Here’s what Samsung’s giant 18-inch super tablet looks like

27 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Here’s what Samsung’s giant 18-inch super tablet looks like.

We got our first look at Samsung’s behemoth Galaxy View in September during the Gear S2 smartwatch release. Meet Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5, the newest addition to the market of extra-large smartphones, and the most elegant phablet-style device you’ve ever seen. The latest happened late Monday when Evan Blass, the driving force behind the once highly active Evleaks, published a presumably official rendering of the device.

But it’s also a tricky device for which to define an audience, thanks to Samsung’s vast collection of devices in 2015, and it removes some of the previous advantages of the Samsung line over that venerable old Apple iPhone. The latest rumored specs for the Galaxy View claim it will have an 18.4-inch screen, a 1080p display at 120 pixels per inch, a 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 SoC, 32GB of storage, stereo speakers, 2GB of RAM, a microSD slot that supports cards up to 128GB, and a 5,700 mAh battery. The story behind the story: A few years ago everyone was going with smaller tablets like the iPad Mini, Nexus 7, and the Microsoft Surface Mini that never made it out of development.

And while this is a large phone, Samsung keeps its profile light; it weighs six ounces and is just three inches wide and 0.3 inches thick, just small enough that one-handed smartphone users will feel right at home. You’ll get consistent battery life from the 3,000 mAh battery inside, though, and, like most smartphones, you should expect to get nearly a full day out of a charge. The strength of Android devices when measured against Apple’s phones has long lain in the fact that Android devices offered a level of storage customization; you could almost always expand the memory. Two years ago, that would have been fine, but with the rise of HD video capture and more and more people watching movies on their films, it’s somewhat tiny.

Again, cloud storage can mitigate some of that, but, if only to stay right there with Apple, it’s critical that Samsung offer a 128GB version of its devices next year. We’ve reached a level in 2015 where plenty of smartphones and tablets seem to be plateauing when it comes to horsepower, but performance is almost never an issue.

The spring-loaded release on the S-Pen is a small touch, but it gives the whole stylus experience a slightly more premium feel, setting the tone for that throughout your usage of the S-Pen. The pen itself seems to write a bit more reliably than it once did, although this still isn’t a real pen, and even the finest penmanship can transform into chicken scratch here. You’ll get a stronger sense of the “weight” you use when writing here as well; Samsung’s quietly improved the S-Pen’s ability to sense the pressure with which you aim to write.

It’s no longer a phone for everyone wanting a large smartphone, in large part because there are so many options on the market, headed by the Apple iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung’s own Galaxy 6 Edge Plus.

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