5-inches: The new smartphone battleground

Summary:Technology can be funny sometimes. A device like the 5-inch Dell Streak---a tablet-phone tweener that was nearly mocked at first---can wind up defining the next smartphone battleground. Even Apple is pushing to larger screens.

Technology can be funny sometimes. A device like the 5-inch Dell Streak---a tablet-phone tweener that was nearly mocked at first---can wind up defining the next smartphone battleground.

How else to you explain Apple reportedly pushing 4-inches for its next iPhone? And you can't help but notice the screen creep everywhere. Four to 5-inches is the new battleground. We're headed to a smartphone market that has Hummers and sub-compacts with little in between.

DigiTimes reports that Apple will expand the iPhone's screen to 4 inches. In other words, DigiTimes is arguing that Apple needs to fill the void between the smartphone and iPad, which sports a 10-inch screen. I guess 7-inch tablets matter after all.

Also: Apple plots iPhone nano: In praise of smaller devices

Indeed, Samsung, HTC, Acer and others are all pushing that 5-inch screen. These are superphones. These phones are also pretty damn bulky.

But for me the biggest takeaway is that Dell's Streak, which is now billed as a superphone, defined a market. Who knew?

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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