Renders suggest giant Galaxy View 2 tablet is real, headed to AT&T (Update: Promo video)

Update, April 23, 2019 (5:50 pm ET): Shortly after the renders of the Galaxy View 2 showed up online, AT&T shared a promotional video of the ginormous tablet on its YouTube channel. Although pricing and availability information is not shared in the advertisement, we did get confirmation on a couple of key specs.

After confirming that the tablet will work on its 4G network, AT&T states that the Galaxy View 2 has a 17.3-inch FHD display. Additionally, the oversized “portable” entertainment device has a 12,000mAh battery and includes 64GB of built-in storage with the option to add up to 400GB via a microSD card.

We also learn that the Galaxy View will have access to DirecTV Now within the Samsung TV Mode app, features quad speakers with Dolby Atmos Sound, and has support for AT&T NumberSync. This allows customers to make and receive voice and video calls from the tablet.

Check out the video for yourself to see how comical it looks when people carry around a tablet with such a large display.

Original post, April 23, 2019 (12:14 pm ET): According to a set of newly-leaked renders, via SamMobile, the alleged Samsung Galaxy View 2 is real, huge, and headed to AT&T sometime in the near future.

The Samsung Galaxy View, launched in 2015, is a giant tablet with a ludicrous 18.4-inch display. Since the tablet is about as big as a common fast food tray, it only appealed to a very specific audience.

It appears Samsung is ready to give it another try with the Samsung Galaxy View 2. The new model will supposedly be a little slimmer with a 17.3-inch display. It also will have a built-in kickstand in the form of a hinged back with a different design from the original View. Check it out in the images below:

A leaked render of what appears to be the Samsung Galaxy View 2.
A leaked render of what appears to be the Samsung Galaxy View 2.
A leaked render of what appears to be the Samsung Galaxy View 2.

As you can see from the renders, the back of the tablet prohibits it from laying flat on a desk, which could be seen as a benefit. Since it’s so massive, you probably would very rarely want it to lay flat as you’d primarily use a device of this size for media consumption, typing, or graphic design.

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The large hole on the back is likely to help you pick up the device. Even in a “closed” state, the large hole will be easily gripped for transportation.

You can’t see it in the renders above, but the back of the device appears to have the AT&T logo. This makes sense as the original Galaxy View was an AT&T exclusive, and it appears this one will follow suit. There will likely also be a Wi-Fi model in addition to the 4G LTE connected option.

Not much is known about the Samsung Galaxy View 2 as far as specs are concerned, but it’s a pretty good bet it will come with Android 9 Pie, judging from the lock screen depicted in the renders. We also don’t know anything about pricing, but the original Galaxy View launched for $600 — it’s actually still available for $570 at Amazon, if you’re interested.

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Who says Android tablets are dead? $130 Nook 10.1 delivers the goods

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  • Barnes & Noble has unveiled its latest Nook tablet.
  • It has a 10.1-inch display, 32GB storage, and only costs $129.99.
  • The tablet is available to pre-order now and will be released on November 14.

Barnes & Noble has just unveiled the Nook 10.1 tablet (via The Verge). And for $129.99, it fits nicely into the budget end of the tablet spectrum. 

The tablet has 32GB storage which can be extended by up to 256GB with a microSD card, along with a 10.1-inch 1,920 x 1,200 display.  It runs Android and — unlike the Amazon Kindle Fire lineup — it can access the Play Store. According to Barnes & Noble, the tablet’s battery should also be good for up to 8.5 hours per charge. 

The tablet comes with front and rear 2MP cameras. While the low megapixel count means the photos won’t be of a particularly high quality, they should be fine for making video calls. It also has a headphone jack and a Micro-USB 2.0 port. We don’t know have any chipset or RAM details unfortunately, so hopefully the company isn’t cutting major corners in this department.

The tablet is also compatible with a portable keyboard cover. This could be useful if you think you’ll need to use the tablet to send emails or edit documents. You will have to purchase the keyboard separately, although, it’s not currently listed on the Barnes & Noble website.

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With its low price and large screen, the Barnes & Noble Nook 10.1 seems like it could be a decent budget tablet for reading books, watching videos, and browsing the web. In comparison, it is $20 cheaper than the 10-inch, 32GB version of the Kindle Fire and $40 cheaper than the Lenovo Tab 4 10 despite having a higher-resolution screen and more storage.

If you want to check it out for yourself, you can do so on the Barnes & Noble website by clicking the button below. The tablet is available to pre-order now and will be released on November 14.

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