by Anton Shilov
12/14/2012 | 04:36 PM
Just over a year ago a smartphone with a 5”-class screen was considered weird. Today, Samsung Galaxy Note family of hybrid handsets is a pretty popular series. But Samsung reportedly wants to create a device that would be a clear edge between smartphones and tablets and is currently working on the third-generation Galaxy Note devices with ultra-large 6.3” screen.
Samsung is developing Galaxy Note III smartphone with a 6.3” screen using AMOLED technology, according the Korea Times web-site. No other details are known at present, it is even unclear whether the AMOLED screen will be made of bendable/unbreakable materials, a rumoured breakthrough feature of Samsung’s next-gen smartphones, or will feature the well-known Corning Gorilla glass 2.
It is pretty hard to believe into a 6.3” smartphone as it would never fit into any pocket and would never be comfortable to use as a phone because of the weight and dimensions. At the same time, it is also hard to believe into a 6.3” media tablet, as it would hardly be competitive against 7”-class devices. Still, the rumour has it: Samsung is working on a device with a 6.3” AMOLED screen that can make calls.
“The larger screen sizes make a significant difference to the user’s experience when compared to conventional-sized touchscreens between 3.5" to 4". Additionally, new phablet-styled devices provide an attractive two-in-one device proposition and are beginning to see the competition between these larger smartphone form-factors and media tablets with less than 7" screens," said Joshua Flood, a senior analyst at ABI Research earlier this year.
Global smartphone unit shipments will soar to around a billion units in 2015, more than double from around 500 million in 2011, according to some market observers. Based on prediction from ABI, 20% of smartphones will have screens larger than 4.6".
Samsung did not comment on the news-story.