Smartphones have profoundly altered lifestyles in nearly every industry and every field of endeavor. It’s easy to say that they are the new personal computers, but it would be more fitting to give them the moniker of “second screens,” as they have created a new generation that doesn’t care about televisions, radio, and in some instances, the blockbuster.
The smartphone is undeniably changing the way people entertain and engage. Aficionados already know that one of the most vital aspects in choosing a new handset is the display, and market trends today gear towards two things: size and resolution. Smartphone displays are getting bigger and crisper; with this, display resolutions have also improved in order to improve or maintain the quality and size of images and videos.
If you think that the most recent smartphones are already too big and that they can be held with just one hand, then think again. The 2013 lineup of flagship smartphones from various manufacturers, based on leaked or officially released specs alone, looks like it’s going to be a battle between 5-inch, 1080p, and full HD behemoths. Take a look at them.
In late 2012, Taiwan-based HTC released the HTC J Butterfly, internationally dubbed the HTC Droid DNA, in Japan. Officially, it is the second smartphone in the world to offer a 1080p display, after the Chinese manufacturer Oppo’s Find 5. As it should, the Butterfly runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean backed by a powerful 1.5GHz Snapdragon duad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Aside from its hyped 5-inch, “Super LCD 3,” full HD display with a whopping pixel density of 440 ppi, people are raving about its waterproof and dustproof package. Not bad for a 140-gram package, eh?
A successor to the highly successful Optimus G, the LG Optimus G2 is an unconfirmed product from the South Korean manufacturer. Although the final specs are still a bit shady, speculations are already circulating that the display will be stunning (that should be logical since LG is first and foremost popular for its TVs). At the front, LG is reportedly developing a new display technology in this baby, which will feature a 1080p display and a mind-blowing snapper with resolutions reaching 13 megapixels or more. Watch out for this new one as it might make its debut at CES 2013.
The Sony Xperia Yuga, also known as Xperia Z, packs a wallop with its 5-inch, 1080p display. Aside from that, it’s backed by the OptiContrast technology that diminishes reflection and glare by a mile, so even if you’re planning making a call using a VoIP service under the scorching hot afternoon sun, you’d still be able to see where you should hit the “call” button. Like the HTC J Butterfly, it is dust and water resistant and also packs some huge specs under the hood. Despite its Q1 ETA, it has appeared on various review sites and is expected to shine at CES 2013.
Arguably one of the most awaited devices this year, the Samsung Galaxy S4 expects an early 2013 release date (Q2, according to reports). Attendees of this year’s CES might also get disappointed because it will be reportedly showed off behind closed doors and only restricted to Samsung’s high-profile partners. No word yet about the official announcement, but industry observers can expect more spicy rumors in the coming months. In fact, it has been rumored to push the pixel density to an incredible 441ppi to complement its 4.99-inch, full HD display. One thing is certain, though: the S4 has some big shoes to fill given that its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S3, was hands down worthy of the “flagship” tag.