What seems to be more of an entertainment set piece than a multi-function tablet, Samsung’s recently unveiled Galaxy View is not an eyesore, but rather an eye-opener. The most attention-grabbing feature is the devices massive screen which clocks in at 18.4 inches, bigger than most laptops on the market today. Though this seems to defeat the primary purpose as tablets conforming to their “mobile” classification, lets take a look at how Samsung plans to utilize this as more of a set-top box than a mobile computing and entertainment solution.
Samsung has stated that the device is not necessarily built for mobile computing, but primarily for watching and listening to media around the home. The device is equipped with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, stereo speakers, an 1.6GHz octa-core processor and a battery that supports a maximum of 8 hours for video playback, nearly negated by how the device will typically remain charged given how it is not meant to typically leave the home. Though users can expect the usual Android functions and applications, that would render the tablet as a a quasi-all-in-one PC.
- 2.1 MP Camera
- Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
- NanoSIM (LTE only)
- 2.65 kg weight
- 2GB RAM, 32/64GB internal storage + microSD expansion
- Bluetooth 4.1 BLE, Wifi, LTE connectivity
Though it may take some heavy advertising and consumer convincing to adopt this new device, it is impossible to scoff at the features it will be shipping with. The connectivity options ensure that the device will seamlessly network with all other mobile devices and computers in the home, allowing streaming capabilities and usage of apps that require an internet connection outside of the usual such as Netflix, Hulu and Spotify.
Though the 2.1 MP camera seems very underwhelming for a device that will be released in this day and age, it’s another sign that this is a media-based device. Though, as with any other device, there is a strong chance Skype integration will be added, and it certainly makes for an ideal device to make and receive video calls from for either business or leisure.
In closing, the Galaxy View looks to be a new, innovative and creative approach to the ever expanding tablet and mobile markets, acting as a television replacement than a tablet. If accessible entertainment is your goal, keep an eye on the View.