/// Phablets the New Hotness in Mobile Devices? Not So Fast.

January 10, 2013  |  All Things Digital


It looks like something that belongs in a “Saturday Night Live” skit. A phone the size of steno notebook that you can barely wrap your hand around (unless you’re a basketball player ) and looks ridiculous when used to make calls or jammed into a pants pocket. I’m talking about phablets, of course — the smartphone-tablet hybrids featuring screens five inches or larger. The big displays make them great for viewing videos, Web sites, documents, but it comes at the price of comfort and ergonomics. Yet, they’re making a big splash at International CES. On Monday, Huawei introduced the “world’s largest touchscreen smartphone,” the Mate , an Android Jelly Bean device with a 6.1-inch touchscreen. ZTE debuted the Grands S , the “world’s thinnest” smartphone with a 5-inch display. Meanwhile, Sony offered up the Xperia Z with a five-inch full HD screen

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Phablets the New Hotness in Mobile Devices? Not So Fast.


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