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5-inches: The new smartphone battleground

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?

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