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Is Samsung’s phablet the shape of things to come?


It’s been likened to a piece of toast, a device for elephants and a throwback to the 1980s-style brick phone, Reuters reports. And yet, despite all the sniggering, Samsung Electronics has sold 5 million of the phone/tablet Galaxy Note, helping drive its booming handset profits in the quarter just ended. More than a freak hit, consumer and design experts believe the surprise success of the “phablet” marks a deeper shift in the fast-paced world of mobile devices. The most obvious thing about the Note is its size. Its 5.3 inch screen is almost as wide as the iPhone’s screen is long. And then there’s the stylus. Where Apple’s co-founder, the late Steve Jobs famously ridiculed the idea of using a pen to interact with a screen, Samsung has partnered with Japan’s Wacom Co Ltd, a market leader in digital pen technology, to come up with something less clunky. As part of Samsung’s marketing blitz it has set up artists in malls to draw portraits of passers-by…

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