Author

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e: iPad Mini Competitor?

Filed under
Updated on
16 May 2020

At this moment, Samsung is one among the few OEMs who are manufacturing Android tablets yet. Android tablet market once blooming with great tablets is now a quicksand with just accounting 29.5% of the global tablet sold as of May 2019. Samsung alone accounts half of all the Android tablets sold. Unlike other Android tablet OEMs, Samsung is not ready to accept Apple’s dominance in the tablet market and keeps on bringing out interesting offerings and with that, it just announced the Galaxy Tab S5e.

samsung-galaxy-tab-s5e-ipad-mini-competitor

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e: Key Specifications

  • Display: 10.5-inch, 2560*1600, Super AMOLED in 16:10 aspect ratio
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 clocked at 2 GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 615
  • RAM: up to 6 GB
  • ROM: up to 128 GB which can be expandable up to 1 TB
  • Rear Camera: 13 MP (f/2.0)
  • Front Camera: 8 MP (f/2.0)
  • Software: Android 9 Pie (One UI)
  • Battery: 7040 mAh with support for 18W Quick Charging
  • Others: USB-C, NFC, 4 stereo speakers tuned by AKG/HARMAN with Dolby Atmos sound

Can It Beat The iPad Mini?

Design

There is very little to differentiate between the two since both are ultra-slim, lightweight and can be easily transported from one place to another. The only difference can be seen from the front where the Galaxy Tab features very small bezels distributed uniformly across the display while the iPad has slim bezels on the edges but sport a thicker bezel on the head and the chin. The iPad makes a comeback with no camera bump. In my opinion, the Galaxy Tab looks better by a small margin.

Galaxy Tab: 1 | iPad Mini: 0

Display

Both the tablets use displays built on entirely different technologies. The iPad makes use of a Retina display which is actually an IPS LCD whereas the one found on the Galaxy Tab is a Super AMOLED display. The Galaxy Tab also features a larger display and one can expect all the perfect blacks, great contrasts and vividness found in any Samsung AMOLED. Samsung has always been on the forefront in the display manufacturing. Consuming media is bliss on this device. Saying so, the iPad’s LCD is a very decent panel just not as good as the one from Samsung.

Galaxy Tab: 2 | iPad Mini: 0

Performance

This is a no brainer. The iPad wins this round hands down with its Apple A12 bionic decimating the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 found in the Galaxy Tab. The iPad is at least twice as powerful than the Galaxy Tab. The SD 670 is a midrange offering from Qualcomm and it just cannot stand against the blazing fast A12 bionic both in CPU and GPU tasks.

Galaxy Tab: 2 | iPad Mini: 1

Software

The Galaxy Tab runs on One UI based on Android 9 Pie with the Samsung Dex mode while the iPad Mini runs on iOS which is due to receive the iPad OS update in near future which will make it much more capable. Both the operating systems are well optimised for the tablet experience. While the iPad has better app support, the Galaxy Tab is more versatile with the Samsung Dex which mimics a desktop experience on the tablet. In my opinion, the iPad has a slight advantage over the Galaxy Tab in this round due to the fact that it has apps that are well optimised for the tablet experience.

Galaxy Tab: 2 | iPad Mini: 2

Camera

As far as I am concerned, nobody buys a tablet with photography in mind. If you are looking for a tablet for its camera capabilities, I suggest you go for a phone as they feature much better cameras at the same price point. Both the tablets feature mediocre cameras. The one in the iPad is an 8 MP on the rear and a 7 MP on the front while the Galaxy Tab features a 13 MP rear and an 8 MP rear. One can expect the picture output to be more or less the same with the Samsung offering having better video capabilities with the ability to shoot at 4k 30fps while it capes at 1080p 30fps for the iPad.

Galaxy Tab: 3 | iPad Mini: 2

Battery Life

The Galaxy Tab features a 7040 mAh battery which Samsung claims to last for around 14 hours while Apple claims the battery life of the iPad to be around 10 hours. Add the fact that the Galaxy Tab bundles in a fast charger with the box, this round goes to Samsung.

Galaxy Tab: 4 | iPad Mini: 2

Miscellaneous

The Galaxy Tab sports better speakers than the iPad with a 4 speaker setup tuned by AKG/Harman. The iPad hits back with a 3.5 mm headphone jack which the Galaxy Tab is missing. Apple also offers the Apple pencil support for the iPad which for no reason, Samsung misses. The Galaxy Tab supports both keyboard and mouse inputs which when coupled with the Samsung Dex mode makes for one of the best experiences ever. This round is a tie.

Galaxy Tab: 4 | iPad Mini: 2

Final Words

The final score of the comparison indicates that the Galaxy Tab S5e is ahead of the iPad Mini but finally it boils downs to personal preferences. Both are also priced at a very similar price point. Thus making it difficult to choose a better value for money option. If you are looking for a powerhouse, the iPad Mini is your option. It arguably features the best chipset available and a better app ecosystem which is optimised for the tablet experience. The Galaxy Tab S5e is a great device to consume media and light tasks like browsing the web, working on some documents. It provides a great display and amazing speakers but is not a device where you will like to game on.

Let me know your pick in the upper midrange tablet segment in the comments.

Leave a Comment