The line dividing phones from tablets is getting harder and harder to see. Some tablets make phone calls. Some phones have enormous screens (for a phone anyway). Dell sort of skirted the issue by not really putting the Dell Streak 5 inch doohickey into a box. It makes phone calls, but the company doesn’t really call it a phone. Now Samsung is entering the fray with the Samsung Infuse: an Android phone with a 4.5 inch display.

There are already plenty of 4.3 inch models on the market, so the Infuse screen isn’t really that much bigger than others. But Samsung is clearly pushing the boundaries of devices that fit easily in your pocket here.

The Infuse will have a 1.2GHz Samsung Humminbird processor, an AMOLED display and Google Android 2.2 operating system. It will have a front-facing 1.3MP camera and a rear-facing 8MP camera.

The “phone” will be available in the US from AT&T — and I suspect the large screen and fast processor could make some AT&T customers think twice about purchasing a 7 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet.

via MobileCrunch and Android Community

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2 replies on “It’s getting harder to spot the differences between tablets and smartphones”

  1. It’s because they’re not different. It makes one wonder why you insist on calling the bigger ones a tablet. Last time I checked, that has nothing to do with size. After all, the OQO Model 02 was a UMPC tablet, and it had a five inch screen. I’m sorry you’re misuse of the word “tablet” has let you down. Maybe you should either start calling phones tablets too since they share the same slate form factor, the same ARM hardware, the same mobile OSes, and the same touchscreens. Else, maybe you should stop using “tablet” as an adjective for “bigger” and start using it the way it’s meant to be used, as a style of input, a type of interaction, and type of function all organized around natural tool-based input.

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