Hot on the heels of the Alcatel Onetouch Xess tablet that we tried out recently, Samsung have announced an enormous 18.4-inch slate called the Galaxy View. Packing a full-HD display (1920 x 1080, which is about 120 pixels per inch), the tablet runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, has a 1.6 Ghz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable by up to 128GB with microSD), a 2.1MP front-facing camera for video chat and a 5700 mAh battery pack.
At half an inch thick with a two-angle kickstand, the massive Galaxy View is unsurprisingly designed for video content. JK Shin, CEO and Head of Samsung’s IT & Mobile Business calls it “an entirely new way of consuming mobile video and entertainment.” Well, we can’t say we agree that a tablet – however large – could be called an ‘entirely new way’ of watching Netflix, but it’s nice to see something different nonetheless.
While the world seems to be saying “Why?” to giant tablets like the Galaxy View, we think they’re a great idea. Halfway between a tablet and a TV, the View has a carry handle so you can easily take it around the house with you. Watching RuPaul in the bath? Easy. Cooking along with video recipes in the kitchen? Simple. Lounging in bed with The Truman Show in HD? B-e-a-utiful.
We think big tablets are going to be a big thing. The only problem is, the category doesn’t yet have a name. In China, they call them “big pads” – which we’re hoping doesn’t catch on here. Max-iPads is also out. Our best suggestion is “TV tablets,” as that’s effectively what they are, but we also like Alex Dobie of Android Central’s creation, “laplet.”
Whatever you call it, the Samsung Galaxy View is an early version of what we think is going to be the next big thing in tech. We don’t have a price or a release date yet, but given that it was unveiled in London (at Westfield…), we’re pretty confident Samsung’s giganto-tablet will be coming to these shores – we’d guess before Christmas. Though good luck fitting it in your stocking.
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