it has a fingerprint sensor built into it.
Meaning, there’s no home button on the front to incorporate the fingerprint sensor, which allows more real estate for the screen. But that doesn’t mean that it’s bezel-less or anything close to that, the borders are relatively smaller than previous generation tablets but still noticeable.
The volume rocker is right below the power/lock key, and it’s easy to reach but of course, not with just one hand.
The metal unibody provides a rigid and premium touch and feels to it, but there’s no escaping the fact that the rear looks very bland similar to the budget tablets from a couple of years ago. So the back eventually fails to offer a richness to the aesthetics that you see on the Apple iPad.
There is no place for a stylus as it does not come with an S-Pen neither it supports any external pen.
There’s a squarish camera module on the top left, a chrome Samsung logo in the middle and AKG branding at the bottom of the rear panel.
The AKG branding on the back is because the tab has four stereo speakers located on each end of the tablet tuned by AKG. For those who don’t know, AKG Acoustics is an acoustics engineering and manufacturing company under Harman, which is owned by Samsung Electronics.
Anyway, what matters is if the audio is good, and it’s surprisingly good. The four speakers are loud, crisp and make video/audio consumption on this tab a treat.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e surprised us not once, but twice during our first encounter with the tablet. First with its form factor and second with the 10.5-inch QHD Super AMOLED display. We expected it to be good, but it’s better than what it looks like on paper. The aspect ratio and higher screen to body ratio add up to the viewing experience a lot more.
The AMOLED displays are extra vibrant and have deeper blacks compared to the LCDs, so naturally, the Tab S5e delivers excellent clarity and ample vibrancy for video watching. It was our go-to device for the on-going Cricket World Cup streaming during work, and you also get access to HD content on Netflix and other video streaming apps.
Multitasking and gaming
With a Snapdragon 670 chipset and 4GB of RAM at its heart, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is relatively well-equipped to deliver a stable Android experience. Keeping that in mind, we stressed it out with pushing it with multitasking and gaming.
We had multiple PUBG sessions with the device, and it’s a better tab than the Galaxy Tab S4 to play games on. While the performance is matchable, the form factor here plays a crucial role in making it a better tablet for games. It handles PUBG Mobile’s fast-paced Team Deathmatch easily while keeping the graphics at medium level. In comparison to iPad 9.7 32GB Cellular? The iPad offers better gaming performance.
Multitasking is pretty fluid on the Tab S5e; it can handle everything that you would practically do on a tablet at a time. But note that the performance degrades after a point of time and switching, opening and closing of apps might show a lag after a few months of usage. It is fast, but it lacks the fluidity of the Tab S4 or its iPad rivals.
It comes with 64GB of internal storage. But Samsung knows consumers are obsessed with external cards (especially in India) so it keeps support for microSD cards for up to 512GB, which makes it even better for movie/series collectors. It comes handy for storing your media or files for times when there’s no internet.
Software and features
The Tab S5e runs Android 9.0 with Samsung’s One UI on top. It is snappy, responsive, and straightforward to use for all age profiles. What I personally not like is the choice of icons packs, but rest looks good. The transitions and animations make a massive difference in how fast the UI feels compared to Samsung’s older UI.
There’s a general issue with Android tablets that a handful of apps support the larger layout. Samsung needs Google’s support to solve this problem, while Google does something about it, Samsung has made some neat software tweaks in the UI.
The main interface is similar to what we’ve seen on new Samsung Galaxy phones. The key differentiator in its case is the Dex mode, which allows a desktop-like experience for better productivity. You can switch to the Dex mode from the quick action menu within the notification bar.
It is made for multitasking and working on the go while you can still watch a Netflix show on the adjacent window. But there’s a limit to multitasking while in the Dex mode. You can’t expect it to match up to a laptop where you have ten tabs open while listening to music and writing an article at the same time.
Apart from Dex, there is a Samsung Account feature that allows remote access to your Samsung smartphone when used with the same account. Also, it is the company’s first tablet with Bixby digital voice assistant pre-loaded, where it uses its far-field mics for voice commands to keep you organized. But sadly, Bixby’s word recognition is still not at par.
For children, it has child safety features where parents can restrict access to certain apps and data.
More Tablet, Less Frame. We’ve trimmed away the bulk while still delivering the essentials of a tablet. Embrace the paradox. Less is truly more with Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e.
Ultra-light for on-the-go
Lightweight design to keep you comfortably connected to what you enjoy most. At 5.5mm thin and weighing around 400g, Galaxy Tab S5e is light enough to comfortably stay with you. Relax or roam free watching movies or control your home appliances* without feeling bored or bogged down.
*Only works with SmartThings compatible devices. Compatible devices depend on country. Check compatibility at www.samsung.com/smartthings.
Beautiful design that you can see and feel
Design that matches your sense of style. Galaxy Tab S5e features a polished metal uni-body case design in a sophisticated metal finish. What’s more, it comes in a trio of monochromatic tablet color options, including Gold, Silver and Black that blend in seamlessly with your lifestyle.
*Product colors availability may vary depending on country, region and carrier.
Focus only on what you want to see
View only what you want, when you want it. With One UI, Galaxy Tab S5e minimizes display clutter by curating content that is most relevant to you. Simply tap and focus on what you want to see and read, one detail at a time, for a much more balanced tablet experience.
A screen you’ll have to see to believe
Get more out of the content you love to watch. Galaxy Tab S5e features a vivid 10.5 inch sAMOLED display that delivers stunning color reproduction and optimal screen brightness levels. Now you can fully immerse yourself in your favorite movies or Netflix* TV series.
*Netflix streaming membership required and Netflix services and contents vary by country. Be sure to confirm with Netflix before moving to another country which Netflix TV shows or movies will be available to you.
Perfectly tuned for true-to-life sound
Featuring a Quad Speaker system sound by the AKG, Galaxy Tab S5e lets you listen to your favorite music via Spotify* with rich, true-to-life sound. And with Dolby Atmos’ three-dimensional surround sound you’ll stay fully immersed with what’s on screen.
*The Spotify app is only available in Spotify-supported countries, and if you travel abroad it may not be available.
A tablet that listens to your commands
Galaxy Tab S5e understands the need for you to be constantly on the move. That’s why it features integrated Bixby Voice functionality. Now all it takes is a simple command for Bixby to turn on your music playlist of the day or control your home appliances* while you’re away.
*Only works with SmartThings compatible devices. Compatible devices depend on country. Check compatibility at www.samsung.com/smartthings
**Bixby Voice availability and release date may vary by country, region and your local service provider.
Share to keep loved ones connected
Get everyone in on the fun. With Family Share, Galaxy Tab S5e lets you easily connect and share each family member’s photos, reminders, notes and calendar events. Now you’re one step closer to bringing everyone together.
Finally a reason to put down your phone
Stay in touch when your phone is out of reach. Galaxy Tab S5e seamlessly syncs your Galaxy Smartphone, so you do not miss a call when it comes in. It also allows you to reply to urgent text messages, so you’re never out of the loop.
*Call and Message Continuity feature is supported between Samsung devices using the Android P operating system. Service function rollout date by device to vary by country and region.
**Feature performance may vary based on distance and network quality; both devices also require a network connection to use this service.
More power for when you really need it
Let the good times play on, and on. Galaxy Tab S5e comes with a quick-charging 7,040mAh(typical)* battery life for extended use. This means you get to enjoy up to 15 hours of viewing without having to worry about running out of power.
*Typical value tested under third-party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Rated (minimum) capacity is 6,840mAh. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors.
Powerful security built to you
Access granted for you alone. Galaxy Tab S5e features Face Recognition so that the only person viewing your personal content is you. What’s more, Fingerprint Scanning is available straight from the Power Key so you can skip having to type in passwords when you need to open your device in a hurry.
Engineered to stay a step ahead of you
Galaxy Tab S5e comes bundled with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM or 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM storage sizes, and up to 512GB of external memory with microSD card support. Now you can keep your device running at optimal levels when you’re gaming or streaming online content.
*Actual storage capacity may vary by country or region.
**MicroSD card sold separately. Availability may vary by country and manufacturer.
2GHz, 1.7GHzCPU Speed
13.0 MPMain Camera – Resolution
Up to 15Video Playback Time (Hours)
CPU Speed2GHz, 1.7GHz
Size (Main Display)10.5″ (267.2mm)
Resolution (Main Display)2560 x 1600 (WQXGA)
Technology (Main Display)Super AMOLED
Color Depth (Main Display)16M
Video Recording ResolutionUHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps
Main Camera – Resolution13.0 MP
Front Camera – Resolution8.0 MP
Main Camera – FlashNo
Main Camera – Auto FocusYes
ROM Size (GB)64
Available Memory (GB) *49.2
External Memory SupportMicroSD (Up to 512GB)
USB VersionUSB 3.1 Gen 1
Location TechnologyGPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, VHT80
Bluetooth VersionBluetooth v5.0 (LE up to 2 Mbps)
Bluetooth ProfilesA2DP, AVRCP, DI, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP
PC Sync.Smart Switch (PC version)
SensorsAccelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
Dimension (HxWxD, mm)245.0 x 160.0 x 5.5
Internet Usage Time(Wi-Fi) (Hours)Up to 9
Video Playback Time (Hours)Up to 15
Audio Playback Time (Hours)Up to 161
Audio and Video
Video Playing FormatMP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Video Playing ResolutionUHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps
Audio Playing FormatMP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Services and Applications