The recently-unveiled Samsung Galaxy View is an Android-powered tablet that wants to double as a TV you can carry around. Featuring an elegant, portable design, the slate crams in a (literally) humongous Full HD display and is fired on by a powerful octa-core processor.
Build and Display
Samsung Galaxy View is a beast! The new Microsoft Surface Pro 4 definitely has nothing on this one in terms of size. With a dimension of 451.8 x 275.8 x 11.9 millimetres and a weight of 2.65 kg, the tablet is best used at home – its maker hints that it is designed for home entertainment anyway. It crams in a massive 18.4-inch diagonal display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. But with a measly pixel density of just about 120 pixels per inch, this device falls more in the TV class than that of tablets. The Galaxy View has a kickstand on the rear which helps to keep it in upright position and also doubles as a handle for carry it from place to place.
Power and Performance
A Samsung Exynos 7580 octa-core processor takes care of business under the hood. The CPU is paired with 2GB RAM and delivers speeds of up to 1.6 GHz. Samsung Galaxy View boots Android 5.1 Lollipop software with an easy-to-use user interface. Power is supplied by a 5,700mAh Lithium-Ion battery rated to be capable of supporting up to eight hours of use.
Buyers get a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.2 lens for selfies and video calling. Samsung Galaxy View can be used to record and watch Full HD (1080p) videos. Onboard storage is either 32 GB or 64 GB with support for microSD storage expansion. The slate’s home screen is customised with TV and video apps such as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. And talking about the screen, it allows you to use apps side-by-side – that is no surprise really given its humongous size.
For really immersive experience when watching movies, listening to music of playing games, the Galaxy View packs a pair of 4W speakers. It features a Nano SIM card slot, Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G + 5GHz with Wi-Fi Direct support.
Pricing and Availability
Samsung Galaxy View is expected to go on sale in the United States from November 6. According to CNET it will sell for $599 (which converts to a price of about N120,000 in Nigeria). Its Korean maker has yet to reveal information on international pricing and availability at this time.
– 18.4-inch Full HD display
– 2.1MP front-facing camera
– 1.6GHz octa-core MediaTek processor
– 2GB RAM
– 32GB/64GB onboard storage
– Android 5.1 Lollipop
– 5,700mAh Li-Ion battery
– 4W speakers