Report: Phablets to outsell small tablets in 2014

Report: Phablets to outsell small tablets in 2014
At first, the founder of Technalysis Research, Bob O'Donnell, thought that phablets "were ridiculous," especially when making or taking a call. "But over time, they grow on you," he said. Now he forecasts that 175 million phablets will be sold globally in 2014. He says that figure will outsell the 165 million small tablets (8 inches or smaller) that he sees getting rung up next year.

O'Donnell points out that South Korea is where all the action starts for phablets. That is where 67% of all smartphones being sold have a larger than 5 inch screen, which is how he defines what a phablet is.Thus, according to the analyst, the 5.2 inch LG G2 would be in the phablet category. Other countries leading the way with strong phablet sales include Britain, Germany, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Brazil and Eastern Europe. While the U.S. lags behind, he says that a larger screened Apple iPhone could change that. While the current iPhones have a 4 inch glass, Apple is said to be working on larger models including one with a 5.5 inch glass.

This year, the phablet sector has seen plenty of competition with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the HTC One max and the Nokia Lumia 1520 battling it out. Other, smaller manufacturers are also getting into the act such as OPPO which has just released the 5.8 inch OPPO N1.

source: Forbes

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26 Comments

1. bernwong0274

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Where is Sony Xperia Z Ultra and where is Malaysia standing in your article, over here the sales of phablets is almost 80%.

16. taikucing unregistered

not interested in some random countries like the one you mentioned.

2. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

Impossible. Small tablets have better value than phablets. For instance, to get the experience of a Nexus 7 in a phablet, you'd need to pay top dollar. Small tablets cannot be overthrowned, but phone will turn into phablets.

9. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Sounds like you've never own a phablet. It's redundant to own a 7" tablet with a 5.7" phablet. I was in that same situation and returned my 2013 Nexus 7" when I got my Note 3. The reason why I got the Nexus 7 was because I had a iPhone 5s. That was actually a good pair. And I bet money Samsung is aiming for 5.9 to 6 inches for the Note 4. With phones getting bigger I don't see Google doing another Nexus 7". I see Nexus 8" next year with a resolution greater than 1080p. And lets not forget that it's much easier to put a phablet in your pocket compared to a 7" tablet.

3. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The only decent phablet is Samsung note 3 if only it had lag free ui then I'll consider it as first to none. The Sony Xperia z is good but way too big to carry around about, and crapy battery life for a phablet is not an excuse. HTC one max is also good but if only it had an ois camera, faster processor and much less chunkier.

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

With how great everything is about my 1520 I can see devices over 5" taking over.. This is by far the best experience I've ever had on any device.. These larger devices just have so much to offer.

17. taikucing unregistered

bla bla bla... whatever you say, salesgirl.

21. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

With how great everything is about my Note 3 I can see devices over 5" taking over.. This is by far the best experience I've ever had on any device.. These larger devices just have so much to offer.

25. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

If you think your note 3 is good I don't have a problem with that.. I could care less, it's called maturity.. But, it obviously hurts your pathetic little feelings to hear someone praise WP.. Grow up❕

24. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Wow, you sure are fearful of WP.. Thanks for constantly proving how important it is.

5. wilsong17 unregistered

note and note 3 hands down

6. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

4.7-5 inch screens are good and plenty for me for my phone. I have a separate 7 inch tablet and I am happy with carrying both.

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

What was the point of your comment❔

7. anewhope6924

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 05, 2013

I love my galaxy mega!! Sellin the nexus 7

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

That's a pretty ridiculous definition for a phablet. Anything over 5 inches in screen size is pretty meaningless. Making the G2 a phablet when it's small bezels keep it in the same size category as a G4 or One is a flawed definition. Heck, the Z1 is a considerably larger device, yet wouldn't be a phablet with this definition. Making the criteria to back up a statement like this is just silly.

11. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Now all the robots are loving analyst predictions LOL!

12. tmcr7

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Question: With the definition of a phablet as a device with a larger than 5" screen, is the Galaxy Note 10.1 SIM card version a phablet?

13. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

In my opinion, Phablets start at 5.3"... The Dell Streak was 5" but still only considered a large phone. Still ahead of the times though, too bad Android wasn't what it is today. Maybe then Dell would have had a chance. 0.o

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Do you say that just because the Note 3 is 5.3"?.. I would say that we should be considering anything ≤5.5" a "phablet".. Oh well.. Lol❕. None of it even matter anyways.. I've been using this 1520 for 3 days now, and to tell the truth it's already beginning to look smaller.. It doesn't have that "OMG this is huge" feel to it that it had the first day... Nevertheless, I don't think I could go any bigger than 6.3" because tha dang thing just has to fit in my pocket comfortably.. When will the madness stop❕❕.. Lol.

15. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Note 3 is 5.7". Phablet phenomen started with Samsung release of Galaxy Note GT-N7000 5.3", first device ever been called as "phablet" and all others started to COPY Samsung.

18. taikucing unregistered

Nah, Dell Streak is the first. When other phones are still 3.5 - 4 inches, Dell wowed the world with its huge 5" phone.

26. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

So you're saying that Everyone copied Nokia because now everyone is focusing on Camera tech❔

19. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I agree with this prediction, although I'm still waiting for a low-end phablet

20. samirsshah

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

I agree.

22. COZMAN

Posts: 99; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Flooding the market with too may options fuelled by greed but creating confusion instead. Have a G PAD 8.3. Perfect size. Excellent product.

23. Desmund

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

Anything over 5.5 to me is a Phablet. Honestly the two phones I've seen HTC One Max and Nokia 1520 I don't want anywhere near me as anything above 5.5 is just too much. really the sweet spot for me is 4.7-5.3 for a phone. I don't know a whole lot about the G PAD, but wouldn't having a G2 make that a bit redundant?

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