This is how small terminals have evolved in the last 10 years.
Over the last few years, we have witnessed a change in trend in the mobile market, because we have gone from small devices that fit perfectly in a pocket to large terminals with screens larger than 6 inches.
In this sense, the specialized medium GSMArena wanted to look back to assess the current situation of small smartphones and has published a report shows how the small mobile market has changed in the last 10 years.
Every year that passes, small mobiles are less and less “small”
To carry out this study, the guys from GSMArena have selected the smallest phones from the most popular brands and have analyzed a series of parameters such as screen size, width, thickness, or weight to check how they have evolved since 2012.
In the first place, as you can see in the graph that we leave you below these lines, smartphone manufacturers have been increased the size of the screen of its smaller terminals in the last 10 years about two inches. Thus, for example, in 2012 the smallest Samsung mobile had a screen of less than 3 inches and now the more restrained model in size has a screen of more than 6 inches.
This has also meant a change in the aspect ratio of small terminals, since manufacturers they have eliminated the bezels and have made the phones taller. Thus, small smartphones have abandoned the classic 16:9 ratio in favor of other more elongated ones like 19.5:9.
The fact of manufacturing increasingly higher terminals has caused small smartphones have not increased too much in widthsince in 2012 the smallest Xiaomi had a width of 62 millimeters and currently its most compact model has a width of 70 millimeters.
Something in which small mobiles have improved is that they are getting thinnersince, to date, none of the small smartphones of the main brands is more than 9 millimeters thick and in 2012 almost all exceeded 10 millimeters.
Another aspect that has changed in small terminals is their weight, since by increasing the size of the screen they are also heavier. Thus, as you can see in the graph that we leave you under these lines, the smallest Samsung mobile in 2012 it weighed about 100 grams and now, the same device from the Korean firm weighs about 160 grams.
Analyzing these data, it seems quite clear that with each passing year, small mobiles are becoming less “small” and what if you want a smartphone less than 6 inches the only alternative you have on the market is Manzanasince the Cupertino company has in its catalog two smartphones of these dimensions: the iPhone 13 mini and the iPhone SE 2022.