Phablet fever may be in full swing in 2013, as the Samsung Galaxy Note3 (as it may be called) will be joined by new phone/tablet hybrids courtesy of Nokia and Huawei. And that doesn’t even include the plethora of 5-inch, 1080p handsets that are expected to drop in 2013, such as the Sony Yuga/Odin and Samsung’s own Galaxy S4. Here’s some basic information on the phablets that could be making the biggest impact upon release next year.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 could be adding nearly an inch diagonally to the Galaxy Note 2’s screen size, as Samsung may be releasing its third-generation phablet with a 6.3-inch OLED HD display. Other specifications of the Note 3 are still unknown, but the big thing here may not just be the screen’s size, but the technology used in the display panels. A recent report from the Korea Times claims that Samsung will be focusing more on OLED and flexible displays as a result of “money saved from LCD restructuring.”
The Nokia Lumia Juggernaut Semaphore, as implied by its name, could be designed mainly for multitasking purposes; a semaphore, in the vernacular of computer science, means control over more than one task or having an environment with more than one end user. This device is, however, expected to be a prototype and not exactly what we will be seeing next year. We’re expecting the Lumia Juggernaut, if it sees the light of day, to be more of a productivity device than anything else.
Another prototype comes from Chinese company Huawei, who is allegedly working on an 8.5-inch phablet. That’s the claim of Russian tech blogger and industry analyst Eldar Murtazin, a man who has drawn quite a bit of controversy in the past for his outspoken views. Though he’s best known for not pulling any punches when it comes to tech rumors, Murtazin may be off the mark; another Huawei device, the Huawei Ascend Mate, is expected to launch at the 2013 Mobile World Congress. This device will reportedly come with a 6.1-inch full-HD screen with 1080p resolution.