Saturday, January 19, 2013

Samsung rumored to release 5.8-inch “Fonblet”

Samsung rumored to release 5.8-inch “Fonblet”

At what point does a phone make the transition into a tablet with calling capabilities? 5-inches? 5.5, 5.8, 6.3? Apparently Samsung is keen on figuring this out, with recent rumors suggesting the company plans on releasing a 5.8-inch phone that will fit nicely between the 5.5-inch Note II, and rumored 6.3-inch Note III.

Despite having taken a more unified approach to flagship devices, Samsung is not done saturating the market yet. Samsung is already rumored to release the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note III and Galaxy S IV in the coming month, and now we can add another device to the list. According to a rumor report out of SamMobile, Samsung is set to announce a 5.8-inch dual-SIM smartphone dubbed the Galaxy Fonblet. Yes, the Galaxy Fonblet. Hopefully the name will change.

Where exactly the Galaxy Fonblet fits into Samsung’s lineup is still a bit of a mystery. The device could turn out to be exclusive to Europe, and differentiate itself with lesser specs like the Galaxy Player 5.8, and a price to match. Even if that does turn out to be true, it still feels a bit unnecessary. With the Galaxy S IV rumored to launch with a 5-inch display, including the S III, Note II and Note III, Samsung would have phones at 4.8, 5, 5.5, 5.8 and 6.3-inches. And those are just the phones.

What do you think, is the 5.8-inch Fonblet overkill, or is Samsung smart to cover such a wide range of sizes? Stay tuned for more on Samsung’s entire 2013 lineup as MWC inches closer.

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