More than 20 million phablets shipped in 2013

January 21, 2014
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Turns out phablets are just as popular as we thought, and now there’s some data to prove it.

A recent report from Juniper research estimates that more than 20 million phablets shipped in the year 2013. The number isn’t at all surprising given that Samsung was able to ship more than 5 million units of the Galaxy Note 3 in just one week last year. Perhaps the overall phablet numbers would be higher if Samsung released it’s latest giant phone earlier in the year.

While some may dislike the giant phones, Juniper says they probably aren’t going anywhere. The research firm estimates that manufacturers will ship 120 million phablets by 2018. That’s six times more than what they shipped in 2013.

Juniper classifies any phone with a 5.6-inch or larger display as a phablet. The classification includes obvious phones such as the Galaxy Note 3 and the HTC One Max. Juniper’s size standards mean phones like the LG G Flex and Oppo N1 are also considered phablets.

Phablets have proven successful in Samsung’s native Korea and other Eastern Asian countries where the S Pen of the Galaxy note series is helpful for writing Korean characters. The phones are also popular in English speaking countries, however. In recent years phone sizes have trended upward, with many smartphone users opting for larger and larger devices. You can’t get much larger than the Galaxy Note 3 or Sony Xperia Z Ultra without venturing into tablet sizes.

Are you surprised that phablets are so popular? Is there a limit to the size of smartphone you’ll willingly carry around?

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