Items tagged with phablet

Once considered a throwaway feature for smartphones that few people used, there’s been an increasing emphasis in recent years by manufacturers on front-facing or “selfie” cameras. We’ve seen smartphones with 5MP and even 8MP selfie cameras become the norm. But Sony, which has seen its smartphone business crumble around it, is looking to advance the field with a 16MP selfie camera on its brand new Xperia XA Ultra Android smartphone. Some flagship smartphones don’t even come with a 16MP rear camera, so it’s definitely attention grabbing to see such a camera grace the front of a smartphone. Sony says... Read more...
Someone must have sent Xiaomi a memo to go big or go home, and it chose the former option. The company's new Mi Max phone is a monster-sized handset that falls squarely into phablet territory. It has a 6.44-inch display, which is quite a bit bigger than what Samsung's Galaxy Note 6 is rumored to be, and a massive capacity 4,850 mAh battery to keep it running throughout the day.The Mi Max is one of the largest handsets to date, though Xiaomi makes no mention of the phone's display resolution. Looking at the other specs, which is a mix of mid-range and high-end parts, along with Xiaomi's history,... Read more...
Samsung has scheduled its next Galaxy Unpacked event to take place on August 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM ET, with doors opening an hour ahead of time. It will take place in the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York, and it's there that Samsung is widely expected to unveil its newest flagship phablet, the oft-rumored Galaxy Note 5.The location represents a change in venue from past Galaxy Unpacked events, which have typically taken place at IFA in September. It appears that Samsung is eager to release whatever it has on tap, of which there will be two devices -- very likely the aforementioned... Read more...
It's been a roller coaster ride of rumors for fans of LG's G Pro series -- first there was talk that a third generation G Pro device would emerge late last year, then there was speculation that the South Korean handset maker decided to retire the line so that it could concentrate all its efforts on its flagship G4 smartphone. So, what's the latest? It looks like LG will go forth with a G Pro 3 device after all, and it will be the biggest one yet.If you recall, the original G Pro released in 2013 featured a 5.5-inch display with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) IPS display. It also came equipped with... Read more...
It's official, size matters. The numbers don't lie, and an increasing number of gadget owners are opting for larger smartphones (what did you think we were referring to?). According to the latest Kantar Worldpanel ComTech market share data, the so-called phablet category accounted for 21 percent of all U.S. smartphone sales in the first quarter of 2015. That's nearly quadruple the 6 percent share phablets held in the first quarter a year ago, and a large reason why is the iPhone 6 Plus. At a generous 5.5 inches, the iPhone 6 Plus boasts the biggest display of any iPhone model to date.... Read more...
HTC just released its flagship One M9 smartphone in the U.S., priced at $649 unlocked. But that isn’t the only new smartphone coming from the HTC camp these days; the company just officially announced the One E9+ phablet for the Chinese market. Whereas the 5-inch One M9 makes do with a 1080p display, the One E9+ ups the ante with a 5.5-inch QHD display (535 PPI). Powering the phone is MediaTek MT6795M SOC, which is comparable in layout to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (two Cortex A57 cores, two Cortex A53 cores). The smartphone is equipped with 2GB of RAM, and has 16GB of internal storage (expandable... Read more...
Try not to confuse the Note 4 with the G4 Note. The former is Samsung's flagship phablet, while the latter is LG's answer, or at least it will be once it comes out later this year. In the meantime, an XDA Developer forum member who claims to be an employee of T-Mobile has posted several purported pictures of LG's forthcoming G4 Note.While the device is not yet formally announced, LG boss Jun-Ho Cho did say at a press meeting that his company was planning to unveil the flagship smartphone during the second quarter, along with a separate high-end product sometime in the second half of the year. More... Read more...
The road to recovery is never easy, and after recently restructuring its business operations due in large part to disappointing Galaxy S5 device sales, Samsung is thinking about withdrawing from the Japanese market if sales of its Galaxy Note Edge don't improve. Pulling out would be a big disappointment for Samsung, which chose Japan as the Galaxy Note Edge's first dance partner. Samsung's intent was to build a bigger presence in Japan, a territory where premium devices tend to thrive. According to Business Korea, there is no bigger market than Japan... Read more...
We applaud companies willing to push the envelope with innovative new design approaches. Sometimes their efforts aren't rewarded with complete market acceptance, but unique features and hardware that attempt to blaze new trails in existing markets, are always interesting to say the least. In a way, the Galaxy Note Edge fits this description. Similar to 4K curved televisions, one has to wonder if the world truly needs a flagship smartphone with 160 extra pixels along its right edge with an additional curved display. But, as was the case when the original Note launched and many experts... Read more...
Samsung deserves much of the credit for ushering in today’s trend of large-screened smartphones, often referred to as "phablets." Whether you’re a fan of big smartphones or not, there is a no denying that the original Samsung Galaxy Note set the stage for the battles currently being waged in the smartphone market. If larger-screened devices like the original Galaxy Note hadn’t taken hold, Apple most likely would not have produced the iPhone 6 Plus and devices like the Google Nexus 6, Nokia Lumia 1520, and HTC One Max (among others) would not exist.One of the advantages of blazing a trail like Samsung... Read more...
Large size smartphones are all the rage these days. Heck, even Apple went big with its recently launched 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus devices, though both sport smaller displays than Samsung's Galaxy Mega 2, which is scheduled to land on AT&T later this week (Friday, October 24, 2014) with various pricing options. First let's cover the specs. The Galaxy Mega 2 totes a 6-inch 720p HD (1280x720) display powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM. It also features 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 2.1-megapixel front-facing... Read more...
Motorola has announced the new Nexus 6 smartphone, which will be running on Android 5.0 Lollipop. It is the result of Motorola working in conjunction with Google’s Android team and it appears that Google is looking to directly compete with Apple on the phablet front with this new device. Just like prior reports have said, the Nexus 6 comes with a large 5.9-inch Quad HD display, which makes it bigger than Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus by 0.4-inches. With a starting price of $649, the Nexus 6 will be sold unlocked and comes with a Motorola turbo charger that will provide six hours worth of battery... Read more...
It's about to be on like Donkey Kong in the phablet space. Following the recent launch of Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, Google is getting ready to release an even larger handset, one that even King Kong would say is big. It's the Nexus 6, codenamed Shamu (after the whale at SeaWorld) and successor to the 5-inch Nexus 5. The Nexus 6 will arrive with a 5.9-inch display, the biggest yet from Google (in a smartphone). It's also larger than the iPhone 6 Plus by 0.4 inches and even outsizes Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 by 0.2 inches. However, as we saw when comparing the iPhone 6 Plus... Read more...
Do you think Samsung is perhaps on cloud nine after seeing Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch marred by the whole "bendgate" hysteria? Sure, reports of the iPhone 6 models warping are a bit exaggerated and overblown, but leave it to rival Samsung to use Apple's misfortune as an opportunity to pimp its Galaxy Note 4. Rather than take to Twitter with a snide remark, however, this time around Samsung posted a new video that focuses squarely on the ruggedness of its flagship phablet. Samsung previously posted a video showing how difficult it is to bend, warp, and ultimately break the Galaxy... Read more...
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