Canalys: 47% of Smartphones Priced Over $500 Have 5" or Larger Screens
May 15, 2014 1:09 PM
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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
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."
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5/15/2014 4:53:05 PM
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.
5/15/2014 5:55:52 PM
"So this chart isn't exactly what it appears to be."
"So this chart isn't exactly the info I wanted to see."
"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
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