Tech whistleblower Evan Bass has recently unearthed what seems to be Samsung’s plan to build a tablet that would rival, at least in size, both the Apple iPad Pro, and the Surface Pro, and it won’t be likely called “Galaxy Pro”.
What we know with certainty, at least from specs leaked by GFXBench, is that the new tablet runs android 5.1.1, with a strong chance that it might move on to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, by the time it is actually released.
What grabbed our attention is the sheer size of the display: at 18.5 inches, this gargantuan touchscreen features 5-finger gesture support, and 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.
The CPU powering this device appears to be Samsung’s own 1.6GHz Exynos 7 Octa, with four Cortex A57 cores, and four Cortex A53 cores, on an ARMv8 chip.
Graphic performance will be handled by a Mali-T720 ARM GPU, and the main 3D API used will be OpenGL ES 3.1.
Memory specs are a little odd, as it seems that this tablet will feature 1.8GB of RAM. Internal storage appears to offer 25GB, which does seem a little conservative, even for Android, considering that this tablet is most certainly not a smartphone.
The lack of a camera on the back of the unit is no big surprise, however the front facing camera’s picture and recording resolution seems to match the actual resolution of the screen: 1920 x 1080. The sensor will be capable of shooting video in Full HD.
It seems that this tablet won’t have a massive array of sensors. There won’t be an accelerometer, a barometer, a compass, a gyroscope, nor NFC or proximity sensors, and there will not be even a slot for a SIM card. On the other hand it will feature the minimum required for home use, such as Bluetooth, light sensor, and Wi-Fi. GPS is also included.
Rumors are circulating about the tablet’s 5700mAh battery, a likely requirement to power such massive screen.
According to further leaks, Samsung might land on “Galaxy View” as the name for its new tablet, although we won’t know until Samsung releases an actual statement on this new device.