Leaked HTC M8 wallpaper seems to confirm a 1080p display
@evleaks just posted an alleged HTC M8 wallpaper on Twitter (see it on the left). There’s nothing too exciting about the wallpaper itself, but the original image - hosted on Google Docs - has 2160 x 1920 pixels. As you may know, this is exactly the pixel resolution of scrollable wallpapers made for 1080p Android smartphones. Ergo, the M8 should be a 1080p device.
Since @evleaks is one of the most reliable sources when it comes to leaked information, we should take this with little to no grains of salt.
We heard that the M8 (possibly called HTC One+, or HTC One 2 when it hits the market) would feature a 5-inch touchscreen panel, Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6.0 UI, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and a dual-sensor UltraPixel rear camera. At 5 inches, a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution would provide a 441 ppi density, which should be just fine, if not excellent, even if new Quad HD smartphones will be available later this year.
An HTC M8X also appeared recently, but it’s not clear how (or if) this is different from the M8. In any case, HTC is probably getting really close to announcing its new high-end smartphone - it might do it next month, or in March - so everything should be clarified very soon.
1. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3883; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Good. Better performance and battery life with the same amount of perceivable clarity. Nobody needs 2560 x 1440 displays, we only "needed" 1080p for 4.5"+ displays, and even then it wasn't really that noticeable unless it was on 5"+ displays.
15. poikilo (Posts: 47; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)
That's what people said when 720p came, 1080p came and sales of those smart phones defies the false assumption that " Nobody needs 1080p ". People appreciate technological advancements and companies strive for this, not stagnation, no matter how logical it may seem to you.
17. Bioload25 (Posts: 189; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
I think this time is different,a 5.5 inch 720p display (see note II) leaves room for improvement in sharpness department,now,with 1080p displays,we have enough pixels for sharpness,as even the most tiny of details can be seen without pixelation
the difference between a 1080p display and a 1440p display in detail level,on a smartphone,on naked eye,nearly doesnt exist
18. ihavenoname (Posts: 1274; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
As long as display is over 320ppi, it looks great, and >350 is no doubt sublime. 4,5" flagships are good with 720p, but these days, 5" and bigger should have 1080p, because eventhough ~250ppi is accectable, it is midrange and you can see pixels.
20. poikilo (Posts: 47; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)
Agreed, but now you see phones pushing the 6 inch mark and 1440p will definitely get the ppi to the range of 1080p on a 5 inch, which we all like.
21. amro99 (Posts: 76; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)
i own a ONE X and when i compare it to ONE's screen side by side (same screen size, 720p vs 1080p) the difference is only visible when you stick your face into the screen, so almost not much difference. going for 2K? absolutely useless.
but the sad point is that for marketing purposes, it will really help companies like samsung who know how to fool average joes into thinking that 2k on a 5-6 inch screen is far superior to 1080p.
25. poikilo (Posts: 47; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)
1080p is a marked improvement over 720p atleast for me and 1440p will also be the same. The newer display tech is more battery efficient than previous ones so you will get better battery life.
23. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3883; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I've addressed that in my comment. You could only notice individual pixels on 720p displays larger than 4.5", but you would have to stick your face right up to the display. At 5" it was easier to see pixels, as it dropped below the 300 ppi mark, and 1080p was needed to raise it up again. However, even at 6", 1080p stays well above the 300 ppi mark.
With average Android flagship screens at about 5", 1080p would be more than sufficient. Even above average display sizes like on the Note 3 and Xperia Z Ultra are perfectly clear at 1080p. It just doesn't make sense to go any higher unless it's a tablet, where you could actually see a difference and compensate for the extra battery drain with a bigger battery.
32. Finalflash (Posts: 1466; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
You're all missing the point. The reason 1080p was necessary was because there was actual content for it and with the screens at that resolution there would be no need for down scaling on 1080p content. But currently we have 0 content at higher resolutions and anything higher is a sheer waste of batteries. Pixel density has long since become meaningless after it went 400+ and the regular content producers are showing no signs of pushing the envelop on developing anything more than 1080p for several years to come.
33. Bioload25 (Posts: 189; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Agreed bro,but there's another detail that can be taken in consideration: all apps are adjustable to screen size and resolution on Android these days,so the actual quality has to come from the display itself
Of course,for media (movie watching,for example) is a lot easier to run a 1080p file on a 1080p display but the actual advantage of a hi res display is present in all scenarios
37. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 628; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
What he means is that we can live with 1080p on 5 inch device and we dont complain..
That would be better in reducing the price & increasing battery life.. the two main needs of todays smartphones
24. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
Once you use one your perspective will be upside down
2. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 891; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
And hopefully a better ultra pixel results.
3. mr.techdude (Posts: 536; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Anyone who is going to take 2k displays as the next trend and must have should be punch in the throat.
5. Killertech2099 (Posts: 138; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
That's good please don't screw the camera up
6. Vanster (Posts: 124; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)
720p is enough, 1080p is better 2k and more are extravagant
8. hurrycanger (Posts: 803; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
More like 720p is enough, 1080p is better, 2k and more is even better.
34. Bioload25 (Posts: 189; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
I think not necessarily,it depends on the display size
6'' 720p can mean pretty low ppi
5'' 1080p is just right
6'' 1440p is very good
5'' 1440p is pointless
35. renz4 (Posts: 207; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)
even with 7 inch screen i'm fine with 720p. but that's just me though since i prefer performance over resolution in most cases
38. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 628; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Nexus 7(2013) has 1200 x 1920 resolution & it looks gorgeous.. I feel we can live with 720p and dont complain.. (like on Moto X..) That would be better in reducing the price & increasing battery life (moto x).. the two main needs of todays smartphones
9. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Yeah at this point there should be more focus on the UI skins, battery, and overall experience rather than screen resolutions.
10. teja171 (unregistered)
wallpaper looks abysmal
11. tiara6918 (Posts: 1326; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Quite disappointed if this is true especially if it's gonna compete with the other flagships this year
12. clarkjeferson (Posts: 49; Member since: 22 Dec 2013)
They have to beat samsung. After all, they were once the King of Android.
13. mmmanuuu (Posts: 206; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)
Will they name the next successor as HTC ONE+ONE = 2. Oh wait its the third one. So let it be HTC ONE+ONE =3
14. taz89 (Posts: 2009; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Something tells me this will cost HTC sales but honestly it shouldn't, sticking to 1080 is the right thing to do, just not necessary to go 2k on a 5" screen when Imo the returns will be minimal. It certainly won't be the same as going from 720p to 1080p and I return it should mean better battery life too especially if the 1080p screens are even more efficient than last year's 1080p displays.
16. newbey123 (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)
Good move, focus on stuff that I can see. I dont need a gimmicky 2K display that no human can tell the difference in.
22. koko1 (Posts: 92; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)
how stupid u people are !
when 720p came out u said its amazing, and when 1080p came out u said thats no important
i bet if iphone will use 2k display u all are going to dance and sing !!
screen is one of the main things in the smartphones
and who says that human can never says the differnce, well get ur ass up and see the 4k screens and tell me if u're going to like ur fhd display
40. Bioload25 (Posts: 189; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Bro,pixel densities over 400 ppi are insane,considering that around 340 is pretty darn good
I dont think a human eye would ever be capable of telling the difference between a 441 ppi display and a ~580 ppi one
In TVs resolution does make a lot of difference because of the display size,so a 4K TV is indeed a lot sharper than a FHD one but in smartphones,its just insane ppi numbers and no real increase in image quality
27. nexusdude (Posts: 142; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)
I still think that every display with a ppi of 300+ is more than enough. F*ck me, right?
28. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
why stop there, technology is not about whats enough its about what can be achieved...pushing the boundaries so to speak!
30. nexusdude (Posts: 142; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)
I completely and fully agree with you, but in my opinion the mobile industry (mainly Samsung and LG) needs to take one big deep breath and to optimize the hell out of the existing hardware. Because seeing S Voice failing 50% of the time and TouchWiz lagging even on top-tier models isn't a nice sight to behold.
36. renz4 (Posts: 207; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)
yep. spec race is pointless when their software optimization is lagging behind.
31. 1701nino (Posts: 228; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
There is nothing wrong with 2k displays,people always want more.But at this point i think they should definetly work on a better battery life for sure.Anyone who thinks battery life will improve with QHD displays is wrong,just look at the flagship smartphones last years they all have battery life that gets you a day and that sucks.
39. hero409 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)
I own both the gs4 and the HTC ONE I prefer the ONE because it's easier to use, the widgets were better and blink feed although not my home screen keeps me updated. Not as well as Flip board but quicker to look through. The GS4 has a better camera, a roll of numbers on the keyboard. Split screen is okay I like the SD card option but it's impossible to watch anything on tv if you don't have a Samsung tv I prefer Vizio. So the extra storage is waisted. The HTC usesregular adapters and I can view content on any tv via hdmi. I record tv shows via DroidTV off the Amazon app store. Oh I posted countless ZOE's on facebook and twitter really like that feature on the ONE. BOTTOM LINE Samsung is buggy and their features are iffy. I hope the new HTC includes a 64-128 SD card slot and a better camera.