Average display size continues to rise on almost all electronics

By on October 17, 2012, 7:30 AM

A new study from NPD DisplaySeach reveals that the average display size on most electronic devices is on the rise. Desktop monitors, television sets, portable media players and even public displays have all experienced a healthy gain over the past few years and are projected to increase through next year. There are, however, a few exceptions to the trend.

Most gains are modest at best, like the five percent increase in the average desktop monitor from 2010 through 2013, the seven percent jump in portable navigation devices and the nine percent increase in the average size of an LCD TV.

Other categories saw more impressive gains. For example, the average size of a portable media player shot up 29 percent while mobile phone screen size increased by 38 percent on average. OLED television size is expected to jump a whopping 267 percent come next year. This is due to the fact that the average size of an OLED TV in 2010 was only 15 inches. We are now seeing OLED televisions average 55 inches in diagonal size.

The Mobile PC category is the only application that is on a downward trend. NPD believes that notebook computer buyers are after more portable solutions like Ultrabooks. Furthermore, tablet screen sizes started out around 10 inches but here lately we’ve seen a trend towards smaller slates.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire, Google’s Nexus 7 and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet are all prime examples in the smaller market. With Apple planning to announce the iPad Mini at a media event next week, the move towards smaller and more portable tablets is only going to pick up steam.




User Comments: 4

Got something to say? Post a comment
Guest said:

I am still waiting for high end small Android smartphone that is something like 4" to 4.3" screen. I might have no choice and buy Razr M instead of wait. I don't understand why the smartphones have to be so big that force anyone to use two hands unless you have a big hand.

BTW: I do not buy Apple production. Never own any of it, so do not suggest me to buy iPhone. :-P

1 person liked this | hitech0101 said:

Wish the fine print on the warranty of these products would also increase in size.

MilwaukeeMike said:

"Amazon?s Kindle Fire, Google?s Nexus 7 and Barnes & Noble?s Nook Tablet are all prime examples in the smaller market. With Apple planning to announce the iPad Mini at a media event next week, the move towards smaller and more portable tablets is only going to pick up steam."

Maybe I'm unique in this regard, but I didn't buy a Nook tablet because I wanted a 7" tablet, I bought one because $200 is what I was willing to pay for a tablet (the Nexus wasn't out yet). We don't have small tablets because people want small tablets, we have them because people want cheaper tablets.

This is true for every screen... we've always wanted bigger screens, but the technology needs to be available to sell them cheaply. NPD Display Search could have summed up their entire study by just saying 'People want to spend less'.

kmitech said:

I wish to have 21 inches of monitor and hoping for charging low prices..

Load all comments...

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.