While there has been a gradual shift towards larger screens on smartphones over the past few years, Samsung went above and beyond last year when it released the Galaxy Note smartphone with a massive 5.3-inch screen. At the time, the iPhone still had a measly 3.5-inch screen, and even today only has a modestly larger 4-inch screen. Measuring diagonally, a 5.3-inch display is tremendously larger than most other smartphone screens.
Because of its large screen size, the Galaxy Note has often been identified as a smartphone-tablet hybrid device. But the folks at Samsung insist on marketing the device as a smartphone, and consumer demand proves that its working. As of last August, the Galaxy Note has already crossed over 10 million units sold. Samsung realized that consumers were embracing its larger smartphone, so it then brought out the even larger Galaxy Note II with a 5.55-inch display.
Despite the Galaxy Note II barely fitting in someone’s jean pockets, a new rumor claims that Samsung will continue that trend of making the smartphone even larger. According to The Korea Times, Samsung is planning to release the Galaxy Note III next year with a mammoth 6.3-inch OLED display. But releasing a smartphone that large won’t be without its difficulties, as Samsung will have to pack a larger battery inside the device and focus on keeping the handset lightweight.
While the Galaxy Note II might be pushing the limits as far as being considered a smartphone, a 6.3-inch Galaxy Note III would most certainly have to be considered as a tablet. Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets are only marginally larger with 7-inch screens, while even Apple’s 7.9-inch iPad mini is within proximity of that size. It’ll be interesting to see how successful Samsung can be at selling its third-generation Galaxy Note, but it remains purely a rumor at this time.
Would you buy the 6.3-inch Galaxy Note III?