Report: Samsung set to update phablet line

Report: Samsung set to update phablet line

10 APR 2013

Samsung is reported to be working on two more devices that fit into the “phablet” large-screen smartphone category, although it is believed the devices will use the Galaxy Mega brand rather than the more familiar Note used in its current products.

According to Korean publication etnews, the company will launch a device with a 6.3-inch screen “as early as June”, which is apparently an attempt to further blur the lines between smartphones and tablets. Other mooted specifications include an 8-megapixel camera and a 1.7GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos processor.

This was companied by a SamMobile report which said that a 5.8-inch sibling for this device is also in the pipeline. Suggested specifications for this include a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and 8 megapixel camera.

Dual SIM versions of both were also suggested. An LTE-enabled version of the larger unit is also a possibility.

The rumoured features would position the devices in the mid-tier.

While it is not clear why the vendor is using the Galaxy Mega identifier for these devices, no reports have proposed that they will support Samsung’s S Pen. The vendor may, therefore, be keeping the Note brand for devices that support stylus input.

Several elements of the rumours have surfaced before, although not in the same form. For example, it was believed that the 6.3-inch screen device would be the Galaxy Note 3, a successor to the popular Note II.

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