The giant smartphones of Mobile World Congress 2013

The line between a smartphone and a tablet keeps getting thinner as companies roll out large phones at MWC.

Twice is nice

If we’ve learned anything about phone trends at Mobile World Congress this year, it's that bigger equals better when it comes to smartphone-display real estate.

Following are some of the largest phones we’ve seen—including the Medias W from NEC, shown here—all of which help to put the “fab” in “phablet.”

Asus PadFone Infinity

Asus announced two new larger-than-average phones this week. This is the PadFone Infinity, which has a 5-inch display and a unibody design composed largely of aerospace-grade aluminum.

The PadFone Infinity’s most prominent feature, however, is its ability to become a full-fledged Android tablet when docked with the PadFone Infinity Station—essentially an empty 10.1-inch shell into which you slide the phone.

Asus Fonepad

Not to be confused with its sibling, the PadFone, the Fonepad initially appears to be a 7-inch tablet, but is in fact a 7-inch smartphone capable of running tablet-specific apps.

If you like the idea of a tablet-size phone, but don’t want to carry both a phone and a dock, the Fonepad might strike your fancy.

ZTE Grand Memo

This beast's debut in Barcelona came with more of a squeak than a roar, but with a 5.7-inch display, the Grand Memo still compares in terms of size to more-exciting offerings.

ZTE’s executive vice president boasts that you can use the ZTE Grand Memo with one thumb.

Huawei Ascend P2

The magic display size of the season is clearly that 4.7-inch sweet spot, which now sits at the low end of the large-phone scale.

Huawei's Ascend P2 is a bit smaller than the Ascend Mate and its 6.1-inch display, but still maintains a good amount of screen real estate.

LG Optimus Pro

At first glance, you could easily mistake the new LG Optimus Pro for a Samsung Galaxy Note II.

Both phones have a 5.5-inch display, a physical home button, and a rounded rectangular design.

But once you get the LG phone in your hand, you quickly realize that this isn’t Samsung’s stylus-equipped "phablet."

NEC Medias W

The NEC Medias W is a two-headed monster of a phone, with a pair of 4.3-inch displays instead of one.

Rather than use a single large display, the company inserted a second screen that folds out when necessary to double the display area.

This design is supposed to make the phone more compact, allowing users to access the second screen only as required. But with both screens in use, this thing is pretty massive.

Alcatel One Touch Scribe Easy

Want a phone that makes a big impression without leaving a big dent in your wallet (and comes in a flood of colors)? The Alcatel One Touch Scribe Easy fits that bill.

It sports a 5-inch display, has a 5-megapixel camera, and comes with its own stylus. The best part? It’s priced at roughly $130.


Although HTC announced the One a few days before MWC officially kicked off, the company proudly displayed the new handset at its booth. With a svelte 4.7-inch display, the One looks almost like a dwarf in comparison with the other large releases.

On top of the phone’s "small" size, the handset weighs a scant 5 ounces and measures just 0.35 inch thick at its center.

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