Data Monday: Big Screen Smartphones

by Luke Wroblewski October 14, 2012

When it comes to smartphones, the day of the 3.5" screen may be coming to an end. As more manufacturers, including Apple, decide that bigger screens are better.

  • Of all the Android devices sold in the last 3 months, nearly one-third (29%) of them had a screen size of over 4.5 inches. (source)
  • On these devices, the larger the screen the more likely a consumer will use that device for different services. For example, only 19% of consumers with a screen smaller than three inches download and watch videos, compared to 65% when the screen is five inches or more. (source)
  • Samsung's Galaxy S III, which features a 4.8" screen, sold 20 million units 100 days after the handset launched in May 2012. (source)
  • Samsung's Galaxy Note, which features a 5.3” screen, sold more than 10 million units since its debut. The Note II will feature a 5.5" screen. (source)
  • Apple sold a record 5 million iPhone 5 devices (with a larger 4" screen) the first weekend the device was on sale. (source)
  • New flagship Windows 8 smartphones will feature 4.5" screens on the Lumia 920 and a 4.3" screen on the HTC Windows Phone 8X. (source)