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ChinaThe word phablet is an ugly word but means, in the industry, a cross between a phone and a tablet – that is to say a phone with a big screen.

But the bad news for vendors of these devices is that sales of “white box” units made by Chinese vendors fell in the second quarter of this year.

According to Digitimes Research, the reason for the decline is that the main markets for these Chinese products are in Russia, Eastern Europe and South America.

And currency fluctuations has made them more expensive in these regions while demand for 5.5-inch and six inch smartphones has risen

The “white box” vendors, according to the market research unit, also faces stiff competitions from established vendors including Huawei and TCL.

So the white box vendors are being squeezed and sales fell in the second quarter by as much as 15 percent.