Historically, tablets are intended to be handheld devices that are easily portable, but the new Samsung Galaxy View tablet turns that entire concept on its head. How will it work out?
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy View will be massive, with an 18.4-inch screen that blows away any tablet that we can recall seeing in terms of size. For comparison, Apple’s latest and largest offering in this category, the iPad Pro, sports a 12-inch display. That’s pretty big in its own right, but the View checks in with a screen that is more than 50 percent bigger. Wow.
In light of the utility that most people have for tablets, the hulking size (not to mention weight) of this Samsung Galaxy View might strike you as a huge downside. And for those purposes, it is. Its heft is more akin to a flat-screen TV or computer monitor than a handheld tool. Something like the inexpensive Amazon Fire tablet is better suited for reading on a plane or packing in a bag and bringing around with you. But along with those crazy dimensions of the Galaxy View come some seriously awesome advantages.
CNET describes this new View tablet as “couch potato nirvana.” It specializes in media viewing and delivers on that end in a way that smaller tablets cannot. By accessing apps such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, you can watch TV shows and movies in huge 1080p full HD. The device will run on a 1.6Ghz octa-core processor.
While portability might not be a general strength for the Samsung Galaxy View relative to other tablets that populate the market, it is still more portable than a TV, and that’s really the selling point here. Since a television is big, clunky and tethered to the wall through a power cord, you can’t easily move it from where it sits in your home. The Galaxy View, however, is certainly small and lightweight enough to be easily carried from room to room.
Want to watch a movie while you’re preparing dinner? Prop it up on your kitchen counter (the View has a built-in stand so you can set it upright) and let it roll. The screen is big enough that the kids will be able to watch from the dinner table as well. Some people don’t want to have a TV in their room at all times but occasionally would like to watch their shows before bed, and the Galaxy View provides a very nice solution for that instance.
As of now, the Samsung Galaxy View release date and price are not known, although with Samsung’s official announcement of the new device it seems likely that we will see it released before year’s end. This could be a strong performer in the holiday season. How much will it cost? Difficult to say, although the sheer size and powerful components will likely lead to a relatively high price point. The Samsung Galaxy 4 tablet goes for $249.99 and we’d expect this one ring in above that, maybe somewhere in the $300-400 range.
We will keep you updated as more details arise on the Samsung Galaxy View. Regardless of what else comes out, there is really no question about one thing: The Galaxy View is going to be a big deal. Literally.