Samsung Unveils 18.5-inch Galaxy View Tablet

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Samsung Galaxy ViewSamsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy View tablet, which was first teased at IFA earlier this year. Samsung tried to steal Apple’s thunder by teasing an extra large tablet at its Gear S2 launch event at IFA, Berlin – but now it has finally come clean about the gadget.Way back in 2010, when the iPad first came out, there was a strain of criticism that now feels a bit ridiculous. (Besides the one about it being just a big iPod.) “The iPad is too heavy!” they cried. In its regular position, the kickstand props the Galaxy View up at the right angle for setting it on a table or desk and watching from a few feet away.

The tablet is practically meant for everything that a connected television could do, from video, music, games, to even social communication with video calls. It’s so big that it comes with a handle built into its screen cover, so you can carry the tablet like a briefcase — after all, it probably won’t fit into your actual briefcase. There were no details other than an image of a plain black tablet with a foldable stand, and the name – Galaxy View, with the South Korean firm promising a ‘closer look in October’. ‘According to the information that we’ve received, the SM-T670, which is codenamed ‘Tahoe’, is an Android 5.1 Lollipop-based tablet with an 18.4-inch display,’ said Sammobile. ‘It will feature a TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, an octa-core 64-bit 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, a microSD card slot (supporting up to 128GB cards), and a 5,700 mAh battery. ‘ It features the new A9X chip which Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller said is 1.8 time faster than the A8X in the iPad Air 2. Samsung is also offering a dedicated Family Square feature that provides customised dashboard to keep in touch with friends and family. “At Samsung, we are committed to creating new possibilities and bringing our consumers the best mobile experience,” said JK 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.” Recently, Lenovo introduced a mammoth 27-inch Yoga Home 900 tablet that could easily replace the conventional television, while Apple has its own iPad Pro at 12.9 inches competing in the category. He added that the iPad Pro is faster than 80 per cent of the PCs that shipped in the past six months, and graphics are faster than 90 per cent of those PCs.

With five years of hindsight, that first iPad now looks like the little capsule you get at Toys R’ Us that expands in water to become a giant foam dinosaur. Google, on the other hand, introduced its Pixel C, which is a convertible device and is the first Android Marshmallow-based tablet built entirely by Google. Taking to the elaborate circular face, built to resemble a watch face, Samsung’s Pravav Mistry demonstrated how the bezel turns to give users access to features easily. ‘With the Gear S 2, the circular bezel lets me interact outside the screen, to read long emails and navigate within apps such as browsing through reviews of restaurants in Yelp.’ Dennis Miloseski, the studio head of Samsung Design America, posted the image to his personal account, saying he was ‘Giving the new Samsung Gear S2 a test drive.’ Leaked details of the Gear A’s internal specifications also suggest the gadget will be packed with sensors, including a a barometer, heart rate sensor, Wi-Fi chip and GPS, which would reduce the time it takes for maps to load on the watch.

The idea (presumably) is that you can take the View anywhere and use it as a small wireless TV — in the bedroom or kitchen, perhaps, or on the plane or train. A previous leak suggested users will navigate the watch’s interface by turning its bezel as well as a digital crown, similar to the one seen on the Apple Watch. Swipe to the next screen over and you get Samsung’s usual Android home screen. (The View also supports side-by-side apps and other Samsung features like SideSync.) The top left slot of that video grid is reserved for video apps from cable providers like Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and DirecTV.

Samsung says it’ll update what’s on the home grid periodically, and you can always download video apps — Amazon Video, Sling, and so on — and put them on the secondary home screen.

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