Global Smart Device Shipments By Type, 2013-2018 [TABLE]
Phablets will continue to grab share of the smart-device market in the coming years. In fact, International Data Corporation (IDC) figures from September 2014 estimated that the number of global shipments of phablets—smartphones with screen sizes from 5.5 inches to less than 7.0 inches—would pass tablets shipped worldwide in 2015 for the first time, with respective totals of 318.4 million and 254.7 million. But phablets won’t surpass their smaller-screen rivals any time soon. While IDC expected phablet shipments worldwide to near 600 million by 2018, this was still less than half the nearly 1.25 billion forecast for regular smartphones. Read the rest at eMarketer.