The “phablet” phenomenon is taking the mobile world by storm.
Handset makers world’s largest trade fair in Barcelona, Spain unveiled a huge pile smartphone that barely fit in one hand and tablets that have been drastically reduced.
Also blurring the lines between smartphone and tablet, a selection of the latest tablets can be used as phones, if somewhat awkwardly.
In 25 to 28 February Mobile World Congress, the Mate by Chinese manufacturer Huawei Ascend, the world number three smartphone maker, was the champion with a six-inch wide screen.
Not far in the competition for space on the smartphone screen, the rival Chinese handset maker ZTE launched its Great Memo has a 5.7 inch screen.
South Korean giant LG Optimus Pro crawled with, of 5.5 inches.
“It’s a growing trend, especially in Asia, and many of these phones are preferred by women, women who do not have to worry about putting it in your pocket, carry it in your purse,” said Ken Hong, director of communications LG.
More than 120 million tablets sold worldwide in 2012, up 50 percent from the previous year, and shipments of smartphones are expected crashed billion this year, according to global consultancy Deloitte.
But the size of the tablets is shrinking.
The Samsung Galaxy note 8, released shortly before the congress, cut its eight-inch screen to compete with the new Apple iPad mini.
Asus Taiwan has managed to marry the two devices.
Asus Padfone showed infinity, a five-inch, high-definition screen that can intelligently use the latest super fourth generation wireless network and that the slots in 10.1-inch tablet.
The smartphones of 2013 has to be fast, too, however, as the 4G network, also known as Long Term Evolution, or LTE, is expanding worldwide.
China’s Huawei unveiled a new mobile at the fair, the Ascend P2, which it claims is the world’s fastest.
Sharp-cornered and thinner than a pencil in 8.4 mm, the company said it can reach speeds of 150 Mbps, fast enough to download a two-hour HD movie in less than five minutes.
The phone, which has a more modest 4.7-inch HD display, is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and is capable of using LTE networks.
Huawei held a 5.3 percent market share in the fourth quarter of 2012.
That is far behind Samsung and Apple, with more than 50 percent of the combined sales of 29.0 percent and 22.1 percent for Apple Samsung.
If you can not be the biggest, the smallest or the fastest, there is no other way to the hearts of mobile phone consumers.