Tablets are dead… Long live the Phablet?

A lack of new product releases in the first half of the year from market leaders such as Apple had forced IDC to trim its expectations, while the growing popularity of large-screen smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note, had also hindered growth of the larger format.

The rise of the “phablet”, as smartphones with bigger screens are colloquially called, has been one of the trends of the consumer electronics sector this year.

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