Phablets. They're too big to be smartphones, and too small to be tablets. With a display usually between 5-inches and 7-inches, this is the latest battleground for Android handsets makers.
And with good reason too.
Researchers at IDC say that device makers shipped more phablets in the Asia-Pacific regions than tablets and notebooks combined. Other analysts claim that the over the next three years the market will quadruple in value, and device shipments increase by a whopping nine-fold.
Here are six of the best phablets on the market.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a thinner, lighter update to the Galaxy Note 2. Not only does it come with a stylus, it also lands with an optional Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
In an attempt to differentiate its phablet from the competition, LG made the decision to place the hardware buttons on the back of the device. The company claims this reduces accidental button presses and also makes it easier for southpaws' to use.
A solid, well-rounded phablet.
It's clear that Samsung is carpet-bombing the marker with handsets in a variety of sizes, and this 6.3-inch phablet is at the high end for what's possible – and plausible – for a smartphone in terms of screen size.
The mega is certainly not for everyone, but if you want a smartphone that you can use as a tablet, then this might be worth a look.
Sony's Xperia Z Ultra packs a lot of cool features under the hood, sporting the sharpest LCD panel on the market, and a 13-megapixel camera capable of capturing high-definition video.
This handset is also thin, coming in at a svelte 6.5-milimeters. But don't the thinness fool you, the Xperia Z Ultra is tough, featuring tempered glass, and a dustproof and waterproof build, rated to with IP58.
This is the smartphone you need if you want to be able to submerge it in 1 meter of water and still have a working handset.
The Asus Fonepad 7 is one of the largest phablets available. Featuring a 7-inch display, this is the closest you'll get to a tablet without buying a tablet.
The LG Optimus G Pro is at the smaller end of the phablet spectrum, but it still packs a lot of features into the petite package.