As far as tablets go, on the larger side of things Microsoft’s Surface Pro and Apple’s iPad Pro sit comfortably. Well, now they’re the middle of the pack.
On Wednesday, October 28, Samsung went ahead and announced a giant tablet called the Galaxy View. As the title suggests, it’s a tablet that has a display that measures in at 18.4-inches. As one can imagine it’s a device that Samsung is positioning as a major media-centric device, and even the software has been optimized for essentially consuming as much of the entertainment as a person can. Oddly enough, Samsung’s CEO, JK Shin, still presents the gigantic device as a mobile product:
“At Samsung, we are committed to creating new possibilities and bringing our consumers the best mobile experience,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of Samsung’s IT & Mobile Business. “We are very excited to introduce the new Galaxy View, providing an entirely new way of consuming mobile video and entertainment.”
In an attempt to make the 18.4-inch tablet “mobile,” there’s a carrying handle. Yes, a handle, which you can see pictured in the image at the top of this article.
As far as specifications go, the Galaxy View is not a high-end 18.4-inch tablet. It features an octa-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM, and will come in a 32GB or 64GB model. There’s a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, and the 18.4-inch is a full 1080p HD panel. LTE compatibility is optional, but it also feature Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1. It has a microSD card slot for expandable storage. The battery is measured in at 5700mAh, and Samsung says that means you can get a potential 8 hours of video playback before needing to charge it again.
It’s also running Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, so whenever this device launches it’ll already be out of date software wise. Oh, and it weighs over 5 pounds.
As far as pricing and availability go, Samsung wasn’t forthcoming with that in the announcement. However, rumors have suggested the 32GB model will cost $599.
This is a device that exists in an apparent attempt to fill some niche, but what that is, exactly, remains to be seen. Considering there are Smart TVs available with larger 1080p HD displays that cost around $170, and internet-connected set-top boxes can go for as low as $50 (or $35, if you just want a USB streaming stick), this tablet seems like an insane proposition. And if someone with a 24-inch 1080p HD Smart TV wants Android apps? Get a Nexus Player with Android TV, which retails for $100 or less, and you’re still swinging well below what will probably be Samsung’s asking price.
Any ideas who this is for?