7 inch tablet makers worried about competition from 6 inch phones

7 inch tablet makers worried about competition from 6 inch phones
Sources from the tablet sector are said to be concerned that 6 inch smartphones, like the 6.1 inch Huawei Ascend Mate, the 6.3 inch Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, or the 6.4 inch Sony Xperia Z Ultra, will take business away from 7 inch slates. Even entry-level smartphone buyers have a 6 inch model they can purchase. The InFocus N610 has a 6.1 inch screen and is assembled by Foxconn. The phone is priced at NT$11,900 ($397 USD).

White Box manufacturers in China are selling 6 inch models with dual-core processors ($167 USD) while such models powered by quad-core processors are priced at NT$7,000-8,000 ($234-$267 USD). The tablet sources fear 6 inch handsets sold with telecom bundles because telecom connectivity is one thing that the 7 inch slates aren't providing out of the box.

source: DigiTimes

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18 Comments

1. sss_ddk

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Even 4.7" phones make 7" tablets less needed.Unless the tablet has a lot better battery life.

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I actually like the size of 8 inch tablets. I wish 8 inches became the new norm. Nowadays, manufacturers can make 8 inch tablets at around the same size as a 7 inch tablet by decreasing the size of the bezel around the screen. I believe the only reason manufacturers haven't moved toward 8 inch tablets is because they think it will steal sales from their 10 inch tablet offerings (such is the case with the iPad mini).

12. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Yeah, 8" is perfect for me too. I'm particularly a fan of the iPad as a whole, but I absolutely love the Mini's size. Granted, I know it's a bit smaller than 8"...

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31658; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That size nails it for me too.

3. ZettaiRyouiki

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

8 inch for me, for a small tab. Not 7'.

4. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

6" displays are the perfect size for a smartphone IMHO... Just big enough to fit in the hand, and small enough to fit in man-jeans... No need for a Tablet after that... I'll never give up my imac though.

5. sss_ddk

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I already find the nexus 4 hard enough to manipulate using one hand (like firmly holding it and sliding down the notification area). I believe it's as far as i can go to get a larger screen vs ease of use.

14. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

on my Note 2, it's also difficult to drag down the notification bar.. but I have a tip for you. I switched to Nova launcher and like it much better than stock. within the options, there are gestures. I have one set so when I flick down anywhere on the screen, it will open up the notifications panel. I also set one for flicking up to open up most recent programs. Works like a charm!

6. Jason2k13

Posts: 1471; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

tablets are needed because of the big battery, i have a galaxy note 10.1 and it last me a whole day of heavy usage and games, that's the benefits of tablets. And for those who buys a 6 inch phone, they would most likely need to buy a 2nd phone because not all pants and jeans would hold a 6inch phone, let alone being comfortable walking around with it.

7. Mobilephile

Posts: 171; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

the 6.1" I've been using is the best device so far, a good bump and improvement up from 5". No problems with single handed use or pocketability. Nuff said. As for the 7" tablet makers, just add telecom capabilities. Problem solved. Many have been using theit N7 + GV for phone calls anyway.

8. Jason2k13

Posts: 1471; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

i've never seen anyone using a 7 inch tablets to make calls, if they do it would most likely be used at home, not in public. I dont know how big your hands is, but the galaxy note 2 being 5'5 inch is allready hard to use with single hand, especially when texting or trying to reach some apps with your thumb.

9. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

and they should be.. with a 5.5-6'' palmtop you simply get an all in one device, while with a 7'' tablet, you have to buy a phone separately.

10. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Glad for me I dont need or want a 7 inch tablet.

11. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Im not sure 7" tablets are going to last with the way phablets are heading. I have the original Nexus 7 and I love it.................but im going to get a phablet at the end of the year and hopefully the tablet I have can last another year in my possession. 8" tablets should be the new norm because few companies will make a phone that big for consumers The screensize of the Xperia Z Ultra should be the limit for phones

13. skyline88

Posts: 700; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

nothing wrong Ascend Mate (average), Galaxy Mega (not bad) or even the Xperia Z Ultra (totally crap), but the main concern is about the size of 7 inch or 8 inch tablets, most of them are having very thick bezel and its hard to put in a pocket.

15. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

For me, once I purchased my Note 2, I have quit using both my 7" color Nook and regular nooks. my 5.5" phone replaces my 7" quasi-tablet. I don't really think the big phones will threaten the pads too much as the Note 2 and other phones that size. When you consider the sales of all smart phones, the HUGE phones are really still a small portion of the sales. I think most people will still continue to want the pads, especially those that don't want to lug around a big phone. I do agree though that 8" is a MUCH better tablet size. 7" feels so... sort of no-mans land when it comes to tablets. It's too small for me to consider since I have a Note2.. now an 8" tablet.. I would consider it.

16. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

Maybe marketing should be smart and highlight a tablets biggest selling point... no $30+ month recurring data charge. With free wifi available practically everywhere I go a cellular connection is rarely needed, besides navigation apps. I would agree phablets do eliminate the place for cellular enabled tablets, not that much of a need ever existed.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31658; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They should be, if for no other reasons than the phone capabilities, and being slightly more pocketable.

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