The 2012 has brought us numerous advances in phone industry and things will become more exciting in 2013. Next year, there will be more than one billion HTML5 phones, which is a significant increase from last year’s 336 million units. As expected, this technology will be driven by major company such as Microsoft, Google and Apple. A HTML5 phone fully supports HTML5 standards within its stock web browser.
LTE is another technology that will proliferate in 2013. Next year, manufacturers will add 60 million more LTE-capable devices to the market. Most developed countries already have LTE networks set up, and in 2013, some developing countries will join the rank.
Some companies have revealed their plan for 2013. Sony said that it will launch quad-core handsets next year, probably with the Nvidia Tegra 3. This is unfortunate as the architecture is already used by numerous phone and tablet vendors today. In fact, Nvidia promised to release the Tegra 4 in 2013. The graphic cards maker will integrate Kepler GPU technology into the architecture. It is expected to be ten times faster than the Tegra 2 and twice faster than the Tegra 3. A much more improved version, codenamed Logan will be about fifty times faster than the Tegra 2 and it will be released in Q3 2013.
After the release of Medfield, Intel will continue to strengthen its position in mobile industry by releasing more Atom SoC platforms. The Intel Atom Z2000 is a 32nm 1GHz single-core chip, which includes the PowerVR SGX 540 GPU (320 MHz). It will power mid-range smartphones at first half of 2013. The Intel Atom Z2580 “Clover Trail” will be released at about the same time with the Z2000. It is a 1.8GHz dual-core processor, built using the 32nm technology and includes PowerVR SGX 544MP2 dual-core GPU (533MHz).
Nokia will likely to continue release its next Lumia phones, which will run Windows Phones 8. Some analysts have rekindled the rumor on Nokia Aeon. The concept phone first appeared in 2006 and it still looks very appealing today. Bearing in mind its current woes, Nokia needs to come up with something more interesting than current Lumia handsets. Top notch specs combined with Aeon’s design will be the way forward for Nokia as Samsung is planning to decimate the Lumia lineup with its Samsung Focus SII, a WP8-version of Galaxy SIII. Additionally, Samsung may introduce new innovations in 2013, such as the flexible AMOLED display as an alternative to rigid smartphones. The flexible phone may be wearable as users can bend it around the arm.
Lastly, in 2013, the iPhone 5 should already be well entrenched in the market as it’s slated for release in October 2012. If Apple follows its tradition, we should witness the release of iPhone 5S in 2013. As the exact details of the iPhone 5 is still relatively unknown, the specs of iPhone 5S would be in the realm of science fiction. Overall, the phone industry in 2013 will continue to awe and tease us with sheer anticipation and joy.