CES 2013 key trend #1 Phones get even bigger. The Phablet hits six inches, nope make that seven

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Those far eastern companies do love a competition or two. A few years back LG, Samsung and their Chinese rivals were all about creating the biggest Plasma TV. One would unveil a 70inch beast at a trade show only for their rival to hit back with an 80 inch screen at the next and so it went on. Then it was LCD TVs and now it is OLED screens.

About the same time as they were expanding the Plamsa the very same companies were trying to make the mobile phone as tiny as possible. Not any more though.

The key trend in mobiles in 2012 was all about the Phablet (part phone part tablet) and getting larger screens. I remember when the first big screen (five inches) phone the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 came out and some tech journalists made crass jokes about Dom Jolly. Well they look pretty silly now. Even Apple upped the screen size of the iPhone and as for the Galaxy Note (5.5inches screen no less) – well the second version has already sold over a million and Samsung reckons will notch up 20 million within six months.

As a Galaxy Note owner I can vouch for the fact that they are unrivaled for looking at websites, reading Kindle books and watching video. I barely miss my iPhone, and if anything, have the pocket space for an even bigger handset.

Samsung are also reported to working on two new models – a 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 3 and even a 7.7-inch screen 9or 7.9inch depending on which rumour you want to believe) phone. There is a chance that we might see these at CES 2013. If not they will be most likely be unveiled at Mobile World Congress at Barelona in February.

In the mean time the biggest phone in the world mantle is likely to be picked up by Huawei. Tech Digest reported this morning that the company was going to unveil its six inch screen handset at CES.

The Huawei Ascend Mate which (paired with the fact it’s a “monster” 6-inches in size) sounds unfortunately close to the name of a sex toy.

Indeed, the Android-running Ascend Mate’s rumoured spec sheet looks set to get you hot and bothered, with the 6-inch device sporting a 720p resolution, powered by a speedy 1.8GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a sizable 3,800mAh battery, all squeezed into a 9.9mm chassis.

The story originally broke here.

Then we shouldn’t forget LG and HTC both of whom have the potential to unveil an even larger handset at CES.

Finally CES wouldn’t be CES without some Taiwanese company sneakily trumping everyone with a product that appears out of the ether, so here’s to the eight inch phablet.