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Quad HD vs 1080p display comparison: see how the phone with the highest pixel density stacks up

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Quad HD vs 1080p display comparison: see how the phone with the highest pixel density stacks up
Pixel density is not everything on mobile displays, as there is color representation, black levels, and viewing angles to take into account, but it definitely serves as bragging rights. Thus you might be interested in seeing close-up shots of a Quad HD (1440x2560 pixels), and a "regular" 1080p mobile display.

The panels are mounted on the Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a, so it is as close a comparison between the two as it can get. Oppo revealed two versions of its flagship not long go - one with 3 GB of RAM, 3000 mAh battery, and the said 5.5" Quad HD screen, while the Find 7a is with 2 GB of RAM, 2800 mAh juicer, and a 5.5" 1080p screen. The Find 7 is the phone with the highest pixel density announced so far, at 538ppi, and is expected to arrive in May for a price that is still a mystery. Its Find 7a version is currently on preorder for $499 (EUR 399), but that price includes an Easy Style cover, an extra Oppo battery, and a 32GB SanDisk microSD card, so it's a pretty good deal.

We've already seen an overview of the two displays, but this one goes into more granular details, literally. Keep in mind that the Find 7 in the pictures below is a non-final unit, so the screen might not be calibrated the same way it will hit retail out of the factory. Still, if you disregard the color representation differences for now, that 538ppi pixel density looks like a sight to behold, even when compared with a 1080p display.

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posted on 14 Apr 2014, 03:47

1. esperanza (Posts: 42; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


Neat. Oppo's ColorOS is one of my favorite android skin.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 05:14 3

14. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2516; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Seems Okay.

Through this images we can see li'l bit differences as QHD looks detailed but how about with naked eyes on both the phones, watching live on same settings?

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 06:15 4

18. shuaibhere (Posts: 1300; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I think you've weird taste then...
Nothing personal...

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 03:51 11

2. valapsp (Posts: 473; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


the question is: Can eyes distinguish between these two?

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 04:20 3

11. rms.max (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


The pale one is QHd (first photo).When it comes to Qhd vs 1080p,1080p display wins.Because the pixels are not the only things that makes better display.You have to give other ingredients proportionately. That's how little piece of *** iphone's display easily beats s3, s4,s5.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 06:06 18

17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7726; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The iPhone 5/5S does NOT beat the S5 display. Before posting nonsense and "facts" out of thin air, try using the phone side by side. The S5 is noticeably faster and has a way better display in terms of viewing angles, color accuracy and the deep blacks.

-Sent from my T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 08:34 1

26. Leo_MC (Posts: 496; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


As far as we know, S5 still uses an AMOLED screen; that - and that alone - is enough to make it worse than a good LCD.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 14:08

31. Ashoaib (Posts: 1486; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Its very bright n vivid, colors are so lively... just try giving a look at S5 screen

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 06:03

33. Leo_MC (Posts: 496; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


I'm sure they are, just that they aren't as good as the ones in a LCD panel.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 06:59 3

21. sipha (Posts: 261; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Arg, idiots everywhere!!

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 05:19 2

15. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Nah. The question is: When we'll see 4.3" 1080p displays now that we can have this high a pixel density??

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 07:17

23. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1153; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I could tell in some but not all the pictures. Personally 1080p is still usable up to at least 7 inches. Sounds silly because just a few years ago we had a debate between 720p vs. 1080p in sets smaller than 50 inches. But as long as the tech does not increase the price, not become a burden on cpu and battery power it really does not bother me.
Back when quadcore cpu's came out people complained that it would harm battery power. But after reading Anandtech's S5 review it is possible to increase cpu power while making it more efficient. Even the S5's display shows great improvement in both display quality and power saving features.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 07:40 2

24. RandomUsername (Posts: 428; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Eagle eyes, yes. Human eyes, probably not (At a normal distance).

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 07:51

25. vincelongman (Posts: 1052; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I don't think you'll notice the extra pixels on a 5"
I kind of tested it once, I made a few images with white backgrounds and a random black dot and tried to find it (without zooming), took me a few minutes to find.
I then tried again with a black background and white dot, took me under a minute to find, it stood out more.
But that's with my eyes as close to the screen as possible, under normal use I don't see any pixels.

Don't know about 5.5" screens

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 03:59 7

3. Gemmol (Posts: 495; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


cant tell the difference yet

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 04:00 9

4. ianbbaa (Posts: 196; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


This means, when you have a microscope at home - go for QuadHD, if not, 1080p is just fine....

I thing if we put next to these 2 a NOTE 3 NEO - same size with 5,5" with just 720p screen - from the distance of 30cm some would not see the difference.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 04:02 7

5. techperson211 (Posts: 529; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


I think 1080p is the limit for mobile phones for now.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 04:09 1

9. GreekGeek (Posts: 683; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


On 5.5 plus screens that is

5 inches or less = TOTAL WASTE

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 04:04

6. GreekGeek (Posts: 683; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Looks good from a giant magnifying lens!

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 04:07 1

7. GreekGeek (Posts: 683; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Just buy a Tab Pro 8.4 and you'll actually see the true beauty of a QHD screen.

Not on phones though

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 05:09

13. redmd (Posts: 868; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I have one. the advantage is being able to read texts that are smaller. No need to zoom. Other than that other factors play in. Colour reproduction, sunlight legibility, viewing angles.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 06:56

20. Cicero (Posts: 275; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Just my taughts.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 04:08

8. tomislav96 (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


Is it me or the FullHD is actually better looking?

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 04:20

10. InspiredSkye (Posts: 10; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)


The first one.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 04:36

12. garyII (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


cant spot the differences...

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 06:02

16. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Useless
Of course if you always look at your phone with microscope, then even 4K displays can be useful as well.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 06:42

19. Andrewtst (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Those can't spot the different eye not sharp enough.

They is different there.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 07:06

22. GreekGeek (Posts: 683; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


15 inches away from the eye? you gotta be kidding me

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 08:56

27. Gamas_K (Posts: 61; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


There are some difference but it's hard for me to explain it :v

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 09:04

28. Takeharu (Posts: 48; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


And as soon as Samsung or HTC come out with QHD phones it is all of a sudden the best invention ever..
I think the QHD actually is useful since I am actually able to see some pixels here and there on a 5" 1080p display (normal distance from eyes).

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 11:45

29. mattkl (Posts: 171; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


Oh my god that's terrible. Poor guy saw a pixel!

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 12:56 1

30. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Uh, it really isn't THAT big of a difference.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 19:38

32. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Remind me again once I start carrying around a microscope.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 10:27

34. MobileGuru (Posts: 78; Member since: 18 Jan 2014)


QuadHD display colours are uglier. Pixel density difference is noticeable in microscopic view but probably negligible from normal viewing distance.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 18:45

35. kopkiwi (Posts: 29; Member since: 31 May 2013)


Sure is a beautiful display. There is a difference when you're looking at it so close you have to squint, it's very obvious when looking at the edge of a widget or set of icons. However in real world use you won't notice anything.

2K on a phone just seems pointless. Spend the R&D money on giving us better battery and camera tech, something that makes a real world difference.

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