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Samsung is working on a huge 18.4-inch Android tablet, report claims


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Like this, but much, much bigger

Samsung is one of those prolific manufacturers that tries to fill every single niche.

That’s why we’re not that surprised about a new report that claims Samsung is working on an 18.4-inch tablet.

It’s a bewildering form factor, especially as the general industry consensus for tablet sizing has settled around 7-inches.

The enormous device, purported to be codenamed “Tahoe”, is expected to land running Android 5.1 Lollipop.

That probably means a launch isn’t too far off, because a new 2016 device will probably run Google’s upcoming Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Sammobile obtained the information about Tahoe exclusively, but didn’t state a source. As such, we can’t verify the story.

Nevertheless, here’s a list of specs claimed to be associated with the mysterious super-sized slate:

  • 18.4-inch LCD display
  • 1,920 x 1,080 pixel screen resolution
  • Octa-core 64-bit 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB built-in storage
  • microSD slot
  • 5,700mAh battery
  • 8-megapixel primary camera
  • 2.1-megapixel secondary camera
  • 451.8 x 275.8 x 11.9mm

It’s a bit of a shame if the tablet does end up using a Full HD display.

Many of Samsung’s sub 6-inch smartphones use QHD screens, so there’s no reason why an 18.4-inch device shouldn’t benefit from an increased pixel count.

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It’s not clear why exactly we need such a huge tablet, if one actually exists.

The most likely target customer for such a large slate would probably be enterprise customers.

Consumer tablet sales growth has slowed in recent times, so manufacturers are reportedly eyeing businesses to pump life back into the industry.

It’s that sort of thinking that’s fuelling the endless rumours that Apple is nearly ready to launch a 12-inch iPad Pro. That would still be dwarfed by the Tahoe, mind.

Would you be interested in a tablet that measures nearly 20-inches corner-to-corner? Please do tell us in the comments, because we’ve got no idea.

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August 21, 2015, 6:06 pm

Might appeal to olde guyes who need to place it at arms length to be able to see it clearly. At that distance it probably subtends the same angle to the eye as a smaller device held closer, so gives much the same experience as a 7" full HD in younger hands.

Dead Words

August 21, 2015, 9:25 pm

Ah...no. Especially with those specs.
If I was going to buy a tablet that large I'd want it to be able to compete power wise with any decent laptop and also run Windows. An Android tablet at that size and specs doesn't serve any purpose (to me).
Now the rumors that Samsung is making a 12-inch Windows tablet...that gets me thinking.

Prem Desai

August 21, 2015, 9:43 pm

Samsung hasn't yet worked out that it's not Apple.

Apple has a fan base to die for.

They could make a 42 inch tablet with a back pack that was the battery and the fans would be queuing up to buy it.

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