The Samsung Galaxy View is a huge. At 18.4 inches, this is the biggest Galaxy device yet and it even comes with a handle to carry around this 2.65kg behemoth.
Thanks to our eagle-eyed reader, the Galaxy View has just gotten the green light from SIRIM and it is very likely to hit Malaysia very soon.
Is it a TV or a tablet? Samsung says it is neither. But to us, this is a touch screen Smart TV that fits on your coffee table. The 18.4″ screen does Full HD resolution which gives a pixel density of just 119ppi. There’s a pair of stereo speakers and it runs on a 1.6GHz Octa-Core processor mated to 2GB of RAM. To store your entertainment content, it comes in either 32GB or 64GB storage capacities which fortunately is upgradable with microSD. Upfront there’s a 2.1MP front camera for your video confering or occasional selfies.
Being a TV/Tablet convergence device, you can use it without being plugged in for up to 8 hours with its 5,700mAh capacity battery. Connectivity wise, it has Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi 802.11ac and there’s an optional model for LTE but it looks like we are getting a WiFi only version according to the specs shown on SIRIM. Out of the box, it runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and the interface is customised with large buttons for ease of use as a media centre. After all, this is designed to be as a media consumption device that’s smarter than your average TV. It is just a pity that it lacks external sources like HDMI.
The Samsung Galaxy View is going for US$499 in the US which is around RM2,154 in our current exchange rates. The question remains, would you get one?
Thanks @KevinNgTK for the tip!
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