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5-Inch Full HD Smartphones to be More Common in 2013

By - Source: DigiTimes | B 41 comments

HTC spearheads 5-inch smartphone market with Droid DNA and J Butterfly.

According to sources speaking with DigiTimes, 5-inch full HD smartphone screens may very well become the industry standard for handsets next year.

DigiTimes' insiders claimed that handset manufacturers Samsung Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications, LG Electronics, Huawei Device and ZTE are all currently working on 5-inch full HD displays, which are set to be shipped during the first half of 2013.

The sources added that both Samsung and LG will produce the full HD panels in-house, while Sony is said to be producing its panels via Japan Display (JDI), a firm it holds a stake in.

2012, meanwhile, has already seen a few notable devices with a 5-inch screen launch. The HTC J Butterfly, for one, is now available in Japan, and is scheduled for a worldwide release in the form of the Deluxe. It's also released the Droid DNA in the United States. Sony, meanwhile, is reportedly working on its 5-inch 'Yuga' handset.

Elsewhere, ZTE is scheduled to unveil its quad-core-powered, 5-inch Grand S handset during CES in January, with the event also said to be when Samsung unveil its 5-inch Galaxy S4.

While 5-inch screens begin to become more common in the industry, Samsung is apparently already working on the Galaxy Note 3, which sports a 6.3-inch display. Huawei aims to compete with the South Korean' conglomerate's Galaxy Note lineup with its own 6.1-inch phablet, the Ascend Mate.

Devices such as HTC's 5-inch Droid DNA boasts 440 ppi (pixels-per-inch), while the iPhone 5's Retina display features 326 pixel-per-inch.

 

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    deepblue08 , December 16, 2012 11:38 PM
    ParsianThe bigger and thicker it is the longer its endurance isBigger screen thicker battery for tighter pockets


    RIP English language.
  • 18 Hide
    wannabepro , December 16, 2012 9:37 PM
    To a point.
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    nforce4max , December 16, 2012 9:47 PM
    440 ppi that is nice, wish that your average desktop monitor could match.
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    evan1715 , December 16, 2012 9:18 PM
    good, the bigger the screen the better.
  • 18 Hide
    wannabepro , December 16, 2012 9:37 PM
    To a point.
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    surda , December 16, 2012 9:38 PM
    i dont know, but i think 5in screen size being standard is kinda big
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    drapacioli , December 16, 2012 9:40 PM
    I don't know, if it fits comfortably in my pocket sure, but not much bigger than that. There is a point where portability will be a factor too...

    Full HD resolution on the other hand is a welcome improvement!
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    nforce4max , December 16, 2012 9:47 PM
    440 ppi that is nice, wish that your average desktop monitor could match.
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    Ragnar-Kon , December 16, 2012 9:47 PM
    Can't figure out why people like the bigger phones so much.

    The full 5" screen phones don't fit comfortably in my pocket. Shopping for a new phone right now myself, and I've already ruled out the 5" Droid DNA, 4.8" Galaxy S3, and 4.7" Droid Razr Maxx because neither of them fit in my pocket comfortably. Those are like the top three Android phones out there.

    I must have small pockets or somethin'
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    InvalidError , December 16, 2012 9:48 PM
    evan1715good, the bigger the screen the better.

    There are practical limits to how large a "phone" can be.

    Also, the display is the biggest battery drain on most devices by a fair margin and that power draw is almost directly proportional to display area, which means bigger displays will eat into battery life. Not necessarily a good thing for people who want to use their phones mostly as phones.

    1080p on a 5" screen seems overkill to me but I suppose we have reached the point where manufacturers are starting to have to throw everything including the kitchen sink in to justify their price tags and convince people to open their wallets.
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    10tacle , December 16, 2012 10:13 PM
    I cannot imagine having anything larger than my Droid Razr Maxx's 4.7". When is enough enough? Getting to 6" and up is pushing tablet territory for crying out loud. Who wants to carry a 6" phone in their pockets? Women can put them in purses, but men don't have that option (straight men anyway).
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    Parsian , December 16, 2012 10:31 PM
    The bigger it is and the thicker it is the longer is its endurance.
    Bigger screen! Thicker battery! All for your ever tighter hipster pants' pockets!!!
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    chase3567 , December 16, 2012 10:35 PM
    Screen size doesn't affect battery life as the Gnote 2 has proven. It has a better battery life than the S3 and most smartphones out right now.
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    aragis , December 16, 2012 11:37 PM
    chase3567Screen size doesn't affect battery life as the Gnote 2 has proven. It has a better battery life than the S3 and most smartphones out right now.


    Bigger display means bigger phone and bigger phone means that you get room for a big battery as well. If big screen meant poor battery life, tablets battery life would suck, but the opposite is actually true.
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    checo , December 16, 2012 11:38 PM
    I miss phones, but I love what their doing to these new things though.
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    deepblue08 , December 16, 2012 11:38 PM
    ParsianThe bigger and thicker it is the longer its endurance isBigger screen thicker battery for tighter pockets


    RIP English language.
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    freggo , December 16, 2012 11:41 PM
    can't help put thinking that some guys used to put a sock into they pants to add sole 'bulge.
    Nowadays a phone will do the trick.

    Comedians make jokes about the 'bricks' we used to have as phones back in the 70s and 80s.
    Then we went smaller and smaller... now we are slowly getting back to brick size.

    But the good thing is, they are Smart Bricks :) 




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    CaedenV , December 17, 2012 12:12 AM
    Ragnar-KonCan't figure out why people like the bigger phones so much.The full 5" screen phones don't fit comfortably in my pocket. Shopping for a new phone right now myself, and I've already ruled out the 5" Droid DNA, 4.8" Galaxy S3, and 4.7" Droid Razr Maxx because neither of them fit in my pocket comfortably. Those are like the top three Android phones out there.I must have small pockets or somethin'

    Cargo pants and shorts. They have big enough pockets to fit a small laptop, and can be classy enough to match almost any occasion :D 

    I'm finally getting my first smartphone this week, and I am heavily leaning towards that nice big Lumia 920. Size and weight are of little concern.
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    echondo , December 17, 2012 12:17 AM
    As a big fan and user of the Droid DNA, I have gotten used to it in about a day after switching from a HTC HD2. Love the 1080p screen, apps scale phenomenally and it doesn't drain the battery as much as I would have thought. The DNA also standbys amazingly and after common use with LTE running 24/7, it remains with about a 70% by the end of a working day.

    The 5" screen isn't a problem for me probably because I have big hands compared to others and I have no difficulty touching one end of the screen to the other end(like the Apple commercial, "Your thumb goes from here, to here"). It's probably too big for most and I would say around 4.3"-4.7" is more ideal, but a big hand user like myself, I love the 5" display!
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , December 17, 2012 12:25 AM
    Ragnar-KonI must have small pockets...

    Yep, it appears so. :) 
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    TunaSoda , December 17, 2012 12:30 AM
    I fail to see the need for displaying 1080p on a 5" screen, 720p is way more than enough.
    Now outputting 1080p to another monitor is a different story...
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    reprotected , December 17, 2012 12:41 AM
    wannabeproTo a point.

    InvalidErrorThere are practical limits to how large a "phone" can be.Also, the display is the biggest battery drain on most devices by a fair margin and that power draw is almost directly proportional to display area, which means bigger displays will eat into battery life. Not necessarily a good thing for people who want to use their phones mostly as phones.1080p on a 5" screen seems overkill to me but I suppose we have reached the point where manufacturers are starting to have to throw everything including the kitchen sink in to justify their price tags and convince people to open their wallets.

    He's being sarcastic...

    Ragnar-KonCan't figure out why people like the bigger phones so much.The full 5" screen phones don't fit comfortably in my pocket. Shopping for a new phone right now myself, and I've already ruled out the 5" Droid DNA, 4.8" Galaxy S3, and 4.7" Droid Razr Maxx because neither of them fit in my pocket comfortably. Those are like the top three Android phones out there.I must have small pockets or somethin'

    Because Android appeals to customers who want more out of their phone, while at the same time hates Apple.

    CaedenVCargo pants and shorts. They have big enough pockets to fit a small laptop, and can be classy enough to match almost any occasion I'm finally getting my first smartphone this week, and I am heavily leaning towards that nice big Lumia 920. Size and weight are of little concern.

    Cargo pants and shorts are NOT classy.

    Old_Fogie_Late_BloomerYep, it appears so.

    Or maybe he has good fashion sense.

    chase3567Screen size doesn't affect battery life as the Gnote 2 has proven. It has a better battery life than the S3 and most smartphones out right now.

    The Gnote 2 has a battery that's almost 50% bigger than the S3.

    10tacleI cannot imagine having anything larger than my Droid Razr Maxx's 4.7". When is enough enough? Getting to 6" and up is pushing tablet territory for crying out loud. Who wants to carry a 6" phone in their pockets? Women can put them in purses, but men don't have that option (straight men anyway).

    Someone with fashion sense here, but most "men" around here probably wear x-large cargos that can fit a 13" laptop and a women's purse.

    nforce4max440 ppi that is nice, wish that your average desktop monitor could match.

    I thought everyone dissed Apple for emphasizing their ppi specs. Double standards I guess.
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    adgjlsfhk , December 17, 2012 12:51 AM
    InvalidErrorThere are practical limits to how large a "phone" can be.Also, the display is the biggest battery drain on most devices by a fair margin and that power draw is almost directly proportional to display area, which means bigger displays will eat into battery life. Not necessarily a good thing for people who want to use their phones mostly as phones.1080p on a 5" screen seems overkill to me but I suppose we have reached the point where manufacturers are starting to have to throw everything including the kitchen sink in to justify their price tags and convince people to open their wallets.

    True, but bigger phones can also have bigger batteries. A battery's storage is based on volume, so it might even out.
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