(Pocket-lint) - Samsung has announced a 10.5-inch tablet to be available for pre-order from March and hit stores in the UK soon after.

No sooner had rendered images leaked, the company officially unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e in full.

It runs on a 64-bit octa-core processor (model not yet revealed), with two optional models available; one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, the other with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. Both can be expanded through microSD card by up to an additional 512GB.

The display is Super AMOLED and has a WQXGA resolution (2560 x 1600). The front and rear cameras are 13-megapixel and 6-megapixel respectively, with up to 4K video recording possible.

Samsung-owned AKG provides the sound, using the audio firm's technology for a four speaker array.

It comes with a 7,040mAh battery and fast charging. The port at the bottom is USB-C and the tablet will carry Android 9.0 from the box.

As an earlier leak also showed, the design is thin and sleek, with the tablet just 5.5mm thick and weighing just 400g.

It will be available in three colours: black, gold and silver.

Samsung has been the subject of many leaks of late, so perhaps wanted to nip this one in the bud quickly. Its announcement comes prior to the company's major Unpacked launch event next week, on 20 February.

It likely wanted to leave Unpacked announcements to its three new Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones, the Galaxy Flex foldable phone and the entire gamut of bands, watches and headphones, as also leaked today. That's plenty as it is.

Writing by Rik Henderson.