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Samsung Galaxy View Tablet Review

Andreas Kilian, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 08/02/2016

White giant. Thanks to its 18.4-inch screen, the Samsung Galaxy View stands out from the majority of tablets. This does, however, also affect the weight and the size. Where can you use such a tablet and can it convince in terms of technology?

Samsung Galaxy View

For the original German review, see here.

Samsung's Galaxy View SM-T670 is an Android tablet, which clearly goes beyond the usual size in this segment. With its 18.4-inch screen, the device is even much bigger than the majority of notebooks. Another striking feature is the integrated stand at the back, which can be fixed in two positions. Inside we can find Samsung's own Octacore-SoC, 2 GB RAM as well as 32 GB storage. The Galaxy View is available in black and white as well as with or without WWAN module. German retailers only sell the latter version, so our review unit can only establish Internet connections via WLAN. It is currently available for around 540 Euros (~$602).

Because of its unusual dimensions, the Galaxy View does not really have direct rivals. Other unusually big tablets like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 or Apple iPad Pro 12.9 are considerably smaller yet still much more expensive. To get a fair fight, we also use two 10-inch tablets – the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 as well as the Lenovo Yoga 3 Tab Pro 10 – which are a bit cheaper than the review unit. The technical specifications of the Galaxy View are also very similar to the smartphone Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo, so we list it in the comparison tables as well.

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Samsung Galaxy View
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
18.4 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 120 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 25.06 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm stereo jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 128 GB, Brightness Sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 11.9 x 451.8 x 275.8 ( = 0.47 x 17.79 x 10.86 in)
Battery
64.6 Wh, 5700 mAh
Operating System
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Camera
Webcam: Full-HD (fix focus f/2.2, 1080p video @ 30 fps)
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual, Power adapter, Microsoft Apps, Galaxy Apps, Smart Manager, SideSync, S Console, Family Square, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
2.65 kg ( = 93.48 oz / 5.84 pounds), Power Supply: 303 g ( = 10.69 oz / 0.67 pounds)
Price
649 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Our size comparison clearly shows the Samsung Galaxy View is really a giant: Not only the screen itself is about three times as big as the usual 10-inch devices, but the dimensions are much bigger as well at 451.8 x 275.8 millimeters. Samsung specifies the thickness at 11.9 millimeters – but the value only applies for the lower part of the chassis and without the stand attached, which is fixed at the chassis. The latter only offers two positions: The tablet will lie on the back at a slight angle, so text inputs are easier. The tablet will almost stand vertically in the second position, so you can easily watch videos. The footprint for this position is around 45.2 x 11 centimeters. One positive aspect of this construction is that it is always stable when you use the touchscreen and an integrated handle improves the transport of the big tablet. Because of the weight (2.65 kg) and the stand, which cannot be fold down, the Galaxy View cannot really be considered a mobile companion.

The tablet itself appears to be very sturdy, despite the large dimensions, and it certainly benefits from the thick construction. The stand on the other hand can easily be twisted. More pressure on the central display area also creates ripples on the screen. Subjectively, the chassis quality of the device is not really convincing: The gaps are small, but the white hard plastic does not provide a convenient tactile feeling. The noise when you adjust the stand and open the microSD-slot at the rear is a bit clattery and pretty loud. The battery can be replaced with a bit of work according to the manual, but users should go to authorized workshops.

Front (Video-App view)
Front (Video-App view)
Front (home screen)
microSD-card slot
Power adapter
451.8 mm / 17.8 inch 275.8 mm / 10.9 inch 11.9 mm / 0.4685 inch 2.7 kg5.84 lbs305.7 mm / 12 inch 220.6 mm / 8.69 inch 6.9 mm / 0.2717 inch 723 g1.594 lbs292 mm / 11.5 inch 202 mm / 7.95 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 1.1 kg2.35 lbs247 mm / 9.72 inch 179 mm / 7.05 inch 4.68 mm / 0.1843 inch 665 g1.466 lbs237.3 mm / 9.34 inch 169 mm / 6.65 inch 5.6 mm / 0.2205 inch 387 g0.853 lbs142 mm / 5.59 inch 72.5 mm / 2.85 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 145 g0.3197 lbs

Connectivity

The Galaxy View is primarily designed for media playback, so there should be sufficient storage space. Videos in particular though can quickly fill the internal storage, because you can only use around 25 GB ex-works. It is, however, possible to expand the storage via microSD-card, and you can also transfer apps to the card. The integrated Micro-USB port supports USB-OTG, so you can also play files from external storage devices like USB sticks when you have a corresponding cable. You do not get a vibrating motor for tactile feedback, NFC, Miracast or MHL for video output. The sensor equipment is also limited to a brightness sensor. Data can be transferred via Bluetooth 4.1 as well as Wi-Fi Direct, and you can stream media contents via DLNA. Sound output is possible via 3.5 mm stereo jack.

Right side: power, Micro-USB port, 3.5 mm headset
Right side: power, Micro-USB port, 3.5 mm headset
Left side: no ports
Left side: no ports
Bottom: no ports
Bottom: no ports
Top: 2x microphone, volume rocker, power button
Top: 2x microphone, volume rocker, power button

Software

The Galaxy View is shipped with Android 5.1.1. If and when there will ever be an update to Android Marshmallow is currently unclear. The user interface is Samsung's own creation called TouchWiz, but there were some adjustments: After a restart, users will see the Video App view by default instead of the home screen – but it is accessible with a swipe to the side or by touching the corresponding navigation button. It is unfortunate that there are only a handful of links to apps from different streaming services on the newly designed home screen with tiles. All of these apps – except for the preloaded YouTube – still have to be downloaded from the Play Store first. A basic problem with this is the static view: This means you cannot add additional services, and the links will stop working when there are changes in the Play Store. One example is the German streaming service RTL Now. The additional value of this view is therefore limited, especially since we noticed small bugs multiple times during testing – like a delayed view of the tiles or a complete lack of them.

Another specialty is the system integration of the app "Family Sharing", which can be launched with a symbol that is continuously displayed in the navigation bar. It is a service where you can share pictures and videos between Samsung devices.

Except for some apps from Microsoft, there were no additional third-party apps on our test device.

Lock screen
Home screen
Video service overview
Selection wallpaper
Quick settings and view of recently used apps
Software version
App Drawer
Stagefright Detector

Communication & GPS

GPS indoors
GPS indoors
GPS outdoors
GPS outdoors

Our review unit was not equipped with a WWAN module, so Internet connections with the Galaxy View can only be established via WLAN. A positive aspect here is the support of the fast ac standard. The maximum gross transfer rate in combination with an Asus RT-AC56U router was 433 Mbps in a 5 GHz network, but only 65 Mbps in a 2.4 GHz network. The Galaxy View manages very good results in our standardized WLAN test with the reference router Linksys EA 8500, where we can measure 254 Mbps (receive) and 200 Mbps (transmit), respectively. Only premium devices like Samsung's high-end smartphone Galaxy S7 Edge or the OnePlus 3 perform a bit better. The fast 5 GHz network can have a positive effect when you download large games, for instance. The tablet also supports Bluetooth 4.1, so you can easily connect a Bluetooth keyboard.

The integrated module to locate your position supports both the GPS as well as the GLONASS satellite networks and will locate the smartphone pretty quickly in many indoor environments as well as outdoors, where the accuracy is down to 6 meters. We have already measured better results, but the performance should be more than sufficient for a device which is not ideal for navigation purposes anyway because of its size.

Samsung Galaxy ViewChuwi Hi12Wiko Lenny 3Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgeOnePlus 3
Networking
-78%
-79%
32%
21%
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
254
44.8
-82%
303
19%
286
13%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
200
43
-78%
49.2
-75%
290
45%
256
28%

Cameras

Picture from the webcam (click for original)
Picture from the webcam (click for original)

The camera equipment once again shows that the Samsung Galaxy View is not designed to be a portable device. While all comparison devices have a high-resolution camera at the rear, our test model does not have one at all. You only get a webcam with a fixed focus at the front. Videos are recorded in Full HD at 30 frames per second and can convince with sharp images and decent sound quality, and picture noise is not a huge problem even in low-light situations. You can obviously shoot Full HD pictures in the camera app as well, and there is also a Beauty Mode for selfies. However, the picture quality is much lower compared to rivals with higher-res sensors like the 8 MP sensor of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 9.7.

Accessories & Warranty

Except for a quick-start guide as well as the printed warranty information, you only get a 40-Watt power adapter which reminds us of a notebook charging cable. The official accessories also list a transport bag for 49.90 Euros (~$55), but it was not available at the time of writing.

Samsung grants a two-year warranty for the tablet, but the power adapter and the integrated battery are only covered for six months.

Input Devices & Handling

Keyboard
Keyboard

The tablet is neither equipped with a position sensor nor can you rotate it, which means you can only use it in landscape mode. This can result in presentation problems in some apps, because they will be heavily scaled since they are still displayed in portrait mode. The apps can still be controlled comfortably due to the sheer size of the device.

Samsung also ships its largest tablet with its own keyboard model, but it has a modified keyboard layout. The available space – and there is a lot of it – is used for an additional numeric keypad on the right side, but there are still wide and unused spaces on both sides. Typing on the large keys is easy thanks to their sheer size, and even 10-finger inputs should be no problem after a little while. The only unfortunate aspect is the lack of a vibration motor for tactile feedback. Texts can obviously be entered via swipe gestures and with auto correction as well.

The touchscreen always recognized our inputs reliably, even though the big control elements were certainly not very challenging. It was sometimes necessary that we hit smaller control elements for a second time to trigger the corresponding action. A direct comparison with smaller tablets and smartphones also shows a slightly bigger distance between the display and the actual touchscreen surface. Another problem for media playback might also be the high number of fingerprints the touchscreen will collect over time.

The only physical buttons – the volume rocker as well as the power button – are at the top of the device. They do have a firm pressure point but left a pretty clattery impression during our review.

Subjectively, the handling of the device is usually very smooth, but some animations require a bit of patience, because a new input will only be registered after they have finished. This is the case when you switch between the Android home screen and the screen with the video apps via swipe gestures, for instance.

The device is primarily designed as a portable TV, so a remote can be an advantage in certain situations. You can basically connect Bluetooth keyboards, mice and remotes with the device, but they are not fully supported by every app. Samsung also offers a suitable app called "Galaxy View Remote" in Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store. However, not all modern Android devices can benefit from this app, because many of the devices reviewed by us cannot download the app from the Google Play Store in the first place – including some modern Samsung devices like the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7. Therefore, buyers of the Galaxy View cannot be sure about using the app without problems.

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
100% brightness with black display content
100% brightness with black display content

At 18.4-inches, the display is certainly a highlight of the Samsung Galaxy View. The Full HD resolution on the other hand is not higher compared to many smaller mobile devices, so you can pretty easily see individual pixels from a short distance because of the low pixel density of just 120 PPI. Even at a distance of an arm length, websites, fonts, and control elements are not as sharp as the majority of 10-inch tablets. Add more distance, when you want to watch videos for instance, and the content will be sufficiently sharp and detailed.

We can measure an average maximum luminance of 435 cd/m² on a white background, which means the Galaxy View is at the top of our comparison group. The maximum value of 468 cd/m² only changes slightly to 473 cd/m² when we switch to a picture with evenly distributed bright and dark content (Average Picture Level 50). Activating the brightness sensor will reduce the maximum luminance to 427 cd/m². Because of the highest black value in this comparison, the contrast ratio of the panel is just average at 821:1. The pretty uneven brightness distribution at just 80% as well as the visible backlight bleeding (see picture) were less impressive. The latter, however, will only be really noticeable in dark rooms at high brightness levels – particularly unfortunate for a device designed for video playback. A good aspect on the other hand is the backlight control without PWM-induced flickering.

414
cd/m²
414
cd/m²
390
cd/m²
488
cd/m²
468
cd/m²
427
cd/m²
458
cd/m²
451
cd/m²
406
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 488 cd/m² Average: 435.1 cd/m² Minimum: 6.74 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 80 %
Center on Battery: 468 cd/m²
Contrast: 821:1 (Black: 0.57 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 5.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
Gamma: 2.45
Samsung Galaxy View
IPS, 1920x1080, 18.4
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
Super AMOLED, 1920x1080, 5.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
Super AMOLED, 2048x1536, 9.7
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
IPS, 2732x2048, 12.9
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
IPS, 2560x1600, 10.1
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
IPS, 2736x1824, 12.3
Screen
11%
21%
37%
6%
26%
Brightness middle
468
334
-29%
358
-24%
399
-15%
429
-8%
389.2
-17%
Brightness
435
341
-22%
357
-18%
393
-10%
434
0%
392
-10%
Brightness Distribution
80
91
14%
86
8%
92
15%
82
3%
92
15%
Black Level *
0.57
0.22
61%
0.35
39%
0.27
53%
Contrast
821
1814
121%
1226
49%
1441
76%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5
2.84
43%
1.78
64%
2.96
41%
4.61
8%
3.61
28%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.3
9.28
-27%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.8
2.91
50%
1.38
76%
3
48%
6.64
-14%
3.8
34%
Gamma
2.45 90%
2.01 109%
2.24 98%
2.21 100%
2.42 91%
2.16 102%
CCT
7676 85%
6432 101%
6366 102%
7049 92%
6929 94%
5969 109%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
71.15
63
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97.87
97

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9418 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
22 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12 ms rise
↘ 10 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 26 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
42 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 20 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 55 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.8 ms).

The Galaxy View only manages average color accuracy with an average DeltaE deviation of 5 (ColorChecker) and 5.8 (grayscale), while the target values should be smaller than 3 in each case. We can often measure much worse values for inexpensive notebooks in particular, but other devices like the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 and Microsoft Surface Pro 4 as well as the Samsung devices Galaxy S5 Neo and Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 with AMOLED panels show there is still a lot of headroom. At 7676 K (ideal value 6500 K), the color temperature of the display is also a bit too high, but there are no limitations in practice. This setting might even result in a subjectively better picture impression when you watch videos. This is also the reason why the Cinema mode on other mobile devices with several picture modes often results in a cooler color temperature.

ColorChecker (sRGB)
ColorChecker (sRGB)
Grayscale (sRGB)
Grayscale (sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (sRGB)
Colorspace (sRGB)
Colorspace (sRGB)

Despite the comparatively high maximum luminance, the display has problems with heavy reflections under bright lighting conditions. It is still possible to use the device in the shade as long as you can avoid reflections.

Display outdoors (overcast)
Display outdoors (overcast)
Display outdoors (sunshine)
Display outdoors (sunshine)

The viewing-angle stability of the Galaxy View is excellent: There are no color inversions even from very flat angles, and the brightness is only reduced a bit. We can, however, see the IPS glow effect from an angle above or below, where dark picture content will be brightened up.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

Inside the Galaxy View is Samsung's own Exynos 7580 Octa SoC consisting of 8 Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz as well as 2 GB memory. Graphics are handled by a Mali-T720 MP2 GPU, which also supports many modern standards like OpenGL ES 3.1.

Our benchmarks show that the performance of our review unit is roughly on par with the similarly equipped smartphone Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo. The tablet can, however, manage a 13% lead in Geekbench 3 Multi, which is probably a result of better heat dissipation of the bigger case. The Basemark OS II Web test on the other hand shows a clear advantage for the smaller smartphone.

That the Exynos 7580 Octa is still only a mainstream chip is supported by the comparison with the previously mentioned tablet models, where the Galaxy View is clearly surpassed in almost every test. The difference in the graphics benchmarks is particularly big: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7, for example, is the next fastest device in 3DMark (2013) Ice Storm Unlimited and is already 75% faster (Graphics), and the more expensive iPad Pro 12.9 is almost seven times as fast.

PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
4131 Points ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
4134 Points ∼21% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
5565 Points ∼28% +35%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
5152 Points ∼26% +25%
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
42156 Points ∼14%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
184346 Points ∼63% +337%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
70385 Points ∼24% +67%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
3754 Points ∼5%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
3330 Points ∼4% -11%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
732 Points ∼15%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
721 Points ∼15% -2%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
601 Points ∼30%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
733 Points ∼36% +22%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
648 Points ∼32% +8%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
1091 Points ∼54% +82%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
872 Points ∼43% +45%
Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
486 Points ∼2%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
488 Points ∼2% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
1385 Points ∼5% +185%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
8422 Points ∼29% +1633%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
1886 Points ∼7% +288%
System (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
1877 Points ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
2095 Points ∼13% +12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
2867 Points ∼17% +53%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
6230 Points ∼38% +232%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
1643 Points ∼10% -12%
Overall (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
803 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
808 Points ∼10% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
1103 Points ∼13% +37%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
3282 Points ∼39% +309%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
1325 Points ∼16% +65%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
13 fps ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
14 fps ∼0% +8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
38 fps ∼0% +192%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
163.2 fps ∼1% +1155%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
34 fps ∼0% +162%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
14 fps ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
14 fps ∼0% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
29 fps ∼1% +107%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
59.3 fps ∼2% +324%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
20 fps ∼1% +43%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
4.7 fps ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
4.8 fps ∼1% +2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
17 fps ∼3% +262%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
80.1 fps ∼15% +1604%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
18 fps ∼3% +283%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
4.9 fps ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
4.8 fps ∼1% -2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
12 fps ∼3% +145%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
33.3 fps ∼9% +580%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
8.5 fps ∼2% +73%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
3.1 fps ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
3.1 fps ∼0% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
83 fps ∼2% +2577%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
11 fps ∼0% +255%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
3.4 fps ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
3.4 fps ∼0% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
54.3 fps ∼2% +1497%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
5.8 fps ∼0% +71%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
11358 Points ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
10424 Points ∼12% -8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
17981 Points ∼21% +58%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
15473 Points ∼18% +36%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
16673 Points ∼19% +47%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
7457 Points ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
7536 Points ∼1% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
20482 Points ∼4% +175%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
51124 Points ∼10% +586%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
21327 Points ∼4% +186%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
8072 Points ∼3%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
8030 Points ∼3% -1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
19867 Points ∼8% +146%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
33812 Points ∼14% +319%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
20081 Points ∼8% +149%

Legend

 
Samsung Galaxy View Samsung Exynos 7580 Octa, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo Samsung Exynos 7580 Octa, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE Samsung Exynos 5433 Octa, ARM Mali-T760 MP6, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 Apple A9X, Apple A9X / PowerVR Series 7XT, Apple 128 GB (iPad Pro 12.9 NVMe)
 
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L Intel Atom x5-Z8500, Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3 Intel Core m3-6Y30, Intel HD Graphics 515, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe

Our browser benchmarks show a similar picture, although the Galaxy View is always slightly ahead of the smartphone Galaxy S5 Neo. The significant disadvantage compared to other tablets is still pretty evident.

Subjectively, the Galaxy View sometimes also has some problems when you browse on complex websites, so there can be noticeable delays when the sites are loaded. If you can live with these occasional delays, you will probably be pleased with the offered performance. We also like the fact that you can use the device comfortably on your lap for web browsing.

Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
11146.3 ms * ∼19%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
11603.4 ms * ∼20% -4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
6483.2 ms * ∼11% +42%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
1498.8 ms * ∼3% +87%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
4471.6 ms * ∼8% +60%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
1556.2 ms * ∼3% +86%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
4022 Points ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
3627 Points ∼7% -10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
6885 Points ∼13% +71%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
19852 Points ∼38% +394%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
8197 Points ∼16% +104%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
69 Points ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
68 Points ∼8% -1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
79 Points ∼10% +14%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
215 Points ∼27% +212%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
111 Points ∼14% +61%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
24.4 Points ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
23.097 Points ∼7% -5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
41.12 Points ∼12% +69%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
142 Points ∼40% +482%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
41 Points ∼12% +68%

* ... smaller is better

The internal flash storage has a capacity of 32 GB and manages similar transfer rates to the other two Samsung devices Galaxy S5 Neo and Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 according to AndroBench 3. The latter can, however, manage a slight lead when they read files – probably due to the faster processor. Lenovo’s Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 can keep up with the three models pretty well but falls behind in respect to sequential reads. The situation changes a bit in Basemark OS II, where the test device is average, while the other two Samsung models are at the bottom of the ranking.

The microSD-card reader of the Galaxy View does a really good job: 51.02 MB/s write and 77.95 MB/s read are not at the limit of our reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401, UHS-I Class 3, up to 95MB/s read, up to 80 MB/s write), but this is still a great performance, especially when you consider the mainstream SoC.

AndroBench 3-5
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
51.02 MB/s ∼59%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
15.93 MB/s ∼18% -69%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
77.95 MB/s ∼81%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
56.41 MB/s ∼58% -28%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
10.66 MB/s ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
11.07 MB/s ∼4% +4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
9.82 MB/s ∼4% -8%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
10.57 MB/s ∼4% -1%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
21.35 MB/s ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
22.57 MB/s ∼12% +6%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
25.56 MB/s ∼13% +20%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
23.7 MB/s ∼12% +11%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
49.97 MB/s ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
57.92 MB/s ∼10% +16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
49.37 MB/s ∼8% -1%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
50.96 MB/s ∼9% +2%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
218.81 MB/s ∼15%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
215.86 MB/s ∼14% -1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
248.24 MB/s ∼17% +13%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
153.72 MB/s ∼10% -30%
BaseMark OS II - Memory (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy View
760 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
569 Points ∼8% -25%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
590 Points ∼8% -22%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
2027 Points ∼27% +167%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
1141 Points ∼15% +50%

Games

The graphics card Mali-T720 MP2 is a part of the SoC and only manages mediocre results in 3DMark (2013) as well as GFXBench, but the frame rates are actually surprisingly smooth even in demanding titles like Asphalt 8 (high: 29 fps) or Real Racing 3 (high: 35 fps). There is, however, hardly any headroom. Because of the large screen, the graphics do not look as impressive compared to smaller devices. There are no movement sensors, so you will have to use onscreen controls, even though this is no problem thanks to the large panel. It is also possible to attach a gamepad or keyboard via Bluetooth.

Screenshot Asphalt 8
Screenshot Asphalt 8
Screenshot Real Racing 3
Screenshot Real Racing 3
Asphalt 8: Airborne
 SettingsValue
 high29 fps
 very low30 fps
Real Racing 3
 SettingsValue
 high35 fps
 low58 fps

Emissions

Temperature

It is not very likely that you will hold the Samsung Galaxy View in your hands with its weight of 2.65 kg, so the temperature development is not as important compared to smaller tablets. We can only measure up to 41.2 °C under load at some spots, which is no problem at all. It is still interesting that we can already measure values up to 40 °C while idling. This suggests most of the heat is generated by the display and not the SoC.

We use the GFXBench Battery Test, which repeats the T-Rex test 30 times and logs the performance and power consumption, to check the behavior of the components. We can see a constant performance drop, but it is still acceptable at just 6%.

GFXBench: performance
GFXBench: performance
GFXBench: frame times
GFXBench: frame times
GFXBench: battery capacity
GFXBench: battery capacity
Max. Load
 35.1 °C
95 F
35.1 °C
95 F
36.2 °C
97 F
 
 29.2 °C
85 F
32.9 °C
91 F
36.5 °C
98 F
 
 31.4 °C
89 F
33.4 °C
92 F
35.5 °C
96 F
 
Maximum: 36.5 °C = 98 F
Average: 33.9 °C = 93 F
33.9 °C
93 F
35.1 °C
95 F
35.8 °C
96 F
41.2 °C
106 F
33.9 °C
93 F
29.3 °C
85 F
40.3 °C
105 F
34.7 °C
94 F
31.4 °C
89 F
Maximum: 41.2 °C = 106 F
Average: 35.1 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  37.5 °C = 100 F | Room Temperature 21.4 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.9 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.5 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 34.8 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.2 to 51.8 °C for the class Tablet.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.2 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 34.3 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 31.2 °C / 88 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
Heat distribution front
Heat distribution rear

Speakers

Speaker measurements
Speaker measurements

Samsung located two speakers between the rear of the tablet and the stand. They sound pretty decent compared to many other solutions in mobile devices, but subjectively they cannot compete with common TV components, for example. This is also supported by the Pink Noise diagram, where the areas below 300 Hz and above about 3000 Hz are clearly underrepresented. Subjectively, the speakers are not very convincing with high and low tones, and some sounds tend to mix up at higher volumes, so the result is not very differentiated. The maximum volume of 89.46 dB(A) will be sufficient for medium-sized rooms. All in all, we would have expected even more powerful speakers when you consider the concept of the test device as a media player. 

Sound output is also possible via headphones at the 3.5 mm stereo jack. The sound was inconspicuous during the review and there were no background noises. It is also possible to adjust the sound based on your personal preferences via "AdaptSound" and "SoundAlive+".

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The size of the test model is also evident in the consumption measurements, where the values are much higher compared to the rivals. The big difference between the minimum and average idle consumptions also shows the high consumption of the display background illumination. But the Galaxy View still needs 37% more power under load compared to the much more powerful Apple iPad Pro 12.9.

You cannot use the Micro-USB port to charge the battery. Only the provided 40-Watt power adapter, which has a dedicated connector, can be used. A full charge takes about three-and-a-half hours.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.04 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.73 / 17.09 / 17.19 Watt
Load midlight 18.71 / 20.41 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Gossen Metrahit Energy
Samsung Galaxy View
64.6 Wh
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
11 Wh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
22 Wh
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
39 Wh
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
23 Wh
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
38 Wh
Power Consumption
77%
59%
38%
7%
Idle Minimum *
4.73
1.68
64%
2.3
51%
2.69
43%
8.6
-82%
Idle Average *
17.09
2.2
87%
4.5
74%
10.95
36%
11.26
34%
Idle Maximum *
17.19
2.33
86%
5
71%
11.14
35%
11.3
34%
Load Average *
18.71
4.09
78%
9.4
50%
11.54
38%
14.57
22%
Load Maximum *
20.41
5.92
71%
10.4
49%
12.8
37%
14.9
27%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Even though the power consumption of the Samsung Galaxy View is by far the highest within the comparison group, the stamina of the test device is actually convincing. The reason is the generous battery capacity of 64.6 Wh, which manages a practical WLAN runtime of 8 hours and 41 minutes. This means the Galaxy View can clearly beat the much smaller Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 or the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, but it is clearly beaten by the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 in particular. Samsung also advertises a video playback time of up to 8 hours – and we can determine an even better result of 8 hours and 54 minutes with our Big Buck Bunny sample video. The smaller rivals are even better in this scenario though. The stamina under maximum load and while idling is average. 

You can use the power-saving mode if you need even longer battery runtimes. It will reduce CPU performance, luminance as well as the frequency. Similar to other current Samsung devices, the luminance will be heavily dimmed when the battery capacity drops to 5%, independent of the settings, and the user cannot change this. This trick should also have a positive effect on the determined battery runtimes.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
17h 06min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Chrome 51)
8h 41min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
8h 54min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 49min
Samsung Galaxy View
64.6 Wh
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
11 Wh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE
22 Wh
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
39 Wh
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 YT3-X90L
23 Wh
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
38 Wh
Battery Runtime
37%
-3%
27%
16%
-27%
Reader / Idle
1026
1615
57%
918
-11%
1933
88%
1261
23%
791
-23%
H.264
534
773
45%
651
22%
630
18%
644
21%
WiFi v1.3
521
546
5%
393
-25%
695
33%
558
7%
488
-6%
Load
289
402
39%
291
1%
195
-33%
323
12%
138
-52%

Pros

+ very big touchscreen
+ fast microSD-card slot
+ USB-OTG & App2SD
+ fast WLAN
+ bright display with wide viewing angles
+ decent battery runtimes
+ integrated stand ...

Cons

- ... that is fixed and only provides two positions
- case made of hard plastic
- no Miracast or MHL support
- only usable in landscape mode (no position sensor)
- Video-App overview not very helpful
- only 2.1 MP webcam
- clattery buttons
- uneven brightness distribution
- remote apps only for selected models.

Verdict

In review: Samsung Galaxy View (SM-T670). Test model courtesy of Samsung Germany.
In review: Samsung Galaxy View (SM-T670). Test model courtesy of Samsung Germany.

Samsung’s Galaxy View is an unusual tablet with the unique and extremely big 18.4-inch touchscreen. It is also the dominating aspect when you look at the functionality: The mobility is affected by the high weight, bulky dimensions as well as the stand, which cannot be simply removed, but the functionality is also limited because you are restricted to the landscape mode and there is no rear-facing camera. Despite the decent stability, the case is still not very convenient due to the hard plastic materials as well as the clattery buttons.

Samsung also adjusted some aspects of the software for the Galaxy View, but they are not always a useful addition to the existing Android user interface. The keyboard with a separate numeric keypad is actually quite handy, but the new home screen with a tile design does not appear very sophisticated: Users can neither add new services nor remove defective links.

Positive aspects are the fast WLAN module, the fast connection of the microSD-card slot as well as the decent battery runtimes, despite the huge screen. The device is therefore primarily interesting for multimedia fans looking for a video streaming device that can still be carried around to a certain extent, is easy to use thanks to big control elements and does not require a socket all the time – probably a small target group.

Because of the high weight and the large dimensions, the Samsung Galaxy View is primarily designed for users willing to sacrifice functionality and mobility for a very big touchscreen.   

If you can live with a much smaller screen, you should have a look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7. It is more powerful, much lighter and also more sophisticated with a good AMOLED screen for a much lower price.

Samsung Galaxy View - 07/20/2016 v5.1(old)
Andreas Kilian

Chassis
72%
Keyboard
82 / 80 → 100%
Pointing Device
79%
Connectivity
31 / 65 → 47%
Weight
59 / 40-88 → 40%
Battery
91%
Display
81%
Games Performance
15 / 68 → 23%
Application Performance
40 / 76 → 53%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
69 / 91 → 76%
Camera
55 / 85 → 65%
Average
66%
71%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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Andreas Kilian, 2016-08- 2 (Update: 2018-05-15)
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I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.