This is going to be an interesting year as far as bigger smartphones and tablets go, which will see tablets become even more popular and more people understand the benefits of phablets. When your money is a little stretched or you hate carrying a tablet and smartphone around, then a phablet like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has really proven to be the perfect alternative last year. The demand for this device by wireless carriers had been a lot more after they saw the success of the first generation phablet, so it hadn’t been a surprise to see all the major carriers wanting the Note 2.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to enter a more competitive market — 2013 is being named The Year of the Phablet, and we’re going to see a lot of brands enter the bigger smartphone business this year. Some of these will be revealed at CES 2013, and others at a number of events planned for this year. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is also expected to have a release date at some point this year, but when this device arrives it will meet a lot more competition than in 2012.
Samsung need to get the Galaxy Note 3 spot-on — you might have noticed our article last week about the Note 2 and the need for a 32GB and 64GB option, which at the time of writing has only appeared in South Korea. We’ve heard from a number of our readers in the UK and US about the 16GB offering currently available. This is not enough for a lot of them and the lack of support in Android Jelly Bean for running apps from an SD card doesn’t help matters.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 needs to arrive with much bigger storage sizes and also meet other requests asked for by the fans. If the wish lists are viable then Samsung needs to include what the users want, and not sit back and think what they did with the Note 2 had been enough. Samsung’s Note 3 sales were impressive, but they also lost a lot of sales thanks to offering only a 16GB model.
One of PR’s readers stated, “Been waiting on the 64. Will not buy a 16“, and another joined in with “I can’t believe after waiting all this time still no sign of 32/64Gb its a shame for Samsung. No way I will buy 16Gb Note I’ll rather wait for next updated model“.
Another reader added “That is the ONLY reason I didn’t end up buying a Note2. If Samsung won’t give people what they want, I will wait for another manufacturer who will“.
What do you want to see included with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Are there certain specs and features that need to be included, and if they’re not then will you consider the phablet competition? It is worth pointing out that some rumors are appearing this month about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 screen size, which certain suppliers claim could be 6.3-inches. This is up from 5.5-inches on the second generation, although it’s good to remember this is only a rumor at this stage.
Early competition for the Galaxy Note 3 includes ZTE’s 5-inch Grand S and also the Huawei Ascend Mate with a massive 6.1-inch screen.