Remember when LG announced the world’s first dual core smartphone, the Optimus 2X? That was back in December 2010. By the time the second quarter of 2011 rolled around, we had the Samsung Galaxy S II, the HTC Sensation, and the Motorola Droid X2. Moral of the story: Once a new technology hits the market, it takes less than six months for everyone else to put it inside their devices. According to Focus Taiwan, who references a research note published by Barclays, 5 inch 1080p screens are going to be everywhere by the middle of 2013. Now this shouldn’t surprise any of you. HTC’s Droid DNA was the first 1080p smartphone on the market, but there are countless rumors circulating around the internet that say Sony, ZTE, Huawei, and Lenovo are going to introduce their respective 1080p phones early next year.

Why do you even want to have a phone with a 1080p screen? Easy, the pixels disappear. Text looks so sharp that it can cut you. HD videos play without the need to be scaled down. And because 1080p screens need a lot of horsepower to do their thing, phones that utilize said displays will come with quad core processors and at least 2 GB of RAM.

When is Samsung going to release their 1080p phone? That’s a question no one really knows the answer to right now. Some people say Samsung is going to delay the Galaxy S IV until the summer of 2013 because they can’t quite figure out how to manufacture smartphone sized 1080p AMOLED displays. Others say that Samsung is going to show off a 1080p AMOLED display at CES in January. Between now and February, when Mobile World Congress takes place, we’re bound to hear even more rumors, which will further muddy the waters.

All we know is that handset makers looking to call their upcoming smartphones “flagship devices” will have to go 1080p or just go home.