For a while now there have been small pieces of information about an 18.4" Samsung Android tablet that was due to release in the near future. The tablet was also hinted at earlier this year at IFA. Today that tablet has gone official as the Samsung Galaxy View, and it's unlike any other Android tablet that I've seen before. Some information is still scarce, but I've put together the known specifications in the chart below.

  Samsung Galaxy View
SoC 1.6GHz Octa-core
GPU ?
RAM 2GB
NAND 32/64GB + MicroSDXC
Display 18.4" 1920x1080 LCD
Dimensions 451.8 x 275.8 x 11.9mm, 2650g
Camera 2.1MP Front-Facing
Battery 5700mAh
OS Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
Cellular Connectivity LTE with NanoSIM Slot
Other Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + BT 4.1, microUSB 2.0

It's pretty obvious just by looking at the specs that the Galaxy View is a unique device. It sports an enormous 18.4" LCD display, with a 1080p resolution. This certainly isn't near as sharp as the screens you'll get on recent smartphones and tablets, but you're also more likely to use the Galaxy View at a farther distance. However, you are ultimately limited by the length of your arms because you need to touch the display, and so a higher resolution probably would have been beneficial, and I would imagine if the Galaxy View ends up being successful to any degree that we'll see an improved display on the next generation.

With that large display comes a very big and heavy chassis. At 2.65kg it is by far the heaviest Android device I have ever seen, apart from perhaps some AIO desktops that include an Android partition for whatever reason. In order to make the Galaxy View easier to handle Samsung has actually build in a kickstand of sorts, and a handle which can be used to carry it around. It honestly seems a bit comical, but then again so have other past devices like the original Galaxy Note, and perhaps it will eventually be normal to see people walking down the street carrying a giant tablet at their side.

As for the rest of the internals, Samsung has only provided some high level info. The 1.6GHz Octa-core SoC has been reported as the Exynos 7580 by some other sources, but given that it's an unknown part and the available information seems less than reputable I wouldn't want to make any definitive claims at this point about exactly what SoC is in use. It is paired with 2GB of RAM, but it's not clear whether it's of the LPDDR3 or LPDDR4 variety, and that will come along with the SoC verification once we get more concrete specs. There's no rear-facing camera, because when you get to 18.4" there is really no way to take photos. I do wonder if it might have been a useful inclusion for showing a different point of view when video chatting, but ultimately Samsung has decided not to include one.

The battery also looks very small if you assume a 3.85V chemistry, and in fact it would actually be smaller than the battery in the iPad Air 2 if that's the case. If that is true I could only assume that Samsung had to reduce the tablet's mass, and assumed that in most circumstances the user would be close to a power outlet anyway. It's very possible that Samsung is actually using a battery chemistry with a higher voltage and so the capacity will be much larger than the specification given in mAh would imply. This is again something that will hopefully be clarified in the future.

Samsung hasn't announced pricing or availability for the Galaxy View yet, but with it now being official those details shouldn't be far off.

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  • Gazzy - Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - link

    I don't see a market for this device at all...... Reply
  • jgoldeneyes - Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - link

    Neither do I. Reply
  • ddriver - Thursday, October 29, 2015 - link

    If the price is right, it is a great "smart" portable monitor. Decent specs for content consumption, could be a decent terminal device as well. Will probably be useful for education and demonstration, the larger size will allow for more spectators than a typical size tablet device. Reply
  • theduckofdeath - Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - link

    No one saw a market for Samsungs 12+ inch tablets two years ago. Today everybody focuses on 12+ inch tablets.
    "I don't see a market for this" is one of the most common comments on new Samsung device releases, I think. I remember when tech blogs had readers who were progressive. Today everybody "interested" in tech are so afraid of innovation.
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  • AlyssaMayer - Saturday, November 14, 2015 - link

    Considering we are using a tablet for playing games, downloading and watching movies, I must say Samsung Galaxy Note Pro is a recommended one. Best display ever because of it's Extra Large HD Display. See from: http://www.consumerrunner.com/top-10-best-tablets/ Reply
  • michael2k - Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - link

    Apple used to ship iMacs with 15" and 17" displays. I think the potential market for cheap computer still exists, they just normally get laptops instead of desktops.

    Speaking of which, if this thing were an 18" laptop I don't think anyone would blink (other than being Android powered).
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  • Samus - Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - link

    Yeah but you can get a nice Lenovo or HP AIO running Windows 10 for $500-$600 with the same size or larger screen than this. I just don't see a market for an android "AIO" because Android apps just aren't designed for this environment. Reply
  • lilmoe - Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - link

    This could have a pretty significant market if, and I mean IF, the price is right. It would be great in the kitchen, office, showrooms, and other places where an 18" media player is needed.

    However, if the rumored $599 price is true, then I don't see it succeeding that much.
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  • ThomasS31 - Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - link

    With almost 3kg???

    No way please... this is baaad.
    Reply
  • lilmoe - Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - link

    This is most likely going to stay on a table, and that's not a bad thing. Even if Sammy says otherwise, I don't see people carrying this around, even if it was lighter. Reply

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