Over here in the UK, the biggest smartphone display you can pick up from the major manufacturers (sorry, Dell) is 4.3in. There’s the Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Evo 3D and HTC Sensation, and probably a few more I’ve forgotten. Oh yeah, my very own HTC Desire HD. Oops.
As well as being obsessed with making smartphones super-model thin, some manufacturers appear to believe that the future is in giant displays. We’re not entirely sure how big is too big, or where the cut-off between smartphone and tablet lies, but we’re quite excited about these chaps.
Here are some of the colossal beasts that we’re most looking forward to.
Is it fair to say the Samsung Galaxy Note was the most talked about device at this year’s IFA in Berlin? I reckon so. The Acer liquidmini Ferrari Edition was up there too, but for all the wrong reasons.
We’d heard the name Samsung Galaxy Note in the run up to IFA, but we had no idea what to expect. When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note with a monstrous 5.3in Super AMOLED display, there was a definite stirring in our collective Mobo-loins.
Other specs include a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 8MP/2MP rear/front cameras, “Smart Pen” stylus compatibility, and a removable 2,500mAh battery. Yow!
The Samsung Galaxy Note is expected to land in Q1 2012. Clove has popped it up for pre-order at £600, but stresses that the price is merely a guesstimate.
The fact that Samsung is developing the Google Nexus Prime is very much unofficial, but we all know that’s the case, ‘cause we phone geeks are smart as furg. Ahem.
The Samsung-developed Google Nexus Prime is expected to debut Ice Cream Sandwich, much like the Google Nexux S did with Gingerbread. Rumoured specs include a 4.65in display and dual-core 1.5GHz processor.
Eric Schmidt recently said that Ice Cream Sandwich is scheduled to land in October/November, so it sounds like it won’t be long till we get our hands on the Google Nexus Prime. Sweet.
It’s a funny old situation here, as the HTC Runnymede and Titan are pretty much the same smartphone, ‘cept the former runs Android and the latter Windows Phone 7. Oh, and the former is white while the latter is black, but it’s what’s inside that counts.
The HTC Runnymede, first of all, is still unofficial, though a press shot recently leaked, suggesting it mightn’t be too long before HTC lifts the lid on this bad boy. Like the HTC Sensation XE, it’ll be a Beats Audio collaboration.
The HTC Titan is very much official, and will be one of two new phones running Windows Phone Mango (the other being the HTC Radar). It’s expected to land mid-October.
So, anyway, specs. The HTC Runnymede and Titan both have 4.7in displays, hence their appearance in a feature titled ‘Land of the giants(martphones)’. They also share 1.5GHz processors and 8MP/1.3MP cameras. Not literally share; they'll operate independently.
So, if you reckon size matters, it looks like you’ll be spoiled for bloomin’ choice this Christmas. Put me down for a Google Nexus Prime, please.