Samsung is only looking to go bigger in 2013, according to a new report out of The Korea Times. In 2012 the Galaxy Note 2 pushed the “phablet” envelope at 5.5 inches, but we could see a 5.9-inch smartphone from the Korean company by year’s end. It isn’t clear whether this would be the Galaxy Note 3, but the device’s size and a release timed for the second half of the year make it a likely candidate.
The 5.9-inch display will utilize Samsung’s AMOLED tech, but it won’t be a YOUM flexible display as some initial Galaxy Note 3 rumors have suggested. Samsung simply lacks the technology to produced those screens en masse. The 5.9-inch screen size continues to beg the question of how big is too big, but device manufacturers seem content to push larger and larger “smartphones.”
Take ASUS’ 7-inch Fonepad, for instance, or any number of gigantic smartphones on display at Mobile World Congress. Even Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 features full voice call functionality.
As the Galaxy S4 nears its official announcement, expect Note 3 rumors to begin swirling at a greater clip We’re still a way off from that device, but it will truly be Samsung’s next big thing.