Poll results: Would you mind if Android flagships were thicker, but housed larger camera sensors?


Many users argue that handsets are getting thinner for the sake of it, to the point of being uncomfortable to pick up and handle. They certainly have a point, given that the thinnest Android handset is now pegged at 5.5mm. At 10.4 mm, for instance, Nokia's Lumia 1020 is thicker than any Android flagship, but it sports one big advantage, and it's the huge 1/1.5"camera sensor, which, theoretically, can soak in more light, and produce better images.

Compare it to the average smallish 1/3.2" piece in most Android smartphones, and you catch our drift. Sony bucked the trend with a 1/2.3" sensor for the 20 MP camera on the Z1 and Z2, and Samsung now follows with the 1/2.6" 16 MP unit in the Galaxy S5. These are still a far cry from the huge sensors that Nokia places in its best cameraphones, but there's only so much you can fit in 8mm thin bodies.

That's why we asked you last week, whether you'd accept Android flagships that are a fraction of an inch thicker, or have protruding lens on the back, but fit larger camera sensors.. Alternatively, there was a choice for users who think that the latest 16 MP, and even 20 MP cameras, on Android flagships, are already good enough, while the phones can still strut their stuff together with the most anorexic fashion models out there. 

Such users turned out to be in the minority of our 2556 respondents, though. As you can see in the poll results below, more than two thirds of those who answered, don't mind a bit extra girth, if it would lead to better results in the camera department. Just 32.63% of the respondents think that a fraction of an inch more, would make phones unappealing, given that the camera performance on Android flagships is already good enough. The poll goes to show that manufacturers can bravely buck the anorexic handset trend, if they add more value to the handsets, for the sake of a few millimeters extra - users will likely understand, and be on board with the tradeoff.

Would you mind if Android flagships were thicker, but housed larger camera sensors?

The cameras on Android flagships are already good, I'd rather keep the phones slim and elegant
32.63%
The "world's thinnest" fight is getting out of hand! I don't mind a bit thicker flagships with huge camera sensors
67.37%

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44 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The only phone to match or succeed the 1020 is the behemoth 808.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7440; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They should have added to the poll and asked if anyone would mind a thicker phone for a bigger battery. I think there would be more people that would not mind a thicker phone if it had incredible battery life.

16. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

im thinkin thicker phone because it houses massive sensor, and instead of lense hump, fill space w/ bigger battery!!

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Me. 1020 camera + 4000mAh battery would have me running.

23. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

The phone is called a Motorola International 7500. Thick phone with big battery

32. jcdz89

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 01, 2013

More than 0.8mm too much for me although it's a dslr performer...

33. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

dslr thickness is like beyond 5 inches sometimes -__-- 1020 FTW

2. papss unregistered

Loved he 1020 while I had it. My wife will soon have one though

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I don't mind to buy any kind of phones as longest Nokia name on it.

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

And you talk about Samsung/Sony/HTC fans... Wow.

25. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Oh look, he's out for you too.

29. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

What do u mean?

3. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I wouldn't mind thicker Android flagships if they had sensors like the L1020. But I love the Sony XZ2 too, thin and elegant :)

4. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I don't mind a thicker phone but god dam put a big battery. 10.5mm is acceptable

5. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I'd like something a bit thicker and so would my wife ;)

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Galaxy s5 and xperia z1/z2 are the examples to prove that thin phones can house above average large sensors.

12. mrfwy

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

YES. BUT PUREVIEW IS MEGA SUPER ABOVE AVERAGE!! :)

17. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

not big enough if u ask me, kuz pixel size is still kinda shltty

39. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Not big enough but it kills every other smartphone there is!

8. mrfwy

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Only if the function justifies the design. Why would I like a crossbow while I could have a gun? If an excellent camera that overcomes the rest, the Answer is NO !!!! I WOULD NOT MIND

18. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

stealth.....well.......looks like ur dead

10. Cellphonator12

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

10mm ok, fat battery a priority, with a better camera. Displays are already great on any upper scale phone, enough!

11. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

All of the smartphone flagships and cameraphone still can't match my Nikon D5200 in terms of image quality.

13. mrfwy

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

DON'T YOU FEEL SILLY TALKING TO YOUR CAMERA?

14. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

NO... I'm not talking. I'm typing.

15. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Your account have been two years in PA, but you only have 17 posts? That's kinda weird.

19. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

dont mind the idiots felix

26. mrfwy

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

RECKLESS562 Well, let's look at the devices you currently have and had. Something tells me you are either not the brightest mobile consumer or just want someone to give you a decent phone. SONY experia might not fit that bil. OF COURSE UNLESS YOU ARE A NEWBIE SONY TROLL!!

44. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

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22. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

but can you pants pocket a DSLR

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