Samsung making 5.9 inch phablet

Samsung making 5.9 inch phablet

Summary: South Korean electronics giant reportedly working on a new device with a 5.9 inch OLED screen, powered by Exynos octa-core chipset.

Samsung is reportedly working a new phablet with a 5.9 inch OLED screen, powered by the Exynos octa-core chipset.

Samsung Electronics plans to introduce a 5.9 inch handset in the later half of this year to solidify its leadership in the phablet market.

A company official who declined to be named, told The Korea Times on Wednesday Samsung was working on introducing a new phablet using a 5.9 inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen.

The new handset will be powered by its in-house Exynos octa-core chipset to meet the demand for faster data processing and downloading speed.

The move comes as part of South Korean electronics giant to further strengthen its hold over the phablet market, where Chinese firms  ZTE and Huawei have unveiled similar products. The firm also expects to see a rapid rise in its phablet business, which will help maintain its lead over rivals, including Apple, another inside source from Samsung, said.

When approached by ZDNet Asia, Samsung said it is "unable to provide comments on market rumors".

The report of Samsung's latest phablet comes on the heels of the company's expected Galaxy S4 launch on March 14 in New York, its latest smartphone which will target the enterprise market with a mobile device management software called Knox. It also launched an addition to the Note series, an 8-inch tablet Galaxy Note 8, at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona last month.

The launch of phablets had dominated the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January, including the 5-inch display Xperia Z by Sony and LG's 5-inch screen Optimus Vu. Industry watchers told ZDNet Asia phablets cater to a niche group of consumers looking for an immersive user experience on a mobile device small enough to fit their palm, they are still of little threat to smartphones or tablets as it is still an emerging product.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Samsung, Smartphones, Tablets

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  • Will it have capacitive/hardware buttons...

    ...just like in Galaxy Note II? Not similar to Pantech Vega No.6, right?
    Grayson Peddie
  • new ipHone

    Apple will blow them all away with another row of icons,,,magical
  • Samsung Galaxy 7.7 International Tablet/Phone

    Why is Samsung fooling around here.. They already have the GT-P6800 and GT-P6200 and others in even the 8.9 and 10.1 that work as phones and tablets.
    Why build a 5.9 (barely 55% of the screen space of a 7.7) and go to the trouble of getting carriers to offer it?
    Just take what they have and go to the pre-paid no contract carriers and offer them what they already have.
    I bought the GT-P6800 specifically because I wanted a big keyboard for business data entry and enough screen to see what I was doing. I already had a Dell Streak Mini 5 and considered it to be too small though it was far better than the 3.5 inch screen with a slide out keyboard on my HTC MyTouch Slide.

    The 7.7 fits in a cargo pants pocket or a suit coat pocket. With a bluetooth headset you never have to hold it up to your ear.
  • Would that be Note 3?

    Sounds like Note 3 to me. It would suit me as I don't want to carry a smart phone and a tablet all the time. I'm happy to travel with a 6" phone/tablet and a separate 13" laptop. So at least my number of traveling gadgets is then down to two.
    Lachlan Chau
  • SOMEDAY. . . .

    We will have choice of ANY SIZE we want.
    But for now, mfg's are still toying around.
  • What about the S Pen?

    No pen, no sale.