Motorola to release 6-inch phablet in Q3

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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.

Source: Weibo
Via: GforGames

ZTE Boost Max phablet launches on Boost Mobile

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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

Phablets are staying after all, having shipped 20 million units in 2013

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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.

Source: Juniper Research
Via: TechCrunch

HP may release 6-inch phablet with quad-core CPU for $200

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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 unveils two mid-range phablets, the Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia T2 Ultra dual

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Sony_Xperia_T2_Ultra_ColorsSony 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.

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HP preparing to launch 5.5-inch phablet, will compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3

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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 looks ahead to 2014, plans to unveil the Projector Hotspot, Iconic Phablet and others at CES

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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.

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Android smartphones account for over 80% of all phone shipments in Q3 with phablets making up 21% of those shipments

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Believe it or not, Android smartphones are still continuing to gobble up more market share. According to IDC, Android smartphones accounted for a ridiculous 81% of all phones shipped in Q3 (a good chunk of that was likely Samsung, too). All in all, Android shipments grew 51.3% year-over-year, and the smartphone market overall grew about 40% year-over-year. IDC also notes that of the 211.6 million phones shipped, roughly 21% of them were phablets, or any device over 5.7 inches in screen size. That’s up from 3% a year ago, which I think is partly because of the popularity of larger devices and partly because most manufacturers are at least offering gigantic devices now, where it was mainly just Samsung with their Note II a year ago.

Windows Phone also saw an incredible growth, improving shipments 156% year over year. Unfortunately, Windows Phones accounted for 9.5 million devices, which is an incredibly small number compared to Android’s 211 million, but hey, progress is progress. Either way, the smartphone market shows no signs of slowing down, and I think we can expect even bigger numbers after the holidays this year.

source: IDC

Samsung goes against the grain by wanting you to say “fonblet” instead of “phablet”

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Remember when Samsung’s Galaxy Mega was known as the Samsung Fonblet? It now seems that the company wants people to keep saying “fonblet” instead of “phablet.” While speaking at Korea’s Analyst Day, CEO J.K. Shin repeatedly said the new word and it even appeared on a slide during the presentation. The word “phablet” made its way into the Oxford dictionary due to its becoming of a standard term in the industry whenever there is a handset with a very large display. Of course, it is likely that this new term will never gain traction; however, no one ever thought the Galaxy Note series would ever takeoff the way it did. Alright, maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration.

Source: The Wall Street Journal
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Galaxy Note 3 review: Still the king of phablets

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It was two years ago when Samsung unveiled the very first Galaxy Note, which ended up starting the phablet craze. However, it wasn’t just about the “size” of the Note, it was the functionality with the S Pen, something many manufacturers fail to offer with their own phablets. The world thought the stylus was gone forever, but Samsung brought it back from the dead. Of course, the S Pen is no traditional stylus, it’s a lot more polished with wacom technology.With each edition of the Galaxy Note, Samsung has not only increased the screen size, but also improved the S Pen along with its functionality and features. Is the Note 3 the must have phone of the year or just another phablet? Hit the break to find out.

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