Yes, the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Mega (check out the name) has a massive 6.3" screen. It's a phone that is, frankly, ginormous.
To illustrate just how big it is, we've knocked up this diagram comparing it to an iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. The image isn't actual size, but it is to scale:
The trend towards larger displays on smart phones isn't a new one. It seems to reflect our desire to do much more with these devices than just make phone calls.
Larger screens are better-suited to watching video and playing games, as well as less-exciting functions like viewing and editing documents or making video calls.
But how big is too big? And at what point does a smart phone stop being a phone, and start being a tablet?
Introducing the phablet
Well, some tech firms have pre-empted that question by creating an entirely new product category. I give you: the phablet.
Yes, really. Online seller Expansys even has a whole phablet category on its website. Phablets are a bit bigger than a typical smart phone but a bit smaller than your average tablet.
Tell friends or colleagues that you have a new phablet and they'll have no idea what you're on about, of course. But at least you'll know your new gadget has a name.
Phones, phablets, tablets ... who cares?
At the end of the day, as long as your phone / phablet / tablet does what you need it to, it doesn't matter what you call it.
But if you are shopping for a new smart phone, the diversity of screens available means it's important to check yours is right for the job. For instance:
- Is it big enough to easily read text on the screen?
- Is it small enough to fit in your pocket or bag?
- Can you use the phone comfortably with one hand?