Thursday, October 29, 2015

Samsung’s massive 18.4-inch Galaxy View tablet could crush the iPad Pro



The much-speculated Samsung Galaxy View has finally been revealed in images, thanks to the serial leaker EVleaks. The first glimpse of the tablet surfaced at IFA 2015 in the form of a teaser video. The Galaxy View comes with a massive 18.4-inch full HD display, which is bigger than any other tablet on the market aside from some PC all-in-ones that double as tablets. Samsung is clearly pushing boundaries here, though.

It’s not the first time a company has pitched a tablet with such a big display. For example, Alcatel unveiled the OneTouch Go Play with a screen size of 17.3 inches. Interestingly, in the above image, you can see a stand behind the device; it seems to resemble the Microsoft Surface‘s stand. The Galaxy View had also appeared on several third-party seller websites with a price tag of $600 for the 32GB variant, along with some additional specifications and availability info. The listings were removed as soon as the leak went viral, though.



A separate report from GSM Arena suggests the device will come powered by an Exynos 758 chipset, 2GB RAM, and 32GB of storage that’s expandable to 128GB. It will come in two variants: One with Wi-Fi support and the other with 3G/4G LTE, the latter of which will cost more, of course. The base model, at $600, undercuts the iPad Pro, so it’s reasonable to assume the entire range will also undercut Apple’s larger tablet in similar configurations. And if you want a large-screen tablet for media consumption, at least, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro can’t touch an 18.4-inch display.

Other leaks have indicated the Galaxy View will have a 2.1-megapixel front camera and a giant 5,700mAh battery. A third-party US retailer, Adorama, uploaded the following description of the device: “The Samsung Galaxy View is TV reimagined for the streaming age. The 18.4-inch FHD large screen brings you a portable, touchable TV experience plus a bigger window to your favorite apps and content, so you can do more, view more, and play more. Enjoy the home theater experience – anywhere! This listing was also taken down.

No matter what you think of the Galaxy View, it’s generating some buzz since it’s almost three times the size of the average tablet. It looks like Samsung is indeed trying to pitch the device as something that falls between a tablet and a television, instead of a tablet and a PC. It will be interesting to see what kind of consumer response this gigantic tablet generates. The 18.4-inch screen will clearly require a lot of battery power, so if it turns out 5,700mAh isn’t enough, the view won’t be nearly as sweet.

Source: extremetech

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