‘Phablet’ Sales on the Rise
D-Bo, Jan. 22, 2014, 3:17 p.m.
Is it a phone, or is it a tablet? That is one question that many users try to answer when looking at several new devices coming out. The answer is, it’s both! “Phablets” are a new trend to hit the market in recent studies, and show that they are not leaving anytime soon. A Juniper Research report shows that these phablets are expected to reach over 120 million units sold in the next 4 years. 2013 alone sold 20 million, with that number on the rise this current year.
Technology giant Samsung has confirmed the demand for these oversized phone-tablets with sales of their ‘Note” series. The first of the series sold a total of 2 million units in a matter of 4 months, while their latest Note 3 placed a whopping 5 million units in just 1 week!
Samsung is seeing competition from Lg, Nokia, and HTC with devices such as the G Flex, the Lumia 1520, and the One Max. One technology giant that has yet to join the phablet trend is Apple. Is it possible we will soon see an iPhab joining the market soon?
Phablets have been on the rise in the past 2 years, connecting smartphones with tablets. In order to meet phablet requirements, the screen on the device needs to measure a total of 5.6” or higher. Only time if this trend will continue to rise, or slowly become replaced with smaller devices in the future.