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Samsung's super-sized Galaxy View tablet is $599, coming November 6th

Samsung's super-sized Galaxy View tablet is $599, coming November 6th


A big price for a big screen

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The Galaxy View, Samsung's colossal 18-inch tablet designed for video streaming, will be priced at $599 when it's released on November 6th. That'll get you the Wi-Fi version with 32GB of internal storage; the View also includes a microSD slot for adding more storage should you need it. A US wireless carrier will also be offering a model with built-in LTE, though Samsung still hasn't named which; the likeliest candidate is AT&T.

But even for the Wi-Fi only configuration, that's a pretty hefty price for a 1080p tablet — regardless of screen size. You're not exactly paying for breakthrough hardware specifications, either; the Galaxy View is powered by an octa-core 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and runs Android 5.1.1 out of the box. On the wireless end, it supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1. Samsung says its latest tablet can last through 8 hours of continuous video playback, and it's got a 5700mAh battery helping to achieve that longevity.

Our hands-on from yesterday should provide a decent preview of what Samsung is trying to accomplish with the View. The company doesn't expect anyone to lug around this device as they would with an iPad or Galaxy Tab S2, but rather it's meant to be moved around inside the home. It's almost better to think of it as a portable TV (with a very strange handle / stand) than a conventional consumer tablet. Is there any market for such a device? Perhaps, but Samsung might've just priced itself out of success.