Samsung Turning Galaxy Player 5.8 Into a Smartphone?

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With all this talk about 6.3-inch Galaxy Notes, it’s easy to forget that Samsung already has a larger-than-5.5-inch Android handset, in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.8 (above). We shared some leaked info on the 5.8-inch giant with you back in August, and shortly thereafter Samsung made the model official. Since then, though, it’s maintained a pretty low profile, and hasn’t seen release outside of South Korea. Samsung might have some bigger plans for the unusually-sized device, and a new rumor says that Samsung could be turning the Player 5.8 from a media player into a full-fledged smartphone.

If you’re still not on board with the term “phablet”, brace yourself for the name supposedly attached to this new 5.8-inch phone, which is said to be arriving as the Samsung Galaxy Fonblet 5.8. Besides giving us the name and model number GT-I9152, this rumor offers very few details on the Fonblet’s hardware. We’re a little concerned because the original Player 5.8 had a pretty low qHD resolution to go with that big screen, and Samsung would really be doing itself a favor to upgrade to 720p, at the very least. Similarly, the Fonblet would need a substantial SoC upgrade over the Player 5.8’s if it’s to be at all competitive.

According to this, the Fonblet would be available in European markets, with the band support to match. Do we have another contender here for Samsung devices expected at the Mobile World Congress?

Source: SamMobile

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