No, the upcoming release of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will not be the last of the smartphones but it does raise an interesting issue _ where do they go from here? At five inches the screen size is maxed out as far as being a comfortable handheld device and even at this size some people are already using the word Phablet to describe the cross between a phone and a tablet.
The main issue is of course the users. Do they really care about an eight-core CPU or whether this goes up to, say, 12-core next year? From here do we really need much more memory, power or anything beyond a 13 megapixel camera with a tiny lens? With a 1080p screen, resolution is no longer an issue and no one really cares if the next model is a tiny bit thinner or lighter. People have plenty of connectivity options these days and few complain about the data speeds any more.
The Galaxy Note occupies a different market space, so they can creep up to six inches and that will be fine. That said, with a five inch screen on new smartphone of all brands the, Galaxy Notes will become less interesting and the Note range may quietly vanish. The age of the revolutionary update may be past, with only incremental evolutionary ones left in the bag.
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