There's been a lot of talk lately of both Nokia and BlackBerry breaking the 5in screen size barrier with some of the smartphones they're lining up over the next few months.
But Taiwanese supply chain watcher DigiTimes is warning that it might be 2014 before either firm gets its debut “phablet” on the shelves.
BlackBerry's A10, or Aristo, is said to be the next BB10 flagship device, superseding the current Z10 range-topper, and significantly upping its screen size too from 4.3in to 5in.
Nokia, meanwhile, has been linked with a number of phablet-sized devices, though its hands are largely tied until Windows Phone 8 GDR 3 emerges, most likely in Q4. Despite that, some rumours have suggested Nokia's phablet could already be in production, though clearly that's from a different source to where DigiTimes' info is coming from.
For both companies, the appeal of getting a 5in-plus handset on the streets ahead of the holiday season is obvious, but DigiTimes doesn't seem too confident it'll happen.
Its “industry sources” say an end-2013 rollout is possible, but reckon its equally likely we might be into the New Year before either device emerges.
This is just ourselves saying this, but there could be an issue with sourcing enough display panels given how suddenly the large-screened smartphone market has exploded.
Apple is the only major player apart from Nokia and BlackBerry yet to “go large” on the display front, but with everyone from Samsung to HTC and Sony to Motorola having jumped on board the phablet bandwagon, we suspect display panel makers aren't short of orders at the minute.
And of course if Apple is looking at getting into the big-screen game itself at some point, it'll only make the component squeeze worse.