There have been a wide variety of definitions of the word ‘phablet’ and most of them are completely misleading. The definition that has been widely accepted by technology writers and technological industry professionals is the following: any tablet device that has a screen bigger than 5 inches and carries mobile phone options.
In addition to a cell phone, a phablet usually has all the features of a tablet, such as a touch screen, a virtual keyboard, a mobile operating system and browser, an integrated camera/webcam and customized applications. These are some examples of popular phablets: Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, HTC’s Titan II and LG’s Optimus LTE and Intuition.
Phablet from HTC
Less than a month after rumors began circulating that HTC was building a phablet to take on Samsung’s Galaxy Note series, pictures of the supposed device have appeared on a Taiwanese website.
HTC One Max will sport a 5.9-inch, full HD 1080p screen, according to a post on Taiwan-based ePrice. While the current HTC One is powered by the Snapdragon 600, the HTC One Max will sport a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, according to the post. This device also features the same UltraPixel and 2.1-megapixel front-facing cameras as the One.
HTC One Max is expected to run Android 4.3 and it includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 3300mAh battery, according to the post.
Display: 5.9-inch, full HD 1080p touchscreen.
Memory: not known.
Camera: 4 MP UltraPixels, 2688 x 1520 pixels.
Users like it when tablets have unique characteristics and much like the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 can control devices around your home thanks to its infrared transmitter and pre-loaded Smart Remote app.
Samsung’s TouchWiz interface has been slapped over Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s relatively good looking but some users will find it a little too busy, while newcomers to Android are likely to find it overwhelming. Luckily, the customization options are still available in Google’s OS, meaning you can always try to tone things down.
Display: 203.1 mm (8″) WXGA (1280×800, 189ppi) TFT.
Memory: 2GB (RAM), 16/32GB, microSD (up to 64GB).
Camera: 5 megapixels AF + 1.3 megapixels.
It looks like Nokia could be jumping on the phablet bandwagon. According to a recent report, the Finnish manufacturer plans to launch the first Windows Phone smartphone-tablet hybrid later this year.
The Verge affirmed that Nokia’s upcoming phablet is codenamed Bandit, and it will feature a 6-inch 1080p display. This Nokia is also expected to be the first quad-core Windows Phone device, running a Qualcomm chipset, but it’s unclear what Snapdragon chip it will be. The report also says the camera will be at least 20 megapixels.
The device will be running Windows Phone 8 update GDR 3, which in addition to features like orientation lock and Driver Mode, is needed to support 1080p displays.
Display: 5.2 inch touchscree, full HD (1900×1080).
Memory: not known.
Camera: 20 megapixels.
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is one of the latest Android devices to come from Sony in 2013. This phablet is all about size. Sporting a staggering 6.4 inch full HD display, the Xperia Z Ultra could certainly be considered a phablet.
This Xperia is powered by a quad core 2.2GHz Qualcomm processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB RAM and LTE. It is IP58 certified, meaning it is dust and water proof, and water resistant to 1 meter or 30 minutes. It features an 8 megapixel camera, 16GB of internal storage and it runs on a large 3050mAh battery.
Display: 6.4 inch touchscreen, full HD display, 1920x1080px.
Memory: up to 64GB microSD, 16GB internal memory.
Camera: 8 megapixels, 3264x2448px.