Straddling the line between small tablet and enormous phablet, Samsung launched the new TabQ in China today. With a similar faux-leather back as the most recent Galaxy Note and strict adherence to Samsung’s design language, the TabQ doesn’t really pack any surprises into its look.
About a week ago, we heard that a new device from ZTE, called the Olympia, could be headed to T-Mobile soon. Now today we are hearing that T-Mobile is testing a ZTE phablet. Is it the same phone? We don’t know, but it seems likely.
Unfortunately we don’t know too much more. The picture above doesn’t reveal too much other than it looks like it’s running stock Android. ZTE announced over the weekend that they would be adopting the Google Now Launcher on future devices, and this one could be among the first ones.
We will keep you posted.
Xiaomi is looking to take the Asian market by storm with its gorgeous new RedMi Note phablet. It hasn’t been released yet, but according to company officials, the phone has received over 15 million ‘signups’ on its website. These ‘signups’ are not pre-orders — they are simply requests for more information on the device via email — still a nice number.
It’s the company’s first phablet, and will feature a 5.5-inch display, a 13MP camera, and a large battery. The phone also only costs $130, an extremely cheap price for a solid device.
Source: Business Insider
A while ago we heard that Motorola was working on a 6.3-inch phablet to be released in 2014. That information was released way back in October, just after the Moto X was first released. Well we haven’t heard anything about the so-called Xplay since then. Until now, that is.
According to the source that first leaked the Moto X and Moto G, the 6-inch phablet is now set to be released in Q3 (between July and September) of this year. While this source does say a Motorola phablet will be released at this time, we don’t yet know if this is the Xplay, or if it’s even 6.3 inches anymore.
More information about the device should be released within the coming months.
ZTE showed off their Iconic Phablet at CES this year, highlighting its multi-window capabilities, large screen, and lower price point. Fast forward three weeks, and we’re already seeing the device hit US shores, although with a different name. Boost Mobile is the first to pick up the phablet, calling it the Boost Max.
The Boost Max features a 5.7 inch 720p screen, dual-core Snapdragon CPU with 1 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera, and a 3200 mAh battery. For $300, it’s a pretty decent device, especially for Boost Mobile customers. Unfortunately, the Boost Max is launching with Android 4.1 as opposed to Android 4.3, which was shown off on the handset at CES. Go figure.
If you’re interested, you can purchase the device, no contract, for $300 below.
source: Boost Mobile
According to Juniper Research, phablets are now officially successful, having shipped around 20 million units in 2013, and an expected 120 million units shipped by 2018.
The growth in phablets since their introduction to the market is undeniable, with extremely successful devices being found in the Samsung Galaxy Note series, such as the Galaxy Note 3, and in a number of LG’s devices, such as the newly released LG G Flex.
The term phablets rose to prominence in order to describe a device that is a hybrid of a phone and a tablet. According to Juniper, in order for a device to be classed as a phablet, it must have a screen size of at least 5.6 inches.
After struggling in the mobile market, it really looks like HP is embracing Android to reverse its fortunes. They’ve already released several budget Android tablets, and according to the latest rumors, they’re going to be getting into the budget-phablet contest in emerging markets.
The HP Slate 6 Voice Tab, lengthy name aside, is going to be a 6-inch phone/tablet hybrid with a quad-core Marvell processor, a 720p screen, and dual-sim support. It’s also set to be released in the $200 price range. Between the price tag and the dual-sim card support, this likely means it’s going to be HP’s go-to device in places like India and China where premium flagship phones don’t account for much of the market share.
No word on release date just yet, but we’ll keep you updated.
source: Phone Arena
Sony announced the Xperia Z1 Compact and T-Mobile-s Xperia Z1S last week at CES, but for whatever reason, they decided to hold off on a couple of phones until this week. Probably because they are mid-rangers. The Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia T2 Ultra dual are 6-inch phablets sporting mid-range specs.
Both phones are identical other than the fact that the Dual has, you guessed it, dual-SIM capability. Specs for both phones include a 6-inch TRILUMINOS and Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for mobile, but the resolution is only at 720p. As to the rest, they sport a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor (presumably a Snapdragon 400), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 13MP rear camera with Exmor RS for mobile, 1.1MP front-facing camera, and 3,000 mAh battery. No word on which version of Android, but you can forget KitKat.
HP is known for its computers, but the company is looking to continue its expansion in the mobile device market with the addition of a Galaxy Note-like phablet to its current lineup.
The company is reportedly preparing to launch a 5.5-inch device that could feature specs which would rival that of the Galaxy Mega 6.3 expected for release next week. If that’s true, expect a price tag around $400.
It’s no secret that the PC market is quickly disappearing. People want smaller devices, and HP knows that. It’s a smart move, but only time will tell if they’ll be able to compete in an already over-saturated market where even well-known competitors like HTC are struggling to survive.
Source: VR Zone
ZTE will be showing what it’s got at CES next week— some of the products it’ll be unveiling include the Grand S II smartphone. The device will feature voice control technology which can be used to easily take pictures and unlock the device. The nubia 5s and 5s mini will also be released, which are phones that feature professional-grade photography.
That’s not all, either— the company plans to release the “Iconic Phablet,” which features a 5.7-inch HD Display, “smart viewer” mode for multitasking with two apps on screen at once, and has a quad-core processor. Wireless charging capabilities will also be built in.
Another device ZTE will be showing off is the Projector Hotspot. In this case, the name tells all. It’s a mobile hotspot and mini video projector hybrid. This device will surely be great for a variety of different environments. Whether it be at home for streaming media, or in the office or classroom for showing presentations, it’ll surely be a useful and handy little device— at the right price, that is. The hotspot can connect to up to eight devices as well.
ZTE will also be launching its first smartwatch, which will be called “BlueWatch.” The device constantly analyzes data including body fat percentage as well as other data.
Hit the break for ZTE’s full press release.