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1440 x 2560 pixel resolution (QHD) displays: yay or nay?

1440 x 2560 pixel resolution (QHD) displays: yay or nay?
Like many things in this industry, it usually takes one company to take a step forward for the rest to follow through onto the next 'thing'. No guarantees as of yet, but it sure seems like super-dense, 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution (QHD) displays are next on the agenda of Android-based manufacturers. That's not surprising. As mobile hardware becomes more and more ubiquitous, brand name vendors need to continue justifying the need for consumers to upgrade their existing devices. Increasingly so.

QHD displays, in that sense, appear to be a no-brainer. Everyone digs sharp displays, and sharper is better than just sharp (1080p screens in this scenario). The question is: do these truly provide extra value to us, the consumer base?

We'll be honest and admit that we still haven't had the chance to handle any of the current crop of QHD devices (that will change very soon, though), so the following is nothing more than a preliminary opinion. That said, it appears to us that QHD screens entail a whole bunch of compromises, none of which are trivial. 

For starters, more pixels pretty much automatically mean more processing power will be needed to achieve a given level of performance, so the chipset in your latest flagship will have to work extra hard to provide you with a worthy flagship user experience. In result, battery efficiency will go down -- a most unpleasant downside, all things considered. What's more, it's unlikely that you'll actually be able to discern any extra fine detail unless you hold your phone really close to your face. Lastly, until the new tech matures, such panels will cost more to make, and yields will be comparatively lower. Unless manufacturers agree to stomach these costs increases themselves, it might mean consumers will have to bear them.

Obviously, the above sounds like a very one-sided take on the issue, and that's precisely what it is. Again, we still can't speak for sure, but it would appear that QHD displays only make sense in true phablet-sized devices (and that's around the 6-inch mark nowadays), where the extra screen real estate will require more pixels to offer a pixel pitch comparable with the best out there. Do you agree?

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1440 x 2560 pixel resolution (QHD) displays: yay or nay?
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(1224 votes) Yay! More pixels means more awesomeness, and that's that for me.
57.34%
1645 votes
(1645 votes) Nay! Anything over 1080p for non-phablet devices is an overkill

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posted on 26 May 2014, 09:18 14

1. district11 (Posts: 125; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)


Huge Yay! :P

posted on 26 May 2014, 09:29 18

6. DaHarder (Posts: 177; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)


Possibly, but...

I'll wait to see if there's a truly noticeable difference when used at a normal viewing distance and what kind of impact 'pushing all those extra pixels' has on battery longevity.

1080p looks so good at this point that I'd likely rather the focus go into improving battery life/display efficiency than packing in more pixels.

posted on 26 May 2014, 09:30 3

9. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Yay! :)

posted on 26 May 2014, 10:36 10

25. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Yes

Most of people said no when 1080p was coming in phones. 720p was enough.

We will see great battery technology ahead, don't worry. QHD is great, just like TV got 4K.

posted on 26 May 2014, 10:42 3

27. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Wait another 2years for that. No Oems want to use advanced tech due to being expensive. What they will do is use a 3500+mah.

Comparing Tv to a 5inch screen is a big diffrence due to Tv's using less ppi than using high ppi on small screens

Look at the S5 vs Note3 screen, big difference what ppi can do.

posted on 26 May 2014, 11:39 1

36. jove39 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


1080p/1200p resolution is great for displays up to 7" and 1440p/1800p is great for 8" and bigger displays...higher resolution takes toll on performance...gpu has to work harder to push extra pixels...need more memory bandwidth to push data in display buffers...and not to forget...all this drains battery quite fast.

posted on 26 May 2014, 11:41

37. jove39 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


So you must have some sort of visibility disorder...comparing ~5" screen with ~50" screen on tv!

posted on 26 May 2014, 10:38 4

26. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


No thanks . increased Cpu and battery drainage.

I would prefer 1080P with 533ppi

posted on 26 May 2014, 11:28 5

34. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2146; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


The irony of this comment.

posted on 26 May 2014, 15:43 1

50. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Arte is implying a smaller screen size.

posted on 27 May 2014, 04:24

58. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2146; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


With a resolution at this size, there would also be an "increased Cpu and battery drainage.". The number of PPI at this size makes it pointless.

posted on 26 May 2014, 11:24 2

33. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I would like to see a Blind test where people are asked to identify which phone has 1080p display and which one has over it... All bezels covered, only the same picture being displayed and you can only look from the same distance without any help (magnifying glass)...

I would love too see how many "average" persons would get it right...

My guess is that over 350ppi at 12" (30 cm) nobody would really notice... so even 720p can get into play.

1080p for phones under 6" is a battery killer, 1440p for devices under 8" screen is also a battery killer.... But since everyone is doing 440ppi... I would be ok with 1440p at 6" screens minimum.

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:40 1

42. aminkhs (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 May 2014)


Stronge nay! Because I want a feature that useful for me not unuseful this feature only kill my battery life! Our eyes cant support this feature! I think better camera or lighter weight or prettier body is more immportant for me

posted on 26 May 2014, 09:24

2. Birds (Posts: 1164; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I hope the LG G-Flex 2 has a huge 6 inch OLED QHD Screen. I got a chance to play with the phone and OMG, there is no other phone that has better looking videos... I swear that screen was build exclusively for watching videos because for anything else, it's NAH.... And below 80% brightness...the screen slightly ghosts around... It ain't bad but for a phone that is that expensive I'd expect more.

posted on 26 May 2014, 09:25

3. XaErO (Posts: 325; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Higher Resolution displays are always welcome !!

The only thing they need to keep in check is Battery Consumption ..

posted on 26 May 2014, 09:26

4. sssbeesss (Posts: 16; Member since: 04 May 2014)


unfortunately I haven't seen a phone with that much pixels.

posted on 26 May 2014, 09:28 1

5. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I don't mind devices having QHD screens. I'm sure other people would still buy them. Besides, if it becomes popular, it would bring down the price of 1080p screens, so more hurray for the midrange/low-end market

posted on 26 May 2014, 09:29 1

7. sip1995 (Posts: 1592; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


The human eye CAN'T see any difference on 1080+ resolution. QHD screens may drain the battery really fast.

posted on 26 May 2014, 09:51 1

12. sgodsell (Posts: 3885; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I can see a big difference between 720p and 1080p displays on phones. I know its not QHD. To tell you the truth I am fine with 1080p display on phones.

posted on 26 May 2014, 10:23

21. sip1995 (Posts: 1592; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


In 720 vs 1080 there is a difference, but in 1080 vs QHD i don't think you can see a lot.

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:45 3

43. tedkord (Posts: 12207; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yes, you can. Text will be more readable while smaller with less jags. Someone with better than average sight (me) would be able to see differences more readily, but not in everything.

posted on 26 May 2014, 17:01

52. sipha (Posts: 435; Member since: 12 May 2012)


You can see jags on a 400+ ppp screen??

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:28

41. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Depends on the screen size. On 5.5 inch and below probably there isn't, you go north of that of course there will be a noticeable difference

posted on 26 May 2014, 09:29

8. ckoch125 (Posts: 192; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Yay definitely. Do we need the extra pixels? Not really but the screens become better and I am all for continued progress and innovation. Now if only battery would take the same route.

posted on 26 May 2014, 09:33 1

10. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Yay... as long as battery life isn't affected.

posted on 26 May 2014, 09:38 4

11. jellmoo (Posts: 1696; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I would rather that manufacturers spend more time making the current res displays "better". We are switching display resolutions so quickly that I don't think we are maximizing potential.

I'd rather see companies try and make the best 1080p displays they can. Perfect colour accuracy, work on better minimum and maximum brightness levels, keep colour temperature good, have less bleeding in displays, etc...

There is a strange vibe in mobile (especially in Android) that 'more=better'. I don't think that's always true, and I'd prefer we see companies improve on what we have, rather than keep going with the spec race.

posted on 26 May 2014, 10:16 5

19. Bishop_99 (Posts: 75; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


I think the best option, in that scenario, would be if we had the option to calibrate the displays on our phones, the same way we calibrate the displays on our TV's. Provide a great screen by the OEM and give us the option to completely control and calibrate even simple things as contrast, color, color temperature, gamma, sharpness etc.

Instead of only having the setting set forward by the OEM's, we could properly adjust it to our liking.

posted on 26 May 2014, 10:45 1

29. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Absolutely agree

Also they should provide the same option with CPU and GPU have the "Turbo Mode" button for extreme multitasking like on the i5 and i7 intel Socs.

posted on 26 May 2014, 11:06 1

32. jellmoo (Posts: 1696; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Couldn't agree more. Different people see things differently and like different setups. For example, I much prefer a cooler display to a warm one.

This is a great point as this would be a feature that would definitely get me interested in a device. Nicely put!

posted on 26 May 2014, 09:51 1

13. refillable (Posts: 1047; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Of course yay, if there is few compromises. But, If a high calliber company as LG is interested on implementing on them, they should have taken the consideration of Battery life, laginess, etc.

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