Samsung has an extensive range of Android tablets catering to almost every segment of the market that is willing to stick with Google’s ecosystem. The global technology giant even continues to innovate in a segment that has witnessed a severe slowdown in recent years. Features like DeX have helped bring out the productivity side of tablets which were perceived primarily for entertainment. Though you may find several implementations similar to DeX, not one of them can match the seamless implementation that Samsung achieved.
The 2019 lineup of Samsung tablets is partially out already with more devices expected to join in the following months. You will find a mix of older and newer models in this guide, almost perfectly representing their own segments, arranged in descending order of their supremacy. The listed tablets range from 8 inches to 10.5 inches in display size and there is no chance you won’t find a tablet that is just right for your needs.
Each tablet listed here addresses a different user requirement and you can go through our in-depth reviews of all these devices to make a perfect choice for yourself.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
The recently introduced Galaxy Tab S6 stands neck and neck with the best tablets currently retailing in the market. Samsung made sure to use the latest processor—the Snapdragon 855—to avoid repeating last year’s retrogression. With this tablet, you will get up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage that can be further expanded by up to 1TB. You can get these storage configurations in an LTE-enabled model as well.
Samsung has aimed this high-end machine at the working professionals who could consider replacing their heavier laptops with this lighter tablet. It comes with Samsung DeX built-in that launches Android apps in a pseudo desktop mode. It is supported by a keyboard attachment that now has a trackpad. A largely unchanged 2K AMOLED display sits on the front that now houses an in-display fingerprint reader. The S Pen is also a part of the package and it now sticks to the device’s back.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Not just from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S4 is arguably one of the best Android tablets out there given the variety of features it has to offer. Being a Samsung product, it gets the industry-leading Super AMOLED display that, besides being sharp with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, supports S Pen that comes bundled with the tablet. Despite using a two-generations-old Snapdragon 835 processor, the tablet manages to offer excellent performance for regular use and wouldn’t even disappoint power users.
The best part about this premium tablet is the support for Samsung DeX that allows you to have a desktop-like experience riding on the level of versatility that Android operating system offers. It packs a sleek and classy design with glass on both the front and back of the product and has four speakers offering an immersive entertainment experience. Inside its 7.1mm thick body, the Samsung tablet boasts a big 7,300mAh battery which proved to be an excellent performer in our review, offering a running time of 14 hours.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the mid-end Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is the tablet that will fit the bill for most. Ideal for being used as an entertainment device for your family, this device gets a high-res 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display, with thin bezels all around, and a pair of speakers on its either side. Plus, it comes preinstalled with Android 9 Pie packed with features brought with the One UI update. In terms of battery too, the Galaxy Tab S5e did a fantastic job by offering a runtime of 13.5 hours.
Like many newer Samsung products, this one supports DeX too and it works surprisingly well despite its mid-tier specifications. Speaking of which, you will find a Snapdragon 670 processor and 4GB of RAM doing the heavy lifting; they may be good for normal use but serious gamers wouldn’t be utterly satisfied. Lack of support for the S Pen also disappoints a bit. Nevertheless, for its asking price of $399, you cannot go wrong with this tablet that has so much to offer.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 with S Pen
Currently, the smallest tablet in Samsung’s arsenal, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 with S Pen is positioned right below the Galaxy Tab S5e and it still manages to feature a few better features. For starters, you will get access to Samsung’s fantastic S Pen, which suddenly transforms this tablet into a compact and great note-taking device. The inclusion of the latest Android 9 Pie means you get access to some of the newest software additions as well.
Samsung has also included an earpiece on this tablet that allows it to be used as a phone, it’d be awkward though, making use of its LTE connection. Coming with an in-house Exynos 7904 octa-core chipset, the tablet offers adequate performance and the provided full HD IPS LCD display wouldn’t disappoint either. Things that are rather noticeable are its plastic body and a single speaker. Scoring a runtime of 9.5 hours in our test, its battery life also leaves a bit to be desired but still, you’ll easily get through a full day of use.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019
For the people favoring value over other aspects, Samsung recently released a great tablet with a large 10.1-inch full HD display that still hangs on to a metal build. For just $229, this particular Samsung tablet has quite a bit up its sleeve. First, it shares the Exynos 7904 processor with its 8-inch sibling, though the RAM capacity has been slightly reduced to 2GB. This combination is fine for basic work like surfing the web, reading the news, or writing an occasional email, but a performance dip is noticeable under heavier load.
The Samsung One UI update preloaded on top of Android Pie brings a solid set of features giving you a pleasant experience overall. Its cameras, one on the back and another on the front, are surprisingly good and are usable for a random shot while its speaker also produces decent audio. What it lacks is a fingerprint scanner which is a forgivable omission especially considering its starting price. In terms of battery life, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 could run for 10.5 hours using its 6,150mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 2018
Not more than a year ago, the South Korean brand had announced its Galaxy Tab A 10.5 tablet which still manages to be a great tablet for the budget segment. While the 2018 model has a plastic build, it offers more RAM at 3GB, as compared to the recently released model, and boasts stereo speakers with a 4-speaker system. Even though it too lacks a fingerprint scanner, it has a basic facial recognition option up and running to make things easier.
A Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 450 chipset powers the tablet and it doesn’t offer much to write home about. The performance is particularly slower than the current iteration and it also uses a generation-old Android 8.1 Oreo with Experience UI which is even unlikely to get updated anytime soon. Now available at a cheaper price than its original price tag, the 10.1-inch budget tablet has a 7,300mAh battery that lasted for a solid 13 hours in our testing last year.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) T290
Samsung’s extensive 2019 lineup of tablets got its cheapest member not too long ago. The Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) is that compact tablet that you’d want to carry around inside your jacket pocket or a handbag. It should be good enough for people who have limited needs from a tablet and the Tab A 8.0 is designed just for that. With its basic internals, it can help you read emails, watch a couple of YouTube videos, surf the web, or read a Kindle book. You get the point.
In our review of the tablet, we found it to be marginally better in performance than the Amazon Fire HD 8 (review), thanks to the Snapdragon 429 chip. It has an 8-inch HD display and has the newest Android 9 Pie-based One UI running out of the box. Its limited performance doesn’t allow for an enjoyable gaming experience although playing a game isn’t entirely impossible.
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