Just when we thought that Samsung’s smartphones could not get any bigger, news from the Korean Times says the company is prepping to pursue a bigger screen for their next mobile phone. The online publication stated, “The world’s biggest technology company has been developing the Galaxy Note III with a 6.3 inch screen using an OLED display.” The article also cited that this came from one of the officials of the company who does not want to be named. With possible change in the Korean tech giant’s smartphone lineup, what kind of mobile phone future are we looking at here?
The 6-Inch Zone
So far, Samsung’s biggest smartphone display is 5.5 inches with the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Its size is such a far cry from all the other smartphones in the market that it even has its own category. Most techies call it the “phablet”, an amalgamation of the words phone and tablet. Because of its stellar specs and displays (compared to the smartphone standard), phablets are predicted to be a hit for smartphones. But a 6 inch smartphone display is still far from reality. So far, the only 6 inch screen displays in the market are the Wii U gaming console at 6.2 inches and the Ascend Mate smartphone at 6.1 inches. And while the tech giant definitely isn’t alone in the large screen vision, will people really pay for bigger digital canvasses? And is Apple ready for the big competition?
A 6-Inch iPhone Anyone?
While its global competitors are starting to contemplate the possibility of a big phone, Apple may still be lagging behind in terms of a bigger smartphone. The Cupertino-based tech giant did release a taller iPhone this year but stuck to 4 inches of display screen compared to its 5 inch competitors. And while a lot of analysts say they could do with a little more width for the Retina Display screen, more iPhone users believe the iPhone’s form factor is what makes it stand out.
For one thing, the rumors about a 6 inch Samsung smartphone stirred a lot of opinions from Android users; most feeling that a 6-inch screen was incredulous. Some of them said that 6 inches is far too big to be used comfortably and even the current Samsung models like the Galaxy S3 and the Note II might be too big already. Some Android fans say the Korean tech giant needs to do more research on the proposition of a bigger screen before actually releasing one that people might not buy.
A Big, Big Galaxy
Meanwhile, Samsung fans should probably get ready for a January release. Current rumors suggest that the Korean tech giant may be working on the Galaxy S4 and could be releasing the said model anytime from January 8 to 11, during the CES 2013. If the Galaxy S4 doesn’t come out in January, some are also betting on a February 2013 release during the Mobile World Congress in Spain. For the Galaxy Note 3, meanwhile, fans are looking forward to an even bigger body. Remember, each Note consistently increased in size from 5.3 inches (Note) to 5.5 inches (Note II). We might be looking for a 6.3 inch OLED screen! Financial and tech analysts are also predicting a heftier price tag for the next phablet Samsung has in store for us. In terms of release, it is very likely that the Apple competitor will be releasing their next generation phablet by the third quarter of next year
Twila B. is your typical geek girl who loves her iPhone so much she even blogs about it at CashforiPhones’ blog site. The site features tips and news about how and where to sell your old and broken iPhone for fast cash.