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It’s got to be one of the most horrible product-name hybrids out there: the phablet. But the phablet – part smartphone, part tablet – looks like its day is soon to come.

More than 208 million phablets – larger than a smartphone but smaller than a tablet – like the Samsung Galaxy Note, will be shipped globally in 2015, estimates ABI Research.

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HTC, LG, and Huawei will each introduce phablet smartphones in 2012, joining the ranks of the Samsung Galaxy Note (5.3-inch screen) and Samsung Nexus (4.65-inch screen).

ABI is even describing the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S3, reviewed, as a phablet because of its larger-than-iPhone screen.

“One of the chief drivers for phablets is the amount of time people use their smartphones for web browsing, reading articles and newspapers on the go, or simply navigating their journeys,” says senior ABI analyst Joshua Flood.

“The larger screen sizes make a significant difference to the user’s experience when compared to conventional-sized touchscreens between 3.5 to 4 inches.”

Samsung Galaxy Note phablet

Additionally, new phablet-styled devices provide an attractive two-in-one device proposition and are beginning to see the competition between these larger smartphone form factors and smaller media tablets (less than seven inches).??

Phablets are defined as having a touch screen size between 4.6 to 5.5 inches. Global shipments for phablets will increase by a factor of 10 in 2012 from 2011.?

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8-inch screen.

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