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Phablets vs Tablets: A Comparison (guest blog)

by Admin on August 15, 2013

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Here is a guestblog post from Max
Phablet is a new term coined to a communication device that has a screen too big to be a smartphone, yet too small to be regarded as a tablet. A tablet is a portable computing device that has a large screen, often between 7 and 15 inches. A phablet has a screen sized between 5.1 and 6.9 inches while a tablet with a screen size between 7.0 and 9.5 inches can be classified as a mini-tablet. There are many differences between a tablet and a phablet, but most people may not know since the phablet is a relatively new device in the market. The biggest difference between the two is that a phablet is easier to carry around and can be used as a smartphone whereas a tablet may be too big to carry around as a phone. In this post, we will analyze the difference between these two devices closely.

Design and Build

A typical tablet has a large bezel, often as big as 10mm, but phablets have very thin bezels. This bezel size often contributes to the overall dimensions as well as weight of the devices. The Samsung galaxy Mega 6.3 for example is the largest phablet now and it measures 167.6 x 88mm, is 8 mm thick and weighs mere 199 grams. The Samsung Galaxy Tab which was launched with the Mega 3 has a 7 inch screen, just 0.7mm larger than that of Mega 6.3 yet it measures 188 x 11.1mm, it is 9.9mm thick and weighs 306 grams. As you can see, a tablet is much heavier, larger and has a bigger bezel than a phablet.


Tablets have larger displays than phablets, even a 7 inch tablet with less than 1 inch bigger screen than a tablet can offer more display content than a phablet. The phablet is all about portability and mobility while the tablet is about delivering as much content on the screen as possible. The display resolution of a phablet is however higher as most come with either 720p or full 1080p HD displays while tablets’ larger screens means that the pixel density is much lower. The average pixel density of a phablet is 240 ppi while a tablet’s is 209 ppi – a significant difference.


A phablet is designed for users who want a device that could replace both a tablet and a smartphone. This is why tablets have calling features just like smartphones. A phablet may be big but it is still convenient to hold to the ear but tablets are just too big to use in making calls – unless with a hands-off device. Phablets also have all the connectivity options offered by tablets and smartphones.

Rear camera

Tablets are generally not designed for portability, meaning that the user may not need a camera at the back of the device. Most manufacturers however include the camera, but with a low resolution sensor, at the back. A phablet has a camera just as good as a smartphone’s. Whereas a phablet can have 8 or 13 megapixels rear camera, a tablet often has no rear camera or can have a camera with less than 5 megapixels sensor.

Performance and battery

Technically, a tablet has the same specs as a phablet but manufacturers tend to equip the phablet with a better performing processor, more RAM and all the connectivity features and tools of a smartphone including GPS. Almost all phablets score higher in benchmark tests than tablets and they have more functionalities than tablets. Because of their large screens and available space, tablets often have higher capacity batteries that can provide up to 10 hours usage per charge. Although the phablet batteries are smaller, the smaller screen means that it provides more usage time than a tablet. Phablets can even provide up to 15 to 20 hours talk time on 2G per battery charge whereas budget smartphones provide as little as 10 hours talk time.


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