In 2015, Samsung decided that the main problem with the tablet was that it wasn’t mistaken for a TV often enough. To that end, the company released the Samsung Galaxy View – an 18.6-inch tablet that emerged to distinctly middling reviews. It was so weighty that it needed a handle to lug it around.
Samsung is apparently planning an unlikely sequel, according to Android Police. Sources familiar with the company’s plans allege that the new device will be slightly more practical, coming in at just 17.5-inches this time around and charging by USB-C rather than the laptop-style charging brick of old.
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It will come with a non-removable book-style hinge that will support the tablet in one of two positions: angled at 30 degrees for easy browsing, or held upright for watching video on its massive 1080p screen.
Unfortunately, this isn’t an all-in-one PC in Android tablet clothing. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9, there’s no Samsung DeX support, and with 3GB of RAM it doesn’t look like it’d be much of a multitasking powerhorse either.
There’s no S-Pen support either, so it won’t even be like a mini version of the Microsoft Surface Studio.
Sources say that, instead, it’s aimed more at families as a household media device, equally happy displaying recipes in the kitchen as being dragged out to the garden to stream the big match. In the US, the sources say, the device will be sold via AT&T.
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No release date or price as yet, but with a screen that big – even a 1080p one – you’d imagine this would be on the expensive end of the spectrum.
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