In a worldwide market dominated by smaller cellphones, slowly but surely 5-inch smartphones are becoming more popular as consumers are beginning to the realize benifits of 5-inch smartphones over traditional tablets and smaller smartphones.
Recently there has been a tremendous increase in the availability of 5-inch smartphones. Leading the way is the Samsung Galaxy Note, which has been selling at a record setting pace, with 10 million units having been sold worldwide so far. The LG Optimus Vu is another popular phablet, which has sold over 500,000 units in domestic markets alone.
The ‘phablet’, as these new devices are starting to be called, combine both the virtues of tablet PCs and smartphones. Similar to using a tablet, when you surf the web or read e-books, you don’t have to zoom in to see what is on the screen. On the other hand, a 5-inch screen is small enough that it can be gripped in one hand and easily carried in a purse or pocket. Most of these phablets also allow users to use electronic pens as a more precise tool for writing and taking notes.
Unlike in the past, when Dell’s 5-inch Streak smartphone received a chilling reception, the global smartphone market has now matured enough to the point that there is quite a large demand for smartphones with larger screens. The popular choices (as already mentioned) include the Galaxy Note, the Optimus Vu, and the unmentioned Pantech Vega R3.
(LG Optimus Vu)
New 5-inch smartphones are in the works, and details of the upcoming HTC tablet are slowly becoming public. HTC's upcoming phablet will boast an incredibly brilliant 1,920 x 1,080 screen, but the release date of the device is still unknown.