From South Korea we get great news. Samsung have begun working on the Galaxy Note 3, a 6.3-inch device to be submitted by the end of next year.
Smartphones are getting bigger. In recent years we have seen the mobile screens went from 3 to 3.5 inches, 4 “and then 4.5 and up to 5 inches. This has led many to talk about “phablets” devices that are located between a phone (phone) and a tablet. This term was popularized by the Samsung Galaxy Note, a 5.3-inch device launched in October 2011.
The second version, the Galaxy Note 2 submitted this year, increased its screen to the 5.5 inches. The device has a great hardware and excellent functionality, and despite being a bestseller, some complain that it is somewhat awkward to handle due to its large size. However, it seems that Samsung thinks differently and will continue its trend as in 2013 would launch the Galaxy Note 3, which would have a panel of no more and no less than 6.3 inches.
As I mentioned a while ago, Samsung was restructured and divided in two: on one hand finished products and components on the other. Another measure would also cut production of LCD screens to focus on flexible OLED panels. In this regard, a vendor told the Korea Times:
With money saved from LCD restructuring, the firm plans to spend more on OLED and flexible displays. Profitability is the top priority for Samsung’s display-making business next year
Why Samsung would abandon the production of LCD screens? Because it believes that the market for these panels is saturated and wants to differ with the use of OLED technology.
Thus, Samsung would continue with its tendency to increase the screens of their devices. Had already done with the Galaxy: The Galaxy S has a 4-inch screen, then came the S2 with its 4.3-inch screen and finally the S3 with a large 4.8-inch panel. Furthermore, it is expected that the Galaxy S4 to be launched next year incorporates a 5-inch screen.
Now the Galaxy Note 3, is it a smartphone or a tablet? Currently we have many 7-inch tablets, so a 6.3-inch device would be closer to a tablet than anything else. What is the limit smartphone-tablet? It is difficult to establish one, the passage from mobile to tablet doesn´t seems to be strictly defined.
It is still unclear when the Galaxy Note 3 will be released. Some speak of the IFA 2013, to be held from 6 to 11 September in Berlin, but it’s just rumors.
Either way, a device of 6.3 inches will not fit in our pockets. If this keeps up I think pants will have to start coming with deeper pockets.