Samsung reveals super-sized Galaxy Player 5.8 device

Size really does matter to Samsung, which has announced the release of the Galaxy Player 5.8, with the largest-yet display screen of any of its mobile counterparts.

The company's newest Player hit South Korea with a 5.8in, 960 x 540 pixel LCD screen, which is larger than its predecessors, the Galaxy Player 3.6, 4, 4.2, and 5.0. The newest Player also comes equipped with front-facing speakers, 1GB RAM, the choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage, as well as pre-installed educational content.

Running on Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the device's 2,500mAh battery compensates for its display resolution, which is particularly low when compared to the Galaxy S3 smartphone's 4.8in, 1,280 x 720-pixel Super AMOLED HD screen.

The Verge questioned the new device, asking why, "with such a large screen on a media-focused device, could Samsung really not have sprung for an HD panel?"

The new portable media player also comes equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, a microSD card, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and GPS support.

Pricing and availability have not yet been revealed.

Samsung Electronics also announced its new 1:1 ratio LED square and transparent displays, which are intended for promotional displays in retail, commercial, and public locations.

Businesses can turn their storefront displays into unique video walls, stacking the LED squares in what Samsung calls "unlimited configurations" to best advertise products. Up to 100 blocks can be used to showcase a digital loop, or to build a mosaic or shaped displays.

Meanwhile, Samsung's 22in transparent display box lets merchants control images and animations while passers-by view the product through a thin LCD panel in the front, surrounded by three sides of protective tempered glass.