Samsung will offer a Note III smartphone (phablet) with a 6.3 inch screen and an 8 core processor, reports the Korea Times.
The leading smartphone maker’s current Note II has been a runaway success; the company has shipped over 5 million units in the 2 months since the device launched. The current model sports a 5.5 inch display, powered by a quad core processor (1.6 GHZ).
No other specs on the Note III were offered by Samsung officials cited in the Korea Times story, but technology blogs expect the phone to launch this year.
At CES, Samsung showed off a new 8-core Exynos 5 Octa processor, which might be included in the new phone.
Smartphone screen sizes have continued to creep into tablet territory generating a spate of “phablets” (a cross between a phone and tablet). Where a 4.5 inch screen once seemed overlarge, now a 5 inch is becoming more common.
It appears we’ll be seeing more 6 inch phablets this year. At CES, Huawei introduced the Ascend Mate phablet with a 6.1 inch touch screen.