Editors Note: We know this is not an Android tablet, specifically, but with a 6.8-inch display, it’s large enough to be a tablet. This post originally appeared on our sister site Android Authority, your source for all things Android.
Every flagship needs a bigger brother or at least that’s how it seems smartphone manufacturers are thinking. Apple have the iPhone 6 Plus, Sony have the Xperia Z Ultra, HTC have the One M9 Plus and even Huawei are getting in on the act with the P8 Max.
Announced alongside the P8 in London, the P8 Max is a larger-than-life phablet that really pushes the size boundaries of a smartphone. Featuring an incredibly large [...]
But Huawei has a different idea with its UltraStick, a tiny 3G module that device makers can easily add to existing WiFi tablets without completely redesigning the hardware.
It’s not clear when UltraStick’s might be available in the U.S. or if it will remain strictly an option for device makers or, eventually, an accessory consumers could purchase to upgrade a WiFi tablet to cellular.
Citing “sources from the tablet sector”, Digitimes reports an incoming wave of these larger smartphones – or phablets as they have been dubbed – could undermine 7-inch tablet demand, particularly if the phablets are offered with a telecom package.
In recent times, Samsung has launched the 6.3-inch Mega and is expected to unveil the new Galaxy Note next month, while Sony and China-based Huawei have also jumped into the market with the Xperia ZU and Ascend Mate, respectively.
Nokia last month announced the Lumia 925, which is essentially an affordable phablet with 4G connectivity, while BlackBerry and HTC are also widely-reported to be about to [...]
The ‘phablet’ is essentially a cross-over between a phone and a tablet, and is around 5-inches in size. The market has been here before, of course, what with Dell launching the 5-inch Streak in 2011 and more recently Samsung outing the stylus-equipped Galaxy Note.
Some researchers, including Gartner and DisplaySearch, have openly admitted to TabTimes that they don’t see this category as to taking off, but ABI Research clearly disagrees, and today published the new ‘Phablets and Super Smartphones’ report which indicates that phablet shipments will increase by a factor of ten this year, before growing to reach a healthy 208 million units by [...]