Expect at least five companies to announce 1080p smartphones in H1 2013

December 13, 2012
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HTC, we applaud you for being the first company to launch a 1080p smartphone, but be warned, the competition is coming. According to our favorite Taiwanese rumor site DigiTimes, during the first six months of 2013 we’re going to see 1080p handsets from Samsung, Sony, LG, Huawei, and ZTE. Samsung is likely going to use their own 1080p AMOLED screen technology, whereas Sony is going to use LCDs from JDI since they’re one of the three companies that actually make up JDI. LG is said to be making their own 1080p panels, and just yesterday we published a report that said Innolux will begin mass producing 1080p LCDs during the first quarter of next year.

This brings up an important question: Should you buy a new smartphone right now? If your device is on the brink of failure, if your screen is broken, or if you hate your phone so much that you want to throw it against the wall every time you pick it up, then it might be a good time to get something new. But if you can wait, just a few months, then you’ll be rewarded with what will undoubtedly be the most impressive looking panel your eyes will have ever seen.

Some of you might think that 1080p is overkill and that 720p is just fine. We heard the exact same arguments when 720p phones came out. People said such a high resolution was insane and that 800 x 480 was more than plenty. To those people we have a terse message: progress doesn’t care about your opinion!

Who’s going to make the best 1080p phone? That’s a hard question to answer. We’ve already seen the Butterfly/DNA, but rumor has it that it’s going to get refreshed. Then there’s the elephant in the room, Samsung’s Galaxy S IV.

Decisions, decisions. Next year is going to be incredible.

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