Samsung offers a bunch of Android tablets, with screen sizes ranging from 7 inches to 12.2 inches. But there’s evidence that the company may have a big idea for a future tablet. How big?  18.4 inches big.

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Earlier this month NoWhereElse noticed that Indian import database Zuaba listed a sample device that appeared to be a Samsung tablet with an 18.4 inch display. Now SamMobile says it has more details about the upcoming tablet, which is said to be code-named “Tahoe” and have the model number SM-T670.

The device reportedly features a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a 1.6 GHz Samsung Exynos 7580 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 8MP and 2.1MP cameras, and a 5,700 mAh battery.

That battery sounds kind of small for a device with a screen that big. But I suspect that while we’re currently calling the SM-T670 a tablet, it’ll be marketed as something for use on a table-top or desk like an all-in-one PC or table computer. SamMobile says it “could be used in living rooms, offices, or schools.”

In those situations, you might use the device while it’s plugged in much of the time, and a battery that gives you a few hours of unplugged use should be enough for moving the “tablet” from room to room or for relatively brief sessions of web browsing, gaming, viewing presentations, or other activities.

This wouldn’t be the first big-screen tablet. Panasonic has been producing a line of 20 inch tablets for a few years. Before Microsoft started selling Surface tablet PCs, the company introduced the Surface table PC platform (which is now known as PixelSense). And Lenovo’s Horizon line of tablet PCs has been around for a few years as well. All of those machines have been high-powered Windows computers.

But if the SM-T670 is real, it could be one of the biggest Android tablets to date. Or maybe it’s just another all-in-one PC that happens to run Android instead of Windows, like the HP Slate 21, Acer DA220HQL, and Lenovo N308.

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11 replies on “Report: Samsung developing an 18.4 inch Android tablet for some reason”

    1. You mean the XPS 18? (I’m now typing this on one).

      I think weight is a critical question to consider an 18″ device a “tablet”.
      XPS 18 at ~2.3kg was the first that I could take seriously — I bought it thinking 18″ screen at a 15″ laptop’s weight. (Of course it’s with kbd, mouse & power brick.)
      Turned out it’s too big for a most laptop bags, and the side bag I eventually got is too heavy & clumsy. It absolutely can’t compete with the ease of whipping out a normal laptop/tablet and immediately working. Still, it’s good for *some* lifestyles where drive somewhere & then work there for hours.
      I’ve tried using it as a tablet, but it’s big and clumsy, and I installed Ubuntu where touch support is workable but not efficient like android. (I’ve tried booting android-x86 but failed.) Plus the touchscreen is not great, sometimes emit phantom presses.Another drawback that surprised me was lack of any video output (nor USB 3.0) — so while I have 18″ wherever I go, I can’t have any more when I stay at home.

      Back to the device in question, I would on one hand expect Samsung to do a great screen and touch sensor, OTOH I don’t have a use for something weaker than a real PC at this size.

      Personally I’d rather look at 15″ convertibles, eg. HP Envy.

  1. Huh, a 5,700 mAh battery. That would give you about 2 hours of battery

  2. Big whoop-ass tablets like this are great for the kitchen. Surf recipes.com while listening to some Spotify and getting your dinner cooked, then stream the game while you eat.

  3. Asus has also been in the game for years with the dual booting 18.4″ Transformer AiO. I never understood why, but if there are more players vying for the space, there must be something there.

  4. Ever since 4.3 removed the tablet UI from Android, anything larger than 7-8″ is likely to be a lost cause.

    Frankly i have come to suspect that Google did this not simply because they wanted a single UI across all devices, but because they ran into trouble defining where a phone stopped and a tablet began. Especially when phones started creeping into the 6″+ range.

    Thing is that while the phone UI works in portrait orientation, the tablet UI was perfect for landscape. Especially if you were aiming for convergence devices like tablets with attachable keyboards and like.

  5. Might not be that bad of an idea if it had a VESA mount.

    I’ve often thought it would be cool to have a large Android tablet on a VESA mount, next to my PC monitor. Buying a small monitor, and an Android dongle is probably more economical, and more flexible, but it lacks touchscreen.

    1. Dunno about VESA mounts, but i have seen some tablet mounts that can be attached to the edge of a desk, much like a lamp.

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