The phablet ( // ) is a class of mobile devices combining or straddling the size format of smartphones and tablets. The word itself is a portmanteau of the words phone and tablet.
Smartphones are a class of mobile phones and of multi-purpose mobile computing devices. They are distinguished from feature phones by their stronger hardware capabilities and extensive mobile operating systems, which facilitate wider software, internet, and multimedia functionality, alongside core phone functions such as voice calls and text messaging. Smartphones typically include various sensors that can be leveraged by their software, such as a magnetometer, proximity sensors, barometer, gyroscope and accelerometer, and support wireless communications protocols such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and satellite navigation.
A tablet computer, commonly shortened to tablet, is a mobile device, typically with a mobile operating system and touchscreen display processing circuitry, and a rechargeable battery in a single, thin and flat package. Tablets, being computers, do what other personal computers do, but lack some input/output (I/O) abilities that others have. Modern tablets largely resemble modern smartphones, the only differences being that tablets are relatively larger than smartphones, with screens 7 inches (18 cm) or larger, measured diagonally, and may not support access to a cellular network.
A portmanteau or portmanteau word is a linguistic blend of words, in which parts of multiple words or their phones (sounds) are combined into a new word, as in smog, coined by blending smoke and fog, or motel, from motor and hotel. In linguistics, a portmanteau is a single morph that is analyzed as representing two underlying morphemes.
Phablets feature large displays that complement screen-intensive activity such as mobile web browsing and multimedia viewing. They may also include software optimized for an integral self-storing stylus to facilitate sketching, note-taking and annotation.Phablets were originally designed for the Asian market where consumers could not afford both a smartphone and tablet as in North America; phones for that market are known for having "budget-specs-big-battery" with large low resolution screens and midrange processors, although other phablets have flagship specifications. Since then, phablets in North America have also become successful for several reasons: Android 4.0 and subsequent releases of Android were suited to large as well as small screen sizes, while older consumers preferred larger screen sizes on smartphones due to deteriorating eyesight.
The mobile web refers to browser-based World Wide Web services accessed from handheld mobile devices, such as smartphones or feature phones, through a mobile or other wireless network.
Multimedia is content that uses a combination of different content forms such as text, audio, images, animations, video and interactive content. Multimedia contrasts with media that use only rudimentary computer displays such as text-only or traditional forms of printed or hand-produced material.
In computing, a stylus is a small pen-shaped instrument that is used to input commands to a computer screen, mobile device or graphics tablet. With touchscreen devices, a user places a stylus on the surface of the screen to draw or make selections by tapping the stylus on the screen. In this manner, the stylus can be used instead of a mouse or trackpad as a pointing device, a technique commonly called pen computing.
While Samsung's Galaxy Note (2011) is largely credited with popularizing the phablet when launched in 2011,examples of earlier devices with similar form factors date to 1993.
Samsung is a South Korean multinational conglomerate headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul. It comprises numerous affiliated businesses, most of them united under the Samsung brand, and is the largest South Korean chaebol.
The Samsung Galaxy Note is an Android smartphone produced by Samsung Electronics. Unveiled at IFA Berlin 2011, it was first released in Germany in late October 2011, with other countries following afterwards. The Galaxy Note was distinguished by its unusually large form factor—later referred to using the term "phablet"—which straddled the size of the average smartphone at the time, and that of a small tablet: it features a 5.3-inch display, and is bundled with a stylus branded as the "S Pen", which can be used to navigate the device's user interface, and write or draw in supported apps.
The popularity of phablets grew dramatically in 2012, as a successor to the original Galaxy Note, along with the falling costs and increasing power efficiency of smartphone displays, began to fuel competition in the market from other smartphone manufacturers, including Lenovo, LG, HTC, Huawei, Micromax, and Sony; IHS, Samsung reported that 25.6 million phablets were sold in 2012 alone. Due to the market's growth, Reuters called 2013 the "Year of the Phablet". –the most popular kind of phone on the market, and perhaps the only computer many of us need".In 2014, noting that phablets had overtaken laptops and desktops in global sales, The New York Times said "phablets could become the dominant computing device of the future
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is an Android phablet smartphone. Unveiled on August 29, 2012 and released in October 2012, the Galaxy Note II is a successor to the original Galaxy Note, incorporating improved stylus functionality, a larger 5.5-inch (140 mm) screen, and an updated hardware and casing design based on that of the Galaxy S III.
Lenovo Group Limited, often shortened to Lenovo, is a Chinese multinational technology company with headquarters in Beijing. It designs, develops, manufactures, and sells personal computers, tablet computers, smartphones, workstations, servers, electronic storage devices, IT management software, and smart televisions. Lenovo is the world's largest personal computer vendor by unit sales, as of March 2019. It markets the ThinkPad and ThinkBook business lines of notebook computers, IdeaPad, Yoga and Legion consumer lines of notebook laptops, and the IdeaCentre and ThinkCentre lines of desktops.
LG Electronics Inc. is a South Korean multinational electronics company headquartered in Yeouido-dong, Seoul, South Korea.
The definition of a phablet has changed in recent years due to the proliferation of larger displays on mainstream smartphones, and smartphones designed with thin bezels and/or curved screens to make them more compact than other devices with similar screen sizes. Thus, a device with a "phablet-sized" screen may not necessarily be considered one.
Current phablets typically have a diagonal display measurement between 5.1 inches (130 mm) and 7 inches (180 mm), assuming a 16:9 aspect ratio. In comparison, most flagship smartphones released in 2016 have a screen size of around 5 in (130 mm), with larger versions of mainstream flagships (such as iPhone 7 Plus, Pixel XL, and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge) using 5.5 in (140 mm) displays. PhoneArena argued that the S7 Edge was not a phablet, as it has a narrow and compact build with a physical footprint more in line with the smaller-screened Nexus 5X, due primarily to its use of a display with curved edges.
On 2D displays, such as computer monitors and TVs, the display size is the physical size of the area where pictures and videos are displayed. The size of a screen is usually described by the length of its diagonal, which is the distance between opposite corners, usually in inches. It is also sometimes called the physical image size to distinguish it from the "logical image size," which describes a screen's display resolution and is measured in pixels.
The aspect ratio of a display device is the proportional relationship between the width and the height of the display. It is expressed as two numbers separated by a colon (x:y). Common aspect ratios for displays, past and present, include 5:4, 4:3, 16:10 and 16:9.
Nexus 5X is an Android smartphone manufactured by LG Electronics, co-developed with and marketed by Google as part of its Nexus line of flagship devices. Unveiled on September 29, 2015, it is a successor to the Nexus 5. The phone, along with the Nexus 6P, served as launch devices for Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which introduced a refreshed interface, performance improvements, increased Google Now integration, and other new features.
In 2017, several manufacturers began to release smartphones with displays taller than the conventional 16:9 aspect ratio used by the majority of devices, and diagonal screen sizes often around 6 inches. However, in these cases, the sizes of the devices are more compact than 16:9 aspect ratio devices with equivalent diagonal screen sizes.
In tracing the 10 earliest devices in the history of the phablet concept, PC Magazine called the 1993 AT&T EO 440, "the first true phablet",followed by the following devices:
The Android-based Dell Streak included a 5-inch (130 mm), 800×480 display and a widescreen-optimized interface. Reviewers encountered issues with its outdated operating system, Android 1.6 (which was not yet optimized for such a large screen size), and the device was commercially unsuccessful.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5.3 inches (130 mm) screen. While some media outlets questioned the viability of the device, the Note received positive reception for its stylus functionality, the speed of its 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, and the advantages of its high resolution display. The Galaxy Note was a commercial success; Samsung announced in December 2011 that the Galaxy Note had sold 1 million units in two months. In February 2012, Samsung debuted a Note version with LTE support. By August 2012, the Note had sold 10 million units worldwide.used a
In late 2012, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note II, featuring a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, a 5.55 inches (141 mm) screen and the ability to run two applications at once via a split-screen view. The Note II also incorporated a refreshed hardware design based on the Galaxy S III, with a narrower, smoother body. International sales of the Galaxy Note II reached 5 million in two months. The 2012 LG Optimus Vu used a 5-inch (130 mm) display with an unusual 4:3 aspect ratio –in contrast to the 16:9 aspect ratio used by most smartphones. Joining the Galaxy Note II on many carriers' lineups in 2013 was the nearly-identically-sized LG Optimus G Pro, released in April.
In late-2012 and early 2013, companies began to release smartphones with 5 inch screens at 1080p resolution, such as the HTC Droid DNA and Samsung Galaxy S4. Despite the screen size approaching those of phablets, HTC's design director Jonah Becker said that the Droid DNA was not a phablet. –a smartphone with a 5.9 in (150 mm) screen and a design based on its popular HTC One model, in October 2013.HTC would release a proper phablet, the HTC One Max
Examples of Android phablets with screens larger than 6 inches began appearing in 2013 with the Chinese company Huawei unveiling its 6.1 in (150 mm) Ascend Mate at Consumer Electronics Show and Samsung introducing the Galaxy Mega, a phablet with a 6.3 in (160 mm) variant, which has midrange specs and lacks a stylus compared to the flagship Galaxy Note series. Sony Mobile also entered the phablet market with its 6.4 in (160 mm) Xperia Z Ultra.
As a variation of the concept, Asus and Samsung also released otherwise small-sized tablets, the FonePad, Galaxy Note 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, with cellular connectivity and the ability to place voice calls.Later that year, Nokia also introduced Windows Phone 8 phablets, such as the 6-inch Lumia 1520.
In September 2014, Apple released its first phablet, the 5.5 in (140 mm)-inch iPhone 6 Plus; the introduction of the new model reversed a previous policy under late Apple CEO Steve Jobs not to produce a mid-sized device larger than the iPhone or smaller than the iPad, which were 3.5 inches and 9.7 inches, respectively, at the time of his death. While Apple's iPad heavily dominated the tablet market, the void in their lineup left an opening for intermediate-sized devices, with other handset manufacturers already jumping on the trend of producing larger screen sizes to suit all niches.
Engadget identified falling screen prices, increasing screen power efficiency and battery life, and the evolving importance of multimedia viewing as critical factors in the popularity of the phablet. –for the perfect sized device, since smartphones may be too small for viewing and tablets lose their portability –fuelling their global market growth. Phablets have also been popular with an older demographic of smartphone users –their large screens provide a benefit to those with deteriorating eyesight.Phablets also satisfy a consumer need
In April 2013, Doug Conklyn, vice president of global design for Dockers told Fox News that the company reworked the size of its pants pockets "to accommodate the growing size of smartphones".For women, a small handbag can easily accommodate a phablet, but not most tablets.
In January 2013, IHS reported that 25.6 million phablet devices were sold in 2012 and estimated that these figures would grow to 60.4 million in 2013, and 146 million by 2016.Barclays projected sales of phablets rising from 27 million in 2012 to 230 million in 2015. In September 2013 International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that its research indicated that phablets "overtook shipments of both laptops and tablets in Asia in the second quarter of 2013".
In 2014, Business Insider predicted phablets would outsell smartphones by 2017.Speaking with CNET in 2014, David Burke, Vice President of Engineering at Google, said "If you gave them a phablet for a week, 50 percent of [consumers] would say they like it and not go back".
In Q1 2014, phablets made up 6% of US smartphones sold. In the first quarter of 2015, phablets accounted for 21% of all smartphones sold in the US, with the iPhone 6 Plus making up 44 percent of those phablets sold.
|Brand||Model||Screen diagonal size||Display aspect ratio||Operating system||Year launched|
|Akyumen||Holofone||7.00 inches (17.8 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Windows 10/Android||2016|
|Apple||iPhone 6 Plus||5.5 inches (14 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||iOS||2014|
|iPhone 6S Plus||5.5 inches (14 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||iOS||2015|
|iPhone 7 Plus||5.5 inches (14 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||iOS||2016|
|iPhone 8 Plus||5.5 inches (14 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||iOS||2017|
|iPhone X||5.80 inches (14.7 cm)||2.16:1 (13:6)||iOS||2017|
|iPhone XR||6.10 inches (15.5 cm)||2.16:1 (13:6)||iOS||2018|
|iPhone XS||5.80 inches (14.7 cm)||2.16:1 (13:6)||iOS||2018|
|iPhone XS Max||6.50 inches (16.5 cm)||2.16:1 (13:6)||iOS||2018|
|iPhone 11||6.10 inches (15.5 cm)||2.16:1 (13:6)||iOS||2019|
|iPhone 11 Pro Max||6.50 inches (16.5 cm)||2.16:1 (13:6)||iOS||2019|
|Archos||Archos 64||6.40 inches (16.3 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2014|
|ASUS||Fonepad Note 6||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2013|
|Zenfone 5Q||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||2:1||Android||2018|
|Zenfone 6||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2014|
|BBK Electronics||OnePlus 5T||6.01 inches (15.3 cm)||2:1||Android||2017|
|OnePlus 6||6.28 inches (16.0 cm)||2.1:1 (19:9)||Android||2018|
|OnePlus 6T||6.44 inches (16.4 cm)||2.16:1 (13:6)||Android||2018|
|OnePlus 7 ]||6.41 inches (16.2 cm)||2.16:1 (13:6)||Android||2019|
|Oppo A3s||6.20 inches (15.7 cm)||2.1:1 (19:9)||Android||2018|
|Oppo N1||5.90 inches (15.0 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2013|
|Oppo R7 Plus||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2015|
|Oppo R17 Pro||6.40 inches (16.3 cm)||2.1:1 (19:9)||Android||2018|
|Realme 2 Pro||6.30 inches (16.0 cm)||2.16:1 (13:6)||Android||2018|
|Vivo NEX Dual Display||6.39 inches (16.2 cm)||2.16:1 (13:6)||Android||2018|
|Vivo Z1 Pro ]||6.53 inches (16.6 cm)||2.1:1 (19:9)||Android||2019|
|BLU Products||Pure XL||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2015|
|Elephone||C1 Max||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2017|
|S8||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2017|
|Nexus 6||5.96 inches (15.1 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2014|
|Nexus 6P||5.70 inches (14.5 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2015|
|Pixel 2 XL||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||2:1||Android||2017|
|Pixel 3 XL||6.30 inches (16.0 cm)||2.05:1 (37:18)||Android||2018|
|Hewlett-Packard||Elite x3||5.96 inches (15.1 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Windows 10 Mobile||2016|
|HMD Global/Nokia||Nokia 7 Plus||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||2:1||Android||2018|
|Nokia 7.1 Plus||6.18 inches (15.7 cm)||2.1:1 (19:9)||Android||2018|
|HTC||One Max||5.90 inches (15.0 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2013|
|U11+||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||2:1||Android||2017|
|U12+||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||2:1||Android||2018|
|Huawei||Ascend Mate||6.10 inches (15.5 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2013|
|Ascend Mate 2||6.10 inches (15.5 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2014|
|Ascend Mate 7||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2014|
|Honor 8X Max||7.12 inches (18.1 cm)||2.07:1 (187:90)||Android||2018|
|Honor Note 10||6.95 inches (17.7 cm)||2.05:1 (37:18)||Android||2018|
|Mate 10 Pro||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||2:1||Android||2017|
|Mate 20||6.53 inches (16.6 cm)||2.07:1 (187:90)||Android||2018|
|Mate 20 Pro||6.39 inches (16.2 cm)||2.16:1 (13:6)||Android||2018|
|Mate 20 X||7.21 inches (18.3 cm)||2.07:1 (187:90)||Android||2018|
|MediaPad X1||7.00 inches (17.8 cm)||1.6:1 (16:10)||Android||2014|
|MediaPad X2||7.00 inches (17.8 cm)||1.6:1 (16:10)||Android||2015|
|Nova 3||6.30 inches (16.0 cm)||2.16:1 (13:6)||Android||2018|
|Nova 4||6.40 inches (16.3 cm)||2.138:1 (77:36)||Android||2018|
|P8 Max||6.80 inches (17.3 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2015|
|LeEco||Le Max||6.33 inches (16.1 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2016|
|Lenovo||A880||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2014|
|A889||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2014|
|Phab||6.98 inches (17.7 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2015|
|Phab 2||6.40 inches (16.3 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2016|
|Phab 2 Pro||6.40 inches (16.3 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2016|
|Phab Plus||6.80 inches (17.3 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2015|
|S930||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2013|
|S939||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2014|
|Tab V7||6.90 inches (17.5 cm)||2:1||Android||2019|
|Vibe Z2 Pro||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2014|
|LG Electronics||G6||5.70 inches (14.5 cm)||2:1||Android||2017|
|G Flex||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2013|
|G Pro 2||5.90 inches (15.0 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2014|
|Stylo||5.70 inches (14.5 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2015|
|Stylo 2||5.70 inches (14.5 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2016|
|Stylo 3||5.70 inches (14.5 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2017|
|Stylo 4||5.70 inches (14.5 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2018|
|V30||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||2:1||Android||2017|
|Meizu||X8||6.15 inches (15.6 cm)||2.05:1 (37:18)||Android||2018|
|Micromax/YU||Canvas Doodle 3||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2014|
|Canvas Doodle 4 Q391||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2015|
|Canvas Mega 2||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2016|
|Canvas Xpress 2 E313||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2015|
|Yureka Note||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2016|
|Microsoft Mobile/Nokia||Lumia 640 XL||5.70 inches (14.5 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Windows Phone 8.1||2015|
|Lumia 950 XL||5.70 inches (14.5 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Windows 10 Mobile||2015|
|Lumia 1320||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Windows Phone 8||2013|
|Lumia 1520||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Windows Phone 8||2013|
|Motorola Mobility||Moto G6 Plus||5.90 inches (15.0 cm)||2:1||Android||2018|
|Moto Z3||6.01 inches (15.3 cm)||2:1||Android||2018|
|Samsung Electronics||Galaxy A8s||6.40 inches (16.3 cm)||2.16:1 (13:6)||Android||2018|
|Galaxy Mega 6.3||6.30 inches (16.0 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2013|
|Galaxy Note (original)||5.30 inches (13.5 cm)||1.6:1 (16:10)||Android||2011|
|Galaxy Note Edge||5.60 inches (14.2 cm)||1.6:1 (16:10)||Android||2014|
|Galaxy Note II||5.50 inches (14.0 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2012|
|Galaxy Note 3||5.70 inches (14.5 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2013|
|Galaxy Note 3 Neo||5.50 inches (14.0 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2014|
|Galaxy Note 4||5.70 inches (14.5 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2014|
|Galaxy Note 5||5.70 inches (14.5 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2015|
|Galaxy S6 Edge +||5.70 inches (14.5 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2015|
|Galaxy Note 7||5.70 inches (14.5 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android (Samsung Experience)||2016|
|Galaxy Note FE||5.70 inches (14.5 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android (Samsung Experience)||2017|
|Galaxy Note 8||6.30 inches (16.0 cm)||2.05:1 (37:18)||Android (Samsung Experience)||2017|
|Galaxy Note 9||6.40 inches (16.3 cm)||2.05:1 (37:18)||Android (Samsung Experience)||2018|
|Galaxy Note 10 +||6.80 inches (17.3 cm)||2.1:1 (19:9)||Android (One UI)||2019|
|Galaxy S8+||6.20 inches (15.7 cm)||2.05:1 (37:18)||Android (Samsung Experience)||2017|
|Galaxy S9+||6.20 inches (15.7 cm)||2.05:1 (37:18)||Android (Samsung Experience)||2018|
|Galaxy S10+||6.40 inches (16.3 cm)||2.1:1 (19:9)||Android (One UI)||2019|
|Galaxy S10 5G||6.70 inches (17.0 cm)||2.1:1 (19:9)||Android (One UI)||2019|
|Sony Mobile||Xperia C5 Ultra||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2015|
|Xperia T2 Ultra||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2014|
|Xperia Z Ultra||6.40 inches (16.3 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2013|
|Xperia XA Ultra||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2016|
|Xperia XZ3||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||2:1||Android||2018|
|Vodafone||Smart 4 max||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2015|
|Walton Group||Primo ZX3||6.00 inches (15.2 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2017|
|Xiaomi||Black Shark Helo||6.01 inches (15.3 cm)||2:1||Android||2018|
|Mi 8||6.21 inches (15.8 cm)||2.0814:1 (281:135)||Android||2018|
|Mi Max||6.44 inches (16.4 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2016|
|Mi Max 2||6.44 inches (16.4 cm)||1.7:1 (16:9)||Android||2017|
|Mi Max 3||6.90 inches (17.5 cm)||2:1||Android||2018|
|Mi MIX||6.40 inches (16.3 cm)||1.8:1 (17:9)||Android||2016|
|Mi MIX 2||5.99 inches (15.2 cm)||2:1||Android||2017|
|Redmi Note 6 Pro||6.26 inches (15.9 cm)||2.1:1 (19:9)||Android||2018|
|ZTE||Nubia X||6.26 inches (15.9 cm)||2.1:1 (19:9)||Android||2018|
|Nubia Z20||6.42 inches (16.3 cm)||2.16:1 (13:6)||Android||2019|
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The Samsung Galaxy Mega is an Android-based phablet that was manufactured and released by Samsung. It was announced on April 11, 2013. The original model featured a 6.3 in (160 mm) screen, though a revised version was released with a 5.8 in (150 mm) screen. It has a 1,280×720 screen, a dual-core 1.7 GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera. The phone runs Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean" software, and internal storage is 8 or 16 GB.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a smartwatch produced by Samsung Electronics in the Samsung Gear family of devices. Unveiled during a Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin, Germany on September 4, 2013, the device serves as a companion for all Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets which run Android 4.3 or newer; it was released on September 25, 2013. Originally released as an Android-based device, Samsung replaced the operating system with Tizen through the May 2014 software update.
Samsung Galaxy Round is an Android phablet smartphone produced by Samsung Electronics. Unveiled in October 2013, it is a curved variation of the Galaxy Note 3 that was distinguished by being the first commercially produced smartphone to feature a flexible AMOLED display. It launched exclusively on SK Telecom in South Korea on 10 October 2013.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 was a flagship Windows Phone phablet smartphone designed and produced by Finnish telecommunications manufacturer Nokia in partnership with American software manufacturer Microsoft. The device was first announced at the Nokia World event on 22 October 2013 in Abu Dhabi, alongside its mid-range phablet stablemate the Nokia Lumia 1320 and Nokia's 10.1 inch Windows RT tablet the Nokia Lumia 2520. Until its discontinuation in the United States on 7 April 2015 the phone served as the flagship device for Nokia's Lumia Series and Microsoft's mobile effort. On 6 October 2015 Microsoft officially announced its flagship phablet successor, the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, with availability sometime in November 2015.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850x) is an Android smartphone produced by Samsung Electronics. Unveiled on 13 August 2014, the device was released in September 2014. A high-end device, the Galaxy Alpha is Samsung's first Android-powered smartphone to incorporate a metallic frame, although the remainder of its physical appearance still resembles previous models such as the Galaxy S5. It also incorporates Samsung's new Exynos 5430 system-on-chip, which is the first mobile system-on-chip to use a 20 nanometer manufacturing process.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 is an Android smartphone/tablet computer hybrid manufactured by Samsung and is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Mega. It was released in September 2014. It has a 720*1280 screen, a Quad Core 1.7 GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera. The phone runs Android 4.4.4 "KitKat" software, and internal storage is 8 or 16 GB. The Galaxy Mega 2 is expected to receive the Android 5.0 "Lollipop" update.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is an Android-based phablet designed, developed, produced and marketed by Samsung Electronics. Unveiled on 23 August 2017, it is the successor to the discontinued Samsung Galaxy Note 7. It became available on 15 September 2017.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is a line of Android-based phablets designed, developed, produced and marketed by Samsung Electronics as part of the Samsung Galaxy Note series. They were unveiled on 7 August 2019, as the successors to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Details about the phablets were widely leaked in the months leading up to the phablets' announcement.
Device makers shipped 25.2 million phablets in Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) in the second quarter of 2013, compared with 12.6 million tablets, and 12.7 million laptops.