A couple of days ago I penned They might be giants: five top phablets, an admittedly odd collection encompassing five of the world’s largest phone slash tablet hybrids.
With the hypothetical (diagonal) height restriction raised to 5.5in from the usual 5in, Matt rightly moaned that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – easily the most successful “phablet” in the world – wasn’t included. Which brings us here, with the second Note and three others.
Actually, I’m struggling to think of any other possibilities beyond the nine I’ve included (full list below) – certainly not from big-name manufacturers. If there’s anything that springs to mind, berate me in the Comments section and I’ll get adding.
The Samsung Galaxy Note arguably started it all back at IFA in 2011, and while it was originally deemed a niche device on account of its supposedly colossal size (5.3in), several of today’s flagships aren’t far off.
See, the first proper phablet of the modern era (no offense, Dell Streak) proved surprisingly popular, shifting five million units in five months.
The successor, the aptly named Samsung Galaxy Note 2, topped that feat, with five million units of the 5.5in device sold in two months.
With face-slapping specs and generally excellent battery life, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is still regarded as one of the best Android phones on the market. True story.
Specs: 5.5in display, quad-core Exynos 4412 processor, 2GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 16-64GB storage (with microSD)
I opted to include the Huawei MediaPad Vogue 7 on my first phablet list, simply because it’s the largest such device currently offered by the Chinese manufacturer.
The Huawei Ascend Mate, however, is significantly more pocket-friendly, coming in at 6.1in.
Huawei Ascend Mate specs make for fairly decent reading, with the headline feature being the 4,050mAh battery, supposedly offering two days’ use on a single charge. Nice.
Specs: 6.1in display (720 x 1280), quad-core Huawei K3V2 processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 16GB internal storage (with microSD)
The LG G2 is the South Korean manufacturer’s latest flagship (it was made official last night, incidentally), but it’s actually smaller than the second of LG’s G phones.
I speak of the LG Optimus G Pro. The first LG Optimus G measured 4.7in diagonally, the latest guy is 5.2in, but the middle child LG Optimus G Pro has the largest display at 5.5in – matching the Galaxy Note 2 and just making the cut-off for this here list.
The LG Optimus G Pro popped up in Korea, Japan and the US (AT&T), but failed to arrive in the UK. Which is a shame really, as it’s supposed to be pretty sweet.
Specs: 5.5in display (1080 x 1920), quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 16/32GB internal storage (with microSD)
Finally, the biggest phablet on our list by a full inch and Samsung’s third entry (remember: one size doesn’t fit all), it’s the Galaxy Note 8.0.
There is in fact a Wi-Fi only variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, but you can also use the massive device as a phone. Good luck fitting that bad boy in your pocket.
It’s not clear how many units of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 have been sold, but I can’t say I’ve seen many people wandering around taking calls on them – as amusing as that’d be. “HELLO?!”
Specs: 8in display (800 x 1280), quad-core Exynos 4412 processor, 2GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 16/32GB internal storage (with microSD)
The phablet list in full
And here, in full and in order of size, are our nine phablets: