Phone sizes grew drastically in a year, are you tired of 6-inchers?

Phone sizes grew drastically in a year, are you tired of 6-inchers?
In a breath of fresh air, Korean media reported recently that Samsung may break the Galaxy S-line mold, and introduce three S10 versions, and one may be a basic model with flat display closer to the 5" range. One might be a cynic and say that's exactly mimicking Apple's strategy with three 2018 iPhones primed for release, but if these rumors hold water in the end, Samsung may have a veritable hit on its hands.

Look around, do you see any popular compact Androids released in the last year or so? It's a 5.7-incher next to a 6-incher next to a 6"+ behemoth. No amount of bezel-cutting, notch-ing or camera-popping can hide the fact that most flagships released since last spring are hovering around the 6" screen diagonal mark. Granted, the switch to an 18:9 aspect ratio (or thereabouts) makes them more palpable to use than the 16:9 units of yesteryear, but, please, can one get a break from huge phones? Here's a little statistic for you - screen sizes for popular phones from some best-selling Android brands issued 2016-2018.


Quick calculation pegs the increase in the average screen size of the devices listed to go from 5.25" in 2016 to 5.46" in 2017. That's a 4% increase which is in line with the norms in previous years. From 2017 to this year, however, the models grew to the whopping 6.05 inches on average for the popular 2018 models above. That's 11% increase in screen sizes for the last year or so and has never happened before.

Granted, some of the humongous diagonals' footprint is offset by the move to a taller and narrower aspect ratio, but looking at the phones' dimensions, we can easily see that the growth between 2016 and 2018 is gigantic. There is barely a handset that fits well in the palm and can be comfortably operated with one hand anymore, and the trend is moving downmarket as well - the most popular Redmi line of Xiaomi that sells millions upon millions went from 5-inchers straight to 6-inchers, for instance, and, despite the bezel trimming or the narrower aspect ratio, the resulting models are still way larger than their predecessors. 

That is why we were curious to take your opinion on this trend that nobody asked us about, of huge 6-inchers that are in most of the cases uncomfortable to carry and operate. Heck, Apple is going to do the same with this year's iPhones, rumored to start from 5.8 inches, while the largest iPhone ever is said to land at 6.4", and Samsung may have an answer to it with a 6.4" S10+ of its own. Where's that going to end? You probably understand why are we rooting for a rumored basic S10 with a smaller flat screen now, so take your pick, and sound off in the comments.

Are you tired of the 6-inch phones tsunami?

No, as long as the screen-to-body ratio is kept high, I'm fine
48.45%
Yes, good grief, make smaller phones again
51.55%

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58 Comments

58. skwy1963

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

i love my zte blade zmax

53. ch3mn3y

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

Sony devices and dates are wrong. Should be XZ (5,2") -> XZ1 (5,46") -> XZ2 (5,7"). However I love phablets. I own first 6+ incher - Xperia Z Ultra and am waiting for Xiaomi Mi Max 2. Would love to see new XZx Ultra, but with bezels close to what original Ultra or XA2 Ultra have. Small bezels can be good for

47. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2292; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

So the new 6" this year is the 7". Love it. If Apple releases the 6.5", 7" will be the standard for Plus models.

43. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

This is one of the (many) reasons that I stopped buying flagship phones... mostly they are just too expensive, but yes, they have also been becoming whoppingly huge. And now, even the cheap phones are generally 5 inches and up, even when the aspect ratio is the old 16:9. Furthermore, Sony's compact flagships are now about 5-inchers, and will likely go up once they adopt the 18:9 (or thereabouts) aspect ratio. Besides, the 18:9 ratio is impossible to use one-handed, at least for me it is impossible given how tall those displays are now. I was really hoping that Apple would introduce an equivalent replacement for the iPhone SE, but with the SE 2 being reduced to a nice fairytale now, I fear that option will be gone for good. Why do the people with big hands make all the design decisions nowadays?

54. ch3mn3y

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

XZ2 Compact is already 18:9...

57. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Alas, it is indeed... I stand corrected, and even at 18:9 it is a 5-incher. Well, hopefully others will take the design cue in some way or another. I can't afford the XZ2 Compact at 600 Euros (probably more in US dollars), that is a lot of dough... not as much as Apple's iPhone commands, but still out of my range. My current device is a 5-incher with the 16:9, and I spent a mere $40 on it.

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

A Note 8, and possibly the 6.5 inch iPhone...hell no, bring em on.

41. potatotree

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 07, 2018

Why's the S8 counted and not the S8+ for 2017? Also Motorola doesn't really fit considering that the Z3 Play and Z2 Play are nearly identical in size

40. redmd

Posts: 1965; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Because bigger phones tend to have bigger batteries.

45. BGChicago

Posts: 230; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

And bigger screens consume more power so that is irrelevant.

51. Pabliell

Posts: 189; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Really? Which one? S9+, Note 8, G7, OP6, or maybe Mi 8? Which one has that so called "bigger battery"? Your argument is invalid.

39. cjreyes666

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Screens got bigger but the phones have remained the same size and in some cases decrease.

52. Pabliell

Posts: 189; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

True, but your hand didn't get any bigger. So bigger screen means less comfortable use.

38. el33t626

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

She won't be getting tired of this 6-incher anytime soon ;)

37. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1620; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

In all honesty the screen on my Note 8 feels smaller than any Note before it, and that isn't a good thing.

36. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I sold my Note 8 to get a Razer phone because the 18:9 format made the keyboard too narrow. Also I like to play music and video on my phone and the thin bezel craze does not allow for large, loud, high quality speakers like the Razer has.

35. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

honestly they make 6 inch phones fit in 5 inch body and has gotten even narrower for one hand and some of y'all question it. If y'all go bacm to a compact phone, chances are you'll miss the large screen. lmao.

30. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1128; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Am I the only one annoyed that every phone is listed chronologically except Galaxy. They compare all 3 Pixel XLs but then go S7 > S8 > S9+ why not 7 > 8 > 9. or if you wanna go larger do S7 Edge > S8+ > S9+

29. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

For my usage, the essential with a 5.7 screen and it's footprint which is almost identical to that of the iPhoneX is ideal. Started out on Windows mobile 5.0 with a 2.8 and huge body, I'm pretty happy where things are at currently, but no more or they become a burden to carry daily.

28. cmdacos

Posts: 4421; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

'Tired of 6 inches?' That's what she said...

56. ch3mn3y

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

That's why I always look for an upgrade to a bigger one ;)

26. Fellwalker

Posts: 549; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

My Huawei mate 8 at 5.9 inches 18:9 ratio is perfect for me. The nexus 4 and 5 that I had before had been too small for the reading, browsing, using maps, occasional games and more. What I find a problem is the silly fashion trend for18:9 ratio which is too narrow. It also gives the marketing spin-doctors a chance to tout an even bigger screen when the area is no better. I not convinced about the 'need' for narrow bezels; you have to hold it somewhere.

25. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I've just upgraded to iPhone 8 plus from iPhone 5s and I still haven't seen much benefit from the large screen. It's nicer to view pictures on a bigger screen, but reading is as good on the iPhone 5s thanks to reading mode in Safari browser and to reading apps. If I were a gamer I might have enjoyed the 8 plus more but I'm not. It's easier to write documents using Pages but even the large screen of the 8 plus is still too small for productivity. It's a lot more difficult to carry a large phone around. I'd wish Apple to offer a small phone with all the latest features and a full price without compromises. I like those renders of iPhone SE 2 with a screen like the iPhone X. I would sell my iPhone 8 Plus and buy such a SE 2.

32. libra89

Posts: 2354; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

You and me both on a SE 2 if it came to life.

24. Elvis358

Posts: 303; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

I start to hate these dildo phones with tall aspect ratio. Im oky with smaller bezels but with normal 16:9 ratio

23. LetThereBeLight

Posts: 117; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

I'm ok with the big size, I guess 6 is more or less the sweet spot. What I don't like is making thinner phone trend. Bought a p20 pro recently big, thick, HUGE battery ;) Although a bit heavy :/

19. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 961; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

My GF tells me 4" is just fine.

22. yalokiy

Posts: 1156; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Perhaps she has very small hands...

16. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I want 5.5" 16:9 and 14,5 cm tall

21. yalokiy

Posts: 1156; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

If you didn't hate the notch, perhaps Sharp Aquos S2 would fit. (and it's 17:9 too, but it's as close as one can get)

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