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(PHone tABLET) A smartphone with at least a 5" screen. Today, most smartphones are phablets, which offer a better visual experience for Web pages. The first phablet with a 5" screen was the Android-based Dell Streak in 2010. A year and a half later, Samsung introduced the first model in its very popular Galaxy Note line. Apple's first phablet, the iPhone 6 Plus, came out in 2014. According to, LG applied to trademark the phablet name in 2011. See smartphone, tablet, Galaxy Note and iPhone 8.

Bigger With Each Model
In 2012, the Galaxy S III screen was almost 5", but all subsequent Galaxy S models were 5" and larger, making Samsung's flagship devices phablets all the way.

Galaxy Note II
Samsung's Galaxy Note was the first phablet with a stylus for handwriting and drawing. The Note family has been very popular. See Galaxy Note.

Any Bigger, It's a Tablet
With its 6.1" screen, Huawei's Ascend Mate dwarfs an iPhone 4S; however, Samsung's Galaxy Mega topped it at 6.3". Both Android devices came out in 2013.

The iPhone 6.5" XS Max and 5.8" XS
Apple was slow to get into the phablet arena, but it surely made up for it with the huge 6.5" Max screen. (Image courtesy of Apple, Inc.)
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The conversion to phablet devices has been the most pronounced in mature APJ markets such as Korea (where phablets now account for 62 per cent of the overall smartphone market), Taiwan (42 per cent), Australia (38 per cent), and Japan (18per cent).
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He said the phablet market is going to witness the same change that had happened in the TV segment.
7-inch iPhone 6, which costs PS539, and the phablet went on sale last Friday with 10million snapped up in the first three days in 10 countries.
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En Europe, ce que nous aurions appele un phablet il y a encore trois ans est desormais considere comme un smartphone normal [beaucoup plus grand que], remarque Ian Fogg, analyste chez le cabinet IHS.