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Samsung One-Ups iPad Pro With 18-Inch Galaxy View Tablet

by Devin Coldewey /

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Think the iPad Pro is big? Wait till you get a load of this thing. Samsung on Wednesday took the wraps off the monster Galaxy View tablet, an "unprecedented mobile entertainment experience" with an 18.4-inch screen.

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It's so big that it comes with a handle built into its screen cover, so you can carry the tablet like a briefcase — after all, it probably won't fit into your actual briefcase. The idea of the device, however, unlike the iPad Pro, isn't to give you more screen real estate for productivity apps. The Galaxy View is all about media.

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The idea (presumably) is that you can take the View anywhere and use it as a small wireless TV — in the bedroom or kitchen, perhaps, or on the plane or train. The big screen is only 1080p, though, so you'll want to sit back a bit or those big pixels will really show. And at nearly 6 pounds it isn't exactly the easiest travel companion.

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Does the idea of an enormous tablet-TV seem reasonable to you? Unfortunately, you can't buy one just yet — Samsung didn't provide any pricing or availability information. CES is just around the corner, however, so you may reasonably hope to hear more in January.

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