"The primary purposes of smartphones have clearly changed. Early on, they were phones first, and data devices second. The various advents of modern apps, browsing and media shifted the focus enough that voice is almost incidental today."
– Jon Fingus, 2013 Distro Issue 79, Engadget 
"There is a lot of potential in this device because people want to carry one device, not two; it’s a convergence of devices."
Katyayan Gupta, analyst with Forrester Research Inc.
Phablet (/ˈfæblɪt/is a class of smartphones with screen sizes ranging between 5.0 and 8.0 inches, designed to combine or straddle the functionalities of a smartphone and tablet.
The term itself, a portmanteau of the words phone and tablet came into common usage in 2008.
The phablet's larger screen can complement screen-intensive activity such as mobile web and multimedia viewing — and the device may include, as with Samsung's Galaxy Note, software optimized for an integral self-storing stylus to facilitate sketching, note-taking and annotation.
In January 2013, IHS reported that 25.6 million phablet devices were sold in 2012 and estimated that these figures would grow to 60.4 million in 2013, and 146 million by 2016. Barclays projected sales of phablets rising from 27 million in 2012 to 230 million in 2015.
In a 2013 analysis, Engadget identified dropping screen prices, increasing screen power efficiency, increasing battery life and the evolving importance of multimedia viewing as critical factors in the popularity of the phablet. In 2012, Forbes Magazine noted that while most clothing cannot hold a typical tablet computer, men's clothing in particular could and may well adapt to accommodate phablets.
Reuters called 2013, the "Year of the Phablet."
The Dell Streak
received mixed reviews for its large size and dated software despite its pioneering design.
In tracing the 10 earliest devices in the history of the phablet concept, PC Magazine called the 1993 AT&T EO 440, "the first true phablet", followed by these devices:-
The 2010 Dell Streak used the Android (operating system) and a 5-inch, 800×480 pixel display and widescreen-optimized interface. Reviewers encountered issues with its outdated operating system, Android 1.6, which was not optimized for the larger screens. The device was commercially unsuccessful.
The 2011 Galaxy Note used a 135 mm (5.3 in) screen. While reviewers such as PC World Australia and Techradar questioned the viability of the device, the Note received positive reception for its stylus functionality, the speed of its 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, and the advantages of its high resolution display. The Galaxy Note was a commercial success; Samsung announced in December 2011 that the Galaxy Note had sold 1 million units in two months. In February 2012, Samsung debuted a Note version with 4G LTE support, and by May 2012 the Note received an update from Android 2.3 to Android 4.0, an operating system optimzed for larger screens. By August 2012, the Note had sold 10 million units worldwide.
The 2012 Samsung Galaxy Note II employed a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, a 5.55-inch screen and the ability to run two applications at once via a split-screen view. Sales of the Galaxy Note II reached 5 million units internationally in two months. The 2012 LG Optimus Vu used a 5-inch display using a 4:3 aspect ratio—which was considered an unusual aspect ratio for a smartphone screen. The Huawei Ascend Mate employs a 6.1-inch display.  The 2013 Samsung Galaxy Mega is projected to have two versions, with 5.8" or 6.3" screens, neither with an integral stylus.
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