Fall is a time to enjoy cool nights, the crunch of autumn leaves and pumpkin picking on a sunny day. And, thanks to Apple’s yearly tradition catching on, it’s also the season for new mobile technology. On Tuesday, Apple debuted its smartwatch and latest iPhone models, including a phone-tablet—or phablet—that towers over older phone models. At least five other manufacturers have smartphones set (or rumored) to launch this month, many of which fit into the phablet category.
A phablet blurs the line between smartphone and tablet by incorporating a screen size that’s between 5 and 6 inches. These devices offer the mobility and functionality of a smartphone paired with the big-screen benefits and greater processing ability of a tablet. The enhanced features of a phablet can take multitasking to the next level, giving consumers the opportunity to get more done in less time.
Here are some phablets expected to launch this fall that offer new ways to boost efficiency:
Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Boasting a 5.7-inch display, this device includes Multi Window, a feature that helps users easily complete multiple tasks on one screen, such as checking email messages while browsing the Web. This model will also incorporate an adaptive display, which automatically adjusts according to the lighting conditions in a user’s environment.
iPhone 6 Plus. The larger version of the new iPhone features a 5.5-inch screen, includes faster Wi-Fi speeds and promises a longer-lasting battery. The screen size offers an enhanced landscape orientation similar to the iPad, which can display two panes of information instead of one. And, with the upcoming iOS 8 software update, users will be able to seamlessly connect all of their Apple devices.
Sony Xperia Z3. This 5.2-inch waterproof and dust-resistant phablet is the perfect on-the-go companion. It claims to have a battery that lasts up to two days—an appealing characteristic for leaders who want to spend less time plugged in—and it weighs in as the lightest on this list.
Blackberry Passport. Although its 4.5-inch display doesn’t technically classify it as a phablet, the Passport’s square, ultra-wide composition offers better viewing for books, documents and webpages. This device also introduces a new keyboard that “combines the efficiency of tactile typing with touchscreen-like navigation to deliver on that productivity promise.”
Do you think these productivity-enhancing features are worth the upgrade to a larger phone? Or are you looking for even more portability and waiting for the Apple Watch to be released in early 2015? Leave a comment to let us know.