1Samsung Galaxy Mega Joins Growing Phablet Market
by Nathan Eddy
2Samsung Galaxy Mega Joins the Club
The Mega measures 6.6 by 3.5 by 0.3 inches, meaning users will get considerably more screen real estate in a device just as thin (0.3 inches) as the 5-inch Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone, though at lower resolution.
3HTC Butterfly S Is Short on Storage
The Butterfly S runs a 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, but HTC bundled just 16GB of storage capacity into the device.
4Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD Offers Magnetic Cover, Stylus
The 5-inch HD phablet also packs a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, runs Android Jelly Bean, offers HSPA+ (3.5G) connectivity and features a scratch-resistant display.
5LG Optimus G Pro Is Built for Speed
The 4G LTE-equipped Optimus G Pro, with a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display, sports a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and runs Google’s Android operating system.
6Asus Padfone 2 Bridges Smartphone, Tablet Worlds
The Padfone 2 comes in two parts. The first is a tablet with a 10.1-inch screen, while set into the back is a docking station for the accompanying 4G smartphone—the tablet won’t work without it.
7Sony Xperia Z Ultra Offers Dust, Water Resistance
Combining tempered glass on both the front and rear with a metallic frame, the phablet is dust-proof and water-resistant (IP55/58), as well as shatter-proof and scratch-resistant.
8Samsung Galaxy Note II Says Bigger Is Better
The Note II runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and a quad-core processor, but its most radical feature is its 5.5-inch (on the diagonal) display. It’s a big device, and unapologetically so.
9Huawei Ascend Mate Packs Tons of Talk Time
The Ascend Mate features a 6.1-inch screen and a 4,050-mAh battery with more than 22 hours of talk time, and includes a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM.
10Nokia 6-Inch Phablet Planned for September
Code-named Bandit, Nokia’s rumored entry into the phablet market will boast a 6-inch, 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon processor and a polycarbonate body. No photos of the device have surfaced yet.
11EO Personal Communicator Is the Granddaddy of Phablets
The EO was an early commercial tablet computer created by Eo Inc. (later acquired by AT&T) and released in April 1993. This monster is considered the father of the modern phablet.