It looks like Samsung's Galaxy Note line-up is going to face some competition. According to Panda App, a picture has leaked recently, indicating that Sony is working on a phablet device of its own. Judging by the picture, it looks like the company wants to escalate the screen size battle with a whopping 6.44-inch screen.

Judging by the size of the screen, it can be assumed that the screen will be full HD 1080p. The picture also indicates that the phone will feature a very skinny bezel. It should be worth noting, though, that the picture is definitely not a confirmation that Sony is working on such a device. For all we know, the picture is of a prototype that may never see a release. It could also be a faked image, so as usual, rumours are to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Sony may be upping the ante for screen size (image credit: digi-wo)

Sony may be upping the ante for screen size (image credit: digi-wo)

During CES, Sony had unveiled its new flagship device—the Xperia Z. The company is joining the current trend of stuffing a 1080p resolution in a 5-inch screen. This gives the device a pixel resolution of 443 ppi. The effect this may have on the battery life of the phone is yet to be seen.

The main selling point of the device will undoubtedly be the 13 megapixel camera; the camera gives users the ability to record HDR video. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and is LTE-capable. The company has announced a global launch for the device this quarter.

Here are some of the specifications of the Xperia Z:

  • 5-inch screen with a 1080p resolution
  • 4G LTE, EDGE, Wi-Fi, NFC
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 13 megapixel camera with HDR recording and 2 megapixel front-facing camera

Going by earlier reports, Samsung seems to be doing some screen size escalation of its own. According to the report, Galaxy Note III will be pushing even further in terms of screen size, with a whopping 6.3-inch display. This is a considerable jump compared to the 5.5-inch screen on Galaxy Note II. Another key feature of Note III will be that it will run on the Exynos 5 Octa chip that Samsung had showcased at CES 2013. It is based on the ARM big.LITTLE/Cortex A-15 architecture and is designed to be a low powered, high performance mobile processor.

According to Samsung, the performance of the chip is twice than that of anything available in the market today when it comes to 3D gaming. While the company hasn't unveiled full details about the chip yet, this chip may be able to run dual quad-core setups on a 28nm process. The Exynos 5 Octa will likely also power the rumoured Galaxy S IV.

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