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Samsung's Galaxy View looks to be a myopic mid-range offering
Tablets. Perhaps as a direct result of the industry’s supposed slump, Apple and Google have taken to pushing productivity with their new entries. Whereas the Pixel C is but 10.2 inches however, the iPad Pro is a towering 12.9, a numeric ball-park Samsung is all too familiar with given the Galaxy Tab PRO 12.2 and Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 devices it released in 2014. Samsung also has teased an even more enormous upcoming product, the Galaxy View. For better or worse, the device looks to be a mid-range offering at best, at least according to GFXBench results:
Suffice to say the specs above – if legitimate – are a far cry from not only the new Galaxy Tab S2, but even last year’s Galaxy PRO series. The display, arguably the most important part of the tablet experience, is a positively grand 18.5 inches. The resolution however is listed at Full HD (1920 X 1080). This would give the Galaxy View a pixel density score of…124.73ppi. For reference, the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 has a pixel density of about 247ppi, the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 and iPad Pro have a pixel density of 264ppi, and even the low-end Galaxy Tab E has roughly 157ppi.
While nothing is mentioned about the screen itself, it would not be the least bit surprising to find it either an LCD panel or else a TFT offering. If the benchmarks are indeed real, then the device is going to be quite far from the Super AMOLED-packing, high pixel product that one might readily envision with a name like “View”.
The remaining specs are of equally mid-range nature including an Exynos 7580 SoC and just 2GB of RAM. It will apparently have 32GB of on-board storage, a 2-megapixel front camera (as well as an 8-megapixel rear camera despite the benchmark noting it missing), a 5,700 mAh battery, and microSD support along with Android 5.1.1. The Galaxy View is expected to come in at 451.8 mm wide, 275.8 mm tall, and 11.9 mm thick.
It will be interesting to see just where the View fits into the whole Galaxy product line. Given the large size it will inevitably be seen as a device meant to stay at home, but with the specs being reported above, it certainly doesn’t seem like the best option for a heavy gaming or media experience. With the lack of a “PRO” branding, the product is arguably going for a very different market altogether.
What are your thoughts on the device? Could Samsung have a real competitor on its hands here, or – again assuming these specs are legitimate – has it essentially killed the View before anyone got a peek?