According to a report from the Korea Times, Samsung is set to introduce a new 5.9-inch handset in the second half of the year. While Samsung did not specify the name of the handset, the device is widely believed to be the Galaxy Note III, the follow up to Samsung’s popular Galaxy Note II.
Samsung, the leading handset manufacturer has a stronghold on the phablet market with the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II, which has sold over 10 million units since last September. However, with a number of companies releasing their own phablet devices (5.0-inches or bigger) the competition has begun to heat up.
With screen sizes expanding, Samsung hopes to solidify its markets share with the reveal of its new handset. An undisclosed source revealed to the Korea Times that “Samsung is working on introducing a new phablet using a 5.9-inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen.” Additionally, the handset is expected to be powered by an Exynos octa-chipset made by Samsung itself.
The handset industry appears to be naturally progressing towards larger and larger displays. Many Android handsets are starting to offer displays as large as 5-inches and emerging phablets are as big as 6-inches. According to the Samsung official this is a simple product of meeting consumer demand, consumers want larger devices, ”[e]ven if these kinds of sizes ― from 5-inch to 6-inch ― are stretching the limits of traditional pockets.”
This report makes it clear than an earlier one that indicated the Galaxy Note III will have a 6.3-inch display was incorrect.