Samsung is launching a very huge tablet on 6 November called Samsung Galaxy View. It is an 18-inch tablet mostly designed for video streaming. In the US it is going to cost $599. This will be a Wi-Fi version with 32 GB internal storage. You will be able to add more storage via a microSD slot. In the US, it will also be available, through a carrier, with built-in LTE although it hasn’t been decided which carrier Samsung is going to collaborate with.
Samsung Galaxy View comes with an octa-core 1.6 GHz processor, 2 GB RAM, 802.11 AC Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1. The battery can provide you eight hours of continuous video playback with its 5700mAH battery. Out of the box it will be running Android 5.1 Lollipop. It will support all popular audio and video formats available on contemporary tablets and smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy View is mostly meant to be used indoors, probably at home or at office. Being a huge tablet, it will be difficult to carry it around like your normal iPad or Galaxy Tab S2. Due to its big size, you won’t be able to use Samsung Galaxy View to take notes or jot down your design ideas. It will be difficult to use on-screen keyboards and moving your hand across the device to tap on different icons can prove to be a tedious job after a while. So mostly people will be using it to stream content from services like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and Twitch.
You can think of it as a small, portable TV (or a computer or a laptop screen) with all the touch capabilities and an ability to run your favourite apps. Some may complain that it is running at 1080p but anyway, Ultra HD content isn’t even available in that much quantity. You will be probably watching it from a distance so things should appear sharp and crisp.
It seems Samsung always has this thing about the bigger size. This was the company that pioneered bigger smartphones. Everybody made fun of the huge phones but then even Apple had to follow suit with its iPhone 6 Plus. Maybe the same will happen with Samsung Galaxy View. Initially people will find it awkward but then it may become mainstream.