Back in August, a report claimed Samsung was working on a huge 18.4-inch tablet code-named ‘Tahoe’. Despite the massive size of the display, it was rumored that it would ‘only’ feature a resolution of 1080 x 1920, giving it a mediocre pixel density of under 120ppi. A rumor which is seemingly corroborated by a set of leaked benchmarks on GFXBench, and a tweet from Evan Blass with the device’s likely official name: Samsung Galaxy View…
Presuming the leaked specifications are genuine, the benchmark points to a device which — despite its size — is aimed at the low-end of the market. Unlike Apple’s iPad Pro, this could be a very affordable gigantic tablet.
Specifications include a Samsung Exynos octa-core processor, with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Although not mentioned in the benchmarks, it’s expected that Samsung’s ‘Tahoe’ or Galaxy View will play host to a 5,700mAh battery.
Perhaps more interesting than the included specs are the missing ones. The GFXBench tests suggest there is no rear camera, despite the previous rumor stating that it would sport an 8MP snapper on the back. There’s also a lack of motion or proximity sensors of any kind.
Earlier this year I would have assumed that there’s no market for huge tablets. Surely the benefit of a tablet was to have a super-portable computing solution. However, with Apple releasing the 12-inch iPad Pro, and Alcatel OneTouch teasing its weird and wonderful-looking 17-inch XESS tablet at IFA, it’s clear manufacturers do see an opportunity.
We could argue that the move to bigger tablets has been in reaction to the rise of large phablets, which coincided with the decreased sales of smaller tablets. The tablet market in its current state isn’t growing anywhere near as fast as it was a couple of years ago. With people more comfortable walking around with gigantic smartphones, and able to do more on them, the tablet is being forced to reinvent itself. Apparently that reinvention means making them really, really, ridiculously big.