Leaks and rumors have been flying around about a colossal 18.4-inch tablet from Samsung. The device, tentatively known as the Samsung Galaxy View, is quite real and has made its way through the FCC. The documentation submitted to the FCC indicates it has all the usual suspects on board as far as LTE bands, including bands 4,5,12 and 17 among others. It would seem the GSM-compatible beast is headed to AT&T first, though other carriers could definitely follow in the future, given its LTE compatibility. This variant, sporting a model number of SM-T677A, is bound for AT&T since it’s designated with an “A” suffix and has a fairly obvious AT&T logo on the back, according to the label location picture.
The Samsung Galaxy View was teased last month when the Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch was announced. It will be 17.5 inches wide, 10.5 inches tall and have a diagonal screen size of 18.6 inches. This huge screen will have a resolution of 1920×1080, which may seem a bit low for its size. With the right optimizations, it could still be a great display. Powering the show, you’ll find 2GB of RAM and an octa-core Exynos 7 processor, placing this tablet in decidedly upper mid-range territory. It also features speakers on the back and a mysterious square that looks a lot like a kickstand. Given the tablet’s size, a kickstand would be a no-brainer feature. There seems to be no word in the reports on internal storage or the presence of a MicroSD slot, but that doesn’t exactly rule it out. In any case, the tablet will ship with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, naturally skinned with Samsung’s signature TouchWiz interface.
The giant tablet doesn’t sport the kind of specs that will make power users happy, but definitely seems like an option for casual use or enterprise. It’s not hard to envision this kind of tablet perched on a coffee table or a desk somewhere, showing media, charts or a video caller to a group of people. This wouldn’t be the kind of tablet you hold over your face in bed unless you feel like having the massive device bruise your nose, but it doesn’t seem targeted at typical tablet use cases. It will be interesting to hear what users and reviewers have to say about the tablet when it drops. There is no concrete word of a release date, but it’s quite likely to come out in time for the Holidays.