Juniper: 120 million phablets to ship in 2018

Juniper: 120 million phablets to ship in 2018
Okay, how many out there still think that phablets are a fad? You can put your hands down. Juniper Research, a well-respected firm, says that 120 million units will ship in 2018. Yes, that number means nothing in a vacuum, so we will put some context to it. Last year approximately 20 million phablets were shipped, so Juniper is obviously expecting huge growth in the category.

Juniper expects much of the growth in phablet demand to come from gamers and surfers in East Asia and in China. Demand will be found at both the high and low end of the market. The researcher expects the battle for the phablet market to include Android and Windows Phone models. There is also the possibility that Apple goes ahead and releases a rumored 5.7 inch phablet-sized version of the iPhone.

Consider that just a few short years ago, the HTC HD2 and its 4.3 inch screen was considered to be gigantic by the standards of the day. Now, 4.3 inches pales compared to the 6.4 inch screen on the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

source: BGR

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13 Comments

1. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Not impossible at all. Note-series is huge success and Lite-model is coming. Apple is going to have phablet, Nokia has high-end and mid-range-phablet, Sony has T2 and Z Ultra etc. And then there is China...

3. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Don't mention Nokia's high end hardware.. PapaSmurf, and company, don't approve of that...

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Just sayin that Nokia has phablet on high-end and mid-range price point. Same way like Sammy has Note and Mega.

6. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

They don't approve extreme Nokia fanboyism, which quite frankly is the only thing you are known for.

2. sipha

Posts: 439; Member since: May 12, 2012

Mmmh, only 20 million last year?? That makes no sense to me.. You once wrote an article that said the note 2 sold 30 million alone and it was release late 2012 so it would stand to reason that it sold something close to 20m alone last year...and thats without counting the note 3 which if it does as well as its predecesor should have reach 10m and not to mention other manufactures!!

5. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I'll be carrying 2 phablets this year when Apple comes out with their 5.7" iphone P (P for Phablet). And the Samsung Note 4, because even though i'm still happy with the OG-Note, that thing is Ssssslllllllloooooooowww HEHEHE "Phabs" rule man... :)

7. papss unregistered

Hell the og note is almost the size of the s4 screen wise

8. twens

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

People claim Sammy is not innovative but so far they are the only company innovative enough when big screen phones are concerned.

9. papss unregistered

I'll say the note 3 was a great device that while owning it enjoyed it but I personally prefer wp8 as an OS so after trying the N3 and G2 I picked up a 1520

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You prefer and so the whole world must agree that wp is superior. I have two nokia lumia 625 test units in the shelves for 4 months. No one want to loan it. They took all the iPhone 5s even 5c, all the Sony Xperia phones. Just wp8 is left out. Its puzzling to me that no one wants it even for free!

10. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Well, if anything between 5-7 inch in diagonal is considered a phablet screen, then we could very well see those numbers reached this year already. Samsung S4 will surely sell at least 70 million, and Note 4 at least 30 million by years end. And the rest of manufacturers can do the rest

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I hope you don't mean 2014. That phone sold huge in 2013, but with a new edition coming this year, it won't sell anywhere near those numbers. Maybe you meant the "s5," and note 4?

12. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Oops, yeah I meant the S5, of course

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