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

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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Find 7
  • Display 5.5 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 4.3
    OPPO ColorOS UI

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32 Comments

35. kopkiwi

Posts: 102; Member since: May 31, 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.

34. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

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

32. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Remind me again once I start carrying around a microscope.

30. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

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

28. Takeharu

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 28, 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).

29. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

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

27. Gamas_K

Posts: 88; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

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

19. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

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

22. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

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

16. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

12. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

cant spot the differences...

8. tomislav96

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Is it me or the FullHD is actually better looking?

10. InspiredSkye

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 25, 2013

The first one.

7. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Just buy a Tab Pro 8.4 and you'll actually see the true beauty of a QHD screen. Not on phones though

13. redmd

Posts: 1965; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

20. Cicero

Posts: 1166; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Just my taughts.

6. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Looks good from a giant magnifying lens!

5. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

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

9. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

On 5.5 plus screens that is 5 inches or less = TOTAL WASTE

4. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 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.

3. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

cant tell the difference yet

2. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

the question is: Can eyes distinguish between these two?

11. rms.max

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 26, 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.

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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

21. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

Arg, idiots everywhere!!

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??

23. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

24. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

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

25. vincelongman

Posts: 5836; Member since: Feb 10, 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

1. esperanza

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

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

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