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6 Sexy 6-inch Phablets for 2016

People who love phablets are also those who like to standout from the crowd. They know that big screen smartphones are awesome because they give you more real estate for videos and getting stuff done. With smartphone screen sizes getting bigger at a rapid rate, most flagships are now hovering anywhere from 5-5.5 inches. It’s funny to think that not too long ago; the top-tier handsets of the day only had a screen size of 4.3 inches. Remember how everyone reacted when the original Galaxy Note made its debut? If you’re looking to buy a big-screen phone in 2016, its time to broaden your spectrum, and by that we mean going with something that’s bigger than the conventional 5.5-inch handset, yet smaller than a 7-inch tablet. The following is our list of the top 6-inch phablets for 2016. Top Phablets 2016 – 6″ Display Size Sony Xperia XA Ultra Oppo R9 Plus ZTE ZMax Pro ZTE Grand X Max 2 … Continue reading 6 Sexy 6-inch Phablets for 2016

No, the phablet is not dead.

Smartphones may be getting bigger, but that doesn’t mean the word “phablet” is no longer relevant. Contrary to what some may lead you to believe, the phablet is not dead. To those who think there is no longer a category of smartphones that blur the line between a phone and a tablet I argue that you are wrong. Just because a majority of flagships now feature a screen size of at least 5-inches doesn’t mean that the phablet category no longer exists, only that it should be redefined. Here’s why. In the summer of 2011, Samsung introduced the original Galaxy Note with a 5.3-inch screen. At that time, it was considered to be extremely large since most popular smartphones of the day had an average screen size of anywhere between 3.5 and 4.5 inches. PC World called the Note "awkward" and even "too big to use as your primary smartphone," and with only 2 million sales in the first two … Continue reading No, the phablet is not dead.

Sony Announces Android 4.4 KitKat Update for Xperia Z Ultra

The latest Android operating system is now available for various Sony Xperia devices including the 6.4-inch Z Ultra, the company announced Wednesday on its official blog. According to Sony, some of the changes included are performance and UI optimization; more intuitive Status Bar and Quick Settings; and the new Xperia Themes, which are downloadable UI packs from Sony Select. Media apps such as Walkman, Album and Movies, are now integrated with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service. Sony has also added a sleek launch animation and live wallpaper which resembles the Sony PlayStation 4 across the home and lock screens. In addition to the Z Ultra, Sony is also rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Xperia Z1 and Z1 compact, though as usual, the timing and availability of the update for the three devices will vary by market and carrier. The company also revealed that the latest Android update for Xperia Z,Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet … Continue reading Sony Announces Android 4.4 KitKat Update for Xperia Z Ultra

Sony’s Xperia Z2 Phablet Boasts a Gorgeous 5.2-inch Bravia Display

Sony’s Mobile teams worked with its TV engineers to outfit its latest flagship smartphone with BRAVIA technology, giving the Xperia Z2 more vivid colors, better viewing angles, and an overall greater multimedia experience. The Xperia Z2 phablet, announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress with the tag line “details make the difference,” is one of Sony Mobile’s latest flagship devices – and they don’t take that claim lightly. Aside from a new set of stereo speakers, the external look of the Xperia Z2 is pretty much unchanged since the Xperia Z1 smartphone, which was first launched six months ago. Side by side however, the slightly smaller Xperia Z2 showcases an improved display with punchier colors, better viewing angles, and an overall greater multimedia experience. In an effort to further optimize its screens, Sony’s Mobile teams worked with its TV engineers to outfit the new Triluminos screen with BRAVIA technology. The display on the original Xperia Z phone was a disappointment, … Continue reading Sony’s Xperia Z2 Phablet Boasts a Gorgeous 5.2-inch Bravia Display

Phablets Take the Cake at Mobile World Congress 2014

After an exhausting week, this year’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain is finally coming to a close but not without confirming the latest trend in mobile computing – the rise of the phablet. Handset makers introduced a plethora of big-screen smartphones ranging from 5 inches to more than 7 inches, including some older model tablets updated with LTE connectivity. Below, we take a look at the most notable phablets from this year’s technology extravaganza. Samsung Galaxy S5 The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a 5.1-inch upgrade to the year older Galaxy S4 and sports a full HD screen. Under the hood, Samsung made an upgrade from the Snapdragon 800 chipset to the slightly improved Snapdragon 801. Unfortunately, Samsung did not go with the Snapdragon 805, or the rumored 2560×1440 screen resolution that many were expecting. In fact, the slightly larger screen with the same 1920×1080 resolution means pixel density is slightly lower than the Galaxy S4, which some claim … Continue reading Phablets Take the Cake at Mobile World Congress 2014