HTC may have been the first handset maker to announce a smartphone with a 1080p screen (pictured above), but according to a report from the Korean website MK News, Samsung and LG aren’t too far behind. Now just to recap, the screen in HTC’s 1080p phone, the J Butterfly, is manufactured by Sharp. This new report says Samsung has figured out how to take AMOLED technology to the insane 400+ pixel per inch densities required to display a full 1080p image on a smartphone sized device. They also say LG has figured out how to do the same with their LCD panels. Both companies will launch phones using their respective screen technologies during the first half of 2013.

Should you not buy a smartphone now and just wait? That’s a very hard question to answer since we have no idea what you currently use. Let’s say you purchased a Galaxy S III when it launched in May/June. Your phone is barely half a year old. It makes sense to wait. If on the other hand you’re patiently waiting for your ancient Samsung Galaxy S II to get Jelly Bean, then it might be a good idea to just pony up whatever money you have saved into the new Nexus set to be announced next week.

Do we need 1080p displays? Some of you will argue that human eyes can’t tell the difference between 720p and 1080p. To those people we ask that you stop complaining about the march of progress. Smartphones from 2008 were thought to be ground breaking when they were first launched. Today they’re just toys. Why do we think they’re toys? Because people made better smartphones. The same thing is happening to screen technology. Just you watch, by June 2013 anything that doesn’t have a quad core processor, a 1080p display, 2 GB of RAM, and a 12 megapixel camera will be considered a “midrange” device.

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