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There are many more coming

twitter-logoNidhi Singal | Print Edition: March 2013

With all indicators pointing towards the growing popularity of phablets, almost all big players at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 were also talking about launches in this segment. Sony Mobile calls its Xperia Z a smartphone, but the 5-inch scratch resistant display makes it a phablet. When launched, this will challenge the Samsung Galaxy Note II and other flagships thanks to its 1.5GHz quadcore processor and 13.1MP camera.

Huawei, meanwhile, has pushed the envelope further by unveiling a 6.1-inch screen. Its Ascend Mate will also pack in a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 32GB internal storage, 8MP camera and a 4050mAh battery. There is already speculation that it will come with a relatively affordable price tag too.

The ZTE Grand S is a 4G LTE enabled phablet that will ship in Android Jelly Bean and will be powered by 1.7GHz quad-core processor. This five-incher too will have a 13MP camera. More phablet are likely to be announced at the Mobile World Congress scheduled for late February. Reports suggest Huawei is likely to announce a Windows Phone 8 handset similar to its 6.1-inch Ascend Mate, which could be the first phablet on the new operating system. Even Sony Mobile is rumoured to be gearing up for a new device with a 6.44-inch Full HD display. Samsung is also expected to come up with a third variant of its popular Samsung Galaxy Note.

Apple has already increased the display size of the iPhone from 3.5 to 4.0 inches and people are asking if the iPhone too will cross the five-inch mark in its next version. Whatever the devices, rest assured that 2013 will be the year of the phablet.

MARKET CHECK:
A quick look at other phablets available in the market

MICROMAX CANVAS HD
(Rs 15,000)
Android v4.1; 5-inch capacitive touch display; 1.2GHz quad-core processor; 1GB RAM; 4GB onboard storage, 32GB expandable; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G; 5MP camera; 2000 mAh battery

SAMSUNG GALAXY GRAND
(Rs 21,500)
Android v4.1; 5-inch capacitive touch display; 1.2GHz dual core processor; 1GB RAM; 8 GB onboard storage, 64GB expandable; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G; 8MP camera; 2100 mAh battery

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE II
(Rs 37,500)
Android v4.1; 5.5-inch capacitive touch display; 1.6GHz quad core processor; 2GB RAM; 16GB onboard storage, 64GB expandable; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G; 8MP camera; 3100 mAh batter

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE
(Rs 27,000)
Android v2.3; 5.3-inch capacitive touch display; 1.4GHz dual-core processor; 1GB RAM; 16GB onboard storage, 32GB expandable; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G; 8MP camera; 2500 mAh battery.

INTEX AQUA 5.0
(Rs 9,690)
Android v4.0; 5-inch capacitive touch display; 1GHz dualcore processor; 512GB RAM; 4GB onboard storage, 32GB expandable; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G; 5MP camera; 2000 mAh battery.

SPICE MI-500
(Rs 12,499)
Android v4.0; 5-inch capacitive touch display; 1GHz dual core processor; 512GB RAM; 4GB onboard storage, 32GB expandable; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G; 5MP camera; 2400 mAh battery.

HTC BUTTERFLY
(Rs 45,990)
Android v4.1; 5-inch capacitive touch display; 1.5GHz quad-core processor; 2GB RAM; 16GB onboard storage, 32GB expandable; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G; 5MP camera; 2020 mAh battery.


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Prices start Rs 1,649

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