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INDIATECHONLINE | ANAND PARTHASARATHY
Published Jul 22, 2019, 9:16 am IST
Updated Jul 22, 2019, 9:16 am IST
Attach a keyboard – and Samsung's Galaxy Tab S5e morphs from plaything to workhorse.
Samsung seems to have thought so too, when it designed its latest tablet PC, the Galaxy S5e.
 Samsung seems to have thought so too, when it designed its latest tablet PC, the Galaxy S5e.

If you are chameleon-like in your existence, having to switch in seconds from a working avatar to a leisure lifestyle, you need one main tool to make it happen. Samsung seems to have thought so too when it designed its latest tablet PC, the Galaxy S5e.

At 10.5inches this is its largest tablet and being just 5.5mm thick, makes it is incredibly light at 400 grams. Such large screens with a resolution somewhere between 2K and 4K, coupled with quad speakers with theatre-quality Dolby Atmos seem made for avid movie watchers -- and indeed my -- sound and sight-wise.

 

Twin cameras – 13MP (rear) and 8MP (front) – and 4GB RAM with 64GB storage (expandable to another half TB) are good but not great specs. But a hefty 7000mAh battery means movie maniacs can view some 14 hours without stop.

What sets the S5e apart is its double life: Connect a special cover cum-stand-cum keyboard and the screen switches to what is called a DeX mode: the display now looks like a Windows desktop and a whole suite of business apps including a mobile version of Office, pop up. You can direct your mobile phone calls to the tablet for added productivity.

 

Samsung sells the keyboard for an extra Rs 8000, but the basic tablet with WiFi costs Rs 35,999 while you have to pay Rs 39,999 for a built-in SIM. I can see little sense in a tablet such as this without a cellular (LTE) connectivity and would recommend shelling out the extra Rs 4000 – especially if you are one of those dual personality dudes, switching from business to pleasure, at will.

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