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Hands-on with Samsung's giant tablet, the Galaxy View (pictures)

Big, bigger, biggest. The Galaxy View tablet has an extra-wide 18.4-inch screen.

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Meet the Galaxy View

Samsung's largest tablet to date is an 18.4-inch behemoth. A few years ago, it would have been unheard of to create a tablet so large, but with Apple's forthcoming iPad Pro and Microsoft's Surface Pro 4, super-size devices are becoming the norm.

The Galaxy View still stands out, measuring 6 inches bigger than its competitors.

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Two-handed handling

You probably wouldn't want to play games on the Galaxy View, but you could.

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Kick back

Of course there's kickstand -- a tablet this big needs a way to stand up on its own. It's built into the back of the Galaxy View and lies flat when stowed.

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Handle it

That cut-out at the top acts as a handle for easy toting.

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Wide open spaces

The tablet's wide screen can be used for presentations or watching a video.

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HD screen

Samsung's really pushing this tablet as an entertainment device. With a full HD display (1,920x1,080 pixels), movies will look good.

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Ports on the side

There's a headphone jack and charging port on the right.

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Quick access

Samsung created an overlay that puts multimedia apps Netflix and Hulu front and center.

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Android Lollipop

You can close that overlay and get back to Android 5.1 Lollipop, where you can use all the typical apps you'd want.

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Performance

Inside, the tablet has a 1.6GHz octa-core processor that won't wow gamers, but will do fine for playing videos. There's also Bluetooth and support for 4G LTE.

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No price yet

Samsung hasn't said when this will go on sale or how much it will cost, but it's clearly aimed at families, not businesses.

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