1080p is not enough: high-end smartphones in 2014 may feature 6-inch 1600 x 2560-pixel screens

1080p is not enough: high-end smartphones in 2014 may feature 6-inch 1600 x 2560-pixel screens
The industry just won’t settle at 1080p. Next year smartphones could get even more detailed screens as we are about to jump right into 1600 x 2560-pixel screen territory. The new displays are expected to ship on 6-inch phablets, devices that are expected to become way more common in the near future.

For the geeks, the new 1600 x 2560-pixel resolution goes by the WQXGA acronym, and means that next year the resolution on your smartphone might be higher than the one on an Apple iPad.

With a pixel density of over 500ppi, the obvious benefits will be that text will appear crystal clear and images even sharper.


We first heard about a 6-inch 1600 x 2560 pixel displays back in 2011 when Toshiba announced it has made an LCD screen with the world’s highest pixel density. Since then, Japan Display and Sharp have also unveiled 1600p displays late last year.

If we had to give out an award for the fastest growing mobile technology, it would probably go to makers of smartphone screens. Just a couple of years ago, the Apple iPhone 4 stunned us with its high-resolution “Retina” display and Android followed up quickly with a ton of 720p devices. Fast forward to today and we have 1080p quad-core smartphones selling for around $200 in China.

Having a 500 pixel per inch screen might seem like an overkill - after all many experts said that the human eye simply wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a 1080p and a 720p display from a regular viewing distance. However perfection is where technology is going and good news is that high-res displays will inevitably start arriving to more affordable devices.

To see a piece of that future, right below is a demonstration of Sharp’s new 1600p 6-inch display.

source: ET News via Android Beat

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58 Comments

1. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

come on... please don't make smartphones exceed 5" ! unless less bezel like the GS4 compared to GS3

6. FlushGordon unregistered

Your response has absolutely nothing to do with the article

24. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

And yours?

25. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

how come ? it says future phone will feature 6", i said i hope they won't exceed 5" how is that non related ???

53. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2362; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

No it does not say that. You read the title of the article wrong. It says future high end smartphones MAY feature 6 inch screens with a 1600x2560 resolution. There is a big difference between the words "will" and "may", one insinuates there is a choice or option while the other is basically saying it's going to happen whether you like it or not.

49. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Oh common PA give it back the thumbsdown option

32. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I'm really hating the advancement of tech when it comes to things like this. It's good but then it's not always good... Still, i'm still sticking to a 720p device on a sub 5" device.

40. lsguntu

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

OR Concentrate on battery techology ? :)

45. nanozander

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I get the feeling that bigger screen size is just an excuse for manufacturers to give themself move chasis space for bigger battery...

52. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Yup i was thinking the same.

54. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

it's an excuse for having an additional bullet point on the new things to show off... 720p for 4.3" screen is great, 1080p for 5" screen is awesome... and we should leave resolution at that while we tackle contrast for LCD, oled lifetime and burning, color gamut, power consumption, mechanical resistance... Etc ppi is not an issue on today's smartphones... battery is.

46. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

They already cross 5" at 2012 with note 2. I really think it's just healthy technological advancement. One benefit is that it's would bring down the price for 5“smart phone called the mini in 2014. lol!

2. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

At this point in the game, I'm seriously wondering at what point do they cap screen resolutions and sizes? At what point do we say, "They're just stuffing the spec sheet"?

8. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

That's completely useless to me, 1600p on smartphones. And they are trying to tell me in 2015 you get 4K on smartphones? I think it is time to stop including screen resolution as a way of judging a phone in phone reviews, especially if it has at least 1080p resolution. Batteries are not evolving fast enough to keep up.

42. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Exactly 1080p is already overkill, what will 1600p do? I bet there will be no perceivable difference other than at a microscopic level, it will put more strain on the CPU/GPU. I hope this is isn't true and manufacturers just improve the 1080p displays. It's getting quite pathetic really, laptops are still stuck on 1080p why should smartphones get 1600p?

39. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

The best specs that needs to evolve should be the batteries. Either way we'll have to charge every now and then. This will be the next challenge for our display and phone makers. I wonder?

3. FlushGordon unregistered

Of freakincourse theyre gonna tell you it will be an absolute necessity to have 1600 x 2560-pixel screens in 2014....there is no way to go but up...

4. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

so we are gonna pay more for a smartphone, just because they add a higher resolution screen that pretty much looks the same to a 720p or 1080p screen unless we have a magnifying glasses in our pocket? No thanks, ill pay extra for a better battery life instead.

5. gaurang

Posts: 94; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

companies should rather invest in how to improve battery life of their devices and make their phones charge faster.....the war of the "resolutions" should be over

7. FlushGordon unregistered

Somebody tell these jurkfaces that the human perception has its limits?

9. FlushGordon unregistered

When the CD was designed, 44kHz at 16bits was chosen because that exceeds the limitations of human hearing. It really isn't much of a difference when it comes to the human eye is it? Who the heck can perceive a noticeable difference between a 400 ppi vs 500 ppi?

10. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

The PPI on my phone IS already higher than an ipad and the resolution on my tablet is already 1600 x 2560.

11. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

Screen tech really is move at break neck speed

12. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

A 4000mAh battery would have been dead even before im done fapping to the porn being played on the phone.

16. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

True story! :(

30. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

O, haven't you heard of double octa-core processors with MEGA.BIg.little.tech that saves battery?? 8 cores for battery saving...8 cores for intensive tasks...Some would like to call it "Hexadeca"-core. (sarcasm implied)

13. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Why don't these people work on batteries! Put a large battery and the Snapdragon powered phones can have the Quick Charge 1.0 chargers for fast charging and the S800 has QC 2.0 even faster!

14. sebaa

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 30, 2009

Wait a minute , Nexus 10 has the higher rezolution 2560x1600 yet, vs 2048x1536 iPad 4.

18. Retro-touch unregistered

I don't think that comment was made by PA When it comes to PPI though HTC One is the highest, unless there's a 4.5 inch 1080p phone

15. cameogt

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

so you have 4.0 - 4.7 inch smartphone with UDH resolution. i love it!

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