Will there be a wave of 6 inch smartphones this year?

by: Robert TriggsApril 8, 2013


Just how large do you like your smartphone screens? Is the Sony Xperia Z’s 5-inch display just about right? Does 5.5 inches like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 offer the optimal screen size, or is bigger always better, as in the 6.1 inch Huawei Ascend Mate?

According to a report from DigiTimes, 6-inch displays are quickly coming into fashion amongst smartphone makers, and component suppliers are gearing up to ship enough panels to meet a foreseen rise in big-screen smartphones this year. In particular, Japan-based display manufacturers, mainly Sharp and Panasonic, have been ramping up production of 6-inch ultra-thin panels. These displays will be targeted at high end smartphones utilizing high quality displays, and will be appearing in handsets which are expected to launch around the end of Q3 2013.

DigiTimes credits the Samsung Galaxy Note series for having inspired manufacturers to invest in this form factor. Samsung recorded over 8 million sales of Galaxy Note devices in 2012. Acer has also made a point of noting this demand, as it expects large-screen smartphone global sales to exceed 10 million units in 2013.

As with most reports from suppliers cited by DigiTimes, though, it’s best to take these with a grain of salt, until the time manufacturers actually announce (or leak) devices in this form factor. Still, I’m not convinced quite yet that bigger is always better when it comes to mobile phones. There’s a market distinction between tablets and smartphones for a reason, and I’m just not sure that I want to carry around a handset that’s any bigger than necessary when I’m out and about. Perhaps someone in the comments can convince me otherwise.

  • Mikesphoneandtab

    Obviously that companies are trying to push the average size to see how far they can go. They won’t stop making them until people stop buying them. I wouldn’t buy a phone that large but obviously people are looking them.

  • Arsenal™

    6 inch? some people may love it but personally its a hassle trying to get a 6inch phone into and out of ur pocket let alone using it with one hand

    • Thats what they thought about 5″ phone.i will be not surprised if i started to see 6″ phone everywhere, but yeah its akward.

    • no rply

      i think 5” is best size for a phone and above 5” its phablet ……..

    • Tarek El-Ghazaly

      Unless you enjoy carrying a tablet around, and having your apps scattered between two Androids, a 6″ device with minimal bezel is the way to go. The real star here, however, is the battery such a device is capable of fitting in, which will change how you use your Android forever. This last reason is why I’ll be passing on the 4-5″ options out there for this phone.


    bigger the better

    • fixxmyhead

      fuck yea. go big or go home bitches

    • Than buy tab note 8.0 ;)

      • Johan

        I actually would, if it were not for the big edges.

  • MasterMuffin

    The screen size isn’t the thing, it’s the size of the phone. Sgs4 has bigger screen than sgs3 but it’s smaller in every way. 6″ is still TOO DAMN MUCH though. BTW I’d like to see the screen/body ratio of sgs4 compared to Xperia ZL

    • Jmoney

      If you make the first note bezzle-less it will be a 6 inch screen

      • MasterMuffin

        and that may fit for someone, but not for me. I still remember though when people were like “sgs2’s 4,3″ screen is way too big” xD thinhs can and will change…

  • My last 3 phones were the galaxy S1,2, and 3. I used to think that phones with stupidly big screens make a user look idiotic while on a call, but then I realized that most of the time you spend on a phone is looking at the screen. I’m dropping the S4 this year and going to try the Note 3. I have a feeling I won’t regret it. Galaxy S 4 might be the flagship product, but the Note has always been the refined device with the best of all features. (eg. LTE+quadcore) What I do fear is once you go phablet, you can’t go back to a smaller screen.

  • Texas Black

    gosh i hope so ..these small phones for us big people suck….

  • even big/tall people can’t use a 6″ one-handed. I won’t ever buy a phone above 4,7″.

  • Travon Cleveland

    4.8 is the biggest screen size i’ll use. Anything above that is just too much imo.

  • I like, if bezelless!

  • Larkhillv

    5.5″ is the biggest I’d be willing to go… anything larger and you might as well just carry around a Nexus 7 in your pocket.

  • What the hell is the point?

  • If a graphic mobile communication device doesn’t fit into my shirt pocket anymore, I call it a tablet. Otherwise it is a smartphone. Currently my GN2 fits comfortably. A 6 inch device is very close to not fitting the shirt pocket.

  • Johan

    I would love to have a phone with a 6.5″ – 7.0″ screen, IF there were to be almost no bezel.