Friday, March 1, 2013

Mobile World Congress 2013: Phablet Review

The 2013 Mobile World Congress wrapped up yesterday in Barcelona. This was the year of the phablet as HTC, Asus and ZTE all introduced new phablets. The two biggest current companies for phablets, LG and Samsung, also introduced new phablets in Barcelona. Here is a review of the phablets from Barcelona. (For more information about phablets click here.)

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 8.0. This phablet is a cross between the 10-inch Galaxy tablet and the 5.5 inch Galaxy Note 2. Internationally, this could be a revolutionary phablet due to its capabilities and size. In the United States, however, the Galaxy Note 8.0 will only be a tablet as the phone capabilities will not be available.

LG released its Optimus Pro G. The update to the Uptimus G, the Pro G is lighter than pretty much every other phablet on the market and features a super-slick 1080p screen. The Pro G will compete against the Galaxy Note 2 due to its size (6 inches). This product will be availble as a phablet in both the United States and internationally.

Alwinner, a Chinese-based chip manufacturer, got in on the phablet action by releasing a quad-core processing chip specifically designed for phablets. While other competitors of Allwinner, like Huawei and ZTE, have already made quad-core processing chips; Allwinner has the most influence on the United States and could revolutionize the processing chips used for phones and phablets in the United States.

So, that's all for phablets at the 2013 MWC. What's next for phablets, you ask? Samsung, the originator and leader in phablets, is putting out the Galaxy Note 3 this Summer. This phablet has high expectations as the Galaxy Note 2 is already super-popular in the United States and in the world in general. If this year at the 2013 MWC is any indication, phablets will only continue to grow in popularity over the next year.

Mobile World Congress image courtesy of Beta News, Samsung image credit Sarah Tew/CNET, LG image courtesy of Digital Trends.

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