iPhone 6 likely to have lower screen-to-size ratio compared to other flagships



iPhone 6 concept render by Tomas Moyano and Nicolàs Aichino

Until recently, a smartphone's screen-to-size ratio was a factor that pretty much nobody cared about. Now, however, the term is being mentioned more often than ever. It is used to express how efficiently a smartphone's front side is being used – how little of it is "wasted", being occupied by bezels, buttons, and anything that isn't a touchscreen. The screen-to-size ratio is also a great measure of how compact a smartphone is relative to its screen size.

Now let's talk about the iPhone 6 – the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model, to be more specific. As it usually happens with highly-anticipated smartphones, plenty of information about Apple's next-gen handset has been leaked, including the alleged size of its screen and of the device itself. (Here's our iPhone 6 size comparison vs other flagships.) That's all the data we need to calculate the expected screen-to-size ratio of the upcoming iPhone model in order to compare it to that of other popular smartphones. 

For those wondering, here's how the magic happens: assuming that the iPhone 6 will have a 4.7-inch display with a 9:16 aspect ratio, we can calculate that its screen could be approximately 2.304 inches wide and 4.096 inches tall. Accent here is on "approximately" because the screen's diagonal size, which is an essential figure in our calculations, could actually be between 4.65 and 4.74 inches even if the screen ends up being advertised as a 4.7-incher. Either way, its area should be close to 9.437 square inches, as we deducted after applying our Algebra 1 skills. As for the area of the phone's front side, we're looking at a figure of around 14.335 square inches (ignoring the curves), which we obtained by multiplying the alleged width and height of the handset – 2.64 by 5.43 inches. Dividing the screen's area by the phone's area returns 0.658, or a screen-to-size ratio of 65.8% for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model. 

How does this figure compare to the screen-to-size ratios of other popular and not-so-popular smartphones? Well, it turns out that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will fare better than its predecessor, but will still stand behind most other popular smartphones in that respect. As long as the leaked data is correct, that is. Here's a chart for you to examine.

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iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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39 Comments

1. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

70% and upwards should be the norm.

22. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

There's no surprise... IPhones have never focused on reducing bezels. That's why they always marketed 4" is the most perfect size for a smartphone. They should take some inspiration from G3 or sharp crystal...

39. VHMP01

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

Apple used to market 3.5" as the most perfect size for a Smartphone...

29. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 290; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

no iphone is the norm - per iheep...

33. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

According to my calcs, the upcoming Z3 Compact will have around 71% which is very good being waterproof

2. Wolf_Blitza

Posts: 64; Member since: May 30, 2014

Just to compare, the iPhone 6 is worse than 2012 4.7" phones like the Optimus G (67.7%), Nexus 4 (66.8%). And it's way behind last year's Galaxy S4 (72.1%).

23. VHMP01

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

iPhonny 6 even compares to low end Galaxy Mini!

25. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

we know since 2010. Lol

3. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

So, by the title exactly what flagships is it better than?

10. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Huh? Title says lower. That means it's worse.

15. Cicero

Posts: 1113; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Where is the wow factor here? I simply do not understand this post.

19. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

it's saying the iphone 6 is poorly designed

4. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

It is still below M8 ! And it has front speakers

16. nebsif

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

haha yes finally the flagship bezel king is dethroned by apple :)

32. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1244; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

I see what you did there.... Haha...

34. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I own an M8 but this made me laugh! :D

5. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

no reason for bezels of more than 32%. just poor design. especially the iphones which are supposed to be very easy to use with one hand.

6. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

And we need an article to know this?? why??

11. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Actually this is a very important metric for large screen phones in terms of usability and one handed operation.

14. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

That does make sense. But same time, iPhone is known to be narrow, so most of its bezel is mostly coming from the top and bottom This wouldn't affect one hand operation too much. However, LG makes their phones a bit too wide and makes it hard to use with just one hand even they have low screen to size ratio.

20. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

It won't be narrow anymore with a 4.7" screen. Only reason it was narrow was because of the smaller screen. LG G3 has less side bezels than any other phone. They had to put the buttons on the back to accomplish that. It's just a massive screen on it that makes it so wide.

30. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Apple can still accomplish a narrow iPhone with a 4.7" screen, they just have to use some weird resolution (like they've been doing until now). LG phones aren't wide, they use the same resolution as almost every Android flagship, so any 5.2" screen is the same size!

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Still it doesn't matter to people.

8. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Front facing speakers? Lol no

9. mc0714

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

What about Lumia 930?

18. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

it was in the original article of comparison of Flagships in terms of screen-to-size ratio. It was just after the LG G3. I don't know why it's omitted here. Well, u know PA, so hard for them to mention anything overwhelmingly positive about lumia and if they do, they give it its 15 mins of fame and that's it.

12. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

NO REALLY?!!?

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30953; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well duhhh, Touch ID alone will see to that.

24. VHMP01

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

Exactly, iTouch iD is just a gimmick!

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30953; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No it's not a gimmick at all, for you to even think that, shows you know nothing about tech and just wanna run your mouth. It's a form of forward thinking, but you probably can't see that.

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