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Will the 8" space be the next big battlefield for tablet manufacturers?

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What is your preferred screen size for a tablet? Is it 10 inches or 7 inches? How about 8 inches? According to Chinese research firm TrendForce, tablet manufacturers will be focusing a lot of effort into establishing their foothold in the 8" space, as that tends to be the new sweet-spot for a tablet screen size.

The company believes that the iPad mini, along with the other similarly-sized tablets will have a share of 11.9% of the whole tablet market in 2013, which is quite the number. We remember being impressed with the portability of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 back in 2011 - it really felt more comfortable to use than an iPad, but still had a decent display that didn't make things too small. Two years later, it looks like these "mid-sized" tablets are starting to get much more attention from consumers than they did two years ago.

According to Eric Chiou from TrendForce, there is progressively less value in 7" tablets for manufacturers, as the market is already flooded and prices have gotten extremely low:

“Currently, the 7” tablets show remarkable diversity and even can be described as flooding, and the price-cutting among brands results in an unprofitable scorched earth for the 7.

So, which is your preferred screen size for a tablet?

via: BGR

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posted on 19 Apr 2013, 07:22 1

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


For me, I think that 7" is enough, cuz 7" is already big and it is easy to hold for a tablet! :)

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 08:43 5

8. menny07 (Posts: 89; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


8 inches is perfectly fine.
7 inch tablets the display is already too small.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 08:51 2

11. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


7" tablets are easy to carry, easy to hold!

And it is not small, its just because of the low resolution, try the Nexus 7, things will be different!

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 13:23

13. BrianBU (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


Yup, 8 inches is great for me but then I'm prolly not the target age bracket, 60+

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 07:26 1

2. techloverNYC (Posts: 420; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


5in phones are going to become mainstream and bigger phones like samsung mega are coming out. makes my wonder do I need that extra 2-3 in?

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 07:39 1

3. boosook (Posts: 1073; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


7'' is perfect, easy to bring with you anywhere, easy to hold with one hand, light and with a proper display (high resolution) easy to read.
If your 7/8'' tablet is not easy to read, it is not because of the small screen, but because of the low resolution. Try a Nexus 7 (or similar) and you'll be very happy with the 7'' format!

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 08:12

4. pellegrini (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


7'' is perfect for me too, but I wouldn't mind if they reduce the bezel to make it more compact or even to fit a bigger screen.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 08:14

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1372; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


i prefer a 8-10" display because most modern phones are 5+" but as for portability , 7" is the best

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 08:27 1

6. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1040; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


I actually like the 8" as far as they are 4:3 or 16:10 in format. I find 16:9 OK for 7 inches, but for 8 inches it's too long to use in portrait mode and feels awkward.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 08:35 2

7. tiara6918 (Posts: 1494; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


7 is still the best,8"started just because of apple. But still,I wouldn't mind if manufacturers will just continue to offer bigger tabs

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 08:46 1

9. Captain_Doug (Posts: 783; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I've loved the 8 inch form factor since the xyboard 8.2 came out. I think 7 is great for reading books but not for a fully functioning tablet.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 08:49

10. chemhaz (Posts: 160; Member since: 04 May 2012)


I have a Samsung GT P7320 8.9" and it's perfect for me, my wife and kids we all want to use it as first option... the clumsy 10" is left aside.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 09:37

12. howardbarrett (Posts: 45; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


8" or 10" with 4:3 aspect ratio, basically an ipad or ipad mini. i wouldn't mind the 8" galaxy note but for the price it needs a higher res screen and better connectivity.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 14:57

14. downphoenix (Posts: 2373; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Im pretty satisfied with the form factor of my Playbook, which has a 7 inch display. The bezels are bigger than similar 7" tablets like the kindle fire or Nexus 7, Im sure with the right design the same form factor could accomidate a 8" tablet, so I think that 8 is a good size.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 18:23

15. PhoenixWright (Posts: 99; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


I like the 10 inch ones.
IMO tablets should be as big as full sized magazines since its best for reading and browsing the web.
I personally wont feel the big difference if I held a 7 or my phone since its a note 2 -_-

Why go for 7 when you have your phone?
games you say? get a PS3/Xbox, chances are you own a TV and games from dedicated hardware is better and you can also play on your phone.
Reading and browsing you say? chances are you already have a bigger screen laptop or PC.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 19:17

16. AFnerdTP (Posts: 85; Member since: 15 May 2012)


i currently own the Ttab 7.7 and to me, that's about the perfect size. my roommate has the Nexus 7 and i really prefer looking at my tablet better.
as far as portability...... not gonna be carrying around tablets out either way.. doesn't matter... just up and down the stairs around my house?
so i think i'd prefer the 8 now.. especially now that i'm used to my Note II

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 21:54

17. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1119; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I have personally built mock up 16 by 9 screens and find that in that aspect ratio of screen height to screen width that the 8 inch 16 by 9 tablet is the smallest one can go to use Microsoft office on or to read an electronic version of a paper back novel on. the 8 inch 4 by 3 aspect ratio tablet is not bad ether. i have held an Ipad mini and if one came with a retina display i would buy one.and i am a Windows 8 tablet fan. the best 16 by 9 aspect ratio screen size tablet computer to hold in the human hand is the 9 inch diagonal 16 by 9. The screen height is 4 and 6/16 of an inch by 7 and 13/16 of an inch with 1/4 inch bezel.. it is not awkward to hold in the portraiture or landscaped position. unfortunately no one has built a 9 inch-16 by 9 .aspect ratio screen, Damn what a shame it's one sweet tablet computer screen. Oh well one can dream!

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 01:11

18. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


7 inches are perfect for carrying around. In fact if someone can come up with 6-7 inch phones, then u will not need a tablet at all.

While we are at it how about a real thin and lightweight 12 -14 inch tablet with hd resolution. I would love to have such a device.

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