Sharp already struggling to keep up with 5-inch 1080 screen orders

If you have been keeping up with the latest Android phone developments, then you will have noticed the 5-inch 1080 trend developing. However with the number of phones promising these large HD screens manufacturers such as Sharp are struggling to keep up with orders!

Oppo Find 5, Nubia Z5, ZTE Grand S, HTC Butterfly, Huawei Ascend D2 along with a whole bunch of domestic Chinese phone makers are all going to be using 5-inch 1080 screens on their flagship phones for 2013, and with two of the biggest phone shows of the year coming in the next 4 weeks (CES and the Mobile World Congress) we are expecting to see a lot more.

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While the demand for these screens is great news for manufacturers, it isn’t so great when said manufacturers start to fall behind on orders. According to Digitimes Sharp, one of the larger makers of 5-inch displays, is already struggling to keep up with demand which could result in shortages and even delays of next generation phones.

Last year saw as similar situation with Qualcomm struggling to keep up with S4 chip demand, and Taiwanese based CPU maker Mediatek having a similar problem with their low-cost MT6577 dual-core CPU.

It’s not all bad news though as, it is also reported that Sharp have managed to work the kinks out of their IGZO screens (rumored to be headed for the iPhone 5S and iPad 5) and they should begin production very soon!

[ Digitimes via Androidauthority]
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  1. RobertNL
    January 3, 2013

    Its the same game again with all new tech stuff. When its in range of the normal costumers (so ”low priced”) then there is allways a shortage :P.

    Same will go for the new MTK chip 😉 wait a month or so and there will be a shortage there to ;).

    • January 3, 2013

      That will be great news for JiaYu then as they have a scapegoat already to take the blame when the G4 is delayed 😉

      • thesniper321
        January 3, 2013

        Andi I hate you don’t steal my jokes like that

  2. joe
    January 3, 2013

    Poor Jiayu, they had a product that was delayed a couple of months and now they’re branded heretics for life.

  3. January 3, 2013

    lol couple of months, man are u for real?

  4. sam
    January 3, 2013

    I hope this means that 4-4.5″ phones will drop in price as 5″ phones become the high range as many chinese phones with 4.5″ cost around £150 inc shipping.

    • January 3, 2013

      Probably not as the quad-core MT6589 chip is going to be in shortage too by the looks of things. Then as 5-inch phones become more difficult to buy vendors could increase prices of smaller phones as demand for cheap, high spec phones will still be there 🙁

      • Al
        January 3, 2013

        Hi Andi, please tell me the best chinese phone i can buy the next 3-4 months
        i have a jiayu g3 but want a quad-core

        • January 3, 2013

          Oppo Find 5, ZTE Nubia Z5, ZTE Grand S

          • Al
            January 4, 2013

            Thanks Andi, i am from Barbados,I love Chinese phones, for the dual sims, i look at your website every night, you are my #1 when it comes to cellphone reviews, keep up the great work