They're bigger than a smartphone and smaller than a tablet. They can do what both gadgets do on a 5 to 7 inch screen. And while they may stretch the lining of your trouser pocket, more and more companies are producing phablets than ever before.
Researchers at the International Data Corporation (IDC) said device makers shipped 25.2 million phablets in the Asia-Pacific regions, compared with 12.6 million tablets and 12.7 million laptops during the second quarter of 2013.
The trend is set to continue with other analysts from Barclays predicting that the market will quadruple in value to $135bn in three years, while shipments will surge by nearly nine-fold to 228m during the same period
We've picked out some of the best models to look out for.
Acer Liquid S2
Set to be released at the end of October 2013 in red and black colour variants, the Liquid S2 has a 6-inch full-HD 1920x1080 resolution touchscreen and runs on Google's Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.
The key selling point lies in its ability to record video in 4K resolution, while the rear camera boasts a 28mm lens, a BSI sensor and an LED ring flash, offering up to 27-megapixels in a single picture.
It comes with a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2-megapixel front-facing camera, allowing users to capture photos with an 88-degree wide- viewing angle.
The Liquid S2 also has 16GB of storage capacity that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD cards and a 3,300mAh battery.
Pricing will be announced at a later stage.
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