Samsung isn’t slow to unleash buyer’s remorse on the planet this festive season.
Just announced, the Samsung Galaxy A9, promises a 6-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a 1080×1920 pixel resolution at 367 ppi pixel density. That in itself, never mind the rest of the premium specs, should be enough to make it some users’ dream e-reader phablet. (Let’s just hope that the price, unannounced, will be reasonable.)
The Galaxy A9 definitely isn’t the only supersized phablet out there, however. The Nexus 6, for example, has been around for quite some time with a similar size screen, and all the added brand value of the Nexus tag. Admittedly, the Galaxy A9 will ship with Android 5.1 Marshmallow already installed, and a promised upgrade to Android 6, but the Nexus 6 comes with a higher screen resolution, at 1440×2560 pixels. Samsung’s own Galaxy Note 5, also, around since August, offers a higher resolution at 1440×2560 pixels, on an almost-same-size screen.
What none of these devices will do, though, is arrest the shift towards phablets and away from tablets. As I’ve argued elsewhere, Amazon’s $50 Fire tablet and its larger brethren have probably pushed the fast-commoditizing tablet market into near extinction for any other name-brand player. Phablets may be more of a high-spec ask for manufacturers and buyers alike, but they probably represent the only remaining arena for competitive differentiation, and higher profit margins, in mobile devices. So will you be supersizing your phone-based reading in 2016?