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Smartphones with Quad HD (1440 x 2560) resolution displays

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When we first heard that manufacturers might be making the transition to even pixel-denser displays than the flagship industry standard of 1080p, us and the community as a whole were skeptical of the value proposition. It seemed like manufacturers are sacrificing precious battery life for nothing more than bragging rights — after all, even people with perfect, 20/20 vision would have a hard time actually spotting a difference in clarity on such small panels. Regardless, the Android industry pressed on, and we currently have nearly two dozens of high-end, high-profile devices that offer as many pixels. 

Now, while a comparable (in terms of quality) 1080p panel will always draw less power than a 1440p one, as of late, devices of the latter type have proven capable of providing up to two days of usage – like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Motorola DROID Turbo, for example. Sure, those two would have probably clocked an even better time if they stuck to a 1080p screen, but it's honestly looking like there's no turning back at this point. Welcome to the Quad HD era, everybody!

So which are these device that would dare stand in the way of extraordinary battery life for questionable benefits to the observer? Let's find out!

Last updated: 04.17.2015

2015 models


We'll be reversing the chronological order of this piece and go through the list of devices lugging around a Quad HD display from the most recent and make our way to the oldest. If you're looking for the very best, it makes sense to chase one from the first group, but you can also save yourself some hard-earned cash by pursuing a 2014 model that has likely dropped in price since.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active


The latest Quad HD device to hit the market is Samsung's second Galaxy S6 variant — the S6 Active.

Like the S6 edge, the S6 Active is quite alike to the S6 in terms of specs, but there are still some significant differences in terms of design and battery life. Indeed, the S6 Active is a dust- and water-resistant, rugged phone that also checks the boxes required to obtain the military's MIL-STD-810 certificate, which means the device is also resistant to shock, vibrations, humidity, and high temperature among other things. The Active also touts a very large, 3,500 mAh cell that actually put it at the top of our custom battery life benchmark with 12 hours and 9 minutes.



Samsung Galaxy S6


Equipped with a 5.1-inch, 1440 x 2560 Quad HD display, the Samsung Galaxy S6 flagship treats users to a massive, 577 ppi pixel density. The rest of the hardware on board are equally impressive, including an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel, optically stabilized camera, and a 2,550 mAh cell.



Samsung Galaxy S6 edge


Like its twin brother, the Galaxy S6, the S6 edge also comes with a 5.1-inch display with a Quad HD resolution, but there's a twist: the panel slopes to both sides, creating a massively cool effect. With that little exception, and a slightly larger, 2,600 mAh battery, the S6 edge is literally the same device – octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, 3GB of RAM, and that same, 16-megapixel camera with optical stabilization.[



Xiaomi Mi Note Pro


The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is one of the latest devices to join the Quad HD club, and the impressive display is just part of what makes this device an insane powerhouse. The 5.7-inch phablet (515 ppi) also touts a powerful octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, an optically stabilized 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 3000 mAh battery.



HTC One E9+


While HTC's first flagship for 2015, the One M9, came with a standard, 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, the One E9+ makes no such compromises. Indeed, we're looking at a sizable, 5.5-inch display with a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution (538 ppi), with powerful hardware ensuring it runs smoothly – an octa-core MediaTek MT6795 processor and 3GB of RAM. Also on board is a 20-megapixel rear camera and a 2,800 mAh battery.


HTC One M9+


Another new HTC flagship, the One M9+ is a lot like the One M9, but with a bigger, 5.2-inch display with a more pixel-dense, 1440 x 2560 resolution display. It also has a fingerprint reader on board, embedded within a physical button up front, an octa-core MediaTek MT6795T processor, 3GB of RAM, a 20-megapixel camera, and a 2,840 mAh battery.



LG G4


LG's 2015 flagship, the G4, continues the G3's legacy by incorporating a similar, but seriously improved 5.5-inch display with Quad HD resolution. The G4 is also equipped with a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor with an Adreno 418 GPU, 3 gigs of RAM, a 16-megapixel camera with optical stabilization and a laser beam assisting auto focus, and a 3,000 mAh battery. 



Sony Xperia Z4v


Sony's first ever Quad HD phone, the Xperia Z4v is a Verizon-exclusive that will likely serve as the company's US flagship this year. The phone is equipped with a 5.2-inch, 1440x2560 resolution display, an octa-core, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with Adreno 420 graphics, a 20.7-megapixel main camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery. All of this is packed within a dust- and water-resistant, IP68-certified body.


HTC One ME


HTC's keeping a busy release schedule this year, and instead of relying on just one or two high-end phones, this time around it's going for a whole bunch of them, all sharing various hardware and design traits between each other. The One ME is the latest HTC top-shelfer to be made official, and as you can imagine, it packs a 5.2-inch Quad HD display.

The rest of the specs are pretty great, too. We've got an octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 MT6795 chip complemented by a PowerVR G6200 GPU and 3 gigs of RAM. Also on board is a 20-megapixel main camera with two LED lamps, while the signature UltraPixel camera (4MP) has been moved to the front. The device is powered by a 2,840 mAh battery.


Gionee Elife E8


For our last slot for 2015, we have another Chinese device — the Gionee Elife E8.

The E8 is quite the big deal in terms of both appearances and specs — you're looking at a 6-incher with a Quad HD (1440x2560) AMOLED display, an octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor, 3GB of RAM, and — most impressively — a 24-megapixel main camera with optical stabilization! As was rumored before the actual announcement of the Elife E8 took place, the phone will be capable of stitching together images as large as 100 megapixels.


2014 models


Want them pixels, but don't care for the price tags hanging around the 2015 Quad HD squad? That's fine — luckily for you, there are plenty of devices that were released in 2014 to choose from. As you can imagine, these will not hit your wallet as hard.

Here they are:

Vivo Xplay 3S


Chinese Vivo, a daughter company to the same BBK that owns Oppo, has managed to snatch a first in the display wars with its Xplay 3S phablet, touting a 6-inch 1440x2560 (490) panel. The rest of the specs of the Vivo Xplay 3S are equally as impressive, including the most powerful version of the quad-core Snapdragon 800 -- MSM8974AB -- 3GB of RAM, a fingerprint sensor, a 13MP camera and 4G LTE connectivity.


Oppo Find 7


Second on the list is the Oppo Find 7 -- it's got a 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution display, or an astounding pixel density of 538ppi. Being at the forefront of display tech is nothing new for Oppo, as the predecessor of the Find 7 -- the Find 5 -- was one of the very first devices on the planet to pack a now 'lowly' 1080p panel.



LG G3


Chronologically speaking, the LG G3 and its 5.5-inch, Quad HD resolution display arrived third on the scene, but it still managed to snatch a first, as it's actually the first on the list to tout global availability.



Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro


A bit out of thin air, Lenovo, which now owns Motorola, came out and announced the Vibe Z2 Pro (K920) -- a phone with bleeding-edge hardware, and, of course, a 6-inch, Quad HD resolution display, or 490 pixels per inch.


Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A


The Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A may be exclusive to South Korea, but that doesn't mean it can't be on our list of devices with Quad HD resolution displays. In fact, the S5 LTE-A snatches a win in that it's actually sporting the world's most pixel-dense smartphone panel there is, at the extraordinary 576 pixels per inch (with a 5.1-inch diagonal).



Samsung Galaxy Note 4


As expected, Samsung made the upgrade to a Quad HD display with its latest reinforcement to the stylus-equipped Note line. The Galaxy Note 4 has a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440x2560 pixels, or the equivalent of 515 pixels per inch.


Samsung Galaxy Note Edge


Samsung didn't limit its annual Note refresh to just one new device this time around – it also introduced the Sci-Fi flick-worthy Note Edge with a display that slopes to the side and acts as its own separate thing. Regardless, the 5.6-inch "main" Super AMOLED panel still contais 1440x2560 pixels for a slightly-higher-than-the-Note 4's pixel density of 525 ppi.



Google Nexus 6


The Motorola-made Google Nexus 6 is quite the hardware-packed device, and that obviously includes its 5.96-inch AMOLED display with 1440x2560 pixels. For those of you short of a calculator, that works out to 493 ppi.



Motorola DROID Turbo


Speaking of Motorola, it, too, had a beastly handset up its sleeve – the 5.2-inch DROID Turbo with, unsurprisingly at this point, a Quad HD display of the AMOLED kind. That's 565 ppi, folks, or many times more than what you get with even your super-fancy, 4K UHD flat screen.[



Meizu MX4 Pro


Chinese Meizu released its annual flagship refresh, the MX4, a few months ago, but as it turned out, that wasn't the only device cooking over at the company's labs. Welcome the MX4 Pro – a "prime" version of the MX4, if you will – with an embedded fingerprint scanner, and, of course, a 5.5-inch display with an unorthodox resolution of 1536x2560, or 546 pixels per inch.



ZTE Nubia Z7


While Nubia, a ZTE high-end brand focused on selling handsets online, announced a trio of Z7-tagged devices months ago, it wasn't until November that the third and last member of the family was brought to market. The Nubia Z7 is the most spec'd out device of the bunch, and it is its 5.5-inch, Quad HD display that allows it stand out from the other two. That's equal to a whopping 534 pixels per inch.


IUNI U3


Released back in 2014, the IUNI U3 is another Chinese superstar flaunting a Quad HD display (5.5-inches, 534 ppi). It also sports a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, an optically stabilized 13-megapixel camera, two SIM slots, and a 3000 mAh battery.

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posted on 27 Dec 2013, 10:02 17

1. mayur007 (Posts: 517; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


2014 xperias should have OIS if its a z1 upgrade then it will be "icing on the cake"

z1 does captures awesome pics , sony should work better on the software part to optimize the picture and video..

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 18:25

37. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Afaik Android doesnt support greater than 480 ppi displays. For the Vivo, there won't be too much trouble since it's near to 480. However, if I am right about the 480 ppi thing, Oppo will be in a huge mess.

But, "I guess we'll find out, won't we."

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 01:05

44. c933103 (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)


......vivo is a sub-brand of oppo...

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 12:11

96. Simona (unregistered)


but much better than oppo

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 05:22 6

52. csoulr666 (Posts: 98; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


Support for 480+ ppi(XXXHDPI) displays was added in either 4.3 or 4.4 if I'm remember correctly

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 19:00 4

69. TheOldOne (Posts: 131; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I guess You Know Nothing, Jon AppleHateBoy Snow!

The limitation you're speaking about may be realted to the resolution but has nothing to do with the pixed density.

Resolution is how many pizels are in total, as the OS needs to handle all the real-estate of the display to draw the guy, apps, etc.
Density is just how good the engineers are at packing the above resolution into a smaller or bigger screen (phisical size that is). No OS cares how small a pixel is or big, you can make it (the pixel) bigg as brick it will not care.

You need also more memory on the graphic card to suport a bigger resolution; the biggest resolution supported by Android, confirmed by the devices that runs it at the moment, I believe is 1440p - look for smart TV running Android. Android Tablets are also comming.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 05:55

94. TheOldOne (Posts: 131; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


.....

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 12:11 8

58. superkuiken (Posts: 96; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)


you know that Optical Image Stabilization is no software, right?

posted on 01 Dec 2014, 08:18 2

75. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 721; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Doesn't change the fact that Sony are short on both counts... :-)

posted on 01 Dec 2014, 09:08

77. mayur007 (Posts: 517; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


yes i know

posted on 26 Jun 2015, 09:25

117. waddup121 (Posts: 2007; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


All great phones

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 10:03 26

2. Odiin (Posts: 334; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


What about Battery? Why there is no competion between manufacturers in Battery technology?

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 11:52 9

14. PootisMan (Posts: 234; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I don't mind the jump in resolution, but if battery is affected in a major way than I can certainly wait for battery tech to catch up.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 16:18 4

101. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 3203; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The Note 4 with 1440p last longer than the Note with 1080p. In fact it last longer than any phone with QHD.

posted on 26 Jun 2015, 09:49

118. DFranch (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Droid turbo lasts the longest.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 13:23 12

22. Amir1 (Posts: 306; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Cause batteries are not sexy.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 06:36 4

95. Jayshmay (Posts: 82; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)


It's a smartphone!!! Not a girl. You aren't going to have sex with your smartphone. If looks are all you care about, then get an IPhone, cause that's what IPhone people care about is a status symbol.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 13:53

99. JunitoNH (Posts: 1313; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Yes you can, there's an app for that!!!

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 11:22

110. Sauce5 (unregistered)


Shmay I suggest something? If I shmay, what if I told you that iPhones are simply and mass subjectively elegant, classy, and good looking?

When I purchase a phone, I make my decision by how the phone looks and feels. You spend all of your time with your phone by looking at it while you're using it, while it is laying on your desk, sitting in your hand, or sitting in someone else's hand.

The same goes with a car, guitar, headphones, clothing, etc.

People want what they seem deemed fit to their taste. People want what appeals most to their eye. Am I saying this is the ONLY reason people want an iPhone? No. Many people (the vast majority of iPhone users) want an iPhone because of its clean, simple and attractive interface, its ease of use, and its elegance. Yes, "it just works". Other people want it because of a status symbol. But don't bolster your beliefs by thinking that is the only reason why people want an iPhone.

Why did I choose the Note 4? Because it is sexy. It is clean. It is classy.
Why do I want the M9? Because it is sexy. It is clean. It is classy.
Why do I feel this way, because it is taste. And that is where Apple goes above and beyond. Fashionable design and satisfaction to the general publics taste.

There are many reasons why people choose the smartphones they own today, many I did not list. Like budget, ecosystem, preference OS, etc. We can sit here all day and talk about this topic, but in the end, it will always come down to one factor.

Personal taste.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 14:11 2

28. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1018; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


In a way, there has been some competition with battery technology. LG introduced Lithium Polymer battery technology in their flagship device which is a step up from the Lithium Ion battery technology found in the competition.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 21:10 6

71. chebner (Posts: 172; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


LG has made advances in battery technology, and last year's G2 was one of the longest lasting for a flagship. This year? Enter the QHD screen plus additional power saving features and battery live still goes down.

All the R&D spent on the power saving features negated, and then some, by a screen that provides no visual improvements. Hmmm... seems like money well spent.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 16:19

102. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 3203; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Yet the Note 4 with a QHD last longer tan the LG G3. Hmmmm!

posted on 01 Dec 2014, 10:17

80. StanleyG88 (Posts: 173; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


Don't think LG "introduced" Li-Polymer in the LG Gx. I had Li-Polymer in my Droid Razr Maxx HD that was out over two years ago. Also, now have Li-Polymer in my Droid Turbo.

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 03:41 1

49. LikeMyself (Posts: 384; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


Yeah!Go to hell with your display resolutions.We want better quality displays.Manufacturers and people should learn difference between QUALITY and QUANTITY!F*** u dumb people.
Battery and quality are most important!

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 10:27 5

3. Bishop_99 (Posts: 74; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Yes! QHD, the correct name for this display!

Completely doubtful Apple would even venture here since their iPhones aren't even HD.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 11:12 9

10. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Maybe not Apple, but Nokia/Microkia is very likely to join the QHD party sooner, than later.. With devices like the 1020, 929, and the 1520,, it's obvious that "Lumia" now understands how important it is to have the latest, and greatest hardware, which WP does have now.. I'd have to disagree with the article, not saying that a Lumia device will be first, but I believe well see QHD in 2014... WP8.1 either would already have support for QHD, or QHD would be a small GDR update away... So, I would put Microkia next on the list......

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 11:17 1

12. Bishop_99 (Posts: 74; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Good point.

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 10:06 1

56. TonyStark (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


Microkia?

Microsoft+Nokia?

LMAO!!!!!!!!111oneone

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 10:30 3

4. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


it will be great that watching videos on 5+ inches, 1440p display...and games also :D

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 10:37 20

5. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


fukc my pc monitor is outdated.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 12:08 3

15. REXTECH (Posts: 15; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Yeah man. That's what I was gonna write before I read yours. PC display sucks.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 17:13 1

35. fireblade (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


hahaha..

posted on 01 Dec 2014, 12:27 1

83. akki20892 (Posts: 3798; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Awwwwww

posted on 01 Dec 2014, 12:47

86. zachki17 (Posts: 258; Member since: 14 Sep 2014)


Just buy lg pc they are the only pc with full hd and Quad hd display with intel i7 and 8gb of ram .. Forget about apple mac and dell .

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 13:08 1

98. Niva. (Posts: 317; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


No, it's not outdated, this just shows how ridiculous this pixel density race has become. QHD monitor is just about perfect for gaming these days and consider that you keep the monitor usually 2+ ft from your face. With phones you have to account for users being closer to the actual screen, but anything over 1080 on a sub 6" device is silly in my opinion. I don't care for it, at all.

They're talking 4k screens for phones next year, I don't even want 4k on my desktop due to how expensive it is.

posted on 01 Jul 2015, 01:10

120. zachki17 (Posts: 258; Member since: 14 Sep 2014)


4K on a smartphone its immpossible pnly remors there is not processeour that can run 4k ,, after 3 years maybe ,, LG has talked about 3K on tablet maybe next year

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 10:46 16

6. csoulr666 (Posts: 98; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


A small screen with such high resolutions seems to be more than a gimmick to me to be honest
Heck a 720p resolution is sufficient for a majority of people for displays upto 5.5 inches(the Galaxy note to has it and looks really good for normal usage)
This actually shows how manufacturers exploit "The more the merrier" thought hidden deep in the Human mind. QHD in a tablet is OK but in a five incher it would be very battery consuming plus people won't be able to tell it from a 1080p display unless they compare it side by side(after the initial placebo effect wears off that is)

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 10:58 11

8. Bishop_99 (Posts: 74; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


If you play 1280x720 videos on a QHD phone or a 1080p or a 720p phone, then naturally you won't see a difference the display can't add more information to the video. But once you play a 2.5K or 4K video on these different phones, the visual difference will be very apparent.

For those people that feel that 720p is "good enough," this is not for them as the visual experience is not their priority and they truly don't look for it. For those people which main focus is the visual experience, the 2560x1440 displays will offer true benefits as we are always looking at the best visual experience possible, instead of it being just as another feature of the phone.

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 05:26 2

53. csoulr666 (Posts: 98; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


A 720p screen is "good enough" if tweaked properly, take the iPhone 5..........It isn't even 720p but it's display is still praised and put against 1080p ones

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 09:07 7

55. Bishop_99 (Posts: 74; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


It's "good enough" for those people that don't put the display as a priority. The iPhone's display doesn't look bad, but it looks noticeable softer when you put it up against 1080p screens. The fact that it isn't an HD screen shows.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 14:12

113. zachki17 (Posts: 258; Member since: 14 Sep 2014)


Apple Display made By LG that s why there looking Good
And iphone 5s its to smalll smaller mean kore pixel

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 20:47 2

70. chebner (Posts: 172; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Bishop, you hit the nail on the head... "naturally you won't see a difference the display can't add more information to the video". But this is also an argument supporting why QHD screens make absolutely no sense. Resolution scaling is better than ever these days, but it's still not perfect. Whether scaling up or scaling down, there will always be scaling artifacts that will soften the image.

When watching videos the only way a QHD display will display all the detail it is capable of without any scaling artifacts is with native QHD videos. Where exactly are you going to get native 2560x1440 video? Haven't you ever noticed that other than the few 4k products available, all HD video sources top out at 1080p? I did a little looking and the cell phones that do 4k video don't even do QHD, at least they don't list it in their specs. This is probably because QHD isn't a standard video format. The standard video formats are 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i (rarely used anymore), 1080p, and 4k UHD.

This means that unless you have some way of making your own native QHD videos, everything you ever watch will either be up converted from 1080p (or worse), or down converted from 4k. So any chance your beloved QHD screen would have ever had in displaying more visually perceptible detail than 1080p will be negated by scaling artifacts.

I find it comical that you demand a higher resolution screen, but I'm going to go out on a limb and guess you're perfectly fine streaming "1080p" to watch on your TV, Computer, tablet, or however you watch video at home. For such a demanding videophile such as yourself I'm surprised an inferior "1080p" online video stream would be "good enough" for you.

posted on 01 Dec 2014, 20:39 1

91. jos_031 (Posts: 56; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


Humans can see pixels if the display is head so close up to 1200ppi...

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 16:23

103. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 3203; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


When 1080p first appeared, there were few device capable beyond a Tv or computer for showing it. Now they are all coming much faster and content is available. Look for it. Stop watching YouTube. There are sites that stream 2K content natively.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 11:16 14

11. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


You're completely wrong.. Once you get your first 1080p display, look at it for a few hours, then look back at your old phone, you'll never repeat that again... And, looking at my 1520's 1080p display it's crazy better than the 768p display of my 920, but I can still see how it can be sharper around the edges of text, and stills.. QHD is no gimmick❕

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 11:50

13. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


you r right when I look at s4's display after s3's display ; there is trully big difference. This difference can be identified easliy on internet broswer..

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 13:04 3

20. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


Thats because when you take into account that the S3 shares 1 out of 3 pixels youre looking at a PPI down in the 200's. That's the reason that a couple years ago the One X's display was lauded as far superior than the S3 that was released months later. The display was never impressive to begin with.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 23:46

42. lalalaman (Posts: 544; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


well u r right but QHD only works with 5.5+ screen and not smaller than that imo...1520 is good enuf....but if these smartphones have larger screen then its not a gimmick

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 02:17 1

48. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The only question I have about QHD is what happens to the data allowance once 2k or 4k video content comes online in response to the new displays. A monthly 4Gb allowance gets tanked how far into a 4k movie?

4k video is awesome, no denying that fact.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 21:15

72. chebner (Posts: 172; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


4k will be awesome on a big a$$ TV.

But I hope 4k content isn't limited to streaming. 1080p streaming still hasn't matched BluRay video quality. How is it going to come close to true 4k anytime soon?

Don't get me started on audio quality of online streams.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 12:51 2

19. Ashoaib (Posts: 2916; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


What? 720p is ok? you cant see the significant difference between note 2's and note 3's screen? Really? Hmm.. probably, vision test required here. nice spectacle with correct glasses will do the job, plz try it

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 13:29

67. PressStart (Posts: 119; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


I can understand that the best possible resolution isn't necessary, but there is an evolution of almost everything in this world. I think if the tech is there, it'll be used. It's a natural course towards the floating holographic UI display we see in science fiction films. We'll have those one day!

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 10:51 14

7. yowanvista (Posts: 340; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Such high resolutions are gimmicky, anything above 1080p is pointless on such small devices. Unless you've got cyborg eyes to notice the difference at the pixel level.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 11:00 5

9. Bishop_99 (Posts: 74; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


You don't need to see the individual pixels, it's not gimmicky. Play a full HD video on a Moto X and on an HTC One. You won't be able to see the individual pixels on either phones, but the HTC One will offer a much more sharper and detailed image.

The increased resolution here is not about being able to spot the individual pixels or not, but have all those pixels come together to offer a better picture quality.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 13:27 2

23. Amir1 (Posts: 306; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Exactly. i don't know why some people fail to understand. is it too hard to understand? it's just like going from 720p to 1080p. thre is difference. it's not huge one for 5" display, but there is still difference. phablets will benefit more from 2k displays though.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 13:58 4

26. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


The issue is the performance and battery life tax for that small improvement. Other aspects of the display experience that are just as important can be improved without any added processor and GPU strain.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 14:05

27. Bishop_99 (Posts: 74; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Yes, but only if the specs would remain exactly the same while increasing the resolution. That is not the case though, as the majority of these 1080p phones have outperformed their predecessor with a 720p display. The specs while be there so these higher resolution displays will outperform current 1080p phones.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 15:38 2

30. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


But the fact still remains. Less resolution = Less CPU/GPU strain and better battery life.

On newer hardware the point remains valid. The extra power of the newer processor could be utilized making the same resolution tax the system less leading to longer battery life.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 16:15

31. Bishop_99 (Posts: 74; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


That would go for any resolution though. If you brought it down to 720x480, it would run even better. I don't see what's the problem with increasing the resolution when we are going to get a better performing phone anyways.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 12:16 1

17. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


they said same thing for 1080p but now...

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