Apple may have been late to enter the large smartphone market but when it did a number of things happened. First, Apple sold more iPhones. Second, Apple’s revenue and profits rose to historic levels even if marketshare did not. Third, Apple’s move forced other manufacturers to differentiate their smartphones and the only way to go was, well, up. Or, rather, bigger. Much bigger.
In just over a few years, the iPhone’s display size has followed the trend. If small is beautiful, the larger is better than beautiful. Small seems so 1999.
The original iPhone was 3.5-inches. iPhones 4 to 5 were 4-inches. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus through 8 and 8 Plus brought us 4.7-inch and 5.5 inch displays, respectively. Today, iPhone Xs is 5.8-inches, iPhone XR is 6.1-inches, and iPhone Xs Max is a whopping 6.5-inches.
What’s going on? Smartphones are becoming the new tablets and that might explain why tablet sales– including iPad– are in the dumpers the past few years.
Huawei’s latest phone is bigger than an iPad mini
Really? Yes, smartphones seem to be getting bigger, Palm’s new 3-inch Palm notwithstanding, but an iPad mini isn’t exactly a tiny device.
Let’s do the math.
Huawei turned up the volume for this series, literally, with a truly massive phone with a 7.2-inch screen, called the Mate 20 X. That’s a whole different phablet-y world from the 6.39-inch Mate 20 Pro and 6.53-inch Mate 20, and bigger than an iPad mini.
Apple still sells the iPad mini and it still weighs in with a display measured at 7.9-inches, so maybe math has changed. Yes, iPad mini is an ancient device by iPhone standards. It sports an Apple-designed A8 chip while iPhone Xs has an A12, so there’s that.
Specifications wise, iPad mini weighs just under 300 grams, stands 8-inches tall, and 5.3-inches wide. No, it’s not the table for your pocket. That’s nearly twice as heavy as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, and almost two inches taller and an inch wider.
I won’t argue the point that many new smartphones are tablet-like in size, but I don’t recall seeing anyone carry an iPad mini around in a butt pocket, and I understand the sentiment that larger smartphones blur the line between tablet convenience and usability, but Huwawei’s new flagships are not bigger than an iPad mini.