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Nokia to max out at 4.7" for its flagship phones this year

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Nokia to max out at 4.7
Not that it comes as a big surprise, but according to "supply chain sources", everything Nokia has in the pipeline for this year, will be 4.7 inches or smaller. If you have been reading with disbelief about the ever-growing 5, 5.5, and even 6"+ phones announced or rumored of late, Nokia won't be going that route, it seems.

Even if Nokia wanted to grow its phone's screens bigger, Windows Phone still doesn't have support for Full HD panels, so 4.7" seems more than reasonable for one of the rumored EOS or Catwalk flagships with PureView tech that could be coming. HD or Full HD is not that much of a difference to the naked eye from a normal viewing distance anyway, while the typical camera tech in our smartphones could use Nokia's innovation, that's for sure.

source: Digitimes

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posted on 23 Jan 2013, 05:56 26

1. platformwars (Posts: 86; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


I think 4.7 is the upper limit of the ideal size for the hand.. i have a 4.7" HTC ONE X and feel that any bigger would be a bother.. i tried the GN1 but was too big.. 5" might be the limit when it comes to phones.. so good strategy by Nokia.. rather than going big and selling less.. they are interested in the market norm.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 06:04 11

4. windroid (unregistered)


I agree with you, 5'' might be the (user friendly) limit.
Anything above that either wont fit in your pocket or you can't use with a single hand.

The same happens with the resolution, I think it's insane to have full HD in a phone, you won't notice the difference and it'll only drain CPU and battery power.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 06:39 11

14. p211093 (Posts: 25; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


nice stratagy by nokia
samsung is only going with big bigger & biggest display.and that cannot be fit in our hands and not give a gripe for our hands..i am using nokia lumia 920 and it is very well build for gripe is well very good.4.5 or 4.8 is enough for phone.i like u nokia

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 08:35 1

40. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1542; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


I can't agree with that. The ideal uppel limit depends on the size of the hand.
And for many people is lower than 4.7 (for me it's around 4.5).
The pity is that OEMs don't realize of this and create more high end phones with smaller screens than 4.7 (or 5" as it will be this year).
It also depends on how tall/wide the phone is. For me more than 66 mm wide is not confortable any more.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 14:13

82. nooraldeen (Posts: 49; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


i agree with u i own a SGnote2 i can use it normally with one hand but i like to hear some music before i sleep and i can't use it with one hand when im sleeping on my back

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 05:58 19

2. joeymk (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


4.7" + PureView 41 mp. I DON'T WANT MORE

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 06:33 6

12. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


actually I am waiting for wmc for nokia's new device I hope they release new device

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 07:07 7

19. No_Nonsense (unregistered)


XpressMusic or kickass sound quality.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 06:01 11

3. lallolu (Posts: 518; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


4.7 is enough. Some people hate me for saying that 6" is too big as a phone while 5" is unnecessary except if it can keep the dimensions of today's 4.7-4.8" phones.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 06:57 5

17. aokde (Posts: 186; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


check out sony's XPERIA ZL, it sports 5" with a smaller body than the S3

http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=5203&idPhone2=4238

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 06:11 1

5. mew7946510 (Posts: 55; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


I could remember Nokia saying, "Phones with big displays are disgusting." Now, what just happened? Oh well, anyway, 4.3 - 4.8 inch displays are my favorites for now.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 06:16 9

6. Kreft (Posts: 84; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)


"everything Nokia has in the pipeline for this year, will be 4.7 inches or smaller."

I don't see what the problem is. 4.7 isn't big, it's normal by today's standards.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 06:28 4

11. windroid (unregistered)


Anything above 5'' starts to be dysfunctional either it's normal or not (by today standards).

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 07:44 1

30. FarazRiaz (Posts: 13; Member since: 02 Dec 2010)


That is not entirely accurate. A bigger screen is good for browsing; you are not panning and zooming so much. The videos and games look good. But it all comes down to what size you are comfortable with.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 07:52 1

33. troutsy (Posts: 316; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


The problem with Nokia's 4.7" smartphones is that every other competitor will be fitting a larger screen into a smaller package.

Hand size will likely be more of an issue for the upcoming Nokia phones rather than the Android OEMs.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 07:56

34. Just_a_boy (Posts: 183; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


But they said that when Elop wasn't in charge keep that in mind

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 06:23 5

7. Kreft (Posts: 84; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)


Glad I'm not the only one thinking that things are getting ridiculous. Manufacturers are getting carried away with some of these phones. When I see people holding what looks like a tablet to their face and trying to talk on the phone I laugh at how absurd they look. Saying that it all depends on the bezel. I have a nexus 4 and 4.7 in. is quite nice but they could make the phone a tiny bit bigger and the screen closer to the edges and it would be a win-win. Could probably fit 5 in. easy. You want a nice screen size but not be lugging around a tablet. So the note is worthless to me.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 06:23 6

8. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


my only request from Nokia: please use ANDROID.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 06:55 14

16. StreetNerd (Posts: 833; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


silence! android is heavy unfriendly OS

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 07:01 11

18. FarazRiaz (Posts: 13; Member since: 02 Dec 2010)


What possible advantage 'Android' has to offer? Android is greatly overrated.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 07:19 1

21. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


i don't think it be heavier than windows.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 07:20 2

22. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


the main advantage is its user friendliness and its easy to download and upgrade apps.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 07:25 3

23. tigermcm (Posts: 859; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


like i said on another post you fandroids need to stop crying just because every OEM doesnt make android sheesh you have enough choices

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 07:26 2

24. FarazRiaz (Posts: 13; Member since: 02 Dec 2010)


It really doesn't matter which one of the two is a heavier OS. It is a matter of personal preference. If you are locked into 'Apple' ecosystem your best bet be an iPhone. If you like a bit of freedom; Android be your best bet. If you are bored with both 'Apple and Android' windows Phone is a nice alternative.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 07:31 8

26. FarazRiaz (Posts: 13; Member since: 02 Dec 2010)


Are you an idiot? Android is the least user friendly OS. It just has a great notification system. As for the Download and update of apps; all three offers familiar options. Many of the apps doesn't work on every Android Handset, hence the developers are always updating their apps.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 07:48 1

32. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


wrong article to start android shush

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 08:09 1

36. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


just one sentence: although im a nokia lover, it can't survive with WP.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 08:40 3

42. StreetNerd (Posts: 833; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


how is it not heavier?

it cant run smoothly on dualcore...

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 08:42 4

43. FarazRiaz (Posts: 13; Member since: 02 Dec 2010)


I didn't know you are an analyst. Nokia knew they can't survive if they have adopted Android. Samsung has deeper pockets than Nokia and they are doing very well with Android. Windows phone OS is very well optimise without requiring the OEM's to highly customise it. Nokia can focus to bring the best hardware rather than spending resources to customise the OS.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 08:55

45. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


but unfortunately they don't bring the best hardware as you say.

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