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With Samsung’s New Phones, The Phablet Is So Mainstream It’s No Longer A Category

Now that the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note5 share the same screen size, a really big phone is no longer a really big deal.

It was only in 2010 that Samsung introduced the Galaxy S, the first in its incredibly popular series of flagship smartphones. It had a 4-inch display, which was large for its time. A year later, however, the phone was dwarfed by the then-mammoth 5.3-inch screen on the first Galaxy Note. By 2011 standards, the Note was so large, it implied that it was aimed at a customer the size of an NBA center. And it popularized a new term—phablet—that indicated it straddled the line between phone and tablet.

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