Thank you for this.
Manufacturers don't get it. They need to make solid mid-size phones. And if they do, they'll have a whole other market: women, younger people, those who want a compact device, etc.
Unfortunately, today, if you want a great device, you have to buy a bigger device. How off-putting.
All because manufacturers want to preserve the margins that come with larger phones. It's a bone-headed choice. They are ignoring whole markets to chase margins.
Main reason android phones get bigger is because they could not compete with iphone at the same size.
Android need better hardware to compete on par with iphone.
So if you have a 4.0 android phone, it will be below iphone performance and even specs, and much much more expensive. They simply couldn't sell.
Anonymous, 16 Apr 2013Why only android? Why cant iphone and WP join?iphone?? wp?? what was that??
HTC Note One, 16 Apr 2013i want htc one but 5.5inch sdcard battery 3400mhz removable :Dlol battery mhz? how old are you
Peter, 16 Apr 2013Even something like my HTC One S would be good. The Xperia ZL is with a 5" screen almost just as big (or little) as the One S (with a 4,3" screen). The One S is a big phone for one with a 4,3" screen. Based on the bezel of the XZL Sony should be able to produce a 4,3" phone no bigger than 116mm x 61mm.
Too bad that the only one who comes up with a high-end device these days is Xiaomi with their M2S. Sony has a Xperia SX (3,7")... but only in Japan (NTT Docomo).
That's the way to go, thanks for this quest! Make this topic more visible, don't let it disappear as an old news, make it big!
Two articles i read today in gsmarena
1. Analysts estimate Sony sold 4.6 million Xperia Z phones in 40 days
2. ....Not even the best performing companies out there can afford to ignore requests singed by thousands of people.
........who do they listen to thousands or millions?
i firmly believe that companies will be able to make a perfect mobile phone with affordable price,great specs,and compact but that will eat up their own profits.
P.S: signing online petition now.
You're in reality asking for 2011-2012 flagships with up to date proc-ram-camera.
because 720P 4.1"-4.3", best processor (at the time), best ram (at the time) and best camera (at the time) are:
Sony XPeria S (4.3 MSM8960 12MP 1GB), Acer CloudMobile (4.3 MSM8960 8MP 1GB), Huawei Ascend DQuad (4.5 K3V2 Quad 1.5 8MP 1GB)
That's now mainstream.
If you don't have FHD screen you don't need more processing powerthan what those phones offer. Actually, if you want to bring it at a pricepoint where it's as expensive as the current top notch, you better look at something to do about the battery, wireless charger, materials, paints, accessories, colors, etc. But not at putting more power in it.
control freak, 16 Apr 2013nobody thought abt the ZL... its not as compact as a iphone.. but its slightly smaller than th... moreBecause It may be shorter than s4..but it's 9.8 mm thicker...no one will say 9.8 mm thick device as compact...s4 is the compact 5 incher till now..even with it's 2600 mah battery...
And this is why iPhone refuse to keep up with the screen size race..
Smartphones are getting updated with higher end hardwares.. well thats a must. but why they are getting bigger and bigger!? not only because they require better and bigger displays but also they are getting more and more power-hungry. its not only better and bigger screens which makes the manufacturers to increase the size of their smartphones but also the need for bigger and bigger batteries. The hardware requirements which you mentioned cant get into a phone with that size or you would not have a satisfying daily battery endurance. Just take a look at the smartphones battery capacities since 5 years ago till now and how its getting bigger and bigger. I mean for a high end power hungry phone with decent hardware specifications, bigger means better battery life which is already an issue even for the big sized phones out there already let alone mid-sizers...
Absolutely welcome your initiative. It always bothered me whenever i had to handle phones larger than 4.2". Its a great initiative. I would prefer a screen within 4.2 or 4.3 max, with a powerful battery , good camera optics,memory card support and FM radio(Must have). WONDER why major players shy away from offering one, which if they do will be a runaway success.
i think we already have them in the current market..
MOTOROLA RAZR M. so itching to be available in our country.
Android phone with jelly bean os, 3.5 inch display, sleek model with sqaure edges(like i phone) keys to make and cut calls with ease(like in nokia), 5 mp camera with led flash, front camera, good battery with 14hrs talk time, processor of above 1 ghz and should not hang while making calls, gps, fast internet browsing, with price range of rs.12000 will be the good one for indian market. priority preference may be given for making and receiving calls with ease and without lag on calls. No preference for gaming (Sorry lot of phones are there for gaming).
You are the minority...flagship specs on a small phone would not sell.
Ashad Chowdhury, 16 Apr 2013I agree with this from bottom of my heart. After using iPhone 5 of my friend for some days, I ... moreTHANK YOU GSMARENA! Finally, a major initiative by a major online tech site/blog 2 stop this mad march of ever bigger screen sizes 4 Android phones! I've been very vocal about this issue all over the internet and I'm glad at least there r many others who share d same concerns as most of the Android manufacturers seem 2 be paying little or absolutely no regard 2 comfort n convenience of the users n d sizes of these devices has already surpassed all such limits and yet the trend of ever bigger devices continues with Samsung's latest monsters 6.3'' and 5.8'' Galaxy Mega with pretty avg. specs! While there r a relative minority of people who seem 2 be preferring ever larger phones, a consensus I believe has already been reached that the sizes of these devices is gettng 2 large 4 comfort and defeats the very purpose of cell phones in d 1st place - their mobility! Hope the manufacturers pay heed 2 this petition and realize that it's hi time 2 focus on other aspects of a smartphone (better batteries n software optimization r some prime examples which still leave a LOT 2 be desired) rather than just going on infinitely increasing the sizes of the screens n the devices!
I agree with this from bottom of my heart. After using iPhone 5 of my friend for some days, I wish there were an android phone with same display size & pixel density, same powerful processing capacity as iPhone 5. But all the pioneer companies launching their flagship android phones with bigger display which are uncomfortable for rough/regular use.