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We all know that Samsung's working on a new version of the Galaxy Note smartphone. And we can probably assume it's going to debut later this summer, as it has the last two years. Unlike the last two years, though, it doesn't seem like it will be released to a market free of any real competitors. In any practical sense, the Galaxy Note and Note II went basically unchallenged in the jumbo-phone segment. Sure, there were oddities like the Optimus Vu (aka LG Intuition in the US), but Samsung was so plainly far ahead of everyone else in this part of the market that its Note devices became synonymous with the term 'phablet.' When you see someone with a giant phone, it's a pretty automatic assumption that's a Note or Note II.

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But other companies are starting to get serious about handsets with touchscreens of titanic proportions. The Optimus G Pro (which we reviewed last week) came out of left field and, I think, is an outstanding alternative to the Note II. There have been rumblings Sony is working on a device with a 6.44" (!) display. Lesser manufacturers like Pantech are getting in on the action, too, and Huawei has begun targeting giant screens to the mid-end of the market. ZTE's getting in on the fun, too. Samsung isn't taking this new competition lying down, though, and announced its mid-range Mega phones, at 5.8 and 6.3 inches, respectively.

With Samsung expanding its line of large devices, I'm guessing we can only expect more competing devices from other OEMs. Who knows, maybe HTC will get in on the fun, or even Motorola (I kind of doubt that one, though).

So, who do you think could actually interest you with a giant phone? Or are you in the Note For Life camp? Vote in the poll below.

Which OEM's giant phone could actually sway your interest in the next Galaxy Note?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • flippingthecoins

    I don't think Moto is going to make super sized phone for at least next two years.

  • WHO?

    I wasn't aware of any phones over 5.5 inch dated for release for US. There isn't any competition for NOTE 2 yet.

    • http://www.facebook.com/warrenjbell Buddy Bell

      ZTE I believe is make a 6" plus device that's already out. Not sure if it's available in the US but I read on Android Police that it's in production

    • Rohin Galhotra

      LG Optimus G Pro is coming soon to at the very least AT&T. http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/25/lg-optimus-g-pro-att-detailed/

  • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

    how about a XXL-Phone rather than just X-Phone ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

    Note III :D who gives 2 shits about the rest, all their doing is just messing up with a big screen size. Leave to the big boys kids.

  • http://twitter.com/Poofuduk Ârif TOKER

    If HTC makes a One with a 5.5-6" screen I'm sold!

    • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

      Well that would flop instantly...

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001352897995 Breanna Cherry Cherry Burress

        What makes you say that George? Their One series is getting alot of spotlight right now. And HTC is the only other Android Manufacturer that is closest to touching Samsung.

        • Rohin Galhotra

          Cuz my HTC One has a bunch of build quality issues and HTC can't market for shit, not to mention it takes a few false attempts to make a really good massive-sized phone (see the LG Optimus Vu, for example). HTC can't afford to do that. All I see now is HTC playing it safe and bringing in only maybe a minor bump to the One in fall, probably as a Verizon exclusive.

          • suryakanth tripathi nirala

            so you take into account how well a phone was marketed while buying a phone...exactly how stupid are you? you should probably get it evaluated scientifically, it would be a benchmark of some kind.

            build quality issues on something which has been hailed as a trailblazer in that front? sounds like you have a bad case of i-cant-stop-dropping-my-phone.

          • Rohin Galhotra

            Firstly, I haven't even dropped this phone once since I got it.

            Secondly, if you even bother to check XDA, you would see that there is a huge QC problem that HTC has and has even caused some to return their phones and get S4's instead.

            Thirdly, I'm not talking about how good it would be. He said that it wouldn't be a complete flop. But it would be, because HTC can't really market and Samsung has that market completely cornered. Just look at where they are at now. That's because they couldn't market the One X. Taking a risk that may end up destroying the company is not a good idea for any executive.

        • Demic

          Because they would probably create a huge phone and still not give it a removable battery or micro SD support. Major fail. (BTW, this is also why the S4 will outsell the HTC One, also.) I really like Sense, but HTC is making phones like the iPhone which only appeals to people who hate Samsung.

        • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

          We don't know that... no sales numbers yet. In the US HTC One isn't even in the top 3 OEM's. No LG have got the closest to Samsung.

        • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

          Also, HTC can't afford another failure, if they make a 5+ inch phone it will automatically rip HTC apart, they don't have the budget to market shit!! and no one will want to buy a HTC One XXL because the thing will also be like 200+ grams

      • New_Guy

        I don't necessarily agree, but i +1'd you anyway because it was funny :).

        • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

          lol

  • meetloaf13

    Removable storage & battery, S-Pen, successful phablet production history...I'm not going anywhere but perhaps from a Note II to a Note III =]

    • Herman

      How about the Samsung Galaxy Note III Active?

      Think about it, how useful would it be to be productive with the S-pen under water? I mean, we've all had those times when we're in the swimming pool and suddenly we get a call from our colleagues. No need to leave the swimming pool, just write all your work related notes under water with your S-pen!
      I'm getting one of those.

      • Nicktrance

        Water is conductive, you can't actually use use the screen underwater xD, although you could use it to answer calls while sitting in the water...

        • Damon

          The S-Pen is inductive though so the water wouldn't interfere with that much.

          • Herman

            Was just gonna say that.
            The S-Pen uses a different type of digitizer so it should probably work under water :D

          • New_Guy

            As long as you could waterproof it to keep the chip from shorting out it should have no issue.

      • New_Guy

        Ooooh, you dirty little man :)...

  • http://twitter.com/nagi603 Nagy Balázs András

    Let's see...
    HTC: they still can't seem to get back to their former days of glory. Uninspired, boring, etc.
    Sony: quality issues in many past devices.
    LG: again, quality issues with many-many phones in the past, no thanks.
    Motorola: good phones, great battery life, but locked bootloaders disqualify them.
    Others: yeah, to get even less support? To maybe have a barely functional CM? No thanks!

    • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

      May i edit?

      Let's see...
      HTC: they still can't seem to get back to their former days of glory. Uninspired, boring, NO SOFTWARE UPDATES (Or to late to matter)
      Sony: quality issues in many past devices, Crappy software.
      LG: again, quality issues with many-many phones in the past, Very Bad software, usually ripped straight of Samsung phones (at least the UI design)
      Motorola: good phones, great battery life, but locked bootloaders disqualify them.
      Others: yeah, to get even less support? To maybe have a barely functional CM? No thanks! :D

  • raindog469

    I voted "others", as in "the first one to ship a phablet with a slider or clamshell keyboard". If I'm going to have something that enormous, it might as well be useful as a small laptop. But I'm more likely to go for a GS4, and even that seems kinda big.

    • http://www.facebook.com/duckofdeath Hans Pedersen

      So, basically a new attempt at the early 90's Pocket PC's?

      • raindog469

        Only if you also consider the Galaxy Note to be a new attempt at the early 90s Apple Newton.

  • nonoperez

    Google nexus device XXL

  • Bjajjull

    ZTE or a large Nexus phone.

    • Michael Jon Carter

      I agree, I just think ZTE need to improve the quality of their phones features (video, camera etc) once they do that I think they'll nail the market. Im not even worried about a pen etc. Asus should probably make that large nexus phone.

      • Bjajjull

        Yea, I like Asus products.

  • http://www.facebook.com/warrenjbell Buddy Bell

    well, after having the Samsung Blackjack, Blackjack II, Jack, Captivate, Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, Infuse 4G, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S III, now I have a Galaxy Note II, I don't see using using anything else. My washer/dryer is Samsung, 3 Samsung flat screens TV's, 12 year old Samsung monitor and a Samsung laptop. My point here is I've NEVER had a Samsung product fail on me yet. 1990's everything I bought was SONY, but something happend to SONY's quality over the years and I'm now strictly Samsung. If every Samsung product I buy lasts a long time without problems, then I'll be sticking to Samsung. The only thing missing from Samsung's flagship phones is front facing stereo speakers.

    • flosserelli

      Damn...and I thought I was a Samsung fanboy.

      • New_Guy

        You know what, if you're going to be a fanboy the least a guy can do is back it up. I hate when people talk up a product and fight about and defend it vehemently but don't even own the product. This guy has earned...nigh, bought...the right to be a fanboy all the way and I, for one, am intensely impressed :).

    • DeadSOL

      Wow. Wish I had that much money! :p

    • hot_spare

      You should be eligible for a free Note 3 with that history.

    • New_Guy

      I love you, dude, and I don't even know you o.O...

    • Officer_Ricky_Ross

      Buddy... you look like you just got out the pen homie.
      You sure the story really isn't "Every house I break into has to have Samsung products"
      lol sorry man I'm kidding - ...

  • http://www.facebook.com/kris.armbrust.7 Kris Armbrust

    I just got the N2, so I will be waiting for the N4

  • Aerinx

    No pen means no business from me ;P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001352897995 Breanna Cherry Cherry Burress

    I'm an Android user but to be honest Apple would be alot better with a bigger screen. Everythibg is getting bigger and they need to catch up. At LEAST 4.5. I played with the iphone 5 yesterdag and it was really hard typing on the tiny keyboard. I have a Note II so it'd be hard to use a smaller screen than 5 inches.

    • OSagnostic

      Someone coming from a 4" phone would find the 5.5" screen of the Note II too big. I went from a Nexus S (4") to the Nexus 4 (4.7") and I still find it too big, it does not feel right in the hand.

      • Mike Shaw

        With my large hands the N4 looks normal and not large at all in my hands. It totally depends on how large of hands you have. I went from the SGS II to N4.

      • bassman418

        I went from my Galaxy Nexus 4.65" to My Galaxy Note 2 5.5" just fine. But the whole time I had the nexus I always wished it was slightly larger. Not I admit the first day was like WOW! But it was more normal after the 2nd day. Now I dont think I could go to a smaller screen size.

    • TornZero

      You must have rather large hands. As someone with small to mid-sized hands (at least for my height), I couldn't use a Note II without both of them. The iPhone 5 fits very nicely in my palm, and I only ever need one hand for it.

      Sure, Apple could benefit from adding a larger iPhone to their current line, but I see no reason that they absolutely need to. Apple also makes form factor and pocketability a heavy part of their design. It would probably take cargo pants to pocket a Note II ('cause, y'know, guys don't have purses), and even then it can still be noticeable; meanwhile, you can just slide an iPhone into nearly any pocket (even those painfully tiny pockets in girls' jeans) and it'll almost always straight up disappear, and you can pull it out again without an issue.

      • bassman418

        I have no problem sliding my Note 2 in any pants I wear. And I also one hand my phone as well. (I'm 6' 3") granted I probably have larger hands than most but the whole phone not fitting in pants pockets is crazy. I wear jeans, ( not a whole lot cause im in Florida) shorts , dress slacks, etc and it slides right in and out.now if you put some type of protective case on it, it could become too bulky. Or unless you try putting it in your back pocket on a set of skinny jeans. Which I never understood the whole putting a phonein your back pocket thing...

        • TornZero

          Okay, I'm nearly a foot shorter than you, and definitely below average height for my age. I was trying to get the point across that it takes large pockets to effectively pocket a Note II, in stark contrast to an iPhone 5. For someone over six feet tall, there probably shouldn't be such a thing as small pockets.

          Honestly, I've never understood putting things in the back pocket at all — everything's much safer (and hopefully more comfortable) in the front pocket. My front pockets are also noticeably larger than the back on all of my pants and jeans. (I'm admittedly biased towards being able to fit half of my forearm into them... and against phone cases; I've never needed them even for drops.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/nschiwy Nick Schiwy

    I'm surprised at how few people voted for the LG Optimus G Pro, I've heard that the new Optimus software is lightning fast and it's hard to beat LG's build quality.

    • flosserelli

      Some of their previous phones have had serious software flaws, and they still have the worst reputation in the industry regarding updates. The Optimus G Pro may be a great phone, but it will take more than one solid device to make buyers forgive past mistakes.

      • http://www.facebook.com/nschiwy Nick Schiwy

        That's fair. I've been an LG fan since before smartphones and that fondness has followed me to today. In terms of software updates, you're right but most users really don't care about updates and some even find them to be a nuisance. (When I say most users, I'm talking about the general public)

    • fadilkarim

      Naw lg sucks, their software sucks and they suck at updating their phones to the newset version of android

      • http://www.facebook.com/nschiwy Nick Schiwy

        it sounds like you put a lot of thought into that response.

        • fadilkarim

          Lol I try my best; p

    • phillyfirst

      Yeah I was surprised as well considering how how great the optimus g was/is. The optimus g pro is currently the only phone I'm excited about.

  • Jim miller

    Note 3 or mega 6.4 (if it has quadcore) and ability to upgrade android 5 when it is available. I will buy outside country because US version does not put all the languages in the phone. My note 2 has over 30 language while att version only has about 5. Speak 5 languages and only two of them in US version.

  • http://twitter.com/SHANKSTHECLOWN Shanks the Clown

    Note 3 all the way

  • peter steffek

    If there was a nexus that was super sized I would think about it. Until someone else can make a phone as great as my note 2, I see no reason why I wouldn't go for the note 3.

  • Mike Shaw

    If google were to go to a Nexus Note or something of that nature I would go over to it. I had SGS I and SGSII however I did not enjoy the plastic nature of it. Now I am on the Nexus 4 and love it to death! I have huge hands so I am seriously looking at the next note like device once I am done with this N4.

  • flosserelli

    I love my Note 2. But if HTC released a super sized One with a battery that lasted a full day without gimping features, I might be tempted.

  • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com

    Other - Nexus 7 revamp with phone ability built in and rear camera. Nexus or nothing.. I am not going to pay for bloatware.

    • Steez

      couldn't agree more, I've considered buying another Nexus 7 and just using Google Voice/Groove IP

      • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com

        Tried this but call quality wasn't as reliable as I'd hoped.

      • james pepper

        take a look at the asus fonepad

    • Demic

      Another Plain jane boring device...

      • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com

        If By plain you mean pure android (no bloatware) with updates when they are released and not 6 to 9 months later, if ever.. Then hell yeah!

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    If the super-sized phones are approaching 7", I would just surrender and use a Nexus 7.

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnnytresidder John Tresidder

    S-pen is the dealbreaker. No point in a phablet if it has no "real" stylus support!

  • Babs Oyed

    For me as is for a lot of other people, it's not just about the size of the Note but the unmatched functionality. If the Note II had no S Pen and S Note and multiview, etc it wouldn't be an option for me. It's all about functionality, not just size

  • Wild_Dorothy

    Great survey. What phone will get you to not by the next unknown phone... and instead buy a different unknown phone? Why would anyone decide that BEFORE seeing/testing/reviewing any of the phones????

    • Steez

      Because

  • http://www.facebook.com/ericinvalpo Eric Leonard

    The Note devices only seem large briefly. People who say they can't go from a 4" screen to a 5.5" screen have obviously never gotten a new TV. Day 1 and 2, it seems large. By Day 3, it's normal sized, and every other device seems like a toy. I've had my original Note since the week before ATT released it, and I've never looked back. I do constantly look at larger devices, though, just like one would look at larger TVs.

    • New_Guy

      Eric, I used to think my Thunderbolt was gigantic, and now I hold it and wonder what the hell I was doing with a phone that small. when I hold an iPhone (my hand usually slaps me in the face, but...) I feel like if I sneeze I will swallow it by accident. I truly could not imagine having a phone smaller than my Note 2 (although I would not want to go any bigger either).

  • ethibault

    I am not on the note II i have just bought the note II 4G :-)

  • C McAllister

    I remember when my Note 2 arrived on my doorstep..like a kid on Xmas day. I was soo excited, so many features, and it looked and ran smooth. Why in the hell would i wanna buy these "clones", when i got the original? Plus i got it tricked out, i just love it..Passing on the Note 3

  • http://twitter.com/ThePhillipBee Phillip Bee

    Asus !!

    Ive been waiting and want them to succeed in the US Mainstream cellphone market. I believe they should put out the next Nexus. And this was before the N7 was announced, which is a very successful device.

  • Pjo

    I'm a note 2 user but both HTC and LG have gotten my attention. With a note 3 I hope for better specs but also would like a slightly better design. Little more durable perhaps with that HTC feel. Will I be swayed by LG or HTC? Highly doubtful... However, when it comes to the future of phones Ill never say never. Who knows the next great phone may come from Motorola.

  • Vitaly Streltsov

    Tried Ascend Mate few days ago. Like it.

  • Guest hi

    Imagine an htc one note sized.. Note who?

    • Demic

      If it still rocks a sorry camera, a non removable battery, and no micro SD support, it still will suck...even more that the current HTC One. I actually hope HTC will put that out so we can laugh at yet another fail of theirs.

      • Demic

        4MP camera = Ultrapixel = sorry camera, not worthy of HTC Zoe (which is the only thing on the phone worth boasting about)

      • TornZero

        I have the distinct feeling that you're a dedicated Samsung fanboy, incapable of holding an unbiased opinion for anything else.

        They say, "Ignorance is bliss." I do not envy yours.

        • paleh0rse

          Other than its CURRENTLY superior material construction, there isn't much to love about a theoretical "larger HTC One" compared to any Galaxy Note. If the rumors are true, the Gnote3 may have an aluminum body, an unbreakable OLED screen, AND still retain the S-pen, superior cameras, expandable storage, and removable battery.

          Seriously, an HTC version of the Note would need to be different from the HTC One in nearly every aspect in order to compete in the phablet space...

          • TornZero

            I'm not one for the idea of an HTC One Note, myself. It just seems silly, and you're right. It would have to be a completely different phone to properly compete with the Note series. However, the HTC One makes a very tough competitor against the Galaxy S4. Demic's clear bias towards Samsung is what I was talking about, and it renders him unable to see the HTC One in the light it deserves; it's like the Samsung Bashing Apple commercials.

            Now, a Note with an aluminum body would be nice, but it's unlikely given Samsung's track record. An "unbreakable" screen is obviously off the list, too. That's a much sillier notion than an HTC One Note.

            The Note III would most definitely retain its signature S Pen, though — the Galaxy Mega leaving it out seemed like an odd design choice, but that's also probably a new family in itself — and cameras are going to be improved just as they have for every generation past. Those features, including other staples of Samsung's Galaxy line that you've listed, are practically a given. They shouldn't even be considered rumors.

          • paleh0rse

            What makes you think that a plastic (read: "unbreakable") OLED screen is not a real possibility?

  • smk

    That funky russian Phone with second eink screen can tempt me. Well, that one or case for the New note with said feature

  • faceless128

    no Wacom tech = not even in the conversation.

  • Alex

    None... I just don't care about phones bigger than 4.5"

  • zab

    I am waiting for the Note IV because I want to see significant differences to the I

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.allen.5895 David Allen

    If I could get a Nexus 7 with a rear camera with flash and the ability to make phone calls I would only need 1 device in my life. I love my Note II. They will have to come out with something extremely awesom for me to upgrade any time soon. Otherwise it will be a 2 year wait for me.

    • james pepper

      have you not heard about the asus fonepad?

  • Jermaine Gray

    S-pen, quality hardware, quality software and apps, familiar OS. I'm sticking with the Galaxy Note models backed by a monster brand in Samsung.

  • IB

    A 5.5 inch HTC or Nokia Windows phone will do the trick for me. Or better yet a 5.0 in. or 5.5 in. OLED sapphire glass display, quad core processor or better, 2 GB ram, 32 GB and 64 GB internal storage with up to 64 expandable made by MICROSOFT with a green live tile connected to the Android play store...

  • jamie stevens

    If it was a 5" to 6" screen designed by NOKIA and ran ANDROID i would switch

  • Mahendra Shah

    I just don't want Samsung to produce the Note 3 with an embedded battery.I will never want a gadget with a non removable battery.I will never want to charge a battery inside my phone.All the time I have taken my batteries out of the gadget in order to charge them. AND... I carry spare batteries with me ALWAYS.. so that I am never without power for more than a minute or so.lf Samsung considered my type of thinking then they would also  make their tablets with removable batteries.They would do more business...believe me.... There are more people who think my type of thinking. ...So Samsung,read this AND......
    Thank You.

  • blairh

    I've wanted to try a phablet since last January. I've been using an iPhone 5 since it's launch in America. I sure as hell wasn't going to purchase a Galaxy Note II. I personally can't stand OLED screens. I decided I'd wait patiently for an IPS phablet to hit the market.

    The Optimus G Pro was announced a few weeks later in Korea. Shortly after we learned that it would be coming to North America in Q2. The keynote is this Wednesday night.

    I will be pre-ordering the G Pro as soon as it is available. Luckily I'm already with AT&T. I've been using an iPhone since 2008 so I'm pretty excited to try a phablet. I'm confident I'll love the G Pro.

    I think the G Pro has a huge chance to do well this year in America. The Note II currently has no competition with respect to phablets in America. No I don't think the lack of stylus is a deal breaker. No I don't think the Note III will blow away the G Pro.

  • Zach Mauch

    The big thing I miss with the note II is the loss of features I had on my Nexus. Specifically that being the developement community surrounding it and AOSP roms running the latest android. I know there are AOSP for the note II, but they honestly need serious work.

    Having a strong AOSP community is going to be a much higher priority for my next purchase. Likely, this will mean either a Nexus Phablet (Please oh Please), or a Sony one. Hopefully one or the other is available on T-Mobile before the end of the year.

  • Steve P.

    I love my OG note, but I'm pretty worried that new Note III will have a locked bootloader on ATT just like the S4 does...