The word phablet was coined soon after Samsung launched the first gen Galaxy Note smartphone in 2011 which was partly a tablet and a smartphone, due to its odd size. It was immediately written off as a niche device and some reviewers didn’t seem pretty convinced with the idea. However, two years on, the Galaxy Note is among the most widely spoken about devices every year and Samsung’s marketing department has to take a chunk of the credit for that. This has led other companies like Sony, LG, HTC and even Nokia to venture into the phablet segment with their own devices, albeit to very little success compared to the Galaxy Note.
And we might see this trend going forward as analyst Bob O’Donnell from Technalysis Research now claims that the phablet segment could soon overtake the small sized tablet category which includes the likes of the Nexus 7, the Apple iPad Mini and the Amazon Kindle Fire among several others. Of course, this is merely a prediction at this point and only time will tell if any of this bears weight, but it’s not completely impossible looking at the pace at which manufacturers are launching smartphones with a display of over 5.5 inches. The fact that phablets are more portable than a budget tablet and act as a regular phone (calls, texts etc) makes it an alluring option for people willing to have the best of both worlds. We can expect more phablets launching next year with a majority of them coming from LG, Samsung and Chinese manufacturers, but don’t expect the likes of Sony, HTC or maybe even Motorola to lag far behind either.
Via: GSM Arena