Yesterday we filed a report saying LG's 5.5 inch 1080p flagship phone for 2013 was going to be announced at Mobile World Congress in February and that it would start shipping during the same month. That rumor came from a Korean website called ETNews. Today, courtesy of DigiTimes, we have some more rumors about this device. They say it’s going to be called the Optimus G2, it will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Prime MSM8974, and most importantly, they say it's going to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.
The story goes on, saying that Sony will announce the Xperia Z on January 7th, and that said phone will have the same specs as HTC's Butterfly/DNA, except it'll feature a better camera. Huawei will show off the D2, which uses the company's own quad core chip, and a 6.1 inch tablet device called the Ascend Mate. We already know quite a bit about the Mate, but we had no idea it would feature a 4,000 mAh battery. That's 400 mAh shy of the battery in the 7.9 inch iPad mini.
Are big phones going to become a large product category? Probably not, but it's definitely a slice of the market that will keep on growing. That DigiTimes piece says less than 5% of the phones shipped in 2012 had a screen that measured 5 or more inches diagonal. That number is expected to hit between 10% and 15% in 2013, which should come out to around 100 million units.
What's really important here is when are all these phones going to land on store shelves? Anyone can announce something, but putting an object into the hands of millions of people around the world is the real challenge. Is LG going to have issues making screens for the G2? Is Huawei going to have issues making their quad core chip?
We just have to wait and see.