27 Feb '12, 6pm

Smartphone meets tablet as makers look at big picture

Smartphone meets tablet as makers look at big picture

BARCELONA: Mobile phone makers used to sell the 'small is beautiful' concept but at this year's world mobile fair, some are inching towards tablet sizes amid a shift towards a new hybrid category. South Korean maker LG's new Optimus Vu for example, has a five inch display, much larger than most smartphones in the market today. The iPhone, to name one of the most popular, has a 3.5 inch display. "It's a product that is in between the two," explained Daniel Hernandez, the group's Europe marketing director. "We believe there is a market, because it is a product that is both a tablet and a smartphone," he told AFP. Scheduled for launch at the end of 2012, the Optimus Vu is not the only one of this format. Fellow South Korean Samsung launched the 5.3 inch Galaxy Note in October and sold a million in just two months. As smartphones offer more and more functions, manufacturers ar...

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