If the new Galaxy View is any sign, Samsung has a new policy for hardware: license the ordinary stuff to B&N, and keep the stupendous ideas for themselves.
Initially teased last month at IFA Berlin, the Samsung Galaxy View is an 18.5" Android "tablet"which is so large that it comes with its own kickstand.
Few details were released last month, but thanks to the benchmark site we now know that the Galaxy View (model number SM-T670) runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on a 64-bit octa-core Samsung Exynos 7580 processor with Mali-T720 GPU, 2GB RAM, and 25GB internal storage.
The 18.5" screen will have a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The listed specs also mention a single camera (2MP), Bluetooth, Wifi, GPS, and a light sensor. There's also an earlier leak that said this tablet will have an 8MP camera, a microSD card slot, and feature a 5.7 Ah battery.
No price or release date has been announced at this time.
Samsung is going to market the Galaxy View to be used in classrooms, offices, and living rooms. It's going to be a little small to be hung on the wall and a little large to be set in your lap, but with Samsung's quality and brand behind it, the Galaxy View should still find buyers.
The Samsung Galaxy View isn't so much a tablet as it is the latest entrant into a new product category. Sure, it's going to have a battery, so technically it's a mobile device. But like the earlier large tablet models (including the 65" Fuhu Nabi BigTab), Galaxy View is more of a cross between an all-in-one PC and a Smart TV. It's not so much a tablet as it is an alternative to Google's Android TV platform that Marvell first showed off at CES 2014, and to the Fire TV.
Yes, Amazon's Fire TV is set top box, but when plugged in to a TV it serves some of the same needs as the Galaxy View. Both are intended to be used in living rooms, making them competitors. It's just that one is more mobile while the other is more portable.