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Samsung Galaxy View 2 renders showcase huge display, refined design

The Galaxy Fold is arguably Samsung’s most unique mobile device to date, but back in November of 2015 this title was held by the Galaxy View which was also the company’s largest products.

The humongous tablet isn’t thought to have sold incredibly well, but way back in August it was revealed that Samsung was working on a successor. And today, over eight months later, SamMobile has obtained official renders of the upcoming tablet.

A slightly smaller display and a redesigned rear

Taking a look at the front of the device, the Galaxy View 2 doesn’t differ too much from the original. In fact, the only noticeable differences are the lack of Samsung branding and slightly smaller bezels. Speaking of bezels, these wrap around a 17.5-inch display which presumably sports a 16:9 aspect ratio. This may seem massive, but it’s actually smaller than the 18.4-inch panel found on the original.

Joining the new display will be a drastically redesigned rear. Gone is the integrated handle and kickstand of the old model and in their places is a hinged panel that sits at a 30-degree angle when closed – making the Galaxy View 2 ideal for typing on – and at an adjustable angle when used as a kickstand. The new rear also includes a circular hole that presumably makes it easier to carry the Galaxy View 2 when moving around. 

A mid-range processor and just 3GB of RAM

The tablet, which bears the model number SM-T927A, was previously spotted on benchmark database Geekbench. This revealed the presence of an Exynos 7885 on the inside and just 3GB of RAM. It’s unclear how much storage the tablet will offer, but a minimum of 64GB seems likely.

Like Samsung’s other devices, Android 9 Pie complete with the One UI overlay should be present straight out of the box. This will be paired with Bluetooth and optional 4G LTE support – a Wi-Fi only version is in the works.

In recent times, Samsung has continued to expand support for its S Pen – it now ships with Galaxy Note smartphones, certain tablets, and even some Chromebooks – but it seems as though the Galaxy View 2 won’t benefit from this, despite its huge size. 

Samsung Galaxy View 2 release date, pricing, availability

The Samsung Galaxy View 2 will seemingly be heading to AT&T sometime in the near future – the renders clearly show the carrier’s logo on the rear. This corroborates previous leaks which suggested AT&T would exclusively offer the tablet. The availability of an unlocked variant remains to be seen, however.

An exact release date is yet to be confirmed, but the upcoming device has already received both its Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certifications. In fact, it received them way back in September which suggests an announcement could be imminent. 

Regarding the official pricing, no information has leaked so far. However, the original Galaxy View did retail at $599 during launch. Considering this, there’s a change Samsung will price the Galaxy View 2 the same way. Alternatively, it could drop the price a little in order to spark interest and pass on savings to consumers from the smaller display – the panel is presumably cheaper to produce considering no upgrades are expected. 

All things considered, it seems likely the Galaxy View 2 will reach consumers starting the very end of May or the beginning of June. This, however, depends largely on an announcement towards the beginning of May. If for whatever reason Samsung chooses to unveil the product at a later date, the release date will likely be pushed back too.

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