The ginormous tablet that Samsung teased back at IFA 2015 is now official. The Samsung Galaxy View touts a large 18.4″ TFT LCD display of 1080p resolution resulting in a pixel density of 123ppi.
The Galaxy View comes with a handle for an easy carry, as it weighs 2.65kg and measures 275.8 x 451.8 x 11.9mm. Rubber feet at the bottom keep it from sliding about and the back features a 2-way stand. Samsung says the tablet’s 5700mAh can provide up to 8 hours of continuous video playback, although it’s pretty clear you won’t be going away from a power socket often. You’ll be further enjoying the video content with a dual 4W stereo speaker setup.
Powering the Galaxy View is an 1.6GHz octa-core CPU and 2GB of RAM, part of the Samsung Exynos 7580 chipset. Internal storage is either 32GB or 64GB and is expandable via the microSD card slot on board. Above the display, there’s a 2.1MP camera for video conferencing. The connectivity suite includes Bluetooth 4.1 BLE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and an LTE model with a nano-SIM slot.
The company is shipping the tablet with a Media UX skin on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop and is placing a strong accent on video watching.
Samsung hasn’t officially revealed pricing and availability information. However, a prematurely online listing from US store Adorama (cached) reveals the Galaxy View US price of $599.