Another month, another security patch slowly coming to carrier-locked Samsung phones while handsets around the world have already started getting the update in October. This time around, the Verizon Galaxy Note20 series and the AT&T Galaxy Fold are the first carrier-locked devices in line to receive the update, most recently followed by the AT&T S10 and S9 series and the Z Flip.
Samsung may have turned things around when it comes to updating its phones, but sadly Samsung's tablets were left behind until more recently. Painfully late, Samsung started updating the Tab S6 last month, and now the Tab S4 and S5e are receiving the same treatment.
Samsung is getting better with updates in general, but that doesn't seem to apply to carrier variants of its mid-range tablets. AT&T has just pushed the Android 10 update to the Galaxy Tab S5e (SM-T727A), months after it started rolling out to models in other regions.
Samsung released the Galaxy Tab S5e last year, filling a niche that Samsung seemingly made for itself. Despite that, it's reviewed extremely well with users, and maintains the quality and build we all expect of Samsung by now. If you're in the market for a tablet, the company has made a major MSRP cut for the 128GB version.
The Galaxy Tab S5e is Samsung's current mid-tier tablet, sitting above budget models like the Tab A, but below the incredibly-expensive Tab S6. Now you can get an open-box 128GB model for just $329.99 from eBay, a savings of $100 compared to buying it new from Amazon.
The Galaxy Tab S5e is Samsung's current kinda-flagship tablet, sitting below the ultra high-end Tab S6. It still has a great AMOLED screen in a premium frame, but with a Snapdragon 670 processor instead of the faster Snapdragon 855. A few months after the Wi-Fi S5e arrived in the United States, AT&T will now sell an LTE variant.
Android tablets have become sort of a joke in the tech sphere — there are no good apps is the refrain. And, well, that's sort of true: Android's tablet applications generally aren't as robust as those available on other platforms. Even so, tablets as a form factor are unparalleled for casual media consumption, and if Android is your operating system of choice (and since you're reading this, I'll guess that it is), there are plenty of interesting hardware choices.
Samsung released the Galaxy Tab S5e earlier this year, as a slightly-cheaper alternative to the flagship Tab S lineup. It still has a 2560x1600 AMOLED screen and a thin lightweight design, but with a mid-range Snapdragon 670 processor instead of an 800-series chip. If you're interested in getting one, it's now available from one more place: Verizon.
The Galaxy Tab S5e was originally announced earlier this year, and it arrived in the United States in April. It's Samsung's latest mid-range tablet, with a large AMOLED screen and a thin design, and now you can get the 128GB version for $429.99 — $50 off the original price.
The Samsung Tab S4 is a nice piece of hardware if you're into Android tablets, but it's very expensive. The new Tab S5e has some of the S4's features but drops the price to $400. It turns out it also drops the WiFi signal when you touch the corner. Maybe we're all just holding it wrong.