According to a forum posting on Chinese site Digi-wo, Sony may have a 6.44-inch 1080 device in the works. We don’t know much else about the alleged device, other than that it’s said to have no capacitive navigation buttons and a very thin bezel. It also has no Xperia branding, but the Xperia Z’s branding is on the back of the device, so that’s a wash.
Obviously, this is completely unconfirmed, and even if it is real, it may be a Walkman or some sort of mini-tablet. Or, it could be a phablet, and the competition between manufacturers to offer the biggest, most awesome screen has officially become entirely absurd.
Let’s not forget, the 7-inch tablet is a standard (see: Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, etc.). A 6.4-inch phone is almost literally that picture you have in your head of someone holding a tablet up to their face like a phone. The one that makes you laugh.
Now, I’ve made my peace with the Samsung Galaxy Note, and even the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2. I don’t see a time in the future when my pants pockets and a device of that size will get along, but I understand the appeal that these devices may have to others.
But I can’t understand the desire for a nearly 6.5-inch device. That’s massive.
Then again, companies like Huawei are pushing into the 6-inch territory, as with the Ascend Mate. And I have a history of slow adoption when it comes to size. I called the Galaxy Note too big, and it went on to sell over 10 million units. The even bigger Galaxy Note II seems to be selling twice as fast.
In either case, Sony certainly seems poised to do some interesting things in mobile this year. The Xperia Z smartphone unveiled at CES in January has a 5-inch 1080p display, proving Sony certainly isn’t afraid to go big. And the Xperia Z tablet proves the Japanese manufacturer isn’t messing around with silly tablet designs anymore, either.
Perhaps this monstrous 6.4-inch phablet is the real deal. MWC in February may shed some light.