THERE ARE MANY MORE COMING
With all indicators pointing towards the growing popularity of phablets, almost all big players at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 were also talking about launches in this segment.
Sony Mobile calls its Xperia Z a smartphone, but the 5-inch scratch resistant display makes it a phablet. When launched, this will challenge the Samsung Galaxy Note II and other flagships thanks to its 1.5GHz quadcore processor and 13.1MP camera.
Huawei, meanwhile, has pushed the envelope further by unveiling a 6.1-inch screen. Its Ascend Mate will also pack in a 1.5GHz quad- core processor, 32GB inter- nal storage, 8MP camera and a 4050mAh battery. There is already speculation that it will come with a relatively affordable price tag too.
The ZTE Grand S is a 4G LTE enabled phablet that will ship in Android Jelly Bean and will be powered by 1.7GHz quad-core processor. This five-incher too will have a 13MP camera.
More phablet are likely to be announced at the Mobile World Congress scheduled for late February. Reports suggest Huawei is likely to announce a Windows Phone 8 handset similar to its 6.1-inch Ascend Mate, which could be the first phablet on the new operating system.
Even Sony Mobile is rumoured to be gearing up for a new device with a 6.44-inch Full HD display.
Samsung is also expected to come up with a third variant of its popular Samsung Galaxy Note.
Apple has already increased the display size of the iPhone from 3.5 to 4.0 inches and people are asking if the iPhone too will cross the five-inch mark in its next version.
Whatever the devices, rest assured that 2013 will be the year of the phablet.