Samsung's "Phablet" Craze: Phone Makers Rush to Cash in On New Trend

Now that Samsung has been successful with its Galaxy Note phone-tablet crossover, other phone makers are joining in on the phablet craze.
LG, HTC, ZTE, Sharp and Sony have all either announced phones with 5-inch or larger displays, or are believed to be working on them. Only one of these Galaxy Note alternatives, LG's Intuition, is currently available in the U.S., but that may change as gigantic smartphones gain traction.

Here's a rundown of rumored phablets on the horizon.

HTC Droid DNA

In Japan, HTC has already announced a phone called the J Butterfly, with a 5-inch, 1920-by-1080 resolution display. Other specs include a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, a microSD slot and a 2,020 mAh battery. As for U.S. availability, HTC and Verizon have announced a press event for November 13, where they'll likely reveal the phone as the Droid DNA.

Sony Yuga

Sony is also reportedly working on a 5-inch phone with similar specs to HTC's handset, including a 1080p display, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM and a MicroSD card slot. Sony's Yuga, however, may have a 12-megapixel camera according to Android Schweiz. Sony doesn't have a big smartphone presence in the U.S., so even if this phone exists, it's not safe to assume that it'll be sold stateside.

Sharp Aquos Phone SH930W

Here's another phone with a 5-inch 1080p display and a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, but right now it's only available in Russia. And as Phone Arena notes, the phone's Adreno 225 graphics processor may not be good enough to drive all those pixels, especially for gaming. That, combined with Sharp's lack of smartphone presence in the U.S., means it's probably just something to look at from afar.


SOURCE: Jared Newman
TechHive
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