Phablets attracted a lot of attention at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which include the unveiling of the ZTE Iconic, the Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G, and the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+. There were over 10 phablets at CES this year, according to CNET, showing some promise for the hybrid smartphone and tablet technology.
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G
This iteration of the Huawei phablet features 4G LTE support alongside a much faster quad-core Qualcomm processor and a 13-megapixel camera, one megapixel more than the Galaxy S4. Engadget reports that this phablet will support LTE speeds of about 150Mbps, and that the 720p resolution combined with a 4,050mAh battery will give the user about 60 hours of normal use time or 12 hours of web surfing per charge. The phablet will also have 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD slot, and use the unique Emotion UI 2.0 to make single-hand use more efficient.
Alcatel One Touch Idol X+
This phablet features an upgraded MediaTek eight core processor, according to CNET. Unlike Samsung’s Exynos five-processor chip, the MediaTek “runs all cores at once, a very different approach to battery management.” However, CNET reports that MediaTek is confident the eight simultaneously running cores will result in more time between charges. It will be sold in black, bright white, and grey and comes with a 5-inch 1080p HD display and two cameras that both capture 1080p HD video.
The ZTE Iconic Phablet
Another one of the phablets at CES to watch is the ZTE Iconic, a 5.7-inch phablet with a 720p HD resolution display, SlashGear reports. This resolution is slightly lower than top-tier phablets, but it’s a mid-range device. Lower specs mean lower price tags, making it affordable for the casual gadget fan. It will run Android Jellybean with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor alongside 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, which can be supplemented with up to one 32GB microSD card. The Iconic supports LTE and comes with a 3200 mAh battery, but it is still unknown whether it will support KitKat.
The Mate 2, the Iconic, and the Idol X+ are just three of the phablets at CES this year that show immense promise. Fans of the phablet can expect 2014 to be a strong year for the gadget style.
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