2013 is going to be full of these two things: higher-resolution displays and larger displays. Now, those two aspects of mobile might not always go hand-in-hand but, we’re already seeing ever-larger displays from some of the bigger players, like Samsung and players looking to muscle into the big leagues, like Huawei and ZTE. Samsung might have started out alone when it came to making phones that were far larger than any other on the market but now it looks like everyone is wanting to play that game. When the Original Galaxy Note launched in 2011 Samsung had a fairly valid reason for such a large display – there was full pen-input that wanted you to use it as you would a notebook. However, users quickly found that what they most loved about the device was not it’s true pen-input through the S-Pen but the overall size of the device.
Fast forward to 2013 and we’ve got Samsung’s Galaxy Note II on shelves at a massive 5.5-inches and it looks like 5-inches is going to become the new 4.7-inch size in order to accommodate the higher resolution of 1080p which is something we’re going to be seeing a lot of this year, for sure. Huawei however, decided to take things a little further this year and showed up to CES with a massive 6.1-inch phablet in the form of the new Ascend Mate and even Lenovo is bringing larger phones to CES with the K900 but ZTE apparently having something in the works to top all of what’s come before – at least in size anyway. The Nubia Z7.
This rumored upcoming phone from ZTE is said to come packing a 1080p resolution and an 8-core processor which might sound pretty far out but Samsung yesterday announced their new Eynos 5 “Octa” platform. Alongside this the device is rumored – by GizChina – to come with 128GB (really?) of storage, a more realistic 4,000 mAh battery, 2GB of RAM and the Mali-T658 GPU. Perhaps the most bizarre part of it all is that the device is rumored to be running Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. All of this sounds a little far-fetched to us but, if anyone were going to try such a thing it could be ZTE.