Samsung’s next smartphone will teeter on the brink of tablet dimensions, reports suggest, as the distinction between the two form factors becomes ever more blurred.
Treated to a tour of the phone-maker’s booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Anandtech clandestinely snapped what appears to be a product roadmap detailing screen sizes of past and – here’s the beef – future handsets.
Among them was a device that it appears is set to feature a full HD 4.99-inch screen with super-sharp 400ppi. That's right on the cusp of the five-inch cut-off point that the industry has seemingly universally agreed defines a device as a tablet.
While the roadmap doesn’t name the handset as the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S4, it does mention that the unspecified kit is set to land in Q1 of 2013.
This tallies with separate rumours doing the rounds that Samsung is planning to drop its fourth-generation Galaxy S smartphone at a special press event at some time during the next few months.
Less likely to appear on the S4 is the eye-popping curved screen technology that was more visibly on show at Samsung’s presence at CES.
Incorporated in a concept device, we loved the wafer-thin 4.5-inch AMOLED display but wonder if it’d prove a little too offbeat for the mass market who appear to favour homogenised design approach that means almost all phones have come to resemble large black slabs.
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