Why Phones are heavy ! ,Although the design of the smartphone has hardly changed in recent years, there is a hidden variable that is constantly growing. Why Phones are heavy ! Today we will approach an elephant (in the room) more and more difficult: the weight of smartphones(gadgets). Yes, the devices themselves have increased significantly in size, but there are other factors that contribute to the tendency to become overweight. We took some statistics from our database and we will try to find out what happens in the least boring way.
To simplify things a bit, we focus on the flagships from Apple and Samsung: only the basic models from the original iPhone to the Galaxy S20. There are some interesting points to make and if you look at the chart, you will see the trend along with some key points on gadgets.(also read Samsung Health Monitor application with blood pressure monitoring launched for Galaxy Watch Active 2)
Why Phones are heavy ?
The first iPhone models kept the weight almost constant, between 133 and 140 grams. This is really interesting when you consider that the iPhone 4 with its bold and unique design contains metal and glass without gaining much weight. Samsung (gadgets), on the other hand, started the debut of the first Galaxy S in 2010 much more easily.Why Phones are heavy ! If we compare iPhone 3GS with Samsung Galaxy S (these are very similar and lead to many legal disputes), we will see that the Galaxy S is almost 30 grams lighter, although it has a larger screen and is a larger device in general.(also read Lenovo introduces a number of new ThinkPad laptops with 10th generation Intel H-series processors)
APPLE IPHONE 3GS
4.5 x 2.4 x 0.48 inches
115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm
135 g (4.76 oz)Samsung Galaxy S.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S.
4.82 x 2.53 x 0.39 inches 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm Weight
118 g (4.16 oz)
The main cause of this difference is the display. While the iPhone 3GS had an LCD panel, the Galaxy S used AMOLED technology. The latter produces screens that are significantly thinner and lighter because no backlight is required for operation (individual pixels emit light on their own). There’s also the metal rim on the front of the iPhone 3GS, which adds a little weight, unlike the Galaxy S’s all-plastic design.
2012 was a crucial year for the two companies. Apple ticked many boxes with the aluminum design of the iPhone 5 and kept the weight to a minimum of 112 grams. Samsung Galaxy S III from the same year was much heavier at 133 grams, mainly because it was a larger device with a larger battery. In fact, the latter is one of the main factors in the weight of phones. Apple kept the screen size at four inches, and the battery had a significantly smaller capacity, hence the lighter device.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S5
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches
142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
145 g (5.11 oz)
SAMSUNG GALAXY S6
dimensions 5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches
143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm
138 g (4.87 oz)
The next metamorphosis took place between 2014 and 2015, after the Galaxy S5 design was criticized for using plastic with a distinctive plaster structure and back appearance. Samsung decided to change things and did so with the Galaxy S6, adding the glass / metal sandwich to its model portfolio. Interestingly, the weight dropped from 145 to 138 grams, but to the detriment of battery capacity (2,800 mAh for S5 compared to 2,550 mAh for S6). Samsung has lost weight in one of the hardest things of a smartphone and as a result, the battery life of the Galaxy S6 has been a weak point.
In the meantime, things have grown at Apple. Demand for larger screens has led to an increase in screen size between the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 from 4 to 4.7 inches. The battery capacity has also been increased to meet the higher screen power consumption. The trend of weight gain on smartphones has started to form.
APPLE IPHONE 5S
4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
APPLE IPHONE 6
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches
138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm
129 g (4.55 oz)
of the glass sandwich, reveals the iPhone X and brings the world into the world by hand. Then he came down when I looked at the weight. Smartphones have adopted the design of the glass and metal sandwich and have become bigger and heavier. It’s not just Apple and Samsung – it’s everything!
Why do smartphones get heavier?
The screen size has continued to grow over the years, leading to larger devices.
Glass and metal are mainly used. Glass and metal are heavy.
Battery capacity and size increased and weight increased.
The future weighs us down
If you like light and small things, the future looks a little bleak when it comes to smartphones. Companies have not only made efforts for larger ultra-premium devices (Galaxy S20 Ultra, iPhone XS Max), but have also introduced new heavyweight championships – foldable smartphones. Samsung Galaxy Fold weighs 276 g – this corresponds to two smaller smartphones, the way this device actually looks correct. Huawei Mate X is even heavier and exceeds the limit of 300 grams (295 g).
Samsung Galaxy Fold
SAMSUNG GALAXY FOLD
6.33 x 4.64 x 0.27 inches
160.9 x 117.9 x 6.9 mm
276 g (9.74 oz)
Huawei Mate X.
HUAWEI MATE X.
6.35 x 5.76 x 0.43 inches
161.3 x 146.2 x 11 mm
295 g (10.41 oz)