The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will pack a substantially larger screen than we’d been led to believe, information about the just-unveiled Game Pad peripheral suggests.
Debuted at the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 last week, the Game Pad is a wireless joy pad that features Bluetooth pairing via NFC technology, as well as dual analogue sticks and shoulder and action buttons. If it sells in any kind of quantity, the add-on could deliver us from fiddly touchscreen controls and pave the way for more complex mobile games that you play more than a few times.
But more interesting than all that from a non-gamer’s perspective is that the product specs for the Game Pad also disclose that it’s compatible with devices with screen sizes ranging from four inches (so that’s the original Galaxy S covered, at least) to 6.3-inches.
Right now, there’s no such Samsung tablet with a display of 6.3-inches. Not unreasonably that’s sparked speculation that the device being referred to is part of Sammy’s future product pipeline and is most likely the next iteration of its Note range of phablets.
Assuming that line of reasoning is correct, the super-sized Note 3 is shaping up to blur yet further the already pretty muddied distinction between tablets and smartphones.
Previous leaks from Samsung’s supply chain hinted that the third-generation Note would pack a rather more modest, but still sizeable, 5.9-inch screen.
The Note 3 is also mooted to feature the same eye motion-sensitive controls as the Galaxy S4 and the same octa-core processor.