Hybrid ‘tablet-smartphone’ devices predicted to attract more Pinoy users

By Alexander Villafania

MAKATI CITY METRO MANILA – So you think your smartphone is high-tech already? There are so-called hybrid devices that combine things you can do with a smartphone and a tablet PC.

Such devices are becoming in-demand among Filipino users, according to Globe Telecom.

While this type of devices currently serves a very specific usage model, it is expected that it would eventually draw in more users especially those that are interested in using all-in-one devices.

Hybrid devices usually have touch screens that are at least four inches in size, with desktop PC functions such as office productivity and creative applications.

Some models, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note and its follow up model, the Note 2, have stylus pens for use as a more accurate pointing device.

Aside from the convenience, these devices provide new usage models not possible with a smartphone, a tablet PC, or even a full-size desktop computer.

Hybrid smartphones can be used for basic communication, global positioning system for directions, and more advanced business management applications. In short, more effective alternatives to desktop PCs.

“These devices are cutting a new market for the Philippines. While price seems prohibitive, such devices will have a place among Filipino users,” according to Globe Telecom Corporate Communications Head Yolanda Crisanto.

Globe Telecom recently introduced a new pricing scheme for the Galaxy Note 2, offered Plan 1799 with a cash out of P4,800. Under this plan, the subscriber gets unlimited Internet surfing and P800 consumable credit for voice call and SMS.

The company is also offering the Galaxy Note 2 for free under its Plan 2499 for a 24-month lock in period.

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