A phablet () is a class of mobile device designed to combine or straddle the form of a smartphone and tablet. The word Phablet is a portmanteau of the words phone and tablet. Phablets have screens that measure (diagonally) between 5.3 to 6.9 inches (134 to 180 mm), which complement screen-intensive activity such as mobile web browsing and multimedia viewing. Phablets may also include software optimized for an integral self-storing stylus to facilitate sketching, note-taking and annotation. While Samsung’s Galaxy Note (2011) is largely credited with pioneering the worldwide phablet market when launched in 2011, examples of early devices with similar form factors date to 1993. The popularity of phablets grew dramatically in 2012, as a successor to the original Galaxy Note, along with the falling costs and increasing power efficiency of smartphone displays, began to fuel competition in the market from other smartphone manufacturers, including LG, HTC, Huawei, and Sony; IHS reported that 25.6 million phablets were sold in 2012 alone. Owing to the market’s growth, Reuters called 2013 the “Year of the Phablet.” In 2014, noting that phablets had overtaken laptops and desktops in global sales, The New York Times said “phablets could become the dominant computing device of the future — the most popular kind of phone on the market, and perhaps the only computer many of us need.”

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