No words on screen resolution or anything else really, just a “sample for testing & evaluation purpose” valued at the equivalent of $460.
Way before Apple settled on experimenting with jumbo-sized tablets decidedly trudging on laptop turf instead of continuing to beat the dead 10-inch horse, Samsung challenged conventional, bulky PCs with lightweight, non-keyboard-including 12.2-inch Note Pros and Tab Pros.
Many still think the pair failed to stand up to Windows-based Surface Pros due to the inherent limits of Android software in productivity-centric tasks. Hence, it shouldn’t be surprising to hear a tiled Samsung giant or two are likely en route to a market niche soon to be crowded by the iPad Pro.
Now, the Galaxy View name suggests the absurdly large rumored 18 incher will still run Android, but separately, a 12-inch Windows high-ender going by the SM-W700 model number visited India’s all-knowing import/export authority Zauba on September 11.
Though most certainly a very early, unpolished pre-release prototype, set to be “destroyed” after preliminary examination, this confirms Samsung’s general explorations of the fledgling business segment, where choice remains fairly limited.
It’s nonetheless possible the device shall be ready for primetime ahead of the holiday season, and previous speculation called for a rich 2K or even 4K display pixel count, Intel Core M processing power, 4 and 8 GB RAM configurations, S Pen capabilities, and obviously, “full” Windows 10 support.
Also, a built-in kickstand, we presume, optional keyboard docking station, impressively thin 6.2 mm profile, and weight of around 600 grams. Yeah, no, Zauba’s per-unit price estimate doesn’t sound particularly plausible. $460, i.e. a little more than half the Surface Pro 3 and iPad Pro’s starting tariff? Maybe with a 1,080p screen, Snapdragon 810, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB storage space in tow. Otherwise, it simply cannot be done!