More than 208 million phablet devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note will be shipped globally by 2015, research has claimed.

Phablets are hybrid devices that are larger than a conventional mobile phone but smaller than a tablet.

Despite a slow start for phablet smartphones in 2011, the market has begun to grow this year and ABI Research expects over 208 million handsets to be shipped annually by 2015.

With HTC, LG and Huawei all set to introduce phablet smartphones in 2012, alongside the recent release of the Samsung Galaxy S3, popularity in the larger devices is swelling.

Senior analyst at ABI Research Joshua Flood said the larger screen sizes of phablets make a significant difference to the user's experience when compared to more conventional 3.5-4-inch displays.

"One of the chief drivers for phablets is the amount of time people use their smartphones for web browsing, reading articles and newspapers on the go, or simply navigating their journeys," he continued.

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