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Report says Japanese panel manufacturers working on ultra-thin 6 inch screens for Q3

Posted: , by Alan F.

Report says Japanese panel manufacturers working on ultra-thin 6 inch screens for Q3
According to those omnipresent Taiwan-based component suppliers, some Japanese companies are betting that by later this year, the typical high-end smartphone is closer to 6 inches in size, up from the 5 inches that has been seen on many top-shelf models. Phones like the HTC DROID DNA/Butterfly, Samsung Galaxy S4, and the Sony Xperia Z all have 5 inch glass. Some, like the Samsung GALAXY Note II and the LG Optimus G Pro (outside of Japan) all have gone over the 5 inch threshold. The current record is owned by the Huawei Ascend Mate and its 6.1 inch screen.

The Huawei Ascend Mate and its 6.1 inch screen

The Huawei Ascend Mate and its 6.1 inch screen

The Taiwan component makers say that two Japanese companies, Panasonic and Sharp, have been working on ultra-thin 6 inch displays for large sized smartphones. These are expected to be on new phones as soon as the third quarter of this year. Last year, Samsung sold 8 million units of its GALAXY Note series. The current version of that phone, the Samsung GALAXY Note II has a 5.5 inch screen while the next iteration of the phone is expected to carry a 5.9 inch glass. Acer expects global sales of more than 10 million large screened smartphones this year, ranging in price from $399 to $499.
 
According to the Taiwan based component suppliers, the 6 inch size is one that is not yet mobbed by competitors as the under 5 inch category is for smartphones and the 7 inch size is for tablets.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 08 Apr 2013, 01:18 1

1. XperiaUser (unregistered)


SONY?

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 01:21 4

2. lyndon420 (Posts: 1712; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Get rid of the bezel and replace these lame capacitive (off screen) buttons with on screen ones like a true Nexus.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 02:59 1

7. vincelongman (Posts: 1042; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


For phablet they should use on screen buttons, but for large 4.7"-5" phones about the size of the HTC One and Galaxy S4 I'd still prefer capacitive or physical buttons. The S4 still could be small, like if the moved their logo to the home button, reduce the empty space and even smaller bezels for example. Through I also like the idea of dual front speakers.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 01:22

3. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Could be for the intel phones coming out too. I think quad core baytrail is going to be the end of arm in flagships, the quad core baytrail is like 2x the power of a15.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 01:57

4. AasifMalik (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Toshiba already done it with whoping 2560x1600. Hope to see in Galaxy Note III. Buh it dint happen

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 02:00

5. AasifMalik (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Why not Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Lg, Sharp and Panasonic join forces to work together? I hope to see something great if it happen ever.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 02:01 1

6. darkskoliro (Posts: 953; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Used the Note and Oppo, have the Butterfly, felt the Z.
All I can say is: I miss the palm-fitting OneX+ I bought for my mate :(

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 03:16

8. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Even with no or minimal bezels, still too big. I know there's a market for such devices, but no thanks. Of course I can still use it but impossible for single handed operation.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 06:24 2

9. iluvsmartphonexpdx (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


5 inches is big already... with Note around its still okay...but 6 inches? Really do we have to go that far??

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 07:51

10. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5214; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Next year, phablets will be going up to 7 inches, let's see how can our hands and pocket suffer from the PAIN!!!

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 08:16 1

11. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


In 2 years you will see people holding a 10 inch 'phablet' by their heads when making phone calls and looking like a douchebag.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 12:29

12. Leo_MC (Posts: 495; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


They already loock ludacris holding Note (tablets, sory) phablets to they ears...

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