Average display sizes keep on growing in tech, smartphones lead the way

Average display sizes keep on growing in tech, smartphones lead the way
You have witnessed it with smartphones in the last couple of years, but it’s a trend all across the industry - screen sizes are growing, according to the latest study by NPD Display Search.

Actually, if we take away OLED TVs which have started appearing massively recently, phones show the fastest growth in screen size. In 2010, the average handset screen size was merely 2.4 inches, growing to 2.6” in 2011, and 3 inches on average this year. In 2013, the average mobile phone will have a screen of 3.3 inches, as more and more people switch to owning a smartphone.

In the four years since 2010, that would be a growth of 38%. In 2012, we’ve seen most high-end Android handsets to feature 4.7-inch and larger display.

And that’s how it is all across the industry. There is one notable exception and that is mobile PCs, where we’ve seen sizes actually decline and the focus shift to portability. Tablets are a key part of that development. With 10.1-inch Android tablets, the 9.7-inch iPad and the growth of 7-inch affordable tablets, mobile PCs are getting dragged down.

How do you feel about that overall growth of screen sizes? How far can it go for smartphones?

source: NPD


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28 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

WHY APPLE!!! WHY CAN'T YOU RELEASE BACK THE 3.5INCHES SCREEN!!!

8. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Yup. I hope they released the same screen... so that everyone will flock somewhere else. Hahaha. i want them to fail so bad.

15. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

I know how you but i would rather just have them lower their prices. You so i can buy one for my mom and dad. simple phones for simple people.

24. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

So pathetic that you have actual emotional hatred toward a company.

27. zhypher_23

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Like they say, the longer the better if you know what I mean ;) *smirks*

2. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Bigger is better!! love the Galaxy Note II

9. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Seeing the increase in phone size and the comfort zone of 7-8" for tablets, I have a feeling that tablets and phones will meet at 7". Phones on 2016 like the Galaxy S 6 would probably be 7" 1080p HD with Phone Capabilities and (5)G - as well as the lessening of bezels for it to be pocketable. Although I can say right now that I want a 6-7" phablet.

11. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Then you are in luck. GN III will probably sport a 6 inch screen. Because they've just launched Galaxy player which sports 5.8 inch screen. They will likely minimize the bezel of that device and make it a 6 inch phone cum tablet!!

17. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

the galaxy note 2 really is a beast. i expect the successors to be great too! but, seeing how phones like those get many variants, updates may get a little slow for me... so I'm hoping for a phablet Nexus. I'm really in love with the Nexus line. Even up to present, I can still consider the Nexus S.

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

average size of display will increase only till 6 inch without bezel.todays phablets will be called smartphones tomorrow.

4. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Am i the only one HATING these HUGE monster sized phones?

6. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

YES..

19. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Yea they're getting too big. Tried the international sgs3 and it was nice but just too big to use as a work phone. Couldn't help but feel silly holding it.

13. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

alterecho. are you using internet on your phone? if not then try it first and I guarantee to you that you going to change your mind.

23. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I do use the phone for browsing. But I would like to hold the device comfortably first.

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Very soon we will be carrying phones in our suitcase like In the 80's

7. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Just can"t believe how mobile an smartphones have changed,from the Nokia 3310 with just 1" screens an now the Galaxy Note with 5.5" screens,but the Large screens are such are so much better for Viewing Images an Watching Videos,this is one reason why Blackberry are switching to Large Screen Smartphones to compete more

10. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

.i think the average is 4,3 inches and should stay at that after that is too big for mee

14. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

that is why I can't wait for phones that will fold in half just like Sony tablet P I think it is or something like that. so it will still be small for pocket but once you use it you will be able to open it and have a big screen. anyway I am really looking forward to google glasses, that will be the end of the smartphones.

12. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

This is why I have two phones, anything bigger than 4.3 doesn't allow me to use it with one hand...

16. No_Nonsense unregistered

For what do you need to use your phone with one hand except calls? Just curious.

18. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Many reasons, like when my other hand is holding something,

21. Seymur unregistered

if you know what i mean

22. g2a5b0e unregistered

Seymur's comment FTW!!!

25. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Yeah I know this is coming

20. g2a5b0e unregistered

They give the average display size for all phones. I wonder what the average display size is for just smartphones.

26. pliskin1

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Anything over 4" or 4.3" depending on the bezel is just too much. If I wanted to carry a tablet around I would, but I want something that fits in my pocket comfortably, and most smartphones don't fit that bill...besides, a bigger screen is only that much more prone to breaking. Maybe something like the Sony Tablet P could fulfill the big screen/small size issue.

28. millgate

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 13, 2010

Hello people, It's quite revealing to watch the recent surge in 'Chinese 6 inch smartphones'. Just try selecting that quote and right click the result ! ... This 6 inch market is amazing. It promises the rise in the 'pocketable' smartphone marketplace - and even the demise of the Apple product line as it is today. Even Steve Jobs would have liked it ! ... 'Pocketable' is the key word. Just right for the inside pocket of the male or female jacket ... Wonderful for the average shirt pocket ... Terrific for a shoulder-worn man-bag or a ladies 'clutch bag. And ...as for price-performance ... just look at the 6 inch devices that are appearing on eBay and Amazon as I speak !! As soon as one of the larger networks adopts these devices and/or some of the more 'grown up' Chinese manufacturers catch on - especially if 'ol Sammy and HUAWEI - both of whom are rumoured to be about to launch 6 inch devices - pull their fingers out! ... just watch the movement down to sensible prices. My 6 inch 'monster' - which everyone who sees it cannot wait to get their hands on - cost me only £140 and was delivered in 3 days to my home in the UK from mainland China. It is a delight to use ... and what I cannot do on it that might be done by any Samsung or Hitachi or LG or NOKIA device - I'm prepared to overlook. C';mon people ... a 6 inch, POCKETABLE 'monster', WHICH CAN BE USED AS EASILY AS CAN A SMALL LAPTOP ... delivered to your door for under £150 is just TOO GOOD TO MISS ! Join in ... I dare you !

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