Dr Soneira: 1080p smartphones are silly

Dr Soneira: 1080p smartphones are sillyBeing an incredibly knowledgeable chap, DisplayMate’s CEO, Dr Raymond Soneira, is worth paying attention to. Previously he’s explained in great detail why the new iPad might get incredibly hot before revealing that his iPad was, er, not in fact particularly hot.

Now Soneira is saying that 1080p displays on smartphones are wasted on the average user.

The comments come from an interview with Ars Technica, which ultimately asks Soneria if there’s any point in 1080p smartphone displays. The answer, in a nutshell, is “not really”.

Soneira points out, for starters, that 1080p is wasted on pictures and video. In the former case, images are inherently fuzzy as the image detail is never perfectly aligned with pixel structure. As for videos, well, they’re even worse; like fuzzy photographs in motion.

One area that will potentially benefit from 1080p is the user interface, where buttons and text are concerned. However, it’s all ultimately outweighed by the increased drain on the CPU and battery.

Still, while apparently sound, Soneira’s logic is unlikely to deter manufacturers from steaming ahead with super-skinny colossal smartphones featuring 1080p displays. Because that’s what we all want, right?

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ofrovb  Oct. 22, 2012 at 19:22

I want 600 ppi screens... no, 1000 ppi is a good round number.

Jim988  Oct. 22, 2012 at 21:04

Yes.. furthering screen technology is definitely pointless. Where did they find this guy?

Pondlife  Oct. 22, 2012 at 21:50

Why would 1080p video not be pixel aligned on a 1080p screen?

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 23, 2012 at 08:23

"images are inherently fuzzy as the image"
"As for videos, well, they’re even worse"

He might be right - there is not point to argue. How many people buy smartphones to view videos and pictures? Less than 1%. Yeah, 1080p could be a tipping point when choosing a smartphone, but it's highly doubtful that many people would be interested in a phone that can only do pictures/videos and calls.
100% of smartphone use (excluding music) is reading and everyone knows that text looks best on sharp, high resolution IPS screen with highest refresh rate possible. Sharper text + minimal flicker = less strain on eyes.

lutin  Oct. 23, 2012 at 09:25

" images are inherently fuzzy as the image detail is never perfectly aligned with pixel structure. As for videos, well, they’re even worse; like fuzzy photographs in motion."

But surely he's just talking about small screens in general and not specifically 1080 screens?

In which case a 1080 screen may still not be perfect, but it would be better than something with less resolution.

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