Items tagged with phablet

Samsung's unspoken philosophy of "Go big or go home" has never been more evident than with the Galaxy Tab Q that just broke cover on the company's Chinese language portal. Officially, Samsung is calling this thing a tablet, and with a 7-inch high-definition 720p (1280x720) display, we wouldn't argue the claim. However, you can slide the Galaxy Tab Q next to your face and make phone calls with it, which throws it into phablet waters. Think of it as a bigger version of the Galaxy Note 3. Alternately, imagine putting Google's Nexus tablet next to your noggin and making phone calls and you'll get a sense of what the Galaxy Tab Q is all about. It's for people who simply can't find a big enough smartphone.... Read more...
Smartphones that are the roughly the size of Texas don't exactly dominate the handset category, but there's certainly an audience for so-called phablet devices. Hence why HTC launched the One Max last year, a bigger sized version of the One and the foil to Samsung's popular Galaxy Note family. This year HTC was supposed follow up the release of its One M8 with the One M8 Prime, but it looks like those plans have been scrapped. "If you were salty at having purchased an HTC One (M8) when news of the M8 Prime hit, prepare to feel vindicated: development on Prime has been suspended indefinitely," Twitter user @evleaks posted to his website. You can file this under "R" for "Rumor Status," but it's... Read more...
LG’s new G Flex smartphone is the “world’s first curved flexible smartphone” according to the company. We’ve seen smartphones that have curved bodies before, but this is the first smartphone to feature a display and battery that are curved as well. LG claims the curved design of the G Flex is optimized for the average face to provide better call and sound volume quality. For users who are going to put the phone in their back pocket, the curved shape of the phone also makes it fit more comfortably. In addition to its curved form, there’s one other very noticeable feature of this smartphone, and that’s its large 6-inch display. If you set this phone next... Read more...
LG’s new G Flex smartphone is the “world’s first curved flexible smartphone” according to the company. We’ve seen smartphones that have curved bodies before, but this is the first smartphone to feature a display and battery that are curved as well. LG claims the curved design of the G Flex is optimized for the average face to provide better call and sound volume quality. For users who are going to put the phone in their back pocket, the curved shape of the phone also makes it fit more comfortably. In addition to its curved form, there’s one other very noticeable feature of this smartphone, and that’s its large 6-inch display. If you set this... Read more...
We all want more from our smartphones. Whether it’s more screen real estate, more battery life, a better camera, or more storage for pictures, videos, and games, it seems there’s always something we could use more of from our phones. Manufacturers are constantly striving to deliver the best device, touting the areas in which they’ve provided “more.” HTC designed its One Max with demanding users in mind. This smartphone boasts “more screen size, more camera, more everything” according to the company. With its 5.9-inch screen and 3300mAh battery, the One Max is in line to compete with other phablet devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3... Another unique... Read more...
We all want more from our smartphones. Whether it’s more screen real estate, more battery life, a better camera, or more storage for pictures, videos, and games, it seems there’s always something we could use more of from our phones. Manufacturers are constantly striving to deliver the best device, touting the areas in which they’ve provided “more.” HTC designed its One Max with demanding users in mind. This smartphone boasts “more screen size, more camera, more everything” according to the company. With its 5.9-inch screen and 3300mAh battery, the One Max is in line to compete with other phablet devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which features... Read more...
Surprised? Don't be. While HP's foray into the smartphone world didn't work out so well after acquiring Palm, the company has often spoke of getting back into that universe when the time was right. Evidently, 2014 may be "the time." A new report suggests that HP may be on the warpath back into the mobile space, but in a slightly different capacity than before. And, considering the rampant competition going on in mobile, that's probably not such a bad thing. The company will purportedly reveal new 6" and 7" phablets early next year, and while they'll primarily be aimed at emerging markets, there will no doubt be clamoring for these back in the U.S. The gist of it is pretty simple: emerging markets... Read more...
When you've got a good thing going, why change it? That's the mantra that Samsung is abiding by, as it continues to milk its longstanding Galaxy line with yet another new addition. The company's latest is the Galaxy Grand 2, a "compact" smartphone that borrows the high-brow faux-leather back from the Note III. Comically, "compact" seems to be a fine definition of a 5.25" (1280x720) widescreen display. So long as that screen suits the bill, you'll be interested to know that there's a quad-core 1.2GHz processor on the inside, a 2,600mAh battery (good for up to 10 hours of playback and 17 hours of calls), and a dual-SIM structure that'll please those who travel frequently and rely on local SIMs... Read more...
When so-called "phablets" first emerged -- those devices that are bigger than your typical smartphone but smaller than a tablet -- there was a question mark surrounding whether or not consumers would snatch these things up. Well, Samsung keeps proving that there's a market for smartphones with ginormous touchscreen displays, further proof of which comes from sales of the company's Galaxy Note 3 device. Samsung said it has sold more than 5 million Galaxy Note 3 devices since its launch a month ago. That's the quickest a Galaxy Note device has ever reached that many sales. It took Samsung around two months to move 5 million Galaxy Note 2 handsets, while the original Galaxy Note needed five months... Read more...
Whether you’re a fan of oversized smartphones or not, it’s clear that they are here to stay. When Samsung initially released the first Galaxy Note, many of us in the industry looked at it a little sideways and wondered what the designers at Samsung were thinking. The original Galaxy Note seemed simply gargantuan next to virtually every other device available at the time and it was somewhat comical to see such a large device perched next to someone’s ear when they were making a call. The Note had a transformative effect on the smartphone industry, however. Yes, it was large. But once you've experienced the benefits of a larger screen, it's difficult to turn back, and Samsung... Read more...
Whether you’re a fan of oversized smartphones or not, it’s clear that they are here to stay. When Samsung initially released the first Galaxy Note, many of us in the industry looked at it a little sideways and wondered what the designers at Samsung were thinking. The original Galaxy Note seemed simply gargantuan next to virtually every other device available at the time and it was somewhat comical to see such a large device perched next to someone’s ear when they were making a call. The Note had a transformative effect on the smartphone industry, however. Yes, it was large. But once you've experienced the benefits of a larger screen, it's difficult to turn back, and Samsung... Read more...
There’s another Windows Phone update coming down the pike in the next few months, and among several new features, Microsoft’s Darren Laybourn noted in a blog post that the update is designed in part to make use of larger screens such as those found on phablets. “So the new update paves the way for future Windows Phone devices with 5- and 6-inch touch screens,” he wrote. “The larger, 1080p HD displays on these devices will make Windows Phone even more personal—for example by sporting jumbo-sized Start screens with room for six Live Tiles across instead of four.” This is none too surprising, as rumors of Nokia phablets have been kicking around for a few... Read more...
There still aren't a ton of phablets on the market, though the category grew by one today thanks to the introduction of the LG G Pro Lite. Just as it sounds, it's a toned down version of the G Pro (see our review), and at least initially, it looks as though LG will target emerging markets. Outside of the 5.5-inch IPS display, there's not a ton to get overly excited about. The LG G Pro Lite has a 1GHz dual-core processor (MT6577), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G connectivity, dual SIM support, removable 3,140mAh battery, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Even the version of Android is somewhat... Read more...
There isn't a ton of competition when it comes to phablets. By and large, the most popular phablet devices belong to Samsung and its Galaxy Note line, the latest and greatest being the Galaxy Note 3. There are a spattering of alternatives available, just not many, and curiously absent is an entry from HTC. We say it's curious because if you're shopping a high-end Android smartphone, many people narrow their choices down to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. Why not bring that same level of competition to the phablet market? It would appear that's what HTC intends to do, according to a forum user on Android Central who posted what he claims are pics of a Verizon branded HTC One Max. Source: Android... Read more...
LG's trying something a little new with its third generation of Vu devices. The newly announced Vu 3 features a big size 5.2-inch IPS display, but unlike other similarly sized smartphones (or phablets, if you prefer to call it that), this one has a funky shape. It's shorter and wider and than most phones in the 5-inch range, and is almost square. It's a bit of a gamble as to whether potential buyers will want to stick a phone that wide into their pocket. Outside of its unique form factor, the Vu 3 boasts a 1280x960 display resolution (4:3 aspect ratio), Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a few other odds and ends. Users can turn the Vu 3 on simply... Read more...
It's fair to say that BlackBerry's back is against the wall at this point. By most counts, it's been surpassed in market share by Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, and the gap between it and iOS and/or Android is rather enormous. Rather than throw in the towel, however, BlackBerry opted to launch the Z30, it's biggest, fastest, and most advanced smartphone ever. The major selling point here is that the BlackBerry Z30 brings a 5-inch display to the mobile party. Whether you want to consider that a big-size smartphone or a phablet is up to you; either way it's a generously sized Super AMOLED display, though BlackBerry opted for a 1280x720 resolution (295 pixels per inch) rather than go Full HD... Read more...
Ever imagined what a phablet based on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform might be like? For the time being, you'll have to keep imagining because those plans by Nokia are now on the back burner. Nokia had originally planned to launch a Windows Phone phablet by the end of this month, but with the company's handset business changing hands to Microsoft, it's not clear when or if a phablet will see the light of day. According to Reuters, Nokia was going to announce a batch of new Windows Phone devices this month, including a handset with a display larger than 5 inches. The event was supposed to take place in New York, though it appears that's been pushed back by several weeks. For the time being,... Read more...
The rumor mill has been churning lately as it pertains to Nokia products. In addition to a Nokia Windows RT tablet dubbed “Sirius”, there’s rumored to be a 6-inch phablet called “Bandit” coming, as well. We saw a leaked photo of what purports to be the future device’s screen, and the rumor was that the device would have a 1080p HD screen, a quad-core Snapdragon processor, a rear 20MP camera, and a polycarbonate body. It appears that the “Bandit” will be called the Nokia Lumia 1520, and additional specs and features may include the Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update and Qi wireless charging. The source of the leaked photo is unknown, so we’ll take... Read more...
If recent rumors are true, Nokia is working on a device called the “Bandit” that will sport a 6-inch display, which would put the handset maker in direct competition with the likes of Samsung in the (curiously) burgeoning phablet market. Sources for The Verge indicate that Bandit’s display will be 1080p HD, and the handset will run on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The device will have a rear camera that boasts at least 20MP--which would be more astonishing if the Nokia 1020’s camera wasn’t 41MP. (Our full review here. And some related shenanigans here.) "Six. Inches." The Bandit’s body will be a lightweight polycarbonate affair, and it will ostensibly... Read more...
We first caught wind of the Samsung's large size Galaxy Mega back in April, and then this past weekend, leaked photos showed the 6.3-inch phablet running on AT&T's network. So what's the latest on this giant size hybrid smartphone/tablet device? Well, Samsung just announced that the Galaxy Mega has made it to the U.S. market. "We continue to bring innovation with our Galaxy family of devices, with the Galaxy Mega representing a manifestation of consumer’s enthusiasm for our thin, large screen designs," said Nick DiCarlo, vice president of product planning and marketing at Samsung Mobile. "The Galaxy Mega combines exceptional features from the Samsung Galaxy smartphone family with a... Read more...
A leaked photo can only give you so much to go on, but a new one from Evleaks shows what appears to be the upcoming 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega (SGH-I527 Melius). The image indicates that the phone--er, mega phablet--is running on AT&T. We’ve previously covered some of the specs and features of the Galaxy Mega, which include an 8MP rear- and 1.9MP front-facing camera, 64MB of expandable storage, LTE and HSPA, a 3200mAh battery, and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). It will also boast Samsung-specific goodies such as Group Play, WatchON, ChatON, Samsung Link, and S Translator. Credit: Evleaks There’s been no announcement of a release date yet, but one clue could be that the date on the... Read more...
Phablet? Tablet? Phone? Perhaps the designation doesn't even matter any longer. With phones like the Note 8.0 and Note II blurring the edges of what's too large to make a phone call, Huawei is introducing a mondo phone of its own. The MediaPad 7 Vogue is a 7" device, sized up similarly to the Nexus 7, but it offers a voice radio as well as a data radio. It's built from an aluminum unibody frame and features a quad-core 1.2GHz processor CPU and 16-core GPU, a 3G modem, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a 4100mAh battery. It measures 9.5mm thick and weighs 335 grams, and the display offers a 1024 x 600 native resolution. It ships with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), and also includes a micro-USB port, Bluetooth... Read more...
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