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Most resolute: phones with the highest pixel density displays

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Most resolute: phones with the highest pixel density displays
The pixels per inch metric went from obscure to one of the most talked about components of a smartphone display's quality the minute Apple called its iPhone 4 panel Retina Display. It coined the term on account of the factoid that at 320ppi and more, the regular human vision can't discern the individual pixels from the viewing distance you normally hold such a phone. High pixel density makes text crystal clear, removes any icon jaggies, and improves the overall viewing experience.

We've had a rush for ever higher mobile display resolutions ever since, with the Android world quickly catching up, surpassing anything we've seen from any commercially available electronics so far. We are now even pushing to break the 4.7"-6.3" 1080p Full HD display barrier, and we aren't talking phablets only.  LG already showcased its 5.5" 1440x2560 pixels panel, which immediately got bested by Japan Display's 5.4" one with the same Quad HD resolution. We are talking 538ppi and 543ppi densities, respectively, easily expecting to break the 500ppi barrier with flagship phones next year. 

What about now, though? If the pixel density metric is important for you, we've rounded up some of the best pixel per inch panel counts announced or already lurking in the smartphone world, often going unnoticed amongst the other specs in the sheet. Some of the handpicked puppies in there will surprise you, so take a gander at the slideshow below.

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posted on 29 Oct 2013, 07:58 7

1. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


I have a DNA, and still find myself amazed at the crispness of the screen sometimes. The only problem? Its gonna be hard to settle for anything less now....

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 08:17 7

6. majp89 (Posts: 103; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


I had a DNA and got a Moto X. Wasn't that hard to go back to 720p.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 09:08 5

13. buccob (Posts: 1481; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Yeah maybe it is just me, but I rather have a 4.3~4.6" screen with 720p and the advantages that this brings over ppi. Than 4.7~5" 1080p...
Mainly Battery Life, Graphic performance and phone size..

Come on Z1S where are you?!

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 10:41 1

25. TylerGrunter (Posts: 993; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


I don't think you are the one. Many people are crying for a good device witha 4.3-4.5" screen with 720p, smaller size and a flagship specs.
I think it's because in order to confortably use the phone with one hand many of us need to have a width under 65 mm, and none of the current flagship meets that requirement.
Even the motto X is a tad too wide for me.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 10:50

26. buccob (Posts: 1481; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Yeah I think you are correct, my Acro S has a width of 65 mm and it is perfect for my hand... and my sister in law has an Xperia TX that pushes 68 mm and it feels not as comfortable... Of course it also comes down to getting used to the phone itself... but I agree here.

Though the Moto X is just 65 mm too... I havent handle it yet..

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 08:37 20

9. akki20892 (Posts: 3555; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I want 4k in 1" inch display.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 08:45 2

12. kanagadeepan (Posts: 685; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Yes, I want some 1234567890ppi display, bored with such heavily pixelated 441 ppi phones... /S

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 09:22 6

17. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 207; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


It actually works out to 4405 PPI

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 23:02

44. skyline88 (Posts: 329; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


enough ppi to spot the germs on hands

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 07:59 17

2. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1396; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


The "retina display" logic also applies to LG GD880 mini, Sony Ericsson Xperia X1/X2 and Samsung Jet, which were all released before the Iphone 4. Just saying.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 08:04 3

3. bucky (Posts: 1503; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


That's awesome! Thanks for the incredible info....

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 08:11 12

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8614; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Are you always a douchebag or are you actually a normal person?

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 08:42 2

11. medicci37 (Posts: 649; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Actually, the Samsung jet had a ppi of 301 on a 3.1 inch screen

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 09:19 3

15. buccob (Posts: 1481; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


And this LG from april 2009

http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_gc900_viewty_smart-2785.php

311 ppi

and this... I loved this one

http://www.phonearena.com/phones/LG-enV-Touch_id3626

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 12:26

30. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8614; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Best keyboard on a phone. I was able to type without looking at the keyboard with an accuracy above 96%. I miss that phone. :(

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 23:03

45. skyline88 (Posts: 329; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


much better than the awful N97

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 08:10 5

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8614; Member since: 14 May 2012)


LG G2, HTC One, and S4 take the cake.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 08:17 7

8. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Took the cake, ate it and left the byproduct all over the self declared leaders offerings.

Retina display lol.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 09:47 2

22. tadaa (Posts: 250; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


the cake is a lie

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 16:36

32. garlic456 (Posts: 186; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


But the cube is forever.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 11:27

28. Sadman_Hossain (Posts: 18; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)


Ironic cause the G2 isn't even on the list although most people would agree with it having one of the best displays. Then again this list was more about resolution than display quality.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 08:17 2

7. tiara6918 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Why is the Asus padfone infinity not on the list? It also has 441ppi

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 09:20 1

16. buccob (Posts: 1481; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


popularity I think...

but yeah I would have place the PadFone Infinity instead of the Alcatel...

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 08:41

10. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2955; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Sharp is amazing!

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 09:10 3

14. jacko1977 (Posts: 394; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


Sharp Aquos SH-02F thats a true retina display not 326ppi that crapple says

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 09:22

18. jacko1977 (Posts: 394; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


physiology of the human retina is such that there must be at least 477 pixels per inch in a pixelated display for the pixels to resolve (become imperceptible to the human eye)

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 10:16

24. tedkord (Posts: 4937; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Depends on the distance from the eye. A 50 inch 1080p HDTV has about 45ppi, but if you're sitting 8 feet away you're not going to see them.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 09:35

19. Taters (Posts: 3259; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


There is your answer to as why phone arena didn't mention the HTC One in this previous article about displays. No one really cares about the HTC One like no one cares about that Sharp phone.

So stop whining HTC fanboys when articles use the more popular phones in comparisons only.....

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 09:37 1

20. Apoorvtheman (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


I have a weak eyesight so my xperia s helps me alot to watch videos read documents etc on the 324ppi display

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 09:39

21. Taters (Posts: 3259; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I just noticed that the 330 PPI screen actually looks sharper in a lot of ways in that comparison picture. Must be the color or something.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 10:05

23. justsayit (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 May 2013)


but the 487ppi screen is much detail.

330ppi screen look sharper than 487ppi MAYBE cause by the camera which is used to take the image, the camera is focus more on the 330ppI, logic?

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 20:28

33. Taters (Posts: 3259; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


It could be the camera focus yet but either way it looks sharper and Sharp should have used a better picture.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 11:21 1

27. Diazene (Posts: 124; Member since: 01 May 2013)


the pentile display in the SGS 4 isn't as sharp as normal RGB displays

and the thinnest FHD smartphone is the xperia Z ultra

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 12:07

29. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6580; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I love my Z1 DISPLAY. When I was eating at a restaurant last week my phone was laying on the table and a waitress ask me thats a nice phone. and I told her it's the SONY Z1 plus it's waterproof. and I ask her what kind of phone she have she say iphone. and wants to know where i bought it from so gave her the site and wrote it down. I still say the GS IV have the best looking display

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 15:03 1

31. dmn666 (Posts: 194; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


So Galaxy S4 with a fake pentile HD display made it to the list - how shameless can PA get?

GS4's blue and red sub-pixel ppi (sppi) is even lower than ancient Apple's retina display ppi - forget about android phones with true full HD. Galaxy note 3 is far worse.

http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_S4_ShootOut_1.htm

iPhone 5:
Red 326 SPPI
Green 326 SPPI
Blue 326 SPPI
GS4:
Red 312 SPPI
Green 441 SPPI
Blue 312 SPPI

It's amazing how PA has called GS4 a 'resolute phone'

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 20:35 3

35. Taters (Posts: 3259; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


And people wonder why Samsung haters are so retarded. Resolution is resolution.... If the GS4 screen was black and white or a plasma it would still be classified as 1080p. No matter how much you whine.

If they used the GS4 Active instead then would you shut the F up? The GS4 screen is definitely nicer but the Active has the normal sub pixels you like so much even though it doesn't make the active screen better at all.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 21:41

36. dmn666 (Posts: 194; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Retarded poop is back - how do you manage to pull so much ignorance out of your tiny insecure ass? Read the title - it's about screen resolution. You can consider pentile dim crap on GS4 better but nobody gives an F though. Resolution comes from pixels and pixels are made of sub-pixels which GS4 and note 3 are horribly missing - retarded as*.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 22:10

37. Taters (Posts: 3259; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Lol looks like you are the retarded one. If the GS4 screen didn't qualify then every display association would be on their ass and they would successfully get charged for false advertising. The GS4 screen passes as 1080p from the letter of the law and that is that.

It is obvious that you do not understand display technology at all. If they counted sub pixels than your count would be A LOT higher than 1920 x 1080. Morons these days..... sigh.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 22:16

38. dmn666 (Posts: 194; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Awww - display technology, resolution, desperate attempt to bring off-topic BW, Plasma and now imaginary display association and certification process - LMAO. While doing these, you failed to understand sub-pixels and labeled yourself as a display enthusiast. Educate your ass and ask for few pennies from samsung for your 'expert' comments as they have a dedicated budget for trolls who are a little smarter than you. Seriously, you're the biggest poopsung clown on this site.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 22:23

40. Taters (Posts: 3259; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


You make absolutely no sense, which isn't surprising because you are stupid.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 22:22

39. Taters (Posts: 3259; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Here is a clue for you in case your tiny brain does not understand this. The standard measure of resolution DOES NOT, I repeat, DOES NOT count the sub pixels. Only the LG marketing department does I believe.

Just like if I would count the grains of rice when comparing rice paintings, I wouldn't give a crap if one painting had bigger grains of rice or more nutrients in them. I just count the rice and if it is 1920 x 1080, then it is 1920 x 1080. The rice grains could be fricking hollow for all I care.

Moron......

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 22:27

41. dmn666 (Posts: 194; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


This one is funnier. Rice vs Pixel :: Uncountable vs Countable nouns - OMFG - this fool is some desperate sh*t. - very funny. You're getting more desperate with your 'hollow' GS4 fake pixels. Try again.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 22:37

42. Taters (Posts: 3259; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Hey, I don't make the rules. A pixel with a pentile sub-pixel arrangement is still a pixel.

My analogy is perfectly acceptable in this case. Just because you are too butt hurt and stupid to understand that, it doesn't make me wrong.

I know that it hurts your feeble mind and emotional state deeply that pixels with pentile arrangements are considered full pixels but they are. And no matter how many stupid, and desperate attack type posts you make to try and discredit my intelligence, which is obviously much higher than yours just by looking at your grammar and sentence structure or lack of it, that is the truth.

I know it is hard to accept but let's face it. You are born stupid and understand nothing about how the world works, let alone how displays work. So please, just STFU and let Phonearena report what they want.

It is obvious to everyone except the moronic haters like you that the GS4 display has a 1920 X 1080p resolution. So please, stop before you make yourself look even more stupid, if that is even possible that is....

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 22:45

43. dmn666 (Posts: 194; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Awww - desperation. Nobody makes a rule about pixel definition cause it was not needed. And that's why your imaginary display association doesn't exist.They all used to RGB pixels until Samsung brought pentile back from the museum to save production cost. Pentile is pentile however the way you whine it will never be as 'resolute' as true HD screens. That was the only point I made in my first post. You contributed some good laughs though. Cheers.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 01:15

46. Taters (Posts: 3259; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Someone is desperate. Yeah the unwritten rule is that a pixel with a pentile arrangement still counts as a pixel. You know, that is why screens with a pentile arrangement are still considered 720p or 1080p by EVERYONE except morons like you.

You really are an idiot aren't you? Samsung has been responsible for a lot of top end screens for ages. And they are not the only ones to use pentile. Like I said, the according to you "TRUE HD screen" on the GS4 Active is actually inferior to the pentile displays in many ways. Saying one is true HD and the other isn't is retarded to say least but I am not surprised since it is coming from you.

So it is not true HD because it uses pentile? Now you see, that is only according to YOU and the Samsung haters. Who declared you as the person that gets to define what is true HD or not? As far as everyone with a brain is concerned, the GS4 does have a true HD screen and no matter how much nit picking or whining you do that is not going to change.

It's okay. The butt hurt you are experiencing will go away, I hope.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 03:34

47. Tomfromsouth (Posts: 51; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


Yeah I agree with Taters, you really desperate to try prove a point. I've actually only heard compliments about the new Samsung screen. I prefer the HTC One, but that preference. Trolling websites for attention is well, lame. Let it go. It's HD.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 20:34 1

34. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 433; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


Always spelled wrong. It should be TriluminOs not TriluminOUs.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 04:18

48. Trex95 (Posts: 553; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


HTC one, IPhone 5, 5s, LG g2 and Xperia Z ultra still the best phone displays in the market.

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