Samsung unveils gargantuan Galaxy View tablet

28 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 review: thinnest, lightest tablet with a stunning screen.

We had expected that the Galaxy View, first shown off earlier this year, would be an attempt to rival the iPad Pro and Surface Pro 4, but we couldn’t have been more wrong.Samsung’s latest Galaxy Tab S2 tablet is the thinnest yet, outdoing both Apple and Sony,and it comes with a vibrant 9.7in screen and a microSD card slot for storing hundreds of movies. 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. While the hardware itself is designed with videos in mind, the home screen also highlights a number of video platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, Twitch, Crackle, and YouTube — which suggests Samsung may have partnerships in place for this.

The follow up to the Galaxy Tab S, the first truly good Samsung tablet, improves on design and speed, but swaps a widescreen for a squarer one, making it a more direct challenger to Apple’s iPad. Phandroid published photos of the listing from Adorama and B&H, which confirmed that the tablet will be 18.4-inch, making it one of the largest in the market when released. The larger device that that comes to mind is last year’s Lenovo Horizon II with a 27-inch display, but was considered an entirely different category. Earlier this month, Acer launched a new all-in-one Windows desktop PC that had a battery built into it, while Lenovo launched the Yoga Home 900, an attempt at a portable desktop.

In fact, at 5.6mm thick and 389g in weight, it’s 1mm thinner and 76g lighter than last year’s Tab S, 0.5mm thinner and 4g lighter than Sony’s Xperia Z4 Tablet and 0.5mm thinner and 48g lighter than Apple’s iPad Air 2. 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.”

It promised that the device will make its debut at the end of this year and with the listing leak out, there is a chance that the release will be done soon. Unlike most other Android tablets the screen is in the 4:3 ratio, the same as the iPad, which is better for reading books, but means big black bars are visible at the top and bottom of the screen when watching video.

It gets the job done for the most part and still feels responsive particularly diving in and out of the recently used apps list, but it doesn’t feel as rapid as the Galaxy S6 in day-to-day usage. If left on a coffee table and used occasionally it would be dead within three days, which is a common problem with Android tablets – one that is solved by Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Tab S2 ships with Android 5.0.2 in the UK and is due to be updated to Android 5.1, but the update had not arrived by the time I had finished testing the device. Samsung’s smart stay, which keeps the screen on when you’re looking at it, is particularly handy for reading when you might not touch the screen for a minute or so. I don’t recommend making it your primary holiday camera The home button doubles as a fingerprint scanner for unlocking the device and some third-party apps.

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