With Samsung’s most recent device launches being surprisingly restrained, you could almost be forgiven for thinking the company didn’t care so much about the showmanship of releasing high-specced products with ridiculous features anymore. Case in point being the elegant and well-made Galaxy S6 and Note 5 phones. No longer are they smartphones packed with eye-watering feature lists, or a slew of gimmicky features no one needs. But that doesn’t mean the company is completely giving up on trying new, interesting things. At least, not if a recent rumor from SamMobile is anything to go by. According to the site’s sources, Samsung is working on a tablet code-named ‘Tahoe’ also known internally as model number SM-T670. Allegedly, this tablet has a gigantic 18.4-inch screen. Sadly for those hoping for a bazillion pixels and ultra-sharp resolution, we could be disappointed. Despite being virtually double the usual large tablet size, it’s rumored to feature a 1080 x 1920 screen. That’s a pixel density of under 120ppi. In other words, a screen less sharp than the original iPhone’s. Granted, in a TV that wouldn’t be so bad, since it sits a few feet from your face. But with a tablet on your lap, at arm’s length, that’s going to look fuzzy and pixellated.
Other purported features include an octa-core 64-bit 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 processor, continuing Samsung’s recent tradition of using its own in-house chips. It’ll also house a 5,700mAh battery, 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage (expandable to 128GB via MicroSD). It’ll supposedly have an 8MP camera on the back, and a 2.1MP camera on the front and run Android 5.1 Lollipop at launch. What’s more, it’s expected to measure in at a huge 451.8mm wide, 275.8mm tall and 11.9mm thick.
If released, it’ll be interesting to see how Samsung markets ‘Tahoe’. Is it a desktop-replacement Android-based tablet you can still stick in your backpack and carry around with you? Will the company create a bespoke keyboard to go alongside it, similar to the Surface and Surface Pro tablets from Microsoft? Although I can’t ever see myself needing such a huge table, I’m still very intrigued. Let’s hope Samsung still has it within them to surprise, confuse and shock us. It’s been too long.