Phablets May Be the Next Big Thing
Joke: What would you get if you crossed a Phone with a Tablet?
Phablet is the latest electronic unit to hit the market.
Definition: The term phablet, a portmanteau of phone and tablet, refers to smartphones with 4.6 to 6.5-inch screens that are meant to combine the functionalities of smartphones and tablets.
It became reality with the introduction of the Galaxy Note by Samsung. Was it a Tablet or a Phone? Because of the 5.3-inch display, the unit was larger than the original model, the 4.3-inch Galaxy SII. With good reason, Industry experts as well as tech journalists were sure the Note would not find an audience. The device just seemed too big to be used as a phone, yet almost too small to be a tablet.
However, against all bets, the Galaxy Note became a huge success! In the first year on the market, it sold over 10 million units!
Reports show that more than 80 million phablets were shipped in 2012. By 2017, that number is projected to exceed 385 million!
The current Phablet appears to be especially popular in the Asia-Pacific markets. In 2012, this market supported a little over 40 percent of total sales.
Today’s chart from Statista shows the sales of the phablet by regions.
I am actually looking at this unit to replace my phone. For me, the larger screen will be nice however I don’t expect it to replace my laptop.
Would this unit meet your needs?