A leading analyst specializing in Apple-centric predictions expressed his views on what could be in store for invited attendees and consumers at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets predicted this week that CES 2013 will be the launching pad for several “embarrassingly large” smartphones, devices commonly referred to as “phablets”, or phone/tablet hybrids. As White mainly deals with Apple in his market analysis, it’s not surprising that he admitted that he considers smartphones with 5-inch displays or larger “awkward to hold”, according to a report from AppleInsider. White, however, acknowledged that these phablets, such as the Galaxy Note 2, are gaining popularity in several markets, particularly China and Hong Kong, which he recently visited.
Earlier, White had forecasted that Apple will follow the lead of other manufacturers by offering the next iPhone in multiple colors and different screen sizes. While Apple may likely release an “iPhone mini” with a screen smaller than 4 inches, White also suggested that Apple might try to jump on the large smartphone bandwagon by releasing an iPhone with “a display as large as 5 inches.”
Some of the large-screened smartphones expected to be unveiled at CES 2013 include the 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate, an unnamed LG phone with a 5.5-inch screen and Sony’s Xperia Z/Xperia ZL, two almost identical phones once known as the Yuga and Odin respectively. All these phones are expected to feature 1080p display, also known as full-HD display technology, a feature that was first seen on the HTC Droid DNA, which currently sells for $199.99 on a two-year Verizon contract.