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Over the last few years, “phablets”, the new product category defining devices that are too large to be considered smartphones but still too small to be considered tablets, has become increasingly popular. One of the most popular players in the field, Samsung, is said to be readying the release of the Galaxy Note III, which is expected to sport a 5.9-inch screen opposed to a 6.3-inch one as previously reported, according to a Korean newspaper.

The Samsung Galaxy Note has gathered an increased amount of attention from mobile users of all stripes, especially with the release of the Galaxy Note II last year. Given the success of the device, there is no doubt that Samsung is working on improving on it: according to an alleged source inside the Korean company, a larger 5.9-inch display may be on the cards for the Galaxy Note III, which is expected to hit shelves sometime this year.

Galaxy Note

The larger-sized screen, as opposed to the 5.5-inch display present on the current Galaxy Note II, is meant to address requests from customers who want to push the envelope on the complexity of the tasks that they wish to perform from their “phablets”. The increase in screen size, however, will not mean an increase in the size of the device: instead, according to the author of this report, the Galaxy Note III will be bezel-less, similarly to products developed by competitors.

“Even if these kinds of sizes ― from 5-inch to 6-inch ― are stretching the limits of traditional pockets, well-made phablets using bezel-less technology have been warmly received”

Galaxy Note II

This report also shines some light on the future device’s internal specifications, confirming previous rumors of enhanced performance. Among the internal hardware that is set to be included, namely the Exynos Octa chipset, developed in-house by Samsung, which is expected to match the demand from users for more resource incentive-apps on increasingly thinner and slicker devices. Other hardware additions are expected, including larger RAM and storage capacity, although none of these have currently been confirmed.

Exynos 5 octa

Since its initial launch, Samsung has managed to sell 10 million units of the Galaxy Note II. While Samsung has not officially confirmed the existence of the upcoming device, there is no doubt that the Korean company is looking to release a replacement to its “phablet” later this year, in order to cope with new trends in the market.

(via TheKoreaTimes)

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