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Samsung to launch new Galaxy Note sized phones without styli

by Mark Tyson on 3 April 2013, 11:00

Tags: Samsung (005935.KS), LG Electronics (066570.KS), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), PC

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Samsung are rumoured to be readying two new large smartphones which will herald the beginning of a new Galaxy Mega range. These smartphones follow the current trend for ever larger screens, arguably started by the original Samsung Galaxy Note, however they will eschew the stylus, as do most of Samsung’s emerging gargantuan rivals.

So the new Galaxy Mega range will look like Galaxy Notes without a stylus. Initially there are two models planned, according to SamMobile and its insider source. The GT-I9152 Galaxy Mega 5.8 will, as you might guess, sport a 5.8-inch screen. SamMobile interprets the GT serial number as meaning this 5.8-inch device will be a DUOS smartphone – with dual-SIM functionality.

The GT-I9200 Samsung Mega 6.3 will be a 6.3-inch screened smartphone. Analysis of this GT code suggests it is neither a dual-SIM smartphone nor the next Galaxy Note. Galaxy Note serial numbers begin with N7. It is thought that the Galaxy Note III will also have a screen nearing 6-inches in diagonal.

A clue to the introduction of these huge screened devices came with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and a large pile of accessories on 15th March. At that time the Samsung Game Pad was revealed equipped with a cradle supporting smartphones with screen sizes up to approximately 6.3-inches.

As for release dates, the Galaxy Mega 5.8, available in white, will be made available in late May. The Galaxy Mega 6.3, available in both white and black, will be made available in early June. These dates are according to SamMobile’s week indicators as interpreted by GSM Arena.

Looking at the smartphone market, many Samsung rivals seem to have bolstered their offerings of “mega” screened smartphones after seeing the pioneering success of the Samsung Galaxy Note range. Hardly any of them have packed a stylus, I can only remember the 5-inch LG Optimus Vu which did so. I think the new Mega range may help Samsung compete with the many phablet upstarts by offering Note-like big screens but (minus the Wacom tech) at a lower price.



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And here come the usual comments about how its too big and silly - blah blah blah.

Being an owner of a Note 2, I would not miss not having the stylus, but I do find it useful sometimes when cutting images and pasting to emails/messages etc.
So I see why Samsung are making bigger phones with out the stylus, I bet there is a good market/demand for them. Wonder if Apple will move into the 4" + screens?
I find the stylus useful on the Note 2, but not having it wouldn't be a dealbreaker.
Brewster0101
And here come the usual comments about how its too big and silly - blah blah blah.
Actually that's what I was going to say - 5" is doable, 5.5" is probably too, but when you're talking about something that's bigger than 6" then that's dangerously close to (a) looking ridiculous to hold to your ear, and (b) being mistaken for a small tablet.

Does seem a little silly though, to drop the key difference that the Note has to other "lesser" devices, namely the stylus and all that can offer.

Might as well buy an iPad Mini... LOL

Joking aside I've got to wonder if Samsung have kind of lost the plot - since they seem to be just content to generate similar looking models in a variety of sizes rather than innovating. I'd love a Note 10.1 Mark 2 that "borrowed" (ahem!) Asus's keyboard dock idea - along with the Note's stylus of course. :)
crossy
Joking aside I've got to wonder if Samsung have kind of lost the plot - since they seem to be just content to generate similar looking models in a variety of sizes rather than innovating. I'd love a Note 10.1 Mark 2 that "borrowed" (ahem!) Asus's keyboard dock idea - along with the Note's stylus of course. :)


Seems like a good idea to diversify sizes to me and essentially build the same mainboard running the same software into different chassis sizes with corresponding screen and battery and with/without stylus. Would be pretty easy to do and if done so the same software build works on every device then easy to maintain. Consumers can choose whatever size fits their hand or budget.