As reported by Taiwanese website Digitimes, Samsung Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications, LG Electronics, Huawei Device and ZTE are expected to follow HTC and Sharp to roll out smartphones with 5-inch Full HD displays in the first half of 2013, citing industry sources. HTC has launched its HTC Butterfly smartphone with a 5-inch Full HD, 440ppi panel from Japan Display (JDI), while Sharp’s Aquos SH930W is equipped with a 5-inch 443ppi panel produced in-house.
It appears that Samsung, which is world-leader of smartphones, has taken a step further and if the reports are to be believed , may unveil Galaxy Note III with 6.3 inch display, in Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2013. As per reports appeared in Korea Times, Samsung has already started working on the Galaxy Note III, which is said to have 6.3-inch screen. “The world’s biggest technology company has been developing the Galaxy Note III with a 6.3-inch screen using an OLED display, according to officials from a local parts suppliers, while the company will start the first commercial sale of 55-inch OLED TVs from late next year”.
Samsung had launched its Galaxy Note phablet device at the IFA 2011. It had 5.3-inch display and came with a stylus. At IFA 2012, Samsung announced its successor, Samsung Galaxy Note II. This device features 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display, 1.6GHz quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM.
Both these devices have received overwhelming response and Samsung has been able to sell more than 5 million units of Samsung Galaxy Note II in just two months since the phablet started shipping.
It appears that Samsung intends to shorten the gap between smartphone and tablet and hence its decision to come out with Galaxy Note III phablet with 6.3 inch screen. Samsung’s success rate with its Android tablets is not of same magnitude as of its Android smartphones and hence the company wants to create more market for its phablets with greater display sizes so that more customers are lured to buy their phablets instead of a smartphone and a tablet.
As per other rumours being churned out by rumour mills, Samsung is also expected to unveil its Galaxy S IV smartphone at the Mobile World Congress 2013. Samsung Galaxy S IV is rumoured have a 4.99-inch Super AMOLED full-HD display.
As usual, MWC will be dominated by Samsung’s new devices and those tech geeks who are planning to visit MWC, should get their invested money’s worth in this annual extravaganza of mobility and tablet show!