Phablets are the Future
New Delhi: Everyday a new model smartphone is being introduced in the market. The technology of smartphones is improving day by day. The next device that was developed was Tablet PC. While the standard mobile handsets come with a screen width of 2.5 – 4 inches, tablets sport a display of 7 – 10 inches. These come with many features and specifications. Earlier generation tablets did not have the facility of phone calling. They were only supporting only computing, images, photos, Videos and games.
Smartphone displays were found to be small and Tablets were big and could not be carried easily everywhere. Cell phone manufacturing companies developed a new device that is placed between the two. This is called Phablet, a combination of phone and tablet.
Dell was the first company to introduce phablet. Dell Streak was introduced in 2010. It was introduced with a 5 inch touch screen. It was not successful as the software it came loaded with was not good.
Later in 2011 Samsung introduced ‘Samsung Galaxy Note’ with the best features. The display was 5.3 inches display, 1 GB RAM and 8 megapixel camera. It also came with stylus. Nearly ten lakh Galaxy Note devices were sold from the date of release in the market. One crore phablets were sold within one year and such was the craze for it.
With the success of Galaxy Note, Samsung released Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phablet with 5.5 inch display. It was powered by 1.6 GHz quad core processor and was having 2 GB RAM. This comes loaded with the latest 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. Within two months from the date of release, nearly 50 lakh consumers purchased Galaxy Note 2. Thus Samsung can be said as the company that began the era of Phablets. Later many manufacturing companies released tablets. Few of the phablets that were released are Optimus VU from LG, A116 Canvas HD from Micromax, Iris 501 from Lava, A30 from Karbonn and the list goes on. The prices of tablets are in the range of Rs. 9,000 to 22,000.
Micromax A116 Canvas HD is presently the most popular tablet in the Indian market. It comes with a price tag of Rs. 14 thousand and has most impressive features. This has better features than Samsung Galaxy Note except the graphic features.
One of the important features of Phablet is its display. The display screen size is around 5-6 inches. Phablets support various features such as games, apps, Photos and videos. Some phablet are also offered with dual SIM capabilities.
First generation tablets did not have the SIM card facility. Though the facility is now available in few tablets, it is not convenient to hold the tablet and talk. This was where phablet scored marks. This is also suitable for web searching and computing. Thus demand for phablets is increasing day by day.