ZTE adds larger screen, minor improvements to Grand Memo design
ZTE launched an updated version of the Grand Memo at Mobile World Congress, one year after it revealed the original. The Grand Memo II LTE upgrades the original's 5.7-inch display to a six-inch model -- as rumored last week -- along with a number of other performance improvements. Electronista paid a visit to the company to see how far the phablet has improved on its predecessor.
Samsung Poland shows hexa-core processor, LTE connectivity
Samsung has launched its rumored "Lite" version of the Galaxy Note 3 on its polish website, days after it revealed the Galaxy Grand Neo. The Galaxy Note 3 Neo takes after its namesake by having the same S Pen-based stylus input with its 5.5-inch display, though the 1080p resolution of the original has been exchanged for a 1280x720 resolution.
HP retries to gain footing in smartphone market with India launch
Hewlett Packard is slowly moving back to the smartphone market, starting with two voice-enabled tablets destined for India. The Slate 6 and the Slate 7 VoiceTab, with six-inch 1280x720 and seven-inch 1280x800 IPS displays respectively, will both run on Android 4.2 and provide typical voice calling services, as well as appearing to offer a mid-range tablet experience.
Six-inch Nokia phablets include premium, mid-range offerings
Nokia has revealed a pair of Lumia phablets, a first for the manufacturer. Both the Lumia 1520 and the Lumia 1320 sport six-inch displays and Windows Phone 8, and though the two are superficially similar, the Lumia 1520 is a premium offering, while the 1320 is meant to be a more affordable, lower-specification model.
Rumor claims update to Droid Ultra, larger Moto X coming soon
Following on from rumors of a tablet and the upcoming budget-Moto X dubbed DVX, Motorola is believed to be working on a phablet and another smartphone. The Xplay, said to have a 6.3-inch display, is accompanied by rumors of a new smartphone for Verizon's popular Droid range called the Droid Quantum.
5.5-inch display, stylus combined with mid-range internals, qHD resolution
LG is preparing to launch another smartphone that appears to be taking on the Samsung Galaxy Note, albeit with lower specifications. The LG G Pro Lite Dual is said to have a large 5.5-inch IPS display, though at a low qHD resolution of 540x860, but it still manages to include a Note-style stylus and space to store it.
Company may be feeling pressure from large-screen rivals
Even as Apple prepares to announce at least one and likely two new iPhone models with four-inch screens, the company has been said to be experimenting with different screen sizes for its iPhone and even iPad for some time -- with the Wall Street Journal the latest to confirm that Apple is evaluating plans to offer future iPhones with larger displays in 2014, possibly as big as six inches -- though the company is said to be favoring one of the test units with a 4.8-inch screen. The experiments are likely due to sales pressure from rivals such as Samsung, which have found a niche for "phablet" devices.
Pico Projector, e-ink cover offered as accessories for new phablet
Alcatel has revealed two new additions to its One Touch line of smartphones. The One Touch Idol Alpha is a mid-ranged smartphone which uses light-up edges, while the One Touch Hero offers a large display, a substantial battery, and a number of accessories including an e-ink cover and a Pico Projector made specifically for the big-screen smartphone.
New tablet, phablets from LG due by end of 2013
LG will be releasing a tablet by the end of this year, according to a company executive. Dimitar Valev, mobile communications head at LG Bulgaria, also revealed that it will also launch a new phablet later this year, as well as hinting at what to expect from the company in terms of smart watches, bendable displays, and Firefox OS devices next year.
Vu III claimed to use Snapdragon 800, reveal expected at IFA
LG could be preparing to reveal another mobile device next month, shortly after the launch of the LG G2. The electronics producer is planning to release the Vu III phablet complete with a 4:3 aspect ratio display, just like the original Optimus Vu and the Optimus Vu 2, thoug this time it will have a 5.2-inch, 1280x960 screen.
Larger than 5-inch 1080p display touted, possible launch in September
Nokia could be launching its first Windows Phone phablet later this year, according to a new rumor. The device is also said to be the first of a "new era" of quad-core Nokia Lumia smartphones, potentially increasing the performance when compared to dual-core device launches from the company, such as the Lumia 1020.
Glass production line still hints at large-scale Nokia smartphone
Nokia could be working on a large-screen smartphone, if a leaked photograph is real. An image showing the front glass for a phone appeared on the Sina Weibo Chinese microblogging service, suggesting that it is still looking at making a smartphone with a screen measuring six inches in size, and fuels an earlier rumor that it would be building a phablet style of device.
Phablet said to be more powerful than Samsung's offering
Nokia is planning to make a phablet in order to compete with other similar devices and to suppliment a relatively slow growth in Lumia sales, according to a report. The new device is suggested to be similar in size to the Samsung Galaxy Note, but with a higher specification, and will also run Windows Phone as its operating system.
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8, 6.3 extends 'phablet' range
Samsung has made the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3 official. The new ‘phablets’ sit above the Galaxy Note 2 in screen size, although neither offers a stylus input. Further, the new Mega range omit quad-core CPUs for dual-core chips and forgo high-resolution OLED displays for lower resolution TFT LCD displays. However, each also incorporates the ‘Air View’ feature that will debut on the new Galaxy S 4, and will run a number of software tweaks also featured on the new flagship handset.
13-megapixel rear camera capable of 30-fps 1080p video
Pantech has revealed its first smartphone with a full HD display, succeeding the 5-inch Vega S5 the company unveiled in July. The Vega No. 6 phablet has a 1920x1080-resolution IPS screen measuring 5.9-inch diagonally, which is claimed by Pantech be the first in South Korea of it's size to be able to use an LTE data connection.
One Touch Scribe HD first to use quad-core MediaTek processor
Alcatel introduced three new Android-based smartphones to its One Touch range at CES today, ahead of the show's opening day. Two of the Jelly Bean mobile phones, the One Touch Idol Ultra and the One Touch Idol, sport a 4.7-inch display, while the company's first "phablet" model, the One Touch Scribe HD, makes use of a larger 5-inch HD IPS display.
New phablet shows improvement over original
Just under two weeks ago, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note II, the follow-up to last year's surprise hit phablet. Samsung is hoping to repeat the success of the original Galaxy Note, beefing up the internals of the newest version and giving it a bigger screen even as it sports improved battery life. Samsung invited Electronista up to New York for a sneak peek at the international version of the Note II, and we've got hands-on pics and impressions.
4G phone to pack large display, powerful camera
Pantech today unveiled the newest in its line of Vega smartphones, the Vega S5. The S5, with its 5-inch HD display, looks set to compete with the likes of Samsung's Galaxy Note in the phone-tablet hybrid sector. The handset will be released in South Korea, and there has been no announcement regarding an international launch.