Three years after the original, a gargantuan Samsung Galaxy View 2 is in the works

Three years after the original, a gargantuan Samsung Galaxy View 2 is in the works
Back when Samsung wasn’t afraid of taking risks and experimenting with different designs, form factors, and sizes, including some pretty outlandish ones, the Galaxy View made its US debut as one of the world’s largest tablets.

At a $599 list price, with a huge 18.4-inch screen sporting a fairly modest 120 pixel per inch density, not to mention a cumbersome 5.84 pounds weight, what was essentially a portable TV could never make it into the mainstream tech scene.

Fast forward almost three years, and for some reason, Samsung is reportedly working on a sequel no one really asked for. For what it’s worth (and it’s probably not worth much), this Galaxy View 2 expected out on AT&T soon should be a “bit more compact and practical” than its forerunner, according to a “source familiar with the company’s plans”, quoted by the always reliable folks over at Android Police.

The display size will purportedly be reduced (a little), to 17.5 inches, although the image quality is unlikely to be vastly improved, since there’s no upgrade in the works from the old 1080p, aka Full HD, aka 1920 x 1080 pixels, standard.

There’s at least hope for a reasonable price point, but only because the gargantuan Android tablet is expected to pack 3GB RAM. That’s 5 gigs less than the top-tier configuration of the Galaxy Note 9 and an increasing number of flagship phones on the market right now.

Running Oreo software out the box, the Samsung Galaxy View 2 is vaguely rumored to come with an Exynos processor under the hood, lacking both stylus and DeX support. A “modern” USB-C port will handle charging instead of the original version’s outdated AC power adapter, while a “book-style hinge” aims to improve the device’s maneuverability and versatility.
 
The hinge will be non-removable, which isn’t ideal from a portability standpoint, but at least the first-gen Galaxy View’s massive handle is going away.

Related phones

Galaxy View
  • Display 18.4" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 5700 mAh(8h talk time)

FEATURED VIDEO

11 Comments

1. Rager722 unregistered

What a weak battery for such a big screen..

2. Brewski

Posts: 732; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Where did you see any mention of a battery? I must have missed that sentence...

4. Rager722 unregistered

Looking at the features of the previous version.

5. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The older view had 8 hours of multimedia talk time for things like hangouts. I would buy it in a heart beat of it had a stylus.

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

If it had S-Pen, I'll literally throw my wacom cintiq (but, I'm sure they wont, lol)

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3168; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Without DeX support this will be a failure. Android apps don't scale well to 11.6" Chromebooks well and they expect people to use them on a screen bigger than most PCs?

7. gd761

Posts: 215; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

The $599 price tag was Way Too Much then and would still be Too Much. The Price has to come down to the $399 mark to be affordable enough to get this as a Multimedia device. Also, it Needs to have a Bigger Battery and More Onboard Storage.

9. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

This device will most likely have a micro SD slot like the last version. Plus Samsung has recently announced 512 GB micro SD cards. So that is the storage problem solved.

12. AxelFoley unregistered

I got the original for $350 when it went on sale about 6 months after release. It's been good for having an extra football game on when another one is on the big screen or for use in the kitchen or on the deck. My kid watches cartoons on it from his playpen. Apparently, Phonearena has more information and data on the utility of the device than the multibillion dollar company that sells it.

8. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

This is Android and it also has split screen multitasking as well. So it will just fine, and it scales really well.

11. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Give it decent speaker, than it will be a better idea than Lenovo smart display (or any smart speaker with display out there right now)

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless