Samsung Galaxy Note III to have pants busting 6.3 inch screen?

There's big, there's really big and then there is, "It's so big, it's unusable." Samsung made waves in 2011 when it launched the Galaxy Note smartphone with a big 5.3 inch screen. The new Galaxy Note II has a slightly bigger screen at 5.5 inches.

Even with these large displays, reviews of both smartphones have been mostly kind. However, they always added that Samsung was perhaps testing the size limits of what might be acceptable for a device of this kind. Now a new report claims that Samsung could be willing to take a chance that people will buy a smartphone with a much bigger screen.

Buried in a story on the Korean Times website on how Samsung is reducing its investment in LCD screens, the story adds near the end:

In a related note, the world’s biggest technology company has been developing the Galaxy Note III with a 6.3-inch screen using an OLED display, according to officials from local parts suppliers ...

Take that in for a second: Samsung could release the Galaxy Note III with a 6.3 inch screen. That's a full inch bigger than the original Galaxy Note. Of course, Samsung has yet to confirm any of this, so this news may not be true. However, we think having a smartphone that's 5.5 inches is the limit in terms of putting the device in a pocket. We think going any higher would cause people to consider the Galaxy Note III a smaller tablet, rather than a really big smartphone.

Source: Korean Times

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Today I held the galaxy note 2 and it was huge. I def wouldn't wanna have a phone like that. My GS3 has the perfect screen size for me.

I guess 5.3 was crazy, but then they sold 5M of them in short time. 5.5 seems crazy, yet they have sold 10M of them almost and 6.3 is crazy? Yet we have 7" devices like the Nexus...whats wrong with a tablet that can make calls? How is it to big to be a phone? Its a tablet with calling features, liek the iPhone is just an iPod Touch with calling features. There will be a few who will buy it. I won't be one of them though. I love mu GNII.

Also a 6.3" device can still fit in a back pocket, as long as your pants arent so tight you cant breathe wearing them/.

"There's big, there's really big and then there is, "It's so big, it's unusable.""

That's what she said.

You had it coming! "Pants-busting 6.3" "....

Why are phones approaching tablet size, and tablets are approaching phone size?

The in-between isn't good for either one.

Worryingly these seasoned manufactures don't seem to get it, they think that bigger is better no matter what. My current HTC One X is already too big, Im happy to stay at this size because it still fits in a pocket, but its too big for my trouser pocket so now just sits in my drawer. Im not as mobile as I used to be when it comes to communication because of this.

In their defense, those devices were hardly aimed for your pockets to begin with? It's for those wanting small tablet-like devices. The niche between phones and tablets is hardly intended for portability (PHONES are), and just meant as really small and convenient tablets.

Compare this one to the iPad mini at 7.9 inches.

To a DEGREE, there may be a market for wireless at larger sizes, but it's a niche market. I think it might appeal to, say... the people wandering around wearing headphones all day.

If you're wearing bluetooth headphones for music, you might already be using them to take calls, too. At that point, why care how big or small your phone is? Calls are the one thing you AREN'T using the phone for.

Seems to be a case of "hmm, there's a size that no one has released in...lets do it!"

Personally my HTC Raider is 4.5 screen and it's a bit of a stretch so for my next phone I'll probably try to find a decent 4 inch screen model

I plan on upgrading to the Note 3 when it does roll around but I'm not sure I could deal with an extra inch on that screen, it's fine as it is.

It might really be not that bad. My little brother carries his 7" Samsung tablet in his pocket. So it is all about your personal preference and pocket size.

I have had a Note 2 now for the past 3 weeks and this phone is awesome! It screams as far as speed, the video quality is amazing and the battery gives me about 36-38 hours on moderate use. Now onto the obvious screen size jokes......it is not as bad as you think....it took me a couple of days to get used to it but once I did I have no complaints. It all comes down to personal preference and this device takes the place of the tablet I wanted and needing a new phone.

I will laugh in the face of anyone who owns one of these devices. Oh wait... they won't be able to see me when they're using one

Seriously though, I think the Galaxy S3 is already really large. As an owner of an iPhone 5 (And everyone around here knows I don't even like Apple), I think 4-4.3 is about the limit.

chconline said,
As an owner of an iPhone 5 (And everyone around here knows I don't even like Apple) [...]

Amazing people actually start to explain themselves like this. You basically have to of course if you want to avoid being called a "fanboy" or "iSheep".

Bully much iSheep explainer?

.Neo said,

Amazing people actually start to explain themselves like this. You basically have to of course if you want to avoid being called a "fanboy" or "iSheep".

I have the S3 because they didnt have the Note 2 when I go my new phone and Im happy I went with it now. My limit is 4.7-4.8". 6.3" is perfect if your a center for the NY Giants...

6.3" screen is just absolutely ridiculous. They may as well make it a 7" screen and called it a tablet with 3G+Voice.

Meh, I'll stick to phones in the 4.3-4.7" range. Anything bigger gets uncomfortable, and just unnecessary. Plus bigger screens = more battery to power the screen.

I like to think in terms of proportion. If it looks "normal" for a chick clocking in at 5'4" to use a Galaxy S2, it'd look no less "normal" for me, at 6'3", to use a Note.

Dainty phones are nice and all, but I shouldn't be punished with one just because I ate my vegetables growing up.

/disclaimer: my comment is limited to the Note 2's dimensions. 6.3" is...a kindle.

MsftGaurav said,
Can I hold it to my ear and not have people laugh at how weird it will look?

And people mocked the Nokia N-Gage for "sidetalking".
I never "sidetalked" with it. People with half a brain made the speaker one notch louder and held it the normal way.

GS:mac

Navan said,
"It's so big, it's unusable."
It's not the size, it's how U use it.

omg... that is...

remixedcat said,
very true! it's all about a lot of other factors as well... how it feels...

...what she said!

GS:mac

This I wouldn't mind seeing. At this size however, it's (personally) too big to be comfortably used a phone (never mind absurd to put in your pocket), and undersized for a tablet. Make a "proper" sized tablet that also as phone capabilities via speakerphone or bluetooth headset and I'd be game to get one.

I think that's obviously been Samsung's plan, I think it would looked like a bit of an unused gimmick if they just flung it into a 10.1 tablet. Note is clearly to test how big you can make a smartphone and see if people will use a device around 6" like a tablet.

If Samsung shave off the bezel and increase the screen area, while maintaining the size of the previous Note (it was larger with a smaller screen), than that's not a problem at all.
I'd take it

Max Norris said,
This I wouldn't mind seeing. At this size however, it's (personally) too big to be comfortably used a phone (never mind absurd to put in your pocket), and undersized for a tablet. Make a "proper" sized tablet that also as phone capabilities via speakerphone or bluetooth headset and I'd be game to get one.
How would you know if its too big if you've never used it?

I think 5.8" would be big enough...but ehn again, if you can use a 7" tablet what wrong with a 7" phone? That is what they make bluetooth headsets for....

TechieXP said,
How would you know if its too big if you've never used it?

Because it's fairly easy to visualize holding something that size in my hand?
TechieXP said,
That is what they make bluetooth headsets for....

Yea, kind of like what I mentioned. A tablet with phone capabilities via bluetooth. Not holding something tablet sized to my head like a 21st century ghetto blaster.