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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  • Klug4Pres - Thursday, October 29, 2015 - link

    I would prefer just a big touchscreen with no battery, just Displayport - that can receive video and can carry touchscreen data over the Aux channel - and a power-in for either AC or battery supply. Then you could just plug in whatever you felt like carrying with you, be it a smartphone, a small form factor PC, a computer-on-a-stick, and - if you need to be on battery - a big slab that can power the whole lot, maybe in the form of a keyboard.

    We need to modularize portable computing rather than creating more landfill devices that cannot adapt to enough scenarios to be worth carrying.
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  • remosito - Thursday, October 29, 2015 - link

    If it had a 4k screen it would have been an instant buy. Only HD resolution makes it worthless to me. Reply
  • psychobriggsy - Thursday, October 29, 2015 - link

    This is a giant Galaxy S5 Neo.

    It presumably uses the same octa-core SoC, the Exynos Octa 7480, that has eight A53s and an ARM Mali T720MP2.
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  • psychobriggsy - Thursday, October 29, 2015 - link

    7580 ... Reply
  • npz - Thursday, October 29, 2015 - link

    1080p is perfect for this device because zero scaling is required for native 1080p videos, which I imagine will be the primary use. Web pages and apps with bitmaps will also look better at 1:1. On my HiDpi phone, all the upscaled bitmap icons look like shit. Yet it's still sharp enough for fonts. Ironically everyone who seems to want super Hidpi displays all use large fonts and wear glasses and can't seem to see detect the blurring incurred by upscaling.

    I wish it had an active stylus though. Ultimately its success all depends on price.
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  • Wolfpup - Thursday, October 29, 2015 - link

    *facepalm* for running Android.

    And not even just Android, but Samsung's "special" already-outdated/insecure-when-you-buy-it-and-it-never-gets-updated Android.
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  • Notmyusualid - Thursday, October 29, 2015 - link

    Nice portable monitor....

    I hope 18.4" >1080p is on the way...

    (on my 3rd 18.4" laptop....)
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  • aryonoco - Thursday, October 29, 2015 - link

    Priced right, I can see myself buying one to read recipes off in the kitchen.

    Knowing that it's Samsung, it probably won't be priced low enough for that purpose though. But hopefully it will succeed and create a viable ecosystem so in a couple of years we have lots of cheap Chinese $100 20" tablets for me to use in the kitchen!
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  • Wolfpup - Thursday, October 29, 2015 - link

    I use an Alienware Alpha with an i5 + a 24" monitor with built-in speakers and a mechanical keyboard for that (and other) kitchen use :-D Reply
  • Sanveer - Thursday, October 29, 2015 - link

    I have never understood why someone doesn't make abfull fledged editing Tablet in 18-21 inches. Let it have bad battery life, or have ports for external Sony or Canon batteries. But something with a really fast i7 with atleast a 2Gb dedicated graphics card and 16Gb RAM atleast. If it has touch maybe a separate keyboard won't even be required (though I am not sure how many profess editing softwares have full-fleded touch enabled editing).
    The new Lenovo 19 inch Tablet is out. But I am guessing it's processing power will be pretty average.
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