HTC’s October release of the J Butterfly set a new standard that all later high end devices must try to beat to stay relevant on the top of the Android food chain – a 1080p full High Definition display with a resolution of 1920 x 180 pixels and an impressive 440ppi pixels density. This seems to be the norm these days, with manufacturers introducing a revolutionary technology on their phones and all other phones after that trying to beat it – case in point the introduction of a quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and cameras od up to 13 megapixels. This just shows that flagship devices coming in 2013 and beyond will be expected to have some impressive specifications and technologies.
It is rumored that LG is already working on outdoing HTC’s 1080p 5.5 inch screen in their next Optimus G 2 phone which is said to be in development and is set to hit the market within the first half of 2013. News from South Korea on Asian Economics hint that the new LG flagship device will feature a full high definition 5.5 inch display screen which would give it a pixels density of 400 ppi. Although this is slightly lower than the display density of the HTC J Butterfly, the difference of 40 ppi is not easily noticeable with a naked eye but it’s still a difference.
It’s no surprise that high end phones hitting the shelves in 2013 will be fighting on the display front, with Samsung rumored to be already mass producing flexible full HD displays for their next S smartphone series and note phablets. The big question here is, why do smartphone screen sizes keep increasing? It started at 4.3 inches, then we had 4.5 and 4.7 inch smartphones, the likes of HTC Droid DNA with their 5 inch screens follow and LG is taking it a notch higher with their 5.5 inch screens. Initially, gadgets with screens 5.0 inches and above were categorized as ‘phablets’, a hybrid of tablets and smartphones but companies seem to want to increase this number to beyond 5.5 inches.
Other rumors out of South Korea are that Samsung are working on a tremendous device which may be the Galaxy S4 smartphone and will feature a 5 inch screen too. Other specifications are still hazy but we can say that LG’s new high end phone may feature a 2GB RAM, a 13 megapixels camera, 3rd generation radio which is said to me more efficient – in terms of battery consumption and signal quality and a better battery.
This LG’s new phone is said to be in development and may be available for sale before June 2013. LG has a history of fumbling releases and spoiling a good thing they may have had going – take for instance the February release of the Optimus 4X which tool another 6 months before the phone made its way to the retailers. By then, their development branch had completed developing the Optimus G and had to announce it even before the Optimus 4X actually landed on the market. Let us hope they learnt a valuable lesson and will be more like Samsung when it comes to releases because it is a very important part of marketing such a high end smartphone.
The big challenge LG will have is that there are a number of manufacturers already working on high end smartphones to be released sometime in 2013. These include Samsung, Sony with their Yuga project and HTC’s M7. High end smartphones out of China are also turning out to be very competitive, not only in the Asian market but in the European and the US markets. Phone makers such as UMi with their new UMi X2 expected to come with a 4.7 inch 1920 x 1080 screen, Xiaomi M3 and others.
What do you think of a 5.5 inch monster for a phone? Do you think a phone with 5.5 inch screen would take on 5.0 inch high end smartphones? Would you go for one of these if all the specifications and the price were right? Let us know what you think below.