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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G tablet review – Handy, robust and with removable battery

Tough 8-inch tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 is a water- and dust-resistant tablet with physical buttons, cellular connectivity and a bundled S Pen. It is suitable for those who work in rough environments and need a reliable companion. Read our test to find out whether the compact, rugged tablet is a compelling option.

Drop damage, heat, cold, and ingress of dust, liquids, water or dirt – tablets used on construction sites or rough terrains, for instance, are exposed to plenty of hazards.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 is intended exactly for such purposes and made to withstand the elements. Thanks to its 8-inch display and relatively compact design, you won't have to haul a heavy and bulky device with you on the go. What's more, the tablet can be operated relatively easily even with gloves on.

Back in the office, you are naturally going to want a reasonably fast system with sufficient storage space. Let’s see what the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 outdoor tablet is capable of and how it performs in our testing and in everyday use.  

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G (Galaxy Tab Series)
Processor
Samsung Exynos 1380 8 x 2 - 2.4 GHz, ARM Cortex-A55 / A78
Graphics adapter
Memory
6 GB 
Display
8.00 inch 16:10, 1920 x 1200 pixel 283 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 120 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash, 128 GB 
, 110 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSDXC (up to 1TB) , 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: proximity sensor, acceleration sensor, position sensor, hall sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/), Bluetooth 5.3, 5G (n1/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n20/​n28/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n66/​n77/​n78), 4G (B1/​B3/​B7/​B8/​/​B20/​B28), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 2G (B2/​B3/​B5/​B8) , LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 10.1 x 213.8 x 126.8 ( = 0.4 x 8.42 x 4.99 in)
Battery
5050 mAh Lithium-Ion, removeable
Operating System
Android 14
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix AF, LED flash, f/​1.9
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/​2.2
Additional features
S Pen, USB cable, charger, bumper, 24 Months Warranty, MIL-STD-810H certified, IP68 certified, eSIM, fanless, ruggedized, waterproof
Weight
433 g ( = 15.27 oz / 0.95 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
539 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison with possible competitors

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
87.4 %
03/2024
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5
433 g10.1 mm8.00"1920x1200
85.8 %
01/2023
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
SD 778G 5G, Adreno 642L
674 g10.2 mm10.10"1920x1200
90.7 %
10/2021
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15, A15 GPU 5-Core
297 g6.3 mm8.30"2266x1488
84.1 %
02/2024
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2
332 g8 mm8.70"1340x800
82.2 %
02/2023
Nokia T10
T606, Mali-G57 MP1
375 g9 mm8.00"1280x800

Case – IP-certified despite removable backplate

The Samsung Galaxy Active line of tablets are designed to be used in harsh environments. The Galaxy Tab Active5 is thus protected against water and dust ingress to IP68 standards, meaning it can survive being immersed in up to 1.50 m (4.9 ft) of water for as long as 30 minutes.

Samsung has also put the Galaxy Tab Active5 through a handful of MIL-STD-810H tests to prove that the device can withstand things like salt fog, humidity, vibration and so on.

Unlike typical modern-day tablets, the rugged Samsung Tab has slightly wider edges, which is in part because of the three physical buttons located under the display. The frame and back panel are made of plastic and bear a subtle industrial design – there are even a few dummy screws on the rear. In actual fact, the back cover is only snapped on and can be removed for battery access.

The frame protrudes slightly at the front to cushion the screen from the impact of drops. Samsung could have put in a little more effort as far as sturdiness is concerned. If you really want to, it is definitely possible to twist the tablet and cause some minor distortion on the screen.

At 433 g (0.95 lb), the Galaxy Tab Active5 is marginally heavier than other conventional 8-inch tablets.

Size comparison

242.9 mm / 9.56 inch 170.2 mm / 6.7 inch 10.2 mm / 0.4016 inch 674 g1.486 lbs213.8 mm / 8.42 inch 126.8 mm / 4.99 inch 10.1 mm / 0.3976 inch 433 g0.955 lbs211 mm / 8.31 inch 124.7 mm / 4.91 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 332 g0.732 lbs208 mm / 8.19 inch 123.2 mm / 4.85 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 375 g0.827 lbs195.4 mm / 7.69 inch 134.8 mm / 5.31 inch 6.3 mm / 0.248 inch 297 g0.655 lbs210 mm / 8.27 inch 148 mm / 5.83 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 2.9 g0.00639 lbs

Specifications – Plenty of storage on an outdoor tablet

Samsung offers the tablet in the following configurations:

  • 128 GB storage / 6 GB RAM / WiFi: €479 (US$549)
  • 128 GB storage / 6 GB RAM / 5G: €579 (US$659)

Both models are also available internationally with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Our review unit is the 5G variant.

The USB-C port and 3.5 mm audio jack on the bottom of the device are waterproof despite not having rubber covers. That said, you should still let the device dry completely before using these ports. Samsung has also included an NFC module, which opens up a wide range of potential applications, for example wireless payment and position monitoring with on-site NFC tags. 

Moreover, the Tab Active5 features an interface on one side that lets it connect to a compatible dock solution via pogo pins.

Though the 5G version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 has only one SIM card slot, it allows you to use an eSIM as a primary or secondary line.

Top: microphone
Top: microphone
Bottom: microphone, USB-C port, 3.5 mm audio jack, speaker
Bottom: microphone, USB-C port, 3.5 mm audio jack, speaker
Right: volume rocker, assignable button, standby button
Right: volume rocker, assignable button, standby button
Left: pogo pin connector, card slot
Left: pogo pin connector, card slot
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
48.7 MB/s +29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash (Angelbird V60)
37.8 MB/s
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash (Angelbird V60)
29.8 MB/s -21%
Nokia T10
Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Angelbird V60)
29.6 MB/s -22%

microSD card reader

Besides a SIM card, you can insert a microSD card into a separate slot in the card tray to increase the amount of storage. In our test performed with our Angelbird V60 reference microSD card, the tablet delivered a fairly high copy speed of around 38 MB/s.

In CPDT Benchmark, the card reader showed pretty big fluctuations but still produced good data transfer rates on average.

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø41.5 (27.1-58.7)
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø32.3 (24.8-44.7)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø38.8 (29.5-49.9)
Nokia T10 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø37.8 (25.8-45.2)
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø67.1 (33.5-104.5)
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø70.7 (53.6-74.8)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø76.3 (41.4-80.6)
Nokia T10 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø71.2 (36.7-79.1)

Software – Long software support promised

Samsung has installed on the tablet Android 14 overlaid with their own One UI 6. This alters the look of the user interface significantly. Settings, in particular, are arranged very differently compared with stock Android, and a number of features have also been added.

The company has preinstalled many first-part apps as well as a few third-party ones, not all of which can be uninstalled easily. Furthermore, some of the functions offered by the Samsung apps overlap with those provided by Google apps.

Thanks to Widevine L1 certification, you can enjoy video streams from major services and other copyright-protected media at HD quality.

Samsung promises four generations of Android upgrades (i.e. up to Android 18) and five years of security updates. At the time of this review, the security patches on our review unit were dated 1 December 2023 and thus already older. This means you should expect to receive updates at most every three months.

Connectivity and GNSS – Speedy Wi-Fi

The 5G tablet supports the most important 5G and 4G frequencies, meaning you’ll be able to travel around Europe with it. For trips to other continents, though, you should check beforehand what frequencies are required for mobile Internet because the list of compatible frequencies is limited on the Galaxy Tab Active5. The tablet can be used to make calls as well.

During our two-week review period, we tested the device’s mobile reception on a sample basis at various places in both urban and rural areas. The Galaxy Tab Active5 was able to get good reception even in regions with weaker network coverage.

Thanks to its Wi-Fi 6 support, the Tab Active5 is a solid performer in terms of Wi-Fi connectivity. It delivered the same level of performance as the much more expensive iPad mini 6, even when it comes to transmit rates. The Asus ROG Rapture AXE11000 was used as our reference router. There were fluctuations in data rates during our testing. However, with speeds averaging around 760 to 770 Mbit/s, you’ll still be able to make pretty good use of a Gigabit Internet connection. 

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Apple iPad Mini 6
827 (783min - 852max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AX12
Apple iPad Mini 6
718 (680min - 726max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
761 (614min - 800max) MBit/s
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
742 (552min - 768max) MBit/s -2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
368 (359min - 369max) MBit/s -52%
Nokia T10
304 (279min - 315max) MBit/s -60%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
770 (637min - 809max) MBit/s
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
683 (465min - 783max) MBit/s -11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
372 (189min - 388max) MBit/s -52%
Nokia T10
357 (333min - 367max) MBit/s -54%
04590135180225270315360405450495540585630675720765Tooltip
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø761 (614-800)
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø770 (637-809)
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors
Available satellite networks
Available satellite networks

Once you step outdoors with the tablet, it’s able to pinpoint your location in a few seconds with accuracy down to 5 m (16.4 ft) – a decent level of precision. All major satellite networks are supported, though the Tab Active5 can’t use SBAS for an even higher level of accuracy.

We started our real-life test with a bike trip and brought along a Garmin Venu 2 smartwatch for comparison. In the process, it was apparent that the Galaxy Tab Active5 isn’t an absolute expert in navigation: although it overall managed to roughly follow our path, the recorded trail is often beside the actual route taken. The tablet is adequate for those who just want to know their approximate location. But you’ll need to take a look elsewhere if you expect better navigation capability from your device.

Location Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 – overview
Location Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 – overview
Location Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 – turning point
Location Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 – turning point
Location Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 – bridge
Location Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 – bridge
Location Garmin Venu 2 – overview
Location Garmin Venu 2 – overview
Location Garmin Venu 2 – turning point
Location Garmin Venu 2 – turning point
Location Garmin Venu 2 – bridge
Location Garmin Venu 2 – bridge

Cameras – Decent image quality for a tablet

Photo taken with front camera
Photo taken with front camera

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 is fitted with a 13MP camera on the back. Images taken with the camera have a somewhat cool white balance but show a good level of detail. Its limits only become apparent in very bright or dark areas: high-end smartphone cameras are able to capture more detail in such situations. 

That said, the camera is definitely acceptable for taking photos in everyday life and can also deliver some pretty nice snapshots in reasonably good lighting. 

It's possible to record videos at up to 1080p and 30 fps.

There is also a 5MP selfie camera on the front. It produces acceptable images with slightly rough-looking details. Nevertheless, a good amount of detail is still visible even in darker areas.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main camera: PlantMain camera: EnvironmentMain camera: Low-Light

The main shooter showed a lack of contrast in our test lab with lighting at max brightness. The test chart looks fairly sharp in the photos, and there is barely any sharpness roll-off towards the edges.

Nothing much is visible on the images at only 1 lux of light.

ColorChecker
4.4 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
1.6 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
1.4 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G: 4.8 ∆E min: 1.37 - max: 9.62 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.8 ∆E
55.2 ∆E
39.3 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
44.9 ∆E
63.1 ∆E
54.2 ∆E
35.2 ∆E
44 ∆E
28.1 ∆E
66.7 ∆E
65.1 ∆E
31.1 ∆E
48.8 ∆E
38.3 ∆E
77.9 ∆E
43.5 ∆E
42.9 ∆E
94.4 ∆E
71.5 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
37.6 ∆E
24 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G: 47.39 ∆E min: 13.55 - max: 94.36 ∆E

Accessories and warranty – Plenty of stuff in the box

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 is shipped with a case that makes the device even tougher. The case also has a slot for stowing the included S Pen, which we’ll be taking a closer look at in the next section. A charger and USB cable are included in the box as well.

Samsung offers consumers 24 months of warranty as long as the device is purchased in Europe. The company also provides many kinds of repair at fixed prices once the warranty expires and operates official repair centres in many cities. Please note that warranty terms and conditions may differ by region.

Input devices & operation – Accurate fingerprint scanner

The touchscreen has a 240Hz sampling rate and is very accurate to use. For those who wear gloves, you can also enable a special mode that further boosts touch sensitivity. This actually makes it pretty easy to use the touchscreen with gloves that aren’t too thick.

But if you’re still having problems, you have the option to use the included S Pen instead. It is relatively short but very grippy, meaning it is easy to hold. The stylus also has a button that you can be assigned actions to.

Speaking of assignable buttons, there is another one (in a striking yellow colour) on the side of the tablet. You can use it to trigger the camera or start an app of your choice, for example. Not only that, the button can be mapped to perform various actions when pressed once, twice or held down for a while.

Underneath the display are large physical buttons for the three most crucial actions in Android: back, home screen and overview of open apps.

For additional security, you can provide biometric data on top of setting up a system PIN and other authentication methods. Your fingerprints and face can be scanned using the Home button and front camera respectively. In our testing, the system was unlocked reliably and quickly with fingerprint, and face recognition also worked well.

Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in landscape mode
Keyboard in landscape mode

Display – Bright 120Hz display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The 8-inch screen is based on IPS technology and has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200. This is a slightly extended Full HD resolution with a 16:10 aspect ratio.

The display has a very high peak brightness of up to 783 cd/m², with small bright areas capable of reaching even higher than that. The tablet outperforms all other devices in our comparison as well as budget outdoor tablets, which usually have their issues with display brightness.

Brightness distribution is relatively even, meaning you won’t see any bright or dark patches on the display.

740
cd/m²
765
cd/m²
783
cd/m²
752
cd/m²
776
cd/m²
768
cd/m²
758
cd/m²
742
cd/m²
777
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 783 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 762.3 cd/m² Minimum: 6.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 776 cd/m²
Contrast: 1293:1 (Black: 0.6 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.65 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 1.8 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
99.3% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.277
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
IPS, 1920x1200, 8.00
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
IPS, 1920x1200, 10.10
Apple iPad Mini 6
IPS, 2266x1488, 8.30
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
LCD TFT, 1340x800, 8.70
Nokia T10
IPS, 1280x800, 8.00
Screen
-43%
-3%
-64%
-71%
Brightness middle
776
602
-22%
453
-42%
486
-37%
446
-43%
Brightness
762
574
-25%
440
-42%
462
-39%
429
-44%
Brightness Distribution
95
91
-4%
94
-1%
92
-3%
94
-1%
Black Level *
0.6
0.8
-33%
0.4
33%
0.35
42%
0.65
-8%
Contrast
1293
753
-42%
1133
-12%
1389
7%
686
-47%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.65
3.09
-17%
1.52
43%
6.2
-134%
4.87
-84%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
4.47
6.6
-48%
3.28
27%
10.4
-133%
9.85
-120%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.8
4.5
-150%
2.3
-28%
5.7
-217%
5.7
-217%
Gamma
2.277 97%
2.398 92%
2.26 97%
2.12 104%
2.189 101%
CCT
6818 95%
6868 95%
6900 94%
7911 82%
7781 84%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17788 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

When analysing the display with a spectrophotometer and the CalMAN software, we found that it has good colour reproduction. At most, shades of yellow deviate slightly from the target value of the colour gamut, but this is hardly appreciable with the naked eye. In general, colours are a wee bit too saturated, but this too isn’t much of an issue.

We didn’t detect any PWM flicker – even those who are sensitive to PWM won't have trouble using the display. It is also a 120Hz screen that makes movement look very smooth. However, response times may perhaps be too slow for very demanding users.

CalMAN greyscale
CalMAN greyscale
CalMAN colour accuracy
CalMAN colour accuracy
CalMAN sRGB gamut
CalMAN sRGB gamut
CalMAN AdobeRGB gamut
CalMAN AdobeRGB gamut
CalMAN DCI-P3 gamut
CalMAN DCI-P3 gamut
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
15.3 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9.6 ms rise
↘ 5.7 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 31 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
27 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 7 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 31 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.6 ms).

Screen contents remain easily readable outdoors on a slightly cloudy day. Reflections, though present, are well compensated for by the display’s high brightness.

We don't have any complaints about the screen's viewing angle.

Viewing angle
Viewing angle
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

Performance – Upper mid-range power

The tablet features a Samsung Exynos 1380 processor, which offers upper mid-range performance and should be adequate for the vast majority of apps. That’s said, there might be stuttering if you wish to run very demanding applications or special programs on the tablet. The Galaxy Tab Active5 didn’t come close to the iPad mini 6 in any of our benchmarks. Based on the benchmark results, AI computation isn't necessarily a strong suit of the processor either.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Apple iPad Mini 6
1590 Points +102%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
789 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
788 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (771 - 788, n=5)
781 Points -1%
Average of class Tablet (140 - 1892, n=74, last 2 years)
683 Points -13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
565 Points -28%
Nokia T10
310 Points -61%
Multi-Core
Apple iPad Mini 6
4640 Points +68%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
2927 Points +6%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
2763 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (2719 - 2817, n=5)
2761 Points 0%
Average of class Tablet (312 - 8624, n=74, last 2 years)
2435 Points -12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
1981 Points -28%
Nokia T10
1256 Points -55%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (1011 - 1023, n=4)
1016 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
1012 Points
Average of class Tablet (185 - 3715, n=52, last 2 years)
963 Points -5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
738 Points -27%
Multi-Core
Average of class Tablet (493 - 14690, n=52, last 2 years)
2894 Points +1%
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (2858 - 2906, n=4)
2882 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
2866 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
2065 Points -28%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Apple iPad Mini 6
774680 Points +52%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
510433 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (505141 - 518476, n=4)
510383 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
483238 Points -5%
Average of class Tablet (92766 - 1416727, n=55, last 2 years)
461943 Points -9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
229468 Points -55%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
13488 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (11259 - 13488, n=5)
12568 Points -7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
9418 Points -30%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
9083 Points -33%
Average of class Tablet (3195 - 17267, n=70, last 2 years)
8907 Points -34%
Nokia T10
6916 Points -49%
CrossMark - Overall
Average of class Tablet (172 - 1880, n=56, last 2 years)
693 Points +9%
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (637 - 703, n=5)
665 Points +4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
637 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
625 Points -2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
573 Points -10%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
4526 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (4416 - 4666, n=5)
4501 Points -1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
4257 Points -6%
Average of class Tablet (444 - 8886, n=56, last 2 years)
3679 Points -19%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
3120 Points -31%
System
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
10560 Points +18%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
8941 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (8843 - 9016, n=5)
8932 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
6776 Points -24%
Average of class Tablet (1103 - 14097, n=56, last 2 years)
6629 Points -26%
Memory
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
4718 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (4301 - 4857, n=5)
4607 Points -2%
Average of class Tablet (916 - 10049, n=56, last 2 years)
4340 Points -8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
4152 Points -12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
4053 Points -14%
Graphics
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (7031 - 7126, n=5)
7072 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
7056 Points
Average of class Tablet (580 - 31738, n=56, last 2 years)
6736 Points -5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
6640 Points -6%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
2683 Points -62%
Web
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
1410 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (1334 - 1533, n=5)
1409 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
1273 Points -10%
Average of class Tablet (10 - 1907, n=56, last 2 years)
1217 Points -14%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
1155 Points -18%
AImark - Score v3.x
Average of class Tablet (84 - 156427, n=42, last 2 years)
4999 Points +769%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
982 Points +71%
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (545 - 647, n=5)
605 Points +5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
575 Points
UL Procyon AI Inference for Android - Overall Score NNAPI
Average of class Tablet (1662 - 44323, n=53, last 2 years)
8833 Points +48%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
8344 Points +40%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
6453 Points +8%
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (5835 - 6152, n=5)
6012 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
5974 Points

Legend

 
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G Samsung Exynos 1380, ARM Mali-G68 MP5, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 642L, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
 
Apple iPad Mini 6 Apple A15 Bionic, Apple A15 GPU 5-Core, 64 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9 Mediatek Helio G99, ARM Mali-G57 MP2, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Nokia T10 UNISOC T606, ARM Mali-G57 MP1, 32 GB eMMC Flash

Graphics performance is likewise average: the device can effortlessly handle most applications at Full HD. But frame rates will drop rapidly if the native resolution is higher.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
2625 Points +218%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
825 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
687 Points -17%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
345 Points -58%
Nokia T10
Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash
110 Points -87%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
2870 Points +240%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
844 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
690 Points -18%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
330 Points -61%
Nokia T10
Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash
114 Points -86%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
10919 Points +268%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
2966 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
2480 Points -16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1225 Points -59%
Nokia T10
Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash
411 Points -86%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
9498 Points +218%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
2991 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
2492 Points -17%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1256 Points -58%
Nokia T10
Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash
412 Points -86%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
6175 Points +22%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
5394 Points +7%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
5043 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2543 Points -50%
Nokia T10
Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash
976 Points -81%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
13133 Points +151%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
5571 Points +6%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
5239 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3908 Points -25%
Nokia T10
Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash
826 Points -84%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
4856 Points +9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
4460 Points
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3102 Points -30%
Nokia T10
Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2676 Points -40%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
2163 Points -52%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
108 fps
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps -44%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
60 fps -44%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
59 fps -45%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
439.6 fps +269%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
132 fps +11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
119 fps
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
63 fps -47%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
78 fps
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps -23%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
59 fps -24%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
58 fps -26%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
237 fps +204%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
78 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
78 fps
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
40 fps -49%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps +18%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
51 fps
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
50 fps -2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
50 fps -2%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
154.2 fps +197%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
56 fps +8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
52 fps
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
25 fps -52%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
57.6 fps +99%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
30 fps +3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
29 fps
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
27 fps -7%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
99.2 fps +220%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
33 fps +6%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
31 fps
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
15 fps -52%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
51.8 fps +147%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
21 fps
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
20 fps -5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
18 fps -14%
Nokia T10
Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash
7.1 fps -66%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
41.2 fps +217%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
13 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
13 fps
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5.6 fps -57%
Nokia T10
Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2 fps -85%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
59.6 fps +81%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
33 fps
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
32 fps -3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
26 fps -21%
Nokia T10
Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash
11 fps -67%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
116.1 fps +241%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
35 fps +3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
34 fps
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
14 fps -59%
Nokia T10
Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5.5 fps -84%
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
5.9 fps +2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
5.8 fps
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2.4 fps -59%
Nokia T10
Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash
0.84 fps -86%

Load times are fairly short during web browsing, even on larger websites. However, you’ll often have to wait for images to load when scrolling down a page. The iPad mini 6 is considerably faster in this department as well, though the Tab Active5 still offers a snappy Internet experience for a rugged tablet.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Mini 6 (Safari 15)
173.5 Points +45%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G (Chrome 121)
119.6 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (94.6 - 119.6, n=5)
107.2 Points -10%
Average of class Tablet (19.9 - 329, n=65, last 2 years)
92.5 Points -23%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro (Chrome 109)
79.67 Points -33%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9 (Chrome 212)
71.728 Points -40%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G (Chrome 121)
113 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (97 - 123, n=5)
109.6 Points -3%
Average of class Tablet (21 - 243, n=62, last 2 years)
89.5 Points -21%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9 (Chrome 212)
81 Points -28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro (Chrome 109)
73 Points -35%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPad Mini 6 (Safari 15)
228 runs/min +147%
Average of class Tablet (437 - 571, n=59, last 2 years)
92.5 runs/min 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G (Chrome 121)
92.2 runs/min
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (70.5 - 104, n=4)
86.7 runs/min -6%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9 (Chrome 212)
61.2 runs/min -34%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro (Chome 109)
54.99 runs/min -40%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Mini 6 (Safari 15)
57143 Points +58%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G (Chrome 121)
36155 Points
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (33801 - 36155, n=5)
35093 Points -3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro (Chrome 109)
25295 Points -30%
Average of class Tablet (2672 - 105035, n=80, last 2 years)
24897 Points -31%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9 (Chrome 212)
22187 Points -39%
Nokia T10 (Chrome 109)
9871 Points -73%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Average of class Tablet (326 - 34733, n=66, last 2 years)
3208 ms * -190%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9 (Chrome 212)
1922.1 ms * -74%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro (Chrome 109)
1765.6 ms * -60%
Average Samsung Exynos 1380 (1099 - 1209, n=5)
1159 ms * -5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G (Chrome 121)
1105.9 ms *
Apple iPad Mini 6 (Safari 15)
455.1 ms * +59%

* ... smaller is better

The mass storage hardware is based on UFS 2.0 technology and thus rather slow. This means you shouldn’t expect to get anywhere close to record-breaking transfer rates and load times, though it is still fast enough for day-to-day use.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5GSamsung Galaxy Tab Active4 ProSamsung Galaxy Tab A9Nokia T10Average 128 GB UFS 2.0 FlashAverage of class Tablet
AndroBench 3-5
89%
43%
-37%
-7%
64%
Sequential Read 256KB
529
850.1
61%
916.45
73%
273.5
-48%
Sequential Write 256KB
300
503
68%
398.32
33%
191.5
-36%
Random Read 4KB
233
234.2
1%
182.74
-22%
71.4
-69%
129.6 ?(65 - 233, n=36)
-44%
Random Write 4KB
69
223.4
224%
128.92
87%
71.5
4%

Gaming – Good for leisure too

In your free time, you can certainly do some gaming on the Tab Active5 as well. Whilst the tablet is unable to deliver a stable 60 fps in more demanding mobile games, it’s possible to get about 40 fps in Genshin Impact even at high settings.

By contrast, PUBG Mobile limits your options to a maximum of 30 fps. We used GameBench for our frame rate measurements.

Both touchscreen and gyro controls work without issues in all of the games we tested.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact
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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G; Genshin Impact; lowest 120 fps; 4.4.0_20481013_20559831: Ø49.6 (38-56)
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G; Genshin Impact; highest 120 fps; 4.4.0_20481013_20559831: Ø38.1 (27-49)
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 3.0.0: Ø29.4 (16-31)
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G; PUBG Mobile; HD; 3.0.0: Ø29.3 (21-31)

Emissions – Decent speakers

Temperature

At room temperature, some spots on the chassis reached as warm as 43.2°C (109.8°F) under prolonged load. This is definitely noticeable but not yet at a critical level.

The tablet’s performance is not affected by heat: even after 20 runs of the 3DMark Stress Test, there were only minute changes in the results.

Max. Load
 36.5 °C
98 F
28.6 °C
83 F
25.7 °C
78 F
 
 40.1 °C
104 F
31.2 °C
88 F
25.8 °C
78 F
 
 39.3 °C
103 F
34.2 °C
94 F
25.8 °C
78 F
 
Maximum: 40.1 °C = 104 F
Average: 31.9 °C = 89 F
25.6 °C
78 F
28.1 °C
83 F
31.1 °C
88 F
25.4 °C
78 F
30.4 °C
87 F
38.5 °C
101 F
25.3 °C
78 F
29.1 °C
84 F
43.2 °C
110 F
Maximum: 43.2 °C = 110 F
Average: 30.7 °C = 87 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.9 °C = 104 F | Room Temperature 19.8 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.9 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 30 °C / 86 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 40.1 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 33.7 °C / 93 F, ranging from 20.7 to 53.2 °C for the class Tablet.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.2 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.3 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 30 °C / 86 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø17.8 (17.7-17.8)
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø14.8 (14.7-14.9)
Apple iPad Mini 6 A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø51 (49.9-56.9)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø7.53 (7.52-7.56)
Nokia T10 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø2.49 (2.46-2.54)
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø5.04 (5.03-5.06)
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø4.13 (4.13-4.14)
Apple iPad Mini 6 A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 0.0.0.0: Ø14.5 (14.1-17.2)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø2.07 (2.05-2.09)
3DMark
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
99.8 (4.13min - 4.14max) % 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
99.5 (5.03min - 5.06max) %
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
98.1 (2.05min - 2.09max) % -1%
Apple iPad Mini 6
82.3 (14.1min - 17.2max) % -17%
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
99.5 (7.52min - 7.56max) % 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
99.4 (17.7min - 17.8max) %
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
99 (14.7min - 14.9max) % 0%
Nokia T10
96.8 (2.46min - 2.54max) % -3%
Apple iPad Mini 6
87.8 (49.9min - 56.9max) % -12%

Legend

 
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G Samsung Exynos 1380, ARM Mali-G68 MP5, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 642L, 64 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
 
Apple iPad Mini 6 Apple A15 Bionic, Apple A15 GPU 5-Core, 64 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9 Mediatek Helio G99, ARM Mali-G57 MP2, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Nokia T10 UNISOC T606, ARM Mali-G57 MP1, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Heatmap front
Heatmap front
Heatmap back
Heatmap back

Speaker

The robust Galaxy tablet is equipped with only a single speaker at the bottom edge. It can get fairly loud and delivers quite a full sound thanks to the clearly audible lower mids. Music sounds pretty natural as a result. Audio also doesn’t clip when volume is turned all the way up.

For those who prefer to use a pair of headphones or other external audio devices can do so via the 3.5 mm audio jack or wirelessly over Bluetooth. As with many other Samsung devices, the Tab Active5 offers a rather modest selection of Bluetooth codecs. Well, at least LDAC, SBC, AAC and aptX are supported alongside Samsung’s own SSC codec.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.236.32532.635.33123.925.34025.826.55035.433.56322.422.28014.614.810018.122.712514.834.616015.442.220012.644.825010.947.231510.750.54009.452.25008.256.66308.161.88008.768.7100010.772.9125096916009.168.720009.769.5250010.272.4315010.975.1400011.673500012.365.6630013.265800014.157.91000014.965.71250015.764.71600016.652.9SPL23.682.3N0.549.5median 10.9median 64.7Delta2.89.733.13432.637.427.428.830.533.234.138.829.431.619.921.82220.722.917.514.221.81127.211.736.88.542.88.949.49.452.310.160.316.568.81471.815.467.410.566.210.76611.366.811.968.112.967.213.562.714.255.11558.115.760.816.459.617.351.325.578.20.738.6median 13.5median 59.62.713.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5GNokia T10
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.1% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 51% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 42% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 22%, worst was 129%
Compared to all devices tested
» 48% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 44% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Nokia T10 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 31.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (28.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 83% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 14% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 22%, worst was 129%
Compared to all devices tested
» 84% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 13% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Power management – Not too power hungry

Power consumption

The small Samsung tablet is quite exemplary in terms of power consumption, using substantially less power than even the Tab Active4 Pro. Of course, our review unit has a much smaller display, but even so, the sturdy tablet is still really power-efficient in its size category.

The device has a max charging rate of 15 watts. Consequently, you should expect the battery to take more than two hours to go from zero to full charge.

One interesting feature is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 can be used without a battery. To do so, you need to enable a special mode in the settings. Connecting an appropriate power source with Power Delivery 2.0 or better will allow you to care for your battery or protect it from overheating, for example when the tablet is kept in a car for an extended period.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.2 / 1.5 / 1.8 Watt
Load midlight 3.6 / 10.6 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
5050 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
7600 mAh
Apple iPad Mini 6
5177 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
5100 mAh
Power Consumption
-140%
-53%
-41%
Idle Minimum *
1.2
2.5
-108%
1.1
8%
0.7
42%
Idle Average *
1.5
5
-233%
2.2
-47%
2.94
-96%
Idle Maximum *
1.8
5.6
-211%
4.2
-133%
3.03
-68%
Load Average *
3.6
7.8
-117%
6.7
-86%
7.49
-108%
Load Maximum *
10.6
14
-32%
11.4
-8%
8.02
24%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G: Ø5.93 (1.367-10.6)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø5.21 (3.38-6.23)
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.485 (1.38-1.917)

Battery life

The battery is replaceable, but has a slightly lower capacity (5,050 mAh) than what we usually see on similarly sized tablets.

In spite of this, battery life is still decent and good enough for everyday use. The battery lasted 14h 27min in our Wi-Fi test and should be able to get through a day effortlessly even with frequent use. It’s possible to get over four hours of battery life under load.

You should also keep in mind that you can double the runtime by bringing along a second battery – something that can’t be done with most other tablets. 

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
32h 06min
WiFi Websurfing
14h 27min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
18h 34min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 9min
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G
5050 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro
7600 mAh
Apple iPad Mini 6
5177 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab A9
5100 mAh
Nokia T10
5250 mAh
Battery Runtime
11%
-15%
3%
13%
Reader / Idle
1926
2098
9%
1802
-6%
1931
0%
H.264
1114
1106
-1%
903
-19%
1158
4%
WiFi v1.3
867
852
-2%
816
-6%
857
-1%
984
13%
Load
249
343
38%
179
-28%
274
10%

Pros

+ water- & dust-resistant
+ replaceable battery
+ good battery life
+ long update period
+ accessories pack with case and pen
+ eSIM support
+ lots of storage
+ dock interface
+ fast Wi-Fi
+ bright 120Hz display
+ fast fingerprint scanner
+ no PWM
+ usable without battery installed
+ freely assignable button

Cons

- relatively slow charging
- preinstalled ad apps
- slightly inaccurate location
- support few audio codecs
- gets noticeably warm under load
- heavy by comparison

Verdict – Interesting specialised tablet that's not just for specialists

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 review. The review unit was kindly provided by:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 review. The review unit was kindly provided by:
cyberport.de

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 is certainly not the best choice for every person, especially considering its relatively high price. But if you want a rugged tablet with a user-replaceable battery, a bright display and enough performance for slightly more demanding apps, then there are barely any alternatives.

Samsung also offers clever features such as the ability to use the tablet without any battery inserted, a physical menu key, an assignable button on the side, and a stylus. A protective case is also included to make the tablet even more robust. The Tab Active5 comes with enough storage, optional 5G connectivity, an interface for a docking station and Samsung’s promise of long update support.  

Samsung could have done a little more in terms of the device’s sturdiness. Location accuracy is also not as good as you might have wanted. Furthermore, performance could be slightly better given the tablet's over €500 (US$546) price tag.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G is a tablet designed for special use cases, but may also be appealing to outdoor enthusiasts thanks to its removable battery and IP certification.

Despite being already four years old, the direct predecessor Tab Active3 is still available for purchase and also costs less at roughly €370 (US$404). For around the same price, you can take look at the Oukitel RT7 Titan, which features a massive battery but is very heavy.

Price and availability

The Wi-Fi and 5G models cost €479 (US$549) and €579 (US$659) when purchased directly from Samsung. You can also find the Enterprise Edition of both variants on Amazon US for a very similar price. In Germany, the Galaxy Tab Active5 with Wi-Fi will set you back just €459 at cyberport.de, which kindly sent us the review unit.

All prices are correct at the time of publishing this review.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active5 5G - 03/11/2024 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
86 / 98 → 87%
Keyboard
73 / 80 → 91%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
54 / 70 → 77%
Weight
84 / 40-88 → 92%
Battery
90%
Display
89%
Games Performance
51 / 78 → 65%
Application Performance
78 / 92 → 85%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
71 / 91 → 78%
Camera
63 / 85 → 74%
Average
78%
87%
Tablet - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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Florian Schmitt, 2024-03-13 (Update: 2024-05-11)