A Third of Smartphones Shipped Last Quarter Had a 5-Inch or Larger Display [Chart]

A Third of Smartphones Shipped Last Quarter Had a 5-Inch or Larger Display [Chart]

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Shipments of smartphones with 5-inch or larger displays grew 369% last quarter reaching 34% of all smartphones sold, reports Canalys. That number is even higher in greater China (39%) and Asia Pacific (43%).

"This is still a market segment led by Samsung, but the trend is unmistakably toward larger-screen handsets at the high end of the market. It held a 44% share of devices with displays of 5" and above, and 53% if the view is narrowed to look at 5.5"-plus displays," said Canalys Analyst Jessica Kwee. "But many other vendors, such as Lenovo, Huawei, LG and Sony, have also achieved significant volumes in this space with products at the top end of their portfolios. Consumers now expect high-end devices to have large displays, and Apple’s absence in this market will clearly not last long. It is notable that 5" and above displays featured on almost half (47%) of smart phones with an unlocked retail price of US$500 or more. Of the remaining 53% of high-end smart phones, 87% were iPhones. Apple plainly needs a larger-screen smart phone to remain competitive, and it will look to address this in the coming months."

Apple is expected to release a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 as soon as August and follow that up with a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 as early as September.

Take a look a the chart below...

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A Third of Smartphones Shipped Last Quarter Had a 5-Inch or Larger Display [Chart]
LudaChris - May 15, 2014 at 4:28pm
Hurry up with the 5.5 that we shouldve had last year.
K - May 15, 2014 at 4:32pm
It's better late than never ya know.
Nat - May 15, 2014 at 4:02pm
There you have it. Not many want bigger shit to fall harder. That proves galaxy still eats dust.
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