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IDC: Phablet Shipments Outnumber Tablets And Portable PCs

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From left to right: Mega 6.3, Mega 5.8, GS4

When Samsung first unveiled the first Galaxy Note back in IFA a couple of years ago, many thought that it was a novelty and a trend that would not persist. After all a device with such a big screen did not seem very practical since it was larger than a phone, but smaller than a tablet. Fast forward a few years and the phablet is definitely here to stay, and according to a recent report by IDC, it seems that phablets are not only here to stay, but they are a trend that appears to be on a meteoric rise.

The numbers revealed by the IDC has found that device manufacturers have shipped about 25.2 million phablets in the second quarter, which is definitely more when compared to tablets and portable PCs which shipped 12.6 million and 12.7 million respectively. Additional numbers have shown that phablet shipments were up by 100% quarter on quarter, and 620% year over year. Unsurprisingly Samsung appears to be dominating the phablet category and with the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 set to debut at IFA 2013, we can only expect the South Korean’s market share to grow.

What do you guys think? Do you agree that phablets are here to stay? Or do you think that devices like the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 are a little too big for your taste?

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