Samsung’s Galaxy View is an 18-inch tablet/TV you carry around like a briefcase

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Samsung’s 18.4in Galaxy View tablet comes with a built-in handle.

We had expected that the Galaxy View, first teased during Samsung’s IFA press conference in September, would be an attempt to rival the iPad Pro and Surface Pro 4, but we couldn’t have been more wrong. Rather than targeting business users, the Samsung Galaxy View is all about entertainment, featuring a video-optimised interface that puts Netflix and YouTube at the forefront of the tablet’s 18.4in 1920×1080 HD screen and “high-quality” stereo speakers. To get to the traditional Android homescreen of app icons, you swipe in from the right. “The homescreen is an entertainment-based experience; there is no remote — all you have to do is tap and you’re into live television” Miloseski told me.

There’s even an carry case bundled with the tablet that comes with (you guessed it) its own handle for those situations where one simply isn’t enough. It has a 5,700mAh battery promising eight hours of life, Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity and a SIM tray for those brave enough to take the device into the wild. “At Samsung, we are committed to creating new possibilities and bringing our consumers the best mobile experience,” said J K Shin, CEO and head of Samsung’s IT & mobile business. “We are very excited to introduce the new Galaxy View, providing an entirely new way of consuming mobile video and entertainment.” Time will tell if the 1.6GHz octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM will hold up when I’m opening and closing tons of apps, and running two of them simultaneously side-by-side with the Multi-Window feature. I could see the screen being even more useful for real-time-strategy games like Clash of Clans or Game of War where a bigger screen would let you see and tap the huge playing field better. Sadly, Android games and apps designed for portrait-mode won’t display properly on the Galaxy View’s screen; you’ll get black bars on both sides since the Galaxy View’s content can’t be rotated from landscape-mode.

The screen can also collapse downwards so that the screen tilts at a slant, which is ideal for when you’re in bed or have the tablet laid down on a flat surface.

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