We just unboxed the Samsung Galaxy Note II, a smartphone-tablet hybrid that’s sold over 5 million units in just two months, but already there’s a rumor spreading about its eventual 2013 successor, the Galaxy Note III. According to a source close to the situation, Samsung is planning to release the Galaxy Note 3 with an even more massive 6.3-inch display next year. If you recall, the original Galaxy Note debuted with a 5.3-inch 1280×800 HD Super AMOLED Pentile screen in 2011 and the Galaxy Note II topped that with a 5.5-inch 1280×720 HD Super AMOLED S-Stripe RGB display in 2012. Judging by current market trends, I imagine the 6.3″ screen on the new handset would be of the 1080p HD Super AMOLED variety, maybe even with a “Plus” finally tacked on for good measure, but that’s just speculation at this point.
Samsung managed to make the Note2 slightly thinner and narrower than its predecessor, but it seems unthinkable that the Korea-based company could increase the size of the Note3’s display by an eighth of an inch without impacting the device’s overall dimensions. The successful smartphone and tablet manufacturer would have to create a nearly bezel-less design, which could prove to be quite a challenge in the series’ third iteration. The current generation model is already pushing boundaries in regards to size, so is there really a market for an even larger phablet?