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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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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.

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