It sure feels like 2015 is officially the year of the extra-large tablet. If you weren’t already convinced by Apple and the new iPad Pro, news of Samsung’s own larger-than-life tablet should have sealed the deal. Rumors of the model date back months and months, and at IFA in early September the formal story on this guy started coming together, as Samsung teased the Galaxy View. In the weeks since, we’ve heard a great deal about this 18.4-incher, and the publication of a user manual on Samsung’s own site seemed to confirm that a launch was imminent. Sure enough, Samsung has just announced the Galaxy View, launching in both WiFi-only and LTE-equipped versions.
The 18.4-inch tablet only offers a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 (for a pixel density of a lowly 120ppi), but keep in mind that this guy is meant for media consumption, and with its two-way stand, chances are you’ll be watching from a distance. So while that resolution may not make a lot of sense for an arm’s-length tablet, with the use case Samsung has in mind, 1080p sounds pretty reasonable.
An octa-core 1.6GHz SoC drives the Galaxy View, which is also equipped with 2GB of RAM, either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage (both with microSD expansion), a 2.1MP front-facer, and stereo speakers. Maybe surprisingly for a tablet this size, the battery’s only a 5700mAh component, though Samsung says that should be sufficient for eight hours of video playback. The whole shebang measures 11.9 mm thick (stand notwithstanding).
Samsung has yet to confirm Galaxy View pricing, as well as details about when and where the tablet will be sold.