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Smartphones with Quad HD (1440 x 2560) resolution displays

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Smartphones with Quad HD (1440 x 2560) resolution displays
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'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'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.


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.


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: 522; 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: 4; 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: 103; 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: 138; 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: 138; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


posted on 28 Dec 2013, 12:11 8

58. superkuiken (Posts: 117; 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: 522; 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: 339; 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: 237; 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: 3812; 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: 158; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)

Droid turbo lasts the longest.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 13:23 12

22. Amir1 (Posts: 314; 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: 1351; 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: 1023; 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: 3812; 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: 189; 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: 391; 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: 75; 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: 75; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)

Good point.

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 10:06 1

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




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;