Smaller devices with 7- and 8-inch display are driving growth in the explosive tablet market right now, but what happens when your smartphone display is almost the same size as your tablet’s screen? Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 6.3 features a 6.3-inch display, Huawei’s Ascend Mate sports a 6.1-inch panel and HTC’s upcoming HTC One Max will reportedly launch with a 6-inch display. These panels measure less than 1 diagonal inch smaller than popular tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire HD or Google’s Nexus 7, and Digitimes notes that “sources from the tablet sector are concerned that these devices may create new competition for tablets.” If sales of supersized phablets like the Galaxy Mega 6.3 and HTC One Max indeed pick up, it stands to reason that these “sources from the tablet sector” are right to be afraid.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.