Think the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is big? Take note, because the Note 3 could break six inches.
The Korea Times quotes a Samsung boss talking about how the next Note will pack Samsung’s eight-core chip and a bigger 6.3-inch screen than the current 5.5-inch display. If that does turn out to be the case, an extra inch on the diagonal is quite a boost — in fact, that edges it towards the 7-inch territory of the Google Nexus 7 and other mini tablets.
Is that excessive? After all, the Note is meant to be big. But it’s also meant to provide a middle ground between phone and tablet, and six or seven inches is getting too big to hold with one hand.
Underneath the screen, the Note 3 is expected to be powered by the newly announced Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, an eight-core behemoth of a chip.
The Octa features four low-power cores for everyday tasks, and switches to four high-performance cores for more intensive tasks. That way you get superb performance when playing fast-paced games, high-definition videos or heavy multi-tasking, but without draining your battery.
Whatever form the Note 3 takes, the Note and Note 2 were both launched towards the end of the year so we won’t see the new model for a good long while yet. In the meantime check out our 25 Note 2 tips for getting the most out of your 5-inch phone.