A phone with a 7-inch screen? Yep, it's probably going to happen

Anna Scantlin
Contributing Editor from Kansas City, MO
Published: April 27, 2014


Well, I guess it probably wasn’t hard to see this one coming. The rumor mill is churning with talks of the next generation Samsung Galaxy Mega, and if you thought having a phone with a 6.3-inch screen wasn’t big enough, then you’re in luck: Samsung reportedly thinks so, too. And with this year’s model, you can expect to see much more than a mega-sized smartphone - they’re just going to bump you right on up to “tablet” for your viewing pleasure.


Now, honestly, I’m not one to say what phones people can and can’t like. There are phones I like that are going to be quizzical to others, and I’m not going to like every phone that hits the market either. However, there are some phones that I have to wonder why they are even being made, and if the Samsung Galaxy Mega does end up being a 7-inch phone, I have a feeling that it’s just going to be one of those phones. Mostly because that’s not a phone, that is a tablet, and yes, it’s really rather ridiculous.


I think what’s more ridiculous is the fact that it’s such a huge phone, but Samsung really plays down the specs. Why can’t a phone with a 6.3-inch screen get the same (or better) specs as a Note 3, a Galaxy S5, or any other large phone that can fit decent modern specs in them today? Last year’s Galaxy Mega might have been big, but it wasn’t exactly a big hit, especially due to the lack of good specs. According to reports from TENAA, a Chinese electronics certification website, the new Galaxy Mega isn’t going to do anything to change that.


The new Galaxy Mega is reported to have a quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage (can that even work with TouchWiz?) and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with a 2-megapixel front-facing one. I mean really, the only selling point for this phone is the fact that it is so large, but is that even enough to actually win consumers over?


Probably not.


The Galaxy Note isn’t successful just because it’s big. It’s successful because it’s big and has good specs to accompany the size. It’s also one of the few smartphones on the market that still opt to work with a stylus. Likewise, the Galaxy S4 and S5 aren’t successful just because they’re larger smartphones; they’re larger smartphones that have good specs and good features. I do think that flagships today are as popular as they in part because they have larger screens than they did a few years ago, but by all means, that is not the only reason these flagships are popular.


I honestly don’t know why I’m kind of fired up over this. I honestly didn’t expect any less from Samsung. It’s not like they don’t have the means or the profits to do it, but it just seems like a waste of time to me. How many people out there actually want to use a tablet as their smartphone?


This is where we want to hear from your, readers. When it comes to a smartphone that may very well reach tablet territory, how willing are you to buy one? Would you rather have a tablet that had phone capabilities? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!