Samsung Electronics may be looking to blur the lines between a phone and tablet even further. The Korean electronics giant is working on a bigger, 6.3-inch display for the eventual Galaxy Note 3.
Samsung has pioneered the category that some refer to as the “phablet” segment, or something between a smartphone and tablet. Initially mocked for the size of the device, Samsung saw decent sales of the first big-bodied Galaxy Note, and pushed for wider distribution with the successor Galaxy Note 2, which saw its display grow to 5.5 inches from 5.3 inches.
Samsung has continually hammered the point that the Galaxy Note has been successful around the world, and has been unusually quick to tout sales numbers as it justifies the new category. Last month, it said it sold 5 million units of the Galaxy Note 2 in two months, or double the rate of the original.
The carriers like the device because it appeals to heavy users who tend to be affluent and willing to spend more on monthly smartphone plans. Samsung sees it as a complement to its flagship Galaxy S3, which has proven to be nearly as strong a draw as Apple’s iPhone 5.
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Galaxy Note 3 rumors are starting to surface as something that could be the device showed up on the GLBenchmark.
The device featured the codename GT-N5100. The N located before the numbers indicates that this will indeed be a Galaxy Note device.
The Benchmark data also reveals that this new Galaxy Note will run Android 4.1.2, JellyBean and feature a 1.6 GHz Exynos 4412 CPU. The display will have a resolution of 1280×800.
This device could also be a variation of the current Galaxy Note model with a larger display. Some tech publications are stating that Samsung could be launching a 7-inch version of the smartphone tablet hybrid in the near future.
The company already offers variants of the Note with a 10.1-inch screen. A 7-inch model would make for a good competitor with Google’s Nexus 7 and the Apple iPad Mini.