By Alexandra Burlacu | Apr 15, 2013 08:45 AM EDT
Samsung is apparently betting big, and the company reportedly expects to sell 1 million Galaxy Mega 5.8 smartphones a month.
The South Korean tech giant just unveiled its Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3 devices and, if its request for 1 million 5.8-inch touch panels to suppliers is any indication, it has high hopes for the new "phablet."
According to DigiTimes, Samsung placed orders of 1 million 5.8-inch touch panels a month to Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) and Giantplus Technology: the two companies that will supply the touch panels for the 5.8-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega. The publication cites "Taiwan-based supply chain makers" and claims shipments will commence in May or June.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega is expected to hit store shelves around the same time as panel shipments begin — the aforementioned May or June timeframe. It remains unclear exactly which markets will receive the new device, but at least one big Western market will not be getting the giant smartphone: the UK.
Samsung is famous for constantly pushing the size of its devices, unleashing massive powerhouses with previously untapped display sizes. So far, the 5-inch Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos seems to enjoy plenty of success and great sales, and Samsung is poised to push things even further.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos has a modest 480 x 800 pixel resolution spread across the massive 5-inch display, but panel shipments are increasing nonetheless. In May, panel shipments for the Grand Duos are likely going up to 2 million a month, according to DigiTimes' sources. For a WCDMA/GSM dual-mode handset, that's an impressive number. For Samsung, such demand clearly indicates great user interest for devices with large displays.
DigiTimes further explains that Samsung is outsourcing orders for its mid-range handsets so it can focus on producing enough AMOLED panels for its Samsung Galaxy S4 and other high-end, flagship devices.
While consumers seem increasingly drawn to smaller tablets in the 7-inch range, things appear quite the opposite for smartphones. So-called "phablet" devices with massive displays proved very successful and continue to draw in more and more fans, and Samsung is hoping this consumer interest in larger devices will boost sales of the Samsung Galaxy Mega to 1 million units a month.
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