We’ve heard plenty about the Galaxy Player 5.8 which packed a rather ginormous 5.8-inch qHD display and was relatively bigger for a media only device. But since recently, we’ve been hearing reports of this Galaxy Player being converted into a Galaxy smartphone by Samsung. And yes, there was thought that this new 5.8-inch smartphone could be the successor to the Note II although we’ve been hearing about that 6.3-inch Note III for quite a while now. And today, putting an end to all these rumors is a report exclusively gathered by the folks over at Sam Mobile stating that this smartphone is indeed real and is heading for launch sometime in the coming weeks. This device will be known as the Samsung Galaxy Fonblet 5.8 apparently and will bear the GT-I9152 model number as well. This will be exactly the same as the Galaxy Player 5.8, but with cellular connectivity to make and receive phone calls. The smartphone will be dual-SIM too it is believed, meaning it will be centered towards the Asian and European markets with little chance of making it to North American shores. This will certainly create a new niche for Samsung and it is yet to be seen what the smartphone will feature under the hood.
If we go by the specs of the Galaxy Player 5.8, it would make sense for Samsung to stick with that. Many Asian and European countries have a large market for smartphones like these and Samsung clearly understands that. The Galaxy Fonblet 5.8 is rumored to feature Android 4.1 or 4.2 by default, which is great news too. But it will depend on the timing of the launch as with any smartphone. All indications point at a MWC launch next month, but we could see the device being launched prior to that. If there’s one concern with the smartphone, it is with regards to the display resolution. At 5.8-inches with a qHD resolution (540×960), it certainly won’t feature the best pixel density in the market. But if that’s something one can look over, the Galaxy Fonblet 5.8 could be a viable option, especially for people preferring more display real estate. We should know more about the processor underneath, the RAM and the camera sensors on board in due time. Until then, we will cautiously wait and see if this smartphone will see the light of the day.
What do you think about this new Galaxy smartphone? Will it have any takers with the enormous display and low pixel density?