1080p high-end smartphones will be the norm by mid-2013

1080p high-end smartphones will be the norm by mid-2013
The HTC Droid DNA started the 5-inch 1080p screen era in the United States just last week, but it is just the first of many devices with such insanely detailed screens coming up. And it won’t take too long - by mid-2013 high-end smartphones with 1080p displays will be common, according to a research note by British bank Barclays.

That is not a huge surprise as we are all expecting the newest crop of Android smartphones to indeed feature 5-inch 1080p displays, but it’s reassuring to hear that by the middle of next year the technology will be commonplace. We expect Samsung, LG and others to unveil their new 2013 devices at CES and MWC, the two biggest tech shows, held in January and February.

All rumors agree that upcoming state-of-the-art smartphones will have that very same size and resolution of 5 inches at 1080p, and that works out at 441ppi.

Additionally, Barclays shared its expectations for HTC to post sales of 8.8 million smartphones in Q4 2012, more than the 7 million devices it sold in the same period last year. Still, the company will face some tough challenges in 2013.

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42 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17038; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nice that tech is progressing, but is 1080p necessary for a 5 inch screen? Its just that many more pixels your GPU/CPU will need to render, potentially slowing it down. And for what? Will there human eye even be able to detect the difference?

3. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

You got a point...but then may I ask you...do we need smartphones at all? People have been living 10 years ago as well...most of them without smartphones! Just saying :)

7. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

But we notice differences when we have smartphones and when we don't. However, the same thing can probably not be said with 1080p screen.

30. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

You say that you can't distinguish between 300 and 400 ppi but have you seen the HTC 1080p display? I haven't... so I don't have much to account for... but I am sure that 1080p videos will be looking much better :)

20. infernal88

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

do we need cars at all ? ppl havebeen living 100 years ago as well ..mosth of them without cars ! just change " car " put any invention and it will work :P

12. MeoCao unregistered

Almost all reviews say DNA/Butterfly's screen is a huge improvement. Don't buy into what Apple's tries to sell with their "Retina" garbage.

26. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

I do not think Retina is garbage. It just was the state of art of its time. Now it is Androids mobile phone era and they set new standarts.

29. MeoCao unregistered

I don't say about the technology per se but about Apple's marketing tactics. Apple tries to make people believe that iPhone pixel density is the maximum quality that humans can perceive. Anything more is waste. iPhone is never surpassed by law of nature. Many believe in it and Retina exists in many people's minds. But now it's proved not true, and even 440 ppi may not be the limit.

33. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

It goes fine for the mass-market.

40. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

retina is just a term used for screens with 300+ppi its not something only apple has!

42. MeoCao unregistered

Retina is Apple's trademark dude, and the idea behind Retina is wrong.

16. SherlockHolmes

Posts: 125; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Have you seen that video of Htc Droid Dna vs LG Optimus G ? Bith have Same specs then also Droid DNa is much faster in all the Benchmark tests ~~!!

23. redmd

Posts: 1872; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

software optimization should also be included in that "same specs".

25. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

You are right, tedkord, but as long as technology (performance and battery life) can handle it, why not? High-end Android phones are there to fullfill the dreams of tech fans like us, after all!

31. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

I agree. I would like them to start working on battery technology, honestly. Double the battery, but keep it at the same size. I mean, if they can manage to go from four cores to eight, and from 250 ppi to 441 ppi, then I'm sure they can improve the battery. The focus on it just isn't there.

37. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

No is the answer as steve jobs said, above 300ppi the huamn eye can't detect individual pixels(no, not even if it's pentile) so pushing it beyond 400 seems a bit insane like, its just detected by a microscope and youare putting that for show off? just coz the competition has it? or you haven't got anything "new" to offer? which can actually be classified as innovation? else even apple can put together a 5"FHD screen,3GB RAM, octa core processor, 16MP camera, 5MP front camera and the likes just sayin.....

6. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Love the way technology is moving in phone world...bring 1080p on 6" Note-III

19. redmd

Posts: 1872; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I want that! But rumour is just 5.8 inches 1080p screen. for sure the battery is upped again. and Samsung will take my money once again.

8. rocketlog

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

This means 300+ ppi smartphones will get cheaper so I don't see why anyone should be complaining when this becomes the norm.

9. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

FOR SCIENCE!

10. mahmoodh

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

if 5 inch full HD screen is gonna be the norm in 2013, then that would include iphone too ryt? or are they still gonna stick with their 4 inch 326 ppi retina display?

21. redmd

Posts: 1872; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

and it's called iPhone 5S.

24. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

Apple is just going to double the resolution

11. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Awesome stuff :) cant wait to get my 5inch HD1080P smartphone next year, gotta love how Androids are always pushing the boundaries, i remember how a certain group of fans of a certain phone blabbered on about high PPI in their Jesusphone, now Androids have shot right passed it headed to +400PPI. :D

28. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

And there goes the last of the jesusphone's advantage

36. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

That's what I'm waiting for also. I'm skipping ALL 2012 phones for a 2013 FULL HD PHONES 5" CAN'T WAIT

13. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

I can see Apple now seriously looking at an iPhone Pro, with 4.5-5.0 inch screen, 2272 x 1280 screen. It would be similar choice to the iPad and iPad mini...

27. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

perhaps two years later...

14. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

im waiting for a 1080p phone display that can last atleast for two days....

17. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

I need to see a real life comparison between 720p and 1080p displays to justify the need for the more pixel density... I personally think that bigger resolution is just an overkill, we have 720p screens and we cannot notice any pixels... why do we need more? Bigger screen = sucking more battery, without the need of it, that's all that i can say. We have some pixel density as a standard now... so if a tablet needs 1080p display or more it's ok... but a phone?

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