Samsung thinks big with 7-inch smartphone

Remember the days when everyone seemed to be boasting about how small their phones were? That all seems like a lifetime ago, as manufacturers continue to push out ever-larger devices to satisfy user demand for bigger and better touchscreens. Even entry-level devices like the Lumia 630 now feature 4.5-inch displays, while Apple too is believed to be readying iPhones with much larger screens than the current 4-inch models.

Ever get the feeling phones are getting too big? (Samsung Galaxy Note 8 pictured.)

So perhaps it’s no surprise that Samsung is readying a new addition to its Galaxy smartphone line-up with a huge 7-inch screen. The SM-T2558 was spotted by SamMobile on the FCC’s site, although it is not yet known if the device will actually go on sale in the US.

Despite its immense size, it won’t be a new flagship for the South Korean tech giant; in fact, the device has a rather underwhelming set of specs, particularly given its dimensions. The SM-T2558 is expected to offer just 720p resolution on its enormous screen, with a quad-core 1.2GHz processor (perhaps Snapdragon 400) under the hood, along with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage, with a microSD slot (supporting cards up to 128GB) if you need more space.

An 8MP rear camera will be included too, along with a 2MP front-facing cam. The spec sheet currently suggests that the handset comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but this is likely to change to 4.4 KitKat at launch.

PhoneArena put together the comparison shot shown above after the SM-T2558 was first spotted last month with China Mobile logos, showing the new device alongside Samsung’s 5.1-inch Galaxy S5, which should give you some idea of just how vast this thing is.

Details of pricing and availability remain a mystery for now. 

Source: SamMobile | images: 1); 2) SamMobile/FCC; 3) SamMobile/TENAA; 4) PhoneArena

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This is good for Samsung. They have to make a device that looks completely different than Apple's so Apple wont sue them for it....

Anyway, this is stupid beyond belief. Unless you use bluetooth all the time to make phone calls, this is going to look dumb making calls on. A phone isnt a phone unless you can hold it in your hand comfortable and without looking dumb.

That's a tablet, with phone capabilities... just use it with earbuds. They're not forcing you to hold it like a normal phone over your ear :p

I'd say this is getting stupid now but I started getting stupid along time ago. I really hope 4" and 4.3" screens don't die out in the future and all we are stuck with is 5"+ massive phones that are the size of house bricks.

The size war is now idiotic. Mini tablets used to sit at 7" while phablets were at 6". Now I am going to buy a 24" mobile phone :D
Samsung is getting desperate to keep their hype going.

I tested my Nexus 7 last year to see how a 7" phone might work. Horrible. It's too big to hold for long and in no way fits into a pocket without sticking out. 5" or smaller screen seems best for someone that keeps their phone in a pocket. Yeah, 7" is a very usable size for a tablet. But, for a phone? No thanks. If they do release a 7" phone Samsung will deserve all the ridicule that'll be flung at them.

Well, looks like I could be the only one that could be interested a bit into something like this if the specs would not be so mediocre...

You know guys, my Nexus 7 (2013) follow me pretty much everywhere and fit 95% of my pants pockets and while it stick out a bit but as long it don't botter me and I forget it's there and people get all "WTF magic trick!" when I take it out I'm all right with having a tablet in my pocket. Also, who use a phone to the face to talk in 2014? Get some headphones with a mic/remote guys!

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