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Apple iPhone 5 Will Have Smaller Than 4-inch Display

Apple has apparently chosen a screen with a diagonal of between 3.5 and 3.7 inches, rather than a 4-inch to 4.2-inch one as many had previously thought for the iPhone 5

Yenting Chen & Joseph Tsai from Digitimes (opens in new tab) wrote that sources from upstream panel suppliers - the guys who will provide the components - have confirmed that the size of the screen will still be less than 4 inches.

That introduces an interesting dilemma; a bigger screen will mean that Apple will have to increase the resolution accordingly in order to respect its Retina display pixel density which is currently set at 326ppi.

The reason why Apple will stick to something closer to the 3.5-inch screen, is to accommodate the display without having to change the chassis and, instead, make the bezel significantly thinner, something that we alluded to a few months ago.

Popular phones like the HTC Desire S, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and the Motorola Milestone all boast a 3.7-inch display, but they are becoming rarer as the latest generation of super phones (HTC Evo 3D, Sensation, Samsung Galaxy S2 and Motorola Atrix) are all 4.3-inch or bigger.

However, none have managed to match the screen resolution of the iPhone 4 which, even after 15 months, remains unmatched at 960x640 pixels.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.