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Analyst outfit IDC has predicted the smartphone era will soon end, with 2019 to see the dawn of the phablet age.
That prediction, made by the folks behind the firm's new Quarterly Mobile Device Tracker, relied on a definition of a smartphone as a device with screens up to 5.5 inches and a phablet as possessing a screen of 5.5 to 7.0 inches.
Definition - Apple - World - IPhone - Display
That definition works in Apple's world, where the iPhone 8 has a 4.7 inch display and the iPhone 8 Plus hits 5.5 inches. It it less useful in Samsung's world, as the Galaxy S8 is well and truly positioned as a handset – but its 5.8 inch screen means IDC considers it a phablet. The 6.2 inch S8 Plus and 6.3 inch Galaxy Note 8 are also phablets.
So is the mid-range and modestly priced (but very good) Oppo R9S, a 5.5-incher.
Way - Contrast - Samsung - Galaxy - S6
By way of contrast 2015's Samsung Galaxy S6 offered a 5.1 inch screen that was rather smaller than the same year's Galaxy Note...
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