Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

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.

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