What constitutes a phablet? Is there a minimum screen size? Back when Samsung launched the original Galaxy Note, it had a screen size of 5.3-inches, but now phones these days are more or less that size, if not bigger. That being said, when asked about what BlackBerry’s future plans are, BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen replied that phablets could be the way to go.
Speaking to The Jakarta Post, Chen was asked if BlackBerry had plans to launch other products besides cellphones in Indonesia, to which he replied by saying, “If we will do another thing, we will probably go to phablet. I think if you look at our strategy and if you look at where the market goes, there is definitely a good market for something between a phone and tablet.”
Chen also admitted that going the tablet route might be a bit too late, and that the phablet category is one that is still considered to be an opportunity. “I think the phablet could be early, the tablet is already late. That is not a bad thing, because you can bring new technology. But, if I have the opportunity I will go to phablet. […] we will build what the market wants.”
It’s odd that he would say that, since BlackBerry released the BlackBerry Z30 back in 2013, a handset with a 5-inch display which is the biggest screen BlackBerry has released at the moment as far as smartphones are concerned. Unless Chen meant that releasing phablets for the Indonesian market would be a new thing, or that perhaps a 5-inch display might not longer be considered a phablet these days. What do you guys think?
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