Samsung eyes 2013 launch for Galaxy Note III

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Samsung is reportedly preparing to launch its Galaxy Note III "phablet" sometime in 2013. The device is slated to boast an even bigger screen than its predecessor which sports a 5.5-inch screen.

Indeed, according to the Korea Times (via BGR), the Samsung Galaxy Note III will boast a rather large 6.3-inch OLED display.

However, Raymond Wong of BGR expressed skepticism over the possibility of a 6.3-inch display, noting that such a large screen would force Samsung to equip the device with a significantly more powerful battery, especially since it would also support LTE. Of course, holding such a large device with one hand would be even more difficult than trying to do so with Galaxy Note II.

One possible solution? Samsung might be able to design some sort of thin, edgeless layout that keeps the phone's footprint more or less the same, at least to whatever extent possible.

The Note-class smartphone - which launched in August 2012 - has helped blur the lines between handsets and tablets since rolling out this past summer. Samsung is undoubtedly working on a follow-up device, which will feature upgraded hardware, such as a faster processor, more RAM and additional storage space.

For reference, the Samsung Galaxy Note II features a 5.5" (140.9mm) HD Super AMOLED display with a 16:9 screen ratio, HSPA Plus/4G LTE connectivity and 16GB-64GB of storage. The Android handset is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor and includes an 8 megapixel rear-facing and 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera with HD 1080p video-recording capabilities.