Electronics giant Samsung has just rolled out the largest tablet on the market. The Samsung Galaxy View comes in at 18.4 inches. Call it a super tablet.
Although Dell has a portable all-in-one deskop that’s 18.4 inches, Samsung takes the prize for the largest pure-play tablet form factor. The Galaxy View is also the largest Android device on the market. It sports a video-optimized user interface, which seems to make sense given its large screen size.
The home screen, which is dedicated to video experiences, displays content and services in the same place, while the Familly Square feature offers a dashboard customized to connect socially with family and friends. The device promises up to eight hours of video playback with one battery charge.
Learning From Apple?
We caught up with Roger Entner, a principal analyst at Recon Anaytics, to get his thoughts on the new Galaxy View. He told us Samsung is moving toward a large tablet screen to keep up with -- or in this case surpass -- the Joneses. The Joneses in this case: Apple. The company is rolling out its 12.9-inch iPad Pro next month, which beats Samsung's current 12.2-inch tablet.
“You don’t want to give the opponent a leg up or let them have a different form factor that could be successful,” Entner said. “We all have seen the difference between having a large-screen phone and not having a large-screen phone.”
Entner said that Apple suffered significantly for more than two years because it didn’t have a large-screen phone to compete with Samsung’s phablets. Finally, Apple saw the light and released iPhone 6 models that allowed it to take back some lost ground. Suddenly, Apple is on a roll again, he said.
The Minus 20 Percent
Of course, a 12.9-inch tablet is one thing. An 18.4-inch tablet is quite another. Will anyone even want a tablet that large?
“Even though we don’t know how big the market is for a device of this size, Samsung has decided that what Apple does they will do, too,” Entner said. Of course, this beats Apple by nearly six inches -- and that’s the point. With the Galaxy View, Samsung is going bigger to better Apple.
“Overall iPad sales went down 20 percent in the last quarter, so I don’t know how well the big ones have been doing but they are part of the minus 20 percent,” Entner said. “It’s not something that people are standing around the block to get. But, still, if somebody wants one, especially a business, you want to be able to say you have it. Otherwise, they might choose your competitor.”
Posted: 2015-10-30 @ 1:17pm PT
First I was working on a single screen. Then on a dual screen. Then dual screen + 9"7 iPad-like Android clone. I have so many PDF documents open at time and referring back to them, without having to actually switch windows and pages is so much faster.
I am not sure I will need an 18.4 inch behemoth, especially not knowing things like resolution, weight, battery life, or price. However, my line of work is all letter or legal size paper. I can very well imagine that if I was an architect, I could not get enough and I would actually want a 30" 300ppi display tablet to have reference documents next to my workstation. Similarly, if I was to look at a photographer's portfolio at a marketing agency.
There is a market for displays that are big, light, accurate, inexpensive, sort of intelligent but not as powerful as PCs. Apple and Samsung are slowly attempting to find the silver bullet for that market.
Posted: 2015-10-28 @ 2:17pm PT
I have an iPad 2. Holding it on my lap 12 feet away from my 50-inch TV, they are the same size. I don't need a larger tablet.