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The next iPhone might feature a screen that is less than 4", contrary to popular beliefs

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The next iPhone might feature a screen that is less than 4
Despite persistent rumors that the screen on the next iPhone will be 4"-4.2", extrapolated from some hearsay, concept renders, or alleged leaked bezels, the almighty "upstream supply chain sources" of Digitimes report that this might turn out to be just the public's opinion on it.

They say that the screen will most likely be 3.5"-3.7", but the thinner bezel surrounding it is making it look bigger. Another nugget of info from the news piece is that the back of the phone will be crafted out of metal, not the easy to shatter and heavy glass it has now. The rest of the rumored specs are regurgitated - A5 dual-core processor, 8MP camera and uber-thin design.

If Apple has only upped the screen size to 3.7", or kept the size intact, the next iPhone will look and feel even more minimalistic, as it will be thinner, lighter and with unobtrusive display bezel. The main iPhone competitors lately are flagship Android handsets with massive 4"+ displays, so it will be interesting to see if a large screen has become something to aspire to in the last year or so, or Cupertino has hit the performance/usability sweet spot. Apple has shown numerous times that it can sell successfully with only incremental upgrades, not following trends, but it's hard to go back to a small screen once you've been lured to the dark side.

Analysts have pointed out that Apple is saving its spectacular screen gunpowder and LTE connectivity for the iPhone 6, or whatever the one after the 5th generation is called, so with the next iPhone it might have just aimed to keep the pixel density and resolution closer to current levels, without other bells and whistles, for developers' sake.

source: Digitimes

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posted on 29 Aug 2011, 06:25 13

1. cheetah2k (Posts: 1594; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


3.7" just doesn't cut it these days. 4" really is the perfect size that all manufacturers should be targetting.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 06:40 3

4. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


I have a 4.1" screen with the Motorola Triumph and the resolution sucks when compared against the iPod Touch 4G. I watched the same HD video on Youtube and it wasn't close. I got the Triumph to try out Android and to surf the web with its large screen. I will not buy the iPhone with a 3.5" screen but may consider a 3.7" screen.

Also not all 4" screen have the same viewing area since the aspect ratios are different. You can have a slender 4" screen without sizeable real estate.

My next cellphone must have retina display with a generous viewing area to surf the web.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 06:47 1

6. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Hi ardent1. Have you heard of the Nexus Prime? : )

And retina is not as important as it seems. Look at the SGS2. It's only 800*480 on a 4.3" display - but because it uses a special color matrix - the text does not appear pixelated.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 12:31 4

41. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


i am not sure u know what u mean on that... all the updated matrix does is add more red and blue pixels so that it looks the SAME as other screens of the same ratio... it doesn't make the screen any better than a simple 800x480 ... and although people don't think so,the retina display makes a huge difference with text.. although people get caught up in "retina"-- it is simply a moniker that means past 300 ppi which not very many phones have... and when u are watching an hd movie, it makes all the difference

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 03:33

66. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


What? Retina display is not as important as it seems? HAHAHAHAHA. What would you say if an android phone produces a phone with the retina display's resolution? I bet it would suddenly be so important huh, lol. Android fanboys are a crazy bunch, lol.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 07:01 7

13. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Retina is a brand name from LG. All it means is it has a high pixel density. You are comparing a crap phone with a generic screen against a retina display... of course its going to look like crap beside it.

Look at the SGS2 with super amoled+, look at the sensation or Evo3d with QHD, then look at your moto and at the iphone. Super Amoled+, qHD, and Retina all look pretty similar. The difference is apple's retina display cant be achieved at larger screen sizes.. its a trick of the screen size. If you want a large screen size and keep it good looking, go for an SGS2, Nexus Prime, or an HTC phone that uses qHD.

You dont have to go smaller to achieve a nice looking screen.. you just have to know where to look. And no buying crap phones! :)

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 07:23 1

18. Bob (unregistered)


Qhd kinda blows...its no good because of the crappy pine tile matrix!!! Videos are even pixelated at times!!!! So forget qhd and omg everyone follow the ban wagon on the new sgs2!!!! Not

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 07:39 5

19. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


What are you talking about? I have a qHD display on my HTC Evo 3D & I STILL never have seen any "pixelated video". So sir you lie. I have had the phone since it came out on June 24th & never have I noticed that. If you have noticed that on a video, then you saw a very low quality video. It's as simple as that. Sorry to burst your bubble BUT NO!

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 07:52 2

20. calamazoo (unregistered)


SAE, that's because HTC's qHD screens are using the regular RGB matrix, only Motorola uses the pentile matrix for qHD... even then, pixelated video is probably the result of crappy clip quality, not the display itself.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 08:00 2

23. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thats exactly why i made the distinction and said "HTC qHD" :)

sorry, but I have pentile on my SGS1. Unless your nose is on the screen you dont notice it at all.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 08:00

22. Simba501 (Posts: 28; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


qHD appears to only suck on the Atrix

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 03:35

67. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


You remix are an android fanboy. A monochrome display android device would look spectacular for you and would be better than the iphone's retina display, lol. You're a complete joke :-)

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 08:14 2

70. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


alright iDiot, if you going to call me out, where exactly did i diss your precious LG Retina display? I didnt.
The only joke is you and your instant "gotta attack" mentality without actually reading the comment your attacking.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 13:58

75. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


I don't need to read your comments. It's a given already that it would be a hateful one against iDevices, lol.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 14:04 1

76. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


commenting without reading. your officially dumber than Taco. He at leasts reads most of the time before saying something stupid.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 07:55 3

21. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


I think 4" is over KILL

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 10:24 1

38. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


Try using something bigger for some common apps and web browsing. I thought my iPod Touch was pretty good (as well as my buddy's iPhone) until I got my EVO. After having a 4.3 inch screen, I will never buy a phone with a screen smaller than 4 inches. Yes, the display on the iPhone is gorgeous, but for me that small of a screen is almost unusable.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 13:40 2

45. NotTooBig (unregistered)


That's your opinion. Personally, I wouldn't carry anything that wouldn't fit in my pocket. The current iPhone size is perfect. I wouldn't want a huge case hanging off your belt like a geek.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 14:12 2

48. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


I agree i have used my friends extra HTC for a day and its way too much. If i need big screen then i use my iPad. But i like my phone mobile. I cant stand brick phones.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 17:33 2

52. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


There is enough real estate in the current form factor to support a 4" screen. Basically the current shape won't change, but Apple will have to shift the layout of their phone.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 20:22

57. s (unregistered)


thank god it s not 4' otherwise apple would start to sue everyone that has a 4' screen because they have magically reinvented the big screens

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 14:23

80. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


shut up

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 06:28 8

2. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


4 inch screen is for me the perfect size for a screen. Not too small, and not too big.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 07:02 2

14. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the screens can get as big as they want with me... as long as the bezel keeps shrinking so the phones dont get any bigger. I'd say the galaxyS was about the perfect phone size for me, but there is still plenty of room for that screen to grow inside that phone by shrinking bezels.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 03:38

68. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Another uber biased comment from the blind android fanboy. Like I said, an android phone can have a 60inch display and it would still be a perfect size phone for a blind andoid fanboy like you, lol. What did you think of the Samsung Armani phone? LOL. I bet it was the perfect size back then huh? LOL.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 08:17 1

71. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


what are you talking about? you really are showing how much like taco you really are. I didnt even mention that stupid iphone nor did i say anything about android, you iDiot. Screen sizes are UNIVERSAL.. Last I checked WP7, Bada, symbian, and the whole group used similar screen sizes.


OH yea.. to everyone exept ibots... ha, do i hear the sounds of jealousy that the iphone might still not be the average 4 inches? feeling below average? that would explain the unrequired hostilities.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 14:23

81. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Boooooooooo

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 06:33 6

3. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


I completely agree with you! Why would anyone upgrade from an iPhone4? The only "real" new feature will be the 8MP camera.

To be quite honest, I'm getting very bored with my iPhone 4. I definitely wont buy a new one, just because it's thinner!

There has to be that 'something' extra!

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 06:43 5

5. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


If you're not going to buy a new iphone, i'd recomend you check out the Samsung Wave 3 to be launched at the Samsung Unpacked event on september 1st.
My guess is that it will have some really awesome specifications.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 06:54 2

8. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


The problem with Samsung phones is the lousy software. I had two previous Samsung phones and never upgraded to their smartphones because of their software. On paper Samsung products have great specs and super-amoled display is goregous, but I never got comfortable after demo-ing their products in the store.

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