Sunday , December 17 2017

Samsung has an 18-inch surprise for you.. its big, black, and its the Galaxy View Tablet

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Samsung haven’t been afraid to push boundaries of size in the past .. the original Galaxy Note was groundbreaking for its size, and that size is now commonplace in mobile. In tablets, Samsung has equally pushed into the larger end of the market, with the NotePro 12.1″ tablet last year, and now this year, they’ve got an even bigger trick up their sleeve.

The Samsung Galaxy View is an innocuous name for a decidedly conspicuous tablet that’s a whopping 18.4″ across. This is a tablet clearly designed for media consumption, being larger than most laptop screens. While the Galaxy View runs Android, it’s somewhat customised; Samsung have developed a custom home screen for quick access to media content, some of which you can see in the picture above.

Being as large as it is, there’s a kickstand built into the Galaxy View to help you hold the mammoth beast upright, or propped up when laying down. There’s also a handle cutout towards the top of the panel to help you lift it — this tablet isn’t a couple of hundred grams; it’s a staggering 2.65 KILOGRAMS heavy. Beyond its size and weight, the specs are mostly middle-of-the-road:

  • Display: 18.4″ 1080P
  • Chipset: 1.6Ghz octa-core processor
  • Memory: 2GB of RAM
  • Storage: 32/64GB on-board, microSD expansion
  • Camera: 2.1MP front-facing camera
  • Battery: 5,700mAh (rated at 8 hours of video playing)
  • OS: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)

Being media-centric, there’s high quality stereo speakers included in the unit, and it will be available in a WiFi and LTE configuration .. though how this is a tablet for mobile use, thus justifying LTE, is a little bit beyond me. At this stage there’s no details on pricing or availability.

This is a tablet that could be quite useful in a number of scenarios; for cooking and watching a recipe or instructional video in the kitchen, for viewing videos on the go on a gigantic screen, and it could be good in the business space too, as a touch-panel information kiosk rather than using a no-name brand device with limited functionality.

What uses can you come up with for the Samsung Galaxy View? Note, any comments suggesting it would be good for bludgeoning a home intruder will result in hearty chuckles.

Source: Samsung.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were “transportable” and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia’s most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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7 Comments on "Samsung has an 18-inch surprise for you.. its big, black, and its the Galaxy View Tablet"

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hanabi
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hanabi

get samsung s2 tab – best rating from consumer report as of today

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deanomalino

Dat news title doe. xD

BrainBeat
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BrainBeat
In theory this could be a great device but I do think it will have a much more limited amount of sales as it is likely to be too expensive for what it is. It would need to be under $600 to even compete as it will be competing with the all in one computer market which often have even larger screens, faster processors, full windows, and an optical drive. The only advantage of this is it is portable and has a battery. Then you could argue it is competing with cheap touch laptops which are smaller but are still… Read more »
vijay alapati
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vijay alapati

I agree, I remember that in south Korea few Samsung and LG phones have built-in tv tuner.

vijay alapati
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vijay alapati

watching video in kitchen on a expensive tab…..lol

Freman
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Freman

if it had a decent pen… I’d use it as a graphics tablet…

vijay alapati
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vijay alapati

on screen button 😮

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