Samsung Galaxy View Seeks to Entice Tablet Buyers With Big Screen

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-10-29
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Samsung Galaxy View Seeks to Entice Tablet Buyers With Big Screen

    The large screen size of the Samsung Galaxy View doesn't mean the tablet will also carry an unreasonably large price. In fact, it's expected to be affordable.
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    This Is One Big Tablet
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    This Is One Big Tablet

    The main differentiator for the Galaxy View is its screen size. The device comes with an 18.4-inch full-HD screen. That, according to Samsung, will make it the largest Android tablet on the market and easily dwarf the similarly large Apple iPad Pro, which boasts a 12.9-inch screen. It should be interesting to see if the big screen starts a new trend in which vendors push the limit on how large tablets can go.
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    The Tablet Is Android-Based
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    The Tablet Is Android-Based

    Samsung has decided to go with Android Lollipop with the Galaxy View. While that didn't surprise those who have seen the many rumors that have leaked about the device, it's worth noting that Samsung has its own platform, Tizen, that's currently running on wearables, smartphones in emerging markets and televisions. There has been some speculation that Samsung could eventually try out Tizen with other product categories, but a big-screen tablet is not one of them.
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    It Will Have a Higher-End Processor for Video and Entertainment
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    It Will Have a Higher-End Processor for Video and Entertainment

    In order for Samsung to deliver on its promise of video and entertainment in the Galaxy View, the company needed to offer a powerful processor. On that front, Samsung is delivering a 1.6GHz octa-core processor in the Galaxy View. Samsung hasn't disclosed the full specifications yet. But the limited amount of information released so far suggests the CPU will have the power to readily handle graphics-intensive entertainment apps and video.
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    That Stand Will Be Imperative
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    That Stand Will Be Imperative

    The Galaxy View is being pitched as a product that can sit on a desk or countertop and so can be viewed from across the room. Naturally, Samsung concluded that it needed a screen to allow it to stand upright on table tops for viewing movies or television shows.
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    There's Even a Handle to Carry the Tablet Around
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    There's Even a Handle to Carry the Tablet Around

    Samsung has made the rather interesting decision to include a handle with its Galaxy View. So, rather than hold the device like a standard tablet, the Galaxy View can be carried around like a briefcase. Offering a handle with the Galaxy View will make toting around the tablet much easier.
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    It's More Portable Than You May Think
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    It's More Portable Than You May Think

    While the big screen means the Galaxy View won't easily fit into a purse or bag, Samsung has done a fine job of making the device more portable than some may think. For instance, the tablet is just 11.9mm thick, making it slimmer than many lightweight notebooks on the market. And at just 5.8 pounds, it shouldn't be too difficult to carry on a long walk to the office.
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    The Battery Is Designed to Power Video Playback
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    The Battery Is Designed to Power Video Playback

    Despite its big, battery-sucking screen, Samsung says that it has optimized the device's power use to ensure proper video playback. In fact, the tablet can run for eight straight hours on video playback, which is actually quite good for a device that has such a big screen and a higher-end processor. Expect the battery to be a big selling point for those interested in the slate.
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    Connectivity Options Suggest Varied Uses
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    Connectivity Options Suggest Varied Uses

    The Galaxy View has been rumored by some folks for several weeks, and some of those rumors have suggested that the device would only come with WiFi connectivity. Samsung, however, has surprised those folks by announcing that the tablet will come with LTE connectivity. Samsung hasn't said which networks its device will support, but at least the Galaxy View will be usable at home and around town.
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    Expect Easy Access to Entertainment Content
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    Expect Easy Access to Entertainment Content

    Samsung said the main purpose of the Galaxy View will be to provide easy access to users' favorite entertainment content. An image posted to the site shows a grid-like view that lets users access anything from Netflix to Hulu to CNN content. Since Samsung is remaining tight-lipped for now, it's unclear whether that will be a default view. But Samsung said that it will make content access as easy as possible for users. A company spokesperson says more details are coming soon.
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    We Don't Know Pricing or Availability Details
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    We Don't Know Pricing or Availability Details

    A company spokesperson said Samsung would release pricing and availability information at a later date. That said, some recent leaks on e-retailer sites showed the device costing $600 with 32GB of storage. At that price, the Galaxy View could be awfully appealing to those looking for a big slate.
 

Samsung confirmed that Galaxy View will join the company's tablet line. In an Oct. 28 announcement, Samsung said the Galaxy View will add "a new dimension" to mobile entertainment. By that, the mobile device maker means the View's screen size, which measures 18.4 inches, making it one of the largest tablet models on the market. However, the Android-based Galaxy View comes with several other features, including a higher-end octa-core processor and a stand, which will be essential for users who want to use this big tablet to watch videos or, perhaps, even some games. But its large size doesn't mean the tablet will also carry an unreasonably large price. In fact, it's expected to be surprisingly affordable. The Galaxy View represents the culmination of what tablet makers learned over the last year as tablet sales slowed. As tablet sales have fallen and consumers increasingly buy phablets, device makers have decided that building tablets with larger screens may turn things around. The Galaxy View will be one of the first devices to test whether consumers really have an interest in large slates. Read on to find out whether the big-screen Galaxy View might be the right size for you.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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