Typically, tablets don’t tend to go too far over the 13” mark, not only does going past this display size limit the portability of the device, but it also gives it a much tougher opposition to go up against – tackling the laptop market.
However, Samsung has blown this traditional display size limit out of the water with its latest device. The Samsung Galaxy View packs a massive 18.4” display, making it one of the biggest portable slates ever made, and one which is drawing plenty of attention.
Surprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy View and its 18” display doesn’t even come close to being the biggest tablet pc you can find. That honour falls to the Nabi Big Tab, which comes in both 20” and 24” flavours – but that isn’t to say that the Galaxy View isn’t large enough.
Samsung’s latest invention was originally showed off at IFA, but few really expected it to hit the market so soon. In fact, many saw it as a concept device that wouldn’t even find its way onto shelves at all.
However, Samsung has now made it an official device, and one which could prove very exciting if you’re a fan of your films and games. Its 1080p screen offers ample room for video playback, although it’s obvious that it won’t be lasting long without a charge, even though it boasts a 5700mAh battery.
Currently, the tablet reportedly lasts around 8 hours when playing video, meaning you should be able to churn your way through three films before it begins to wane. However, if you happen to have a suitable portable charger available then you can always make use of it when you’re on the go as well.
It’s not light either, with the scales tipping at a fairly bulky 2.65kg, this means that you’ll certainly feel it if you’ve got it in a backpack, although for its size this is to be expected.
On top of the sizeable display we actually get a half-decent spec sheet to play with as well on the Galaxy View. An Exynos 7580 chipset starts the show, whilst 2GB RAM and up to 64GB internal memory also make for a decent set of internals.
A 2.1 megapixel front facing camera is included, but there’s no word of a rear lens just yet. It could mean that Samsung hasn’t made its mind up about how many megapixels to squeeze in, or that it’s not bothering with another camera – but either way we’re sure to find out sooner or later.
Android 5.1 Lollipop runs the tablet behind the scenes, although we’re yet to find out whether this will be upgradable to Marshmallow.
There’s been no word on the official release date or price for the Galaxy View tablet, but some rumours seem to suggest a $600 price tag, which equates to around £400.
Written by Luke Hatfield