ABI Research predicts ‘phablet avalanche’ in 2013

ABI Research predicts ‘phablet avalanche’ in 2013With all due respect to the Dell Streak 5 and Streak 7, Samsung recently proved that there’s a market for gigantic smartphone/tablet hybrids – or “phablets” – with the 5.3in Galaxy Note.

It was somewhat of a surprise success, initially being considered a niche device, but now everyone and their dog is getting in on the action. Indeed, ABI Research tells us to brace for what it calls a “phablet avalanche” this year.

Oddly, ABI Research defines phablets as smartphones measuring between 4.6in (huh?) and 6.5in. As such, that’d include the Samsung Galaxy S III, LG Optimus 4X HD, HTC One X… Hmm, not convinced about that, ABI.

In any case, it’s clear that many manufacturers are thinking: bigger is better. I recently penned Living the 5in 1080p smartphone dream, detailing no less than seven such smartphones. In fact, the Lenovo K900 is actually a 5.5in beast.

There’s also the monstrous 6.1in Huawei Ascend Mate, while the Samsung Galaxy S IV and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are tipped to weigh in at 5in and 6.3in respectively.

Not to be outdone by its Android rivals, Sony is also expected to drop a 6in 1080p flagship later this year.

ABI reckons 83 million phablets were shipped in 2012 (a rise of 4,504% from 2011), and projects that 150 million will ship this year – accounting for 18% of all smartphones.

Finally, it’s suggested that Apple will join the phablet party in late 2013. Yours truly semi-jokingly predicted a 6in iPhone (nestled between the iPhone 5 and iPad mini) last year, and it's starting to sound less silly as the weeks roll on.

via: ABI Research

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matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 28, 2013 at 18:10

ABI reckons 83 million phablets were shipped in 2012 (a rise of 4,504% from 2011)
No, the only phablet devices on sale in 2012 were the original Note and the Note 2 (including variants of each device). 4.6"- 5.1" is not phablet territory, they're just big smartphones.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 28, 2013 at 18:34

ABI reckons 83 million phablets were shipped in 2012 (a rise of 4,504% from 2011)
No, the only phablet devices on sale in 2012 were the original Note and the Note 2 (including variants of each device). 4.6"- 5.1" is not phablet territory, they're just big smartphones.
nitpicking much? :p Or is that your Note pride? hahaha Not much between the Note and some 5-inchers, really.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 28, 2013 at 21:48

ABI reckons 83 million phablets were shipped in 2012 (a rise of 4,504% from 2011)
No, the only phablet devices on sale in 2012 were the original Note and the Note 2 (including variants of each device). 4.6"- 5.1" is not phablet territory, they're just big smartphones.
nitpicking much? :p Or is that your Note pride? hahaha Not much between the Note and some 5-inchers, really.

You count the: One X, S3, Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus and LG 4X HD as phablets then?

I don't, but ABI seem to.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 28, 2013 at 22:05

ABI reckons 83 million phablets were shipped in 2012 (a rise of 4,504% from 2011)
No, the only phablet devices on sale in 2012 were the original Note and the Note 2 (including variants of each device). 4.6"- 5.1" is not phablet territory, they're just big smartphones.
nitpicking much? :p Or is that your Note pride? hahaha Not much between the Note and some 5-inchers, really.

You count the: One X, S3, Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus and LG 4X HD as phablets then?

I don't, but ABI seem to.


I do :p

Nah... guess you have a point

http://cdn.pocket-lint.com/images/HTrk/galaxy-note-2-vs-sgs3-6.jpg

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 28, 2013 at 23:46

ABI reckons 83 million phablets were shipped in 2012 (a rise of 4,504% from 2011)
No, the only phablet devices on sale in 2012 were the original Note and the Note 2 (including variants of each device). 4.6"- 5.1" is not phablet territory, they're just big smartphones.
nitpicking much? :p Or is that your Note pride? hahaha Not much between the Note and some 5-inchers, really.

You count the: One X, S3, Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus and LG 4X HD as phablets then?

I don't, but ABI seem to.


I do :p

Nah... guess you have a point

http://cdn.pocket-lint.com/images/HTrk/galaxy-note-2-vs-sgs3-6.jpg

Precisely, and the S3, as pictured, has the biggest display of all the non-phablets I mentioned.

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