Phablets are sooo last year: here comes the Samsung Galaxy Fonblet
January 18, 2013
When Samsung announced the first "phablet," the Galaxy Note, critics guffawed. A Zack Morris-sized smartphone with a stylus? Good luck with that. But then the device – and its sequel -– sold in bunches, and those critics ate their hats. So, as ridiculous as a rumored 5.8-inch smartphone dubbed "Fonblet" sounds, we'll keep the snickering to a minimum.
According to SamMobile, Samsung will soon announce the Samsung Galaxy Fonblet 5.8. It's essentially the Galaxy Player 5.8 (a giant media player sold in Korea) with a cellular radio.
The Galaxy Fonblet would sport the same 960 x 540 resolution (190 pixels per inch) as its Wi-Fi-only cousin. It will support dual SIM cards, and run either Android 4.1.2 or 4.2.1 Jellybean.
If its other specs borrow from the Galaxy Player 5.8, then it could potentially sport a 3-megapixel rear camera, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 2,500 mAh battery.
The source only mentions the Fonblet for Europe, so this could be a small-scale release. It's also possible that Samsung will use this device to test consumer demand, and later release a higher-end "Fonblet" on a larger scale with the full Samsung marketing treatment.
Samsung's apparent determination to fill every conceivable size gap between tiny smartphone and large tablet is hard to fathom. But then again, a 5.8-inch smartphone could potentially hit a sweet spot for customers who only want one mobile device.
It's possible we'll hear more about the Galaxy Fonblet at next month's Mobile World Congress.
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