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Samsung Prepping Another iPhone 5 Competitor For IFA?

Samsung may be taking a bet by releasing the smartphone with the biggest screen on the market yet, even bigger than the Streak 5 model from Dell.

If a news report (opens in new tab) from Yahoo Korea is to be believed, the project which carries the name Galaxy Q will see Samsung launch a 5.3-inch smartphone at the IFA event in Germany in September.

The device is said to be an inbetweener that will slot between the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy Tab, which is a 7-inch tablet that can double as a smartphone.

Not much is known about the handset at the moment other than the fact that it will almost certainly come with a Samsung Exynos dual core SoC and will be compatible on both LTE and WCDMA networks.

We expect the handset to come with a HD-ready screen resolution, at least 1280x800 pixels, which will open the path for Honeycomb as an operating system rather than Gingerbread.

It also casts a shadow over the Samsung Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch product, which is already obsolete and may become irrelevant as Samsung ramps up production of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 soon.

The Korean manufacturer has yet to commit to a newer, fresher version of the Galaxy Tab which was, for a while, the second best selling tablet worldwide after the Apple iPad 2.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.