When the Samsung Galaxy Note II launched last year, it was touted as the world's largest smartphone thanks to its 5.5-inch display. Since then, the Chinese company Huawei has taken the lead with its 6.1-inch Ascend Mate, a smartphone that is big for big's sake, but nothing more.
According to the latest rumors via SamMobile, Samsung is going back on the offensive to reclaim its record. The Samsung-focused blog, which has been accurate on a number of Samsung-related leaks over the last few years, says the chaebol (that's a "large business conglomerate" for you non Korean-speaking people) is planning two devices that will carry the "Galaxy Mega" brand.
Both smartphones will run Android (presumably with the company's TouchWiz skin), with one of them sporting a 5.8-inch display and the other a 6.3-inch display. Both would be significantly larger than Samsung's Galaxy Note II, but would sit right below the company's 7-inch Galaxy Tab slates.
The rumor isn't without merit, either. At last month's Galaxy S4 unveiling event, Samsung quietly unveiled a smartphone Game Pad accessory that included reference to support for devices with a "6.3-inch screen size." We did a quick check and the company definitely doesn't have any existing mobile devices with screens that measure 6.3-inches.
SamMobile's report suggests the 5.8-inch Galaxy Mega will be "available around week 22," which is between May 27 and June 2. The 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega will reportedly come sometime between June 17 to 23. Of course, either one of these could be incorrectly labeled, and one of them could be the Galaxy Note III (we'd guess the 5.8-inch model), so take it all with a grain of salt.
Is Samsung pushing its luck with the 6.3-inch smartphone? Are "phablets" with gigantic displays here to stay or a passing fad? Remember back in the early 2000s how every company was trying to make their cellphones smaller? Look what happened to those, once smartphones became popular. Honestly, we just hope wearable computing will burst the growing smartphone display bubble, because these phone sizes are getting ridiculous.