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.