The Features We Left Behind

Charting the rise and fall of smartphone functionality

After researching what phone to buy next, I wanted to graph some of my data. Here’s the graphs.

  • Samsung Galaxy series, Samsung Galaxy Note series
  • Google smaller (Nexus 4, 5X, Pixel) series, Google larger (Nexus 6, 6P, Pixel XL) series
  • HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony

Removable Batteries

Percentage of high end phones with removable batteries.
  • ~45% in 2015.
  • ~30% in 2016.
  • ~10% in 2017.

Infrared

Percentage of high end phones with infrared.
  • 2015: 5.3%
  • 2016: 9.5%
  • 2017: 8.3%

The 3.5mm Audio Jack

Percentage of high end phones with 3.5mm audio jacks.
  • 2016: 98%.
  • 2017: 96%.

The micro SD slot

Percentage of high end phones with micro SD card slots.
  • Google’s Nexuses and Pixels
  • The OnePlus Phones
  • Many Xiaomi, including Mi Mix and Mi Mix 2
  • Essential PH-1

Screen Ratios

Number of high end phones at roughly at each screen ratio.

Camera Features

Percentage of high end phones with each camera feature.

Screen-to-Body Ratio

Screen-to-body ratio of high end phones.

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