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Will 6-inch phablets kill 7-inch tablets?

Phablets Impact Tablet Demand

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

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.