A Samsung official speaking under anonymity says that the new phablet will have the largest screen to date in the smartphone industry at a whopping 6.3 inches.
If you are a fan of oversized smartphones, often referred to as ‘phablets’, you’ll be happy to know that they are here to stay for a while. A South Korean news agency is reporting that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy III will come with an impressive 6.3” screen.
When Samsung first introduced their Note line of smartphones it came with a generous 5.3” display, howerver, many critics felt that a mid-range tablet’ish device wouldn’t work in the market. Samsung quickly proved the critics wrong and now the Galaxy II model boasts and impressive 5.5” display. Now Samsung plans to doone better by increasing its display size by nearly another inch for its 2013 release.
It is apparent that Samsung is attempting to see just how large they can create a smartphone without the tablet title. Needless to say, a 6.3” display would be close in size to what many consider a tablet like the iPad mini with its 7.85” display or the Nexus 7, which has a 7” display.
At this time Samsung has not disclosed any other specification on the Note III but it will have the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. Furthermore, the Korea Times recently reported that Samsung would be taking a turn from conventional LCD display and move towards more research and development in OLED display. When asked about the new display route being taken by Samsung, a high-level subcontractor Samsung requesting anonymity stated, “Because the LCD industry is approaching full saturation, Samsung, as well as its biggest rival LG Display, is expected to lower investment for its LCD plant in southern China. The reason is simple. LCD is no longer a cash generator.” In the same article, the Korea Times also quoted a Samsung parts supplier who stated that the global market for LCD displays is at saturation and that consumers will begin to see a major shift over to OLED and even flexible displays. “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,’’ said an executive from one of Samsung’s key local parts suppliers by telephone on Monday.
According to reports conducted by ABI research, researchers say that we are in the beginning of what they call the dawn of the ‘phablet’ era, and that by 2015 the tablet like smartphones may see sales as high at 208 million units by 2015. “One of the chief drivers for phablets is the amount of time people use their smartphones for web browsing, reading articles and newspapers on the go, or simply navigating their journeys,” says ABI analyst Joshua Flood. “The larger screen sizes make a significant difference to the user’s experience when compared to conventional-sized touch screens between 3.5 to 4 inches.”