The demand for phablets, smartphones with screen sizes from 5.5 to less than 7 inches, will hit 175 million units this year, surpassing an estimated 170 million portable PCs that will ship this year, according to IDC. Looking ahead to 2015, the phablet market should see 318 million units shipped, which will be significantly higher than an estimated 233 million tablets forecasted to ship during the same period.
The phablet market first became a major player in 2012, and has continually carved out its own market share, as Samsung and Xiaomi help drive growth - Apple's looming phone announcement should only help drive phablet growth higher.
"Clearly, mobile computing is a space where consumers are still trying to figure out what mix of devices and screen sizes will suit them best," said Tom Mainelli, IDC Devices and Displays Program VP, in a press statement. "What works well today could very well shift tomorrow as phones gain larger screens, tablets become more powerful replacements for PCs, and even smartwatch screens join the fray."