Galaxy View Preview – A Tabletus Maximus for Internet TV




At IFA last September in Berlin, Samsung already hinting at the arrival of a huge tablet, the Galaxy View. When it was announced that the device weighs a 18.4 “screen and is 2.65 kilogram, which was frowned here and there. That’s not a weight that you would get on the train or even depends on the bank. Is it a tablet or perhaps a TV, or maybe an all-in-one PC, since he has a standard? We might have the huge apparatus viewing at the headquarters of Samsung and he shows no identity crisis. It is, according to the South Korean manufacturer with a movable display and the idea is simply an extra screen for anywhere in your home, which you look mainly streaming video over a WiFi connection.

According to Samsung is currently 44 percent of online videos viewed on mobile devices and we do consumers like on a bigger screen. This screen should not be stuck according to Samsung to all sorts of cables, so that it is movable. The Galaxy View is the result of that conclusion.

In essence, the Galaxy View is a tablet. There is Android 5.1 on, he has a touchscreen and is mobile. In and around the house, camping and basically anywhere with Wi-Fi signal, it can be used. So you, if you want it yet, next summer watch a football game in the garden. Also, you can park your child in any room even if it again who wants to see one favorite episode of hysterical cartoon. Basically the idea is not so bad, but the question is how it worked out.

Samsung Galaxy View
Samsung Galaxy View


One of the first things you notice about the Galaxy View is that he is at the back has a folding stand. This can not now and can stand in two different positions with the aid of strong magnets. In one position, he let the tablet upright, and in the other position, you can put the tablet on the table and tilt towards you to tap more easily and navigate. The tablet is firmly on the standard and is nevertheless shifting properly. But we have some doubts about the plastic used. The Galaxy View has a suggested retail price of 699 euros and for that we would expect more luxurious materials.

The back of the tablet and standard of hard plastic and we would not be surprised if the stand breaks if he falls once on the ground. There is a handle built into the standard with which you can easily transport the tablet through the house. The Galaxy View is not very thin with its 11,9mm and also the edges of the screen is quite large. All in all, we got the huge tablet no right premium feel. According to Samsung, there he is therefore not focused; he must appeal to modern families, who do not want to pay the prize.

Samsung Galaxy View
Samsung Galaxy View


The tablet is aimed at high-end consumer, is also evident from the fact that only a LCD full HD-resolution, 1920×1080 pixels so. That’s low for a 18.4-inch screen, if you look close up is like a tablet is used normally. For a portable screen resolution which is close enough. We could not distinguish individual pixels from one meter distance, so as long as you keep the minimum distance from the screen, the resolution is fine. Also important for a portable screen are the viewing angles; which are in order, although we have seen even better. The colors were a bit disappointing for a screen that is designed for visual enjoyment; they were on the dull side.

A disadvantage of watching video on a touchscreen is that you should check whether the screen should frequently clean through the finger swipe. It would therefore have been a necessity if Samsung would deliver a cloth at the Galaxy View.
Hardware, battery and gaming

The Galaxy View has a Exynos 7580-soc Samsung. It has eight cores running at up to 1.6GHz. Furthermore, there is 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage memory, expandable with up to 128GB via the micro SD card slot. We experienced almost no interruptions in use, even when starting many apps and switch between them.

The battery has a capacity of 5.700mAh which the tablet’s 8.5 hour must endure look at video. Recharging the battery takes 3 hours and 40 minutes. All that we obviously can not test in the hour that we could play with the View. On the front is a 2.1-megapixel camera. The camera is rather moderate as expected, but it is also meant for video calling and not for taking beautiful pictures.

Something that is quite important for a screen that lets you watch video is mainly the sound. The stereo speakers of the Galaxy View sound reasonable, but do not expect bass. Regarding connections does a micro-USB port, a headphone jack and a connection for the adapter. Also, with the help of Bluetooth 1.4 devices such as a keyboard connected to the View. Additionally, the View has wifi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac on board and GPS in the form of GLONASS and A-GPS. He is not available in a 3G or 4G version, or with more storage memory.

Samsung Galaxy View Screenshots
Samsung Galaxy View
Samsung Galaxy View

According to Samsung, there may be the perfect tablet games are played. The Mali GPU-T720MP2 would indeed to be able to do so. Many Android games, however, are directed at you to keep a phone or tablet in your hands and it is now not just aim at the Galaxy View. So we installed the graphic fairly heavy Real Racing 3, which incidentally runs smoothly on the View. We then took the tablet in the hands and send … encountered that is not possible. For this, the tablet must namely be tilted and the View has no motion sensors. However, there is an app to view which games are suggested which are suitable for the tablet.

The software on the Samsung Galaxy View is fairly simple style, as we have from other tablets of the brand are used to. Android 5.1 provides it and the tablet will according to Samsung as long updates are supported as smartphones and other tablets of the brand: about two years.

What is striking is the button with the TV icon at the bottom, between the multi-task and the Home button. Through this button you enter into a ‘video-centric environment “without a specific name, which can be directly to popular Dutch streaming services navigated. This screen is according to Samsung unfortunately not adapt to their own taste.

Samsung Galaxy View Screenshots
Samsung Galaxy View Screenshots
Samsung Galaxy View Screenshots
Samsung Galaxy View Screenshots
Samsung Galaxy View Screenshots

Also there is on the left present a shortcut to the app Family Square. This leads to an environment in which you can add various family members via their phone. Then the members of the group content may be in the form of both videos and photos to share with each other.

At first it was a little unclear what Samsung wanted to achieve with a large and heavy tablet like the Galaxy View. However, if you put it in perspective, the 18.4 “tablet made for a clear purpose. It is no more and no less than a portable Wi-screen, with Samsung has not made too expensive choices. A price of 699 euro is however still quite high. The idea is nice and secretly we hope that we will see this kind of giant tablets more often, but at a more attractive price.


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