A new trend
Smartphones are going against one of the long-held rules in portable electronics, that smaller is better.
Year by year, computers, storage devices and music players have shed size and weight. And for decades, it has been happening with cellphones, too.
But now cellphones, and smartphones in particular, are going the way of the television: They just keep getting bigger and bigger. And people keep buying them.
The trend became even more apparent this week, as handset makers introduced a number of big-screen smartphones - from five diagonal inches to more than seven inches - at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain.
Samsung Electronics, Sony and the Chinese manufacturers Huawei and ZTE, among others, are all betting that consumers find images and video to be more vivid and engaging on a bigger screen, and that they may prefer to carry a larger phone instead of both a smartphone and a tablet.
Text: Brian X Chen, Business Standard
Image Courtesy: Samsung