By Keerthi Chandrashekar / ( | First Posted: Dec 24, 2012 12:00 PM EST

(Photo : Samsung)

Smartphone companies, especially those manufacturing Android phones, are all beginning to jump on the "bigger is better" bandwagon after the initial success of the original Samsung Galaxy Note proved there are customers out there who enjoy massive screens. While 2012 gave us the 5.55-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 2, 2013 will give us our first taste of 6-inch smartphones with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Huawei Ascend Mate.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is rumored to be pushing the screen size set by its predecessors the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 by utilizing a 6.3-inch display that is expected to display 1080p. No other details are known, although there is a slim chance Samsung might use flexible, unbreakable displays for the Galaxy Note 3.

The Huawei Ascend Mate will be making its official debut at CES 2013 in January, but senior vice president of Huawei, Yu Chengdong, recently whipped out an Ascend Mate to show to a crowd at a Huawei store.

Turns out that the Ascend Mate will be coming with a 6.1-inch 1080p display with 316 pixels per inch and a 1.8GHz quad-core processor. To power that massive screen and powerful processor Huawei is sticking a 4,000mAh battery into the Ascend Mate. The phablet will also be fairly big, measuring 9.6mm thick.

While more screen space is great on the eyes, there are many consumers for whom a 6-inch smartphone is simply unwieldy and space consuming. A lot of people have pockets to house such large devices, but there are also a lot of people who don't, and let's hope that in their rush to offer more eye candy, tech companies don't forget about those who still prefer a compact cell phone with a display around 4 inches.

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