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Samsung is getting ready to release its enormous entertainment tablet, the Galaxy View. Its massive display and special home screen filled with streaming app shortcuts make it more of a smart TV than a tablet. It has all of the functions you would expect from one of its smaller Galaxy siblings except that it’s a wi-fi only device and there is no S pen functionality. The Galaxy View’s specs include an 18.4” full 1080p display, a 2.1 megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage with a microSD card slot, and a 5700 mAh battery to power it all. From a full charge, the View’s battery is supposed to last for eight hours of constant viewing. The View also packs a 1.6GHz octa-core CPU. It comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop and can run all the apps that a normal tablet can.
There’s no sense in lugging around a tablet this big. As it’s the largest Android device ever made, it’s meant to be kept in the home and only brought from room to room. The idea is that it would be like a portable TV. You could set it up in the kitchen while you’re cooking, or bring it to bed to watch an episode of your favorite series before sleeping.
At around $500, the Samsung Galaxy View isn’t cheap. It doesn’t have the state of the art specs to even back up a price tag like that. It doesn’t have the state of the art specs to even back up a price tag like that. But what it does have is immense size, and that’s what you’re paying for. At just 120ppi, it’s not exactly QHD, but from what we’ve seen so far, the screen is still pretty crisp.Check Current Price on Amazon
The stand on the back of the Galaxy View, which also acts as a handle, is non-removable. That means it can never lay flat, but will instead be angled when you lay it down. Samsung is experimenting with this odd product. Could this be the first of a new wave of super-sized tablets to hit the market? After the Galaxy View’s Nov. 6th release date, we’ll see if consumers and competitors follow Samsung’s lead.