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One-third of all smartphones have screens 5" or larger

Apple has been criticized over the years for not embracing larger screens on its flagship smartphones. The iPhone was first introduced to the world with a 3.5-inch screen in 2007, and it wasn't until 2012 that we saw Apple nudge the screen size of its flagship iPhone 5 to 4 inches. During that time, competitors have assaulted the market with 5-inch, 5.5-inch, and even 6-inch smartphones.

Now as we are coming close to the launch of a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 (with a larger, 5.5-inch variant expected early next year), Canalys has released some numbers that show the popularity of large-screen smartphones. For the first quarter of 2014, Canalys reports that 66 percent of smartphones on the market had screens smaller than 5 inches.

1/3 of all smartphones have screens larger than 5 inches

However, a third of smartphones on the market have screens sized 5 inches and above (22 percent have screens between 5 inches and 5.4 inches in size, while 10 percent have screens sized between 5.5 to 5.9 inches).

More importantly, Canalys reports that 47 percent of smartphones priced at $500 or above have screens larger than 5 inches.

"Consumers now expect high-end devices to have large displays, and Apple’s absence in this market will clearly not last long," said Canalys Analyst Jessica Kwee. "Apple plainly needs a larger-screen smart phone to remain competitive, and it will look to address this in the coming months."

Source: Canalys

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By Flunk on 5/15/2014 1:58:44 PM , Rating: 2
One thing to note is that the chart isn't by cost and low-end phones have smaller screens. High-end sales are more profitable so there are more models and even if each model sells less units they can still be more profitable. So this chart isn't exactly what it appears to be.

RE: Mismatch
By retrospooty on 5/15/14, Rating: 0
RE: Mismatch
By Flunk on 5/15/2014 3:28:14 PM , Rating: 2
Read the caption under the chart in question.

RE: Mismatch
By Flunk on 5/15/14, Rating: 0
RE: Mismatch
By retrospooty on 5/15/2014 4:33:38 PM , Rating: 2
The chart is exactly what it says it is... It doesn't say 47% of all smartphones... It says "47% of smartphones costing $500 or more". The other one also CLEARLY states that it is appx 1/3 of total smartphones sold this quarter (at any price point).

Now you wrong, not getting what is being said, and calling me an idiot? I am not the one that isn't grasping exactly what these charts say and mean. I am not gonna call you an idiot, I was just pointing out the mean exactly what they say and they said it correctly.

RE: Mismatch
By retrospooty on 5/15/2014 4:27:01 PM , Rating: 1
I read it... I grasp it... What is the issue you have with it? 47% of smartphones costing $500 or more is a subset of the total # of smartphones... Of the total # appx 1/3 are 5+ inches.

RE: Mismatch
By ven1ger on 5/15/2014 3:46:30 PM , Rating: 2
If you read the actual source what is noteworthy is that the 5" high-end phones are the fastest growing segment of the smartphone industry. In a year or two, it may overtake the overall percentage of the industry being shipped.

Iphones would be in the (<5") bracket, which skews the results somewhat but I think that is what the article was getting at is that with the increase of (>5") smartphones, if Apple doesn't get into the (>5") market soon, the (<5") market will be dominated by (>5").

RE: Mismatch
By tayb on 5/15/2014 4:53:05 PM , Rating: 2
The pie chart is exactly what it appears to be. Chart title is "Smart phones, Worldwide, units by screen size, Q1 2014" and the pie shows a breakdown of percentage units sold by screen size category. This isn't remotely misleading.

Profitability of a phone isn't mentioned anywhere in the article or in the chart. Not only that but profitability by screen size is pretty much meaningless. Hardware is a fixed cost, the R&D, marketing, and other expenses that go into a successful product are not included. In the end only investors should really care about profitability.

RE: Mismatch
By retrospooty on 5/15/2014 5:55:52 PM , Rating: 2

"So this chart isn't exactly what it appears to be."

should be

"So this chart isn't exactly the info I wanted to see."

I love my phablet
By Spookster on 5/15/2014 1:59:55 PM , Rating: 2
I have the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with a 5.5 inch screen. It's big enough to do work on and still small enough to fit in my pocket. People think it's too big for a phone til they use it for awhile. I thought the same way. Now I can't imagine using a phone with a smaller screen at this point. Bigger than a phone, smaller than a tablet. I love my phablet.

RE: I love my phablet
By peterrushkin on 5/15/2014 2:14:08 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Galaxy S2 in a draw. I just could never get used to it.

I'm waiting till Apple does something in the 5" arena and I hope its in Sept.

Otherwise I'll say Meh and probably cygenmod it and go from there. In the process, save myself some bux too lol.

RE: I love my phablet
By Spuke on 5/15/2014 2:18:14 PM , Rating: 2
The GS2 sucks actually. Get a GS3 and put Kit Kat on it. MUCH better phone.

RE: I love my phablet
By peterrushkin on 5/15/2014 6:03:56 PM , Rating: 2
Right, doesn't seem that much of a jump for me to go to an S3. Hardly worth the $$$ when all I'm going to use it for is calling, texting, light internet usage and maps. I'm not a heavy user at all.

So yeah, I'll keep the S2. Unless of course S10 or iPhone 10 come out and revolutionary, I'll stick with it.

Hell, if the 3GS had LTE, I'd be sticking with that.

Thats how much I desire to have a new phone. It's wasted on people like me.

RE: I love my phablet
By xti on 5/15/2014 10:10:33 PM , Rating: 2
GS3 was the worst phone I owned. Battery life was awful.

Note3 and battery life is amazing, then got even better when i went to KK.

locked bootloader for att n3 kk, so I am still hating the ridiculous amount of bloat that att and samsung put on the phone. Not even apple bloats their phone as much as the Samsung phones.

RE: I love my phablet
By Mint on 5/16/2014 6:43:14 PM , Rating: 2
10% of the market is 5.5-5.9", so you're obviously not alone. I bet the vast majority of that is GN2/GN3, and I'm one of them.

On the note of work, have you ever tried Jump Desktop? It controls a Windows computer via RDP, and works brilliantly with the stylus (hover to move the cursor, tap for left click, and use the button for right click).

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