Items tagged with phablet

Razer says that it will introduce a new product for “serious gamers” at an event in San Francisco on Thursday, May 30th, and the subject of the announcement is shrouded in mystery. Razer’s teaser line for the event is, “What’s Thinner Than a Dime?”; an accompanying teaser trailer for the event is just as obtuse, so much so that you’ll probably be annoyed with yourself for even watching it. But go ahead anyway. See? There’s not much there, although the rolling dime does bump into something dark roughly ten seconds into the video, which is probably a clue. Razer already has the Blade gaming notebook and the Razer Edge gaming tablet/PC hybrid, so it’s... Read more...
Archos, long known for its many (mostly Android) tablets, announced today that it’s getting into the smartphone game, too, starting with a line of Android handsets that are designed to offer a nice balance of features and affordability. Specifically, Archos is eyeing the unlocked smartphone market, where the lack of subsidization from carriers is both a blessing and a curse, as users can be free to choose the carrier of their choice but also have to drop loads of cash on a decent smartphone (or phablet, as it were). The company believes it’s found the sweet spot with the Archos 35 Carbon ($99.99), Archos 50 Platinum ($219.99), and Archos 53 Platinum ($249.99). All three phones will... Read more...
This phablet thing might be getting a little out of hand. According to SamMobile, Samsung is working on two giant handsets--one a 5.8-inch devices and the other a 6.3-inch monster. They’ve dug up specs on the two devices, which will reportedly go by the name “Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8” and “Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3”. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 (GT-I9152) will sport a qHD TFT (960x540) display with a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and 8MP rear and 2MP front cameras. It’ll run Android Jelly Bean (with Samsung’s Nature UX) and pack WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and A-GPS with a 2600 mAh battery. Samsung Galaxy Note II--smaller than the smallest Mega... Read more...
After successfully launching in South Korea last month, the LG Optimus G Pro has found its way to Japan through NTT DoCoMo, though it wields a smaller screen. For whatever reason, LG decided to implement a 5-inch display in Japan versus the 5.5-inch panel used in the South Korean market. LG didn't say why it went with a smaller form factor, only explaining in a translated press release that it was designed this way "specifically for the Japanese market." Go figure. As the successor to the LG Optimus G (see our review), the Pro model boasts a Full HD 1080p display resolution with ZeroGap Touch technology, 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 2.1MP front-facing camera,... Read more...
Recent data released by Flurry Analytics reveals there are now around 1 billion smartphones and tablets in use around the world every month, and as the device base grows, so too does the diversity of screen sizes. That's largely thanks to Android, the most prolific mobile platform on the planet. With so many screen sizes to choose from, which are the most popular? By far the most dominant segment belongs to "medium phones," which are those that wield screens measuring anywhere from 3.5 inches to 4.9 inches. These account for 69 percent of all device models, and 72 percent of all active users, according to Flurry's data. In comparison, so-called phablets (devices with 5-inch to 6.9-inch displays)... Read more...
We can’t say that we’re terribly surprised by this, but according to DisplaySearch, smaller screen sizes on tablets are becoming more popular at the expense of larger panels. In the last two months, 7-7.9-inch displays have gained ground in terms of shipments while those in the 9.7-inch range dropped off and 10.1-11.6-inch panels made only very modest gains. The report points to the launch of the iPad mini late in 2012 as foreshadowing the coming trend, and indeed, perhaps Apple’s sales bear this theory out: Apple had apparently forecast sales of 40 million iPad minis and 60 million iPads this year, but suddenly now that customers are more interested in the smaller tablet, those... Read more...
About five seconds after we were first debating the merits of the 7-inch tablet form factor (for the record, I’m fully in favor), the market is suddenly flush with mobile devices at almost any screen size, from little 3-inch phones up to monster 10.1-inch tablets. Somewhere in there, phablets--so named because they’re too big to be a phone and too small to be a tablet--were born. Aside from the terrible nickname (it sounds like a term for the spoiled offspring of fabulous people), phablets are somewhat controversial because they seem to be the epitome of inflated phone sizes. A lot of people wanted bigger, and this is “bigger” to the extreme. A larger screen on a smartphone... Read more...
ZTE is showing off its Grand Memo at this year's Mobile World Congress. This phablet features a 5.7-inch screen and LTE connectivity.  Perhaps more noteworthy is the fact that the Grand Memo runs on a 1.5GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor. This is the first time we've seen Qualcomm's new processor in a mobile phone. To keep the phone powered up throughout the day, the Grand Memo packs a 3200mAh battery. The Grand Memo runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and comes with ZTE's own user interface. Other notable features include 16GB of memory, 1GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1-megapixel front-facing camera. If you're familiar with Samsung's Galaxy Note 2, you may have a... Read more...
Galaxy Nexus owners aren’t the only ones getting the Android Jelly Bean treatment; SamMobile announced that Android 4.1.2 is now rolling out for the original Samsung Galaxy Note, the company’s first phablet. The update will bring the Note up to speed with the Note II, as well as the Galaxy S III mini and the Galaxy S III. Galaxy Note users will now have the new Nature UX as well as performance improvements, multi-windows multitasking, Page Buddy, Notification Panel customization, Smart Rotation, access to Samsung cloud services, Google Now, and more. Features such as Multi-View multitasking will be especially handy for users who have phablet-sized screen real estate.   ... Read more...
We're counting down the days to Mobile World Congress 2013 and getting excited about the new products that are sure to be revealed at the show. It appears LG couldn't contain its excitement before the show however and has confirmed its hot new LG Optimus G Pro. The company hasn't released a ton of information about the Optimus G Pro (we're assuming the full details will be revealed at the show), but confirmation that this device is coming is encouraging. Although details are still relatively sparse concerning this phablet, LG has said it will feature a 5.5-inch full HD 1080p display with curved glass. According to LG, this curved glass display gives the phone a "2.5D effect." The LG Optimus G... Read more...
Swipe Telecom and MTV recently teamed up to announce a co-branded phablet in India known as the MTV Volt. This phablet features a 6-inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 854x480. The Volt runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and supports dual-SIM cards for 2G/3G, 2G GPRS / EDGE / HSPA. You'll find a 1GHz dual-core processor as well as 512MB of RAM inside the MTV Volt. Other key specifications include an 8MP rear facing camera with flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera, GPS, and FM Radio with recording capabilities. The MTV Volt has 4GB of onboard storage and can be expanded to 32GB using a T Flash card. The MTV Volt comes preloaded with a TV app that makes it easy to watch MTV on the go. The... Read more...
Slowly but surely, a company named BLU Products is making its name known in the growing world of unlocked Android phones. It's actually one of the faster growing phone makers in America, looking from the outside looking in like a Vizio for smartphones. As people continually grow tired of lengthy contracts and early termination fees, prepaid usage is seeing renewed interest. Now, the company is joining the phablet ranks with the BLU Studio 5.3 II and BLU Tank 4.5. Each phone has a 1GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor, a PowerVT SGX Series 5 GPU, a 3G HSDPA cellular radio, 1080p movie recording, and Android onboard. The Studio 5.3 has a 960x540 qHD display (208ppi), 4GB of internal memory, a microSD... Read more...
If you were wondering how Samsung's Galaxy Note II would hold up under the intense pressures of the smartphone world, maybe this will give you some sort of idea. Samsung Korea just announced that five million Note II units have been shipped since launch all around the globe, which is up from three million just a few months ago. Of course, many expected the phablet craze to die out about as quickly as it came to pass, but that's clearly not the case. Evidently there's something to be said about including a stylus with a phone these days, particularly one that does as many tricks as the S Pen. It's still a really impressive figure. The Note II is amongst the most expensive smartphones in the world,... Read more...
Samsung's first attempt at combining a smartphone with a tablet, sometimes referred to as a "phablet" was a huge success. Samsung has sold more than 10 million first-generation Galaxy Note devices, and the company is already looking ahead to the second-generation Galaxy Note II. In fact, Samsung mobile boss JK Shin is expecting the Galaxy Note II to be even more popular than its older brother: "Sales may grow more than two-fold (compared with the previous model)." Although there have been rumors to suggest Samsung was considering moving the release date of the Galaxy Note II up to beat the iPhone 5 launch in South Korea, Shin indicated the Galaxy Note II will launch sometime in October. Samsung... Read more...
Taking a note from its Galaxy S III playbook, it appears Samsung may be preparing to launch the Galaxy Note II on all of the major US wireless carriers. Unlike the original Galaxy Note which initially launched on AT&T's network and later became available on T-Mobile's network, reports on the Web suggest the Galaxy Note II could be made available through AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular. All of the US variants are said to offer the same specifications as the international version which features a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 4G LTE connectivity (carrier specific, of course), and a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display. Screenshots from the purported AT&T Galaxy... Read more...
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