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1080p is not enough: high-end smartphones in 2014 may feature 6-inch 1600 x 2560-pixel screens

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1080p is not enough: high-end smartphones in 2014 may feature 6-inch 1600 x 2560-pixel screens
The industry just won’t settle at 1080p. Next year smartphones could get even more detailed screens as we are about to jump right into 1600 x 2560-pixel screen territory. The new displays are expected to ship on 6-inch phablets, devices that are expected to become way more common in the near future.

For the geeks, the new 1600 x 2560-pixel resolution goes by the WQXGA acronym, and means that next year the resolution on your smartphone might be higher than the one on an Apple iPad.

With a pixel density of over 500ppi, the obvious benefits will be that text will appear crystal clear and images even sharper.

Next year, the resolution on your smartphone might be higher than the one on an Apple iPad

We first heard about a 6-inch 1600 x 2560 pixel displays back in 2011 when Toshiba announced it has made an LCD screen with the world’s highest pixel density. Since then, Japan Display and Sharp have also unveiled 1600p displays late last year.

If we had to give out an award for the fastest growing mobile technology, it would probably go to makers of smartphone screens. Just a couple of years ago, the Apple iPhone 4 stunned us with its high-resolution “Retina” display and Android followed up quickly with a ton of 720p devices. Fast forward to today and we have 1080p quad-core smartphones selling for around $200 in China.

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Having a 500 pixel per inch screen might seem like an overkill - after all many experts said that the human eye simply wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a 1080p and a 720p display from a regular viewing distance. However perfection is where technology is going and good news is that high-res displays will inevitably start arriving to more affordable devices.

To see a piece of that future, right below is a demonstration of Sharp’s new 1600p 6-inch display.

source: ET News via Android Beat

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posted on 17 Jun 2013, 02:54 28

1. abdane (Posts: 474; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


come on... please don't make smartphones exceed 5" ! unless less bezel like the GS4 compared to GS3

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:08 2

6. FlushGordon (unregistered)


Your response has absolutely nothing to do with the article

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:53 20

24. _Bone_ (Posts: 2106; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


And yours?

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:55 14

25. abdane (Posts: 474; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


how come ? it says future phone will feature 6", i said i hope they won't exceed 5" how is that non related ???

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 11:07

53. Dr.Phil (Posts: 895; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


No it does not say that. You read the title of the article wrong. It says future high end smartphones MAY feature 6 inch screens with a 1600x2560 resolution. There is a big difference between the words "will" and "may", one insinuates there is a choice or option while the other is basically saying it's going to happen whether you like it or not.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 08:13 3

49. mottykels (Posts: 366; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Oh common PA give it back the thumbsdown option

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 04:23 4

32. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I'm really hating the advancement of tech when it comes to things like this.
It's good but then it's not always good...
Still, i'm still sticking to a 720p device on a sub 5" device.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 05:18 14

40. lsguntu (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


OR Concentrate on battery techology ? :)

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 07:21 2

45. nanozander (Posts: 63; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I get the feeling that bigger screen size is just an excuse for manufacturers to give themself move chasis space for bigger battery...

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 10:59 1

52. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 381; Member since: 24 May 2011)


Yup i was thinking the same.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 11:14 3

54. buccob (Posts: 1350; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


it's an excuse for having an additional bullet point on the new things to show off...

720p for 4.3" screen is great, 1080p for 5" screen is awesome... and we should leave resolution at that while we tackle contrast for LCD, oled lifetime and burning, color gamut, power consumption, mechanical resistance... Etc

ppi is not an issue on today's smartphones... battery is.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 07:22

46. joey_sfb (Posts: 2733; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


They already cross 5" at 2012 with note 2. I really think it's just healthy technological advancement. One benefit is that it's would bring down the price for 5“smart phone called the mini in 2014. lol!

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:01 4

2. quakan (Posts: 1156; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


At this point in the game, I'm seriously wondering at what point do they cap screen resolutions and sizes? At what point do we say, "They're just stuffing the spec sheet"?

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:13 6

8. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


That's completely useless to me, 1600p on smartphones. And they are trying to tell me in 2015 you get 4K on smartphones?
I think it is time to stop including screen resolution as a way of judging a phone in phone reviews, especially if it has at least 1080p resolution. Batteries are not evolving fast enough to keep up.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 06:32 6

42. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 763; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Exactly 1080p is already overkill, what will 1600p do? I bet there will be no perceivable difference other than at a microscopic level, it will put more strain on the CPU/GPU. I hope this is isn't true and manufacturers just improve the 1080p displays. It's getting quite pathetic really, laptops are still stuck on 1080p why should smartphones get 1600p?

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 05:11 4

39. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


The best specs that needs to evolve should be the batteries. Either way we'll have to charge every now and then. This will be the next challenge for our display and phone makers. I wonder?

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:04

3. FlushGordon (unregistered)


Of freakincourse theyre gonna tell you it will be an absolute necessity to have 1600 x 2560-pixel screens in 2014....there is no way to go but up...

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:05 6

4. Jason2k13 (Posts: 633; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


so we are gonna pay more for a smartphone, just because they add a higher resolution screen that pretty much looks the same to a 720p or 1080p screen unless we have a magnifying glasses in our pocket?

No thanks, ill pay extra for a better battery life instead.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:08 5

5. gaurang (Posts: 94; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)


companies should rather invest in how to improve battery life of their devices and make their phones charge faster.....the war of the "resolutions" should be over

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:10 2

7. FlushGordon (unregistered)


Somebody tell these jurkfaces that the human perception has its limits?

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:19

9. FlushGordon (unregistered)


When the CD was designed, 44kHz at 16bits was chosen because that exceeds the limitations of human hearing.

It really isn't much of a difference when it comes to the human eye is it? Who the heck can perceive a noticeable difference between a 400 ppi vs 500 ppi?

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:21

10. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


The PPI on my phone IS already higher than an ipad and the resolution on my tablet is already 1600 x 2560.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:22 1

11. VJo003 (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


Screen tech really is move at break neck speed

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:23 10

12. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


A 4000mAh battery would have been dead even before im done fapping to the porn being played on the phone.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:33

16. aditya.k (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


True story! :(

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 04:20 5

30. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


O, haven't you heard of double octa-core processors with MEGA.BIg.little.tech that saves battery?? 8 cores for battery saving...8 cores for intensive tasks...Some would like to call it "Hexadeca"-core.
(sarcasm implied)

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:26 2

13. aditya.k (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Why don't these people work on batteries! Put a large battery and the Snapdragon powered phones can have the Quick Charge 1.0 chargers for fast charging and the S800 has QC 2.0 even faster!

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:26 2

14. sebaa (Posts: 24; Member since: 30 Jun 2009)


Wait a minute , Nexus 10 has the higher rezolution 2560x1600 yet, vs 2048x1536 iPad 4.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:39 2

18. Retro-touch (Posts: 252; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


I don't think that comment was made by PA

When it comes to PPI though HTC One is the highest, unless there's a 4.5 inch 1080p phone

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:29

15. cameogt (Posts: 88; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


so you have 4.0 - 4.7 inch smartphone with UDH resolution. i love it!

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:37

17. Insignificant (Posts: 190; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Right... Now if this information isn't followed up immediately by good news on the GPU front, I'll be worried...

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:44

22. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


PowerVR Rogue series 6 GPUs

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:40 1

19. 4stars (unregistered)


meanwhile most ultrabooks are struggling with 1366 x 768

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:58 3

26. abdane (Posts: 474; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


the Samsung Series 9 is 1600 x 900 :P

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 06:23

41. vincelongman (Posts: 1029; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Actually they are already plenty of 900p & 1080p ultrabooks. Most new ultrabooks are 1080p, and some are even 1440p.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:41 8

20. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


perfection? i call it a waste of GPU power.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:44 6

21. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


Instead, make better batteries. We don't need higher resolution displays. We need more efficient ones. IGZO!

BETTER BATTERIES PLEASE. THANK YOU

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 03:50 3

23. affandi (Posts: 84; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


I would love to have a 6-inch 1600 x 2560 pixel display, it would be an orgasm to the eye. But damn, that would need a killer CPU + GPU to not lag, and a batterytime of 20 minutes haha..

We need a revolution in the battery area.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 04:06 3

27. Boybawang (Posts: 33; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


C'mon, I can't even see the difference between 720p and 1080p! What a waste of CPU cycle and Battery.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 04:06 1

28. jonartpop (Posts: 155; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


Theyre supposed to more focus on improving the battery capacity.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 04:20

29. Kevinphantom (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)


Ya that's right I always said that 6 inches are ideal for smart phone but no one believe me till they bought s4 and they said oh the screen could be a little bigger. I love 4k screen s I don't care about how much it's cost just have a 18 or 22 nm cpu save the lost battery

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 04:31 2

35. Jason2k13 (Posts: 633; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


4 - 5 inch are still the ideal screen size, the sales of the note 2 or optimus G PRO says it... people are now forced to go bigger because if you want the best specs, you need to go bigger. I can assure you more people would want a 5 inch phone with the best specs over a 6 inch phone with the best specs.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 04:42

36. Kevinphantom (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)


I think you're right but for people who use smartphone s for most of the works think that 6 inches is ideal like me

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 04:22

31. Kevinphantom (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)


But ultra hd screen need a powerful gpu like the one that snapdragon 800 had

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 04:27

33. Kevinphantom (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)


The revolution on the battery has already exists but I don't know why they didn't used .I think it will be available on 2014 ..... but hey there is a nother problem I always over clock my phone s in the winter and I don't have any battery problem but the problem is heat ..even if you have 10000 mah battery you can't speed up your smart phone because the gpu and cpu make alot of heat even 32 or 28 nm chips make alit of heat

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 04:29 1

34. nlbates66 (Posts: 282; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


yeaah I really don't think anything bigger than 1080p for a 5 in device is necessary... they just make it difficult for software developers who then have to design their apps to be usable on a 1920x1080 5" display and then a 2560x1600 5" display as well...

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 04:53 1

37. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


they're accelerating human evolution...bigger display so mother nature will let us reproduce with bigger hands:]
Soon, we will look like that frikky alien from Prometheus.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 04:53 1

38. Kevinphantom (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)


The way that revolution should came to smartphone s and phablets
1 .cpu and gpu production should use 12 or 18 nm because of heat and power saving
2 .battery should become 4500 or 4000 mah not 3000 mah
3 . Then the last thing screen should be 4k or 1600 p

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 14:26

55. ecmedic4 (Posts: 195; Member since: 02 May 2013)


Why do smartphone screens need to be 4k or 1600p? All its going to do is raise the cost and your not gonna be able to tell any difference from 1080p as the human eye just doesnt have that capability. Its just a way for them to make more money and more specs to boast about, because they arent coming up with many innovative ideas for smartphones anymore.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 06:57 1

43. rallyguy (Posts: 532; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Displays are already better than the iPad, so why is this being listed as the high end standard?

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 07:04

44. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Pointless, even though it will probably happen anyway. Although, I think it's worthwhile to note that most phones (or phablets, although I think that term shouldn't exist) have a screen ratio of 16:9, not 16:10. Considering that, these screens would be 2560x1440, not 2560x1600.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 07:34

47. Gaurav008 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Technology,Innovation and its Speed. O_O
Serious Awesomeness.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 07:56 1

48. Hallucinator (Posts: 340; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Making a phone bigger and giving it a ppi that won't do your eyes any good is not innovation.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 08:37

50. medicci37 (Posts: 612; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Can anyone explain why a 30 inch monitor usually runs well over a thousand dollars. Yet I could get the same resolution on a 10.1 inch tab for much less. Seems like the 30 inch monitors are at least as high as they were back in 2007 when I first started getting into computers

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 09:00 1

51. bparkerson (unregistered)


I will appreciate the higher pixel density if for nothing more than zooming webpages with text, pics and so forth. People claim you can't see the pixels in a 1080p display now. They are correct but it's not the pixels I'm looking for, it's the sharp image it displays. It's just like when misinformed people said 720P was overkill...BS! Look at the displays on the S4 or the HTC One and tell me that's overkill. That, my friend, is the closest to display perfection until....yes, 2K and then 4K!!!

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 14:30

56. kboo1995 (unregistered)


not being a jerk
but this news is old

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 22:20

57. hafiz9876 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


HOLOGRAMMMMM

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 19:42

58. WLF68 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


1600p is useless for a phone, but it's will be that much better for virtual reality.

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