The phablet range of big smartphones with tablet-like functionality is growing rapidly with some very large sales number predictions.
The world “phablet" comes from combing the words “phone” and “tablet”and is generally a smartphone that is 5" or bigger such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, ZTE Grand S and Huawei Ascend Mate. Many of the new phablets announced at CES when analyzed by pixels per inch offer better resolutions and features than the iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy Note II.
Shipments of phablets in 2013 are expected to reach 60.4 million units notes iHS iSuppli. ChangeWave Research also showed a great demand for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
The phablet phenomena comes from manufacturers wanting to differentiate themselves from medium displays. Customers want better viewing experiences and there is an increase in great HD content on smartphones. In 2016, global phablet shipments are set to reach 146.0 million units.