WQXGA smartphones inbound, get ready for eye-melting resolutions

WQXGA smartphones inbound, get ready for eye-melting resolutionsDisplayMate’s Dr Raymond Soneira reckons 1080p smartphones are silly, and Steve Jobs maintained that there wasn’t much point going beyond 300PPI (pixels per inch).

Still, that hasn’t stopped the mobile industry charging ahead in the great resolution race, and now we’re told to brace for an influx of WQXGA smartphones – just as we were getting used to 1080p.

That’s the story according to DisplaySearch senior analyst Shawn Lee, who tells us to prepare for better-than-HD displays, as indicated by "smartphone application processor makers".

WQXGA boasts a pixel arrangement of 2560 x 1440, higher still than the 1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution debuted by the Oppo Find 5 last year, and later embraced by the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z.

On 5.5in, 6in and 6.5in displays, a WQXGA resolution would yield a PPI of 534, 489 and 452 respectively. The aforementioned HTC One presently has one of the highest smartphone PPIs (469), having a slightly smaller display (4.7in) than its 5in rivals and hence more - yes - pixels per inch.

Lee reckons we should expect WQXGA phones to debut at Mobile World Congress in 2014, with “at least some” of the big names involved. The wise money would probably be on Samsung and LG.

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barrybarryk  Jul. 18, 2013 at 16:10

A complete and total waste of gpu and battery power. At least it'll drive down prices of more efficient devices I guess

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 18, 2013 at 17:06

A complete and total waste of gpu and battery power. At least it'll drive down prices of more efficient devices I guess

Ironically, that is what MOST people were saying a couple of years ago about 1080p... Heck, 18 months...

barrybarryk  Jul. 18, 2013 at 17:16

1080p is pointless on a 4" screen. Hell I use 1080p on all my monitors upto 24" and wouldn't use WQXGA on anything less than 27"

You're just wasting resources scaling output and introducing incompatibility with things no one ever had a problem with before. The only two people I know that bought 'retina' macs returned them over scaling issues and the output just looking **** if it wasn't at the panels native resolution.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 18, 2013 at 17:26

1080p is pointless on a 4" screen. Hell I use 1080p on all my monitors upto 24" and wouldn't use WQXGA on anything less than 27"

You're just wasting resources scaling output and introducing incompatibility with things no one ever had a problem with before. The only two people I know that bought 'retina' macs returned them over scaling issues and the output just looking **** if it wasn't at the panels native resolution.
I totally agree!

SpeedyG  Jul. 18, 2013 at 18:45

I see better Battery tech and resource management is taking a back seat again.

I presume all these displays will also be wisper thin 5inch + behemoths and no love for the smaller real estate.

Would like to see what software titles can utilise these displays so that the manufacturers can convince us the selling point.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 19, 2013 at 07:33

Must have software, speedy? Where would we be without 3 preloaded appstores, 4 musicstores, 2 bookshops and 4 cloud back-up solutions?

As to battery life: overrated. Everyone is apparently all too happy to root and sync 23/7 - so the phones are always hooked to PC anyways. Tell you what, next year we'll see battery free phones for REAL geeks.

loofer  Jul. 19, 2013 at 12:45

It's useless advancements like this and boasting about how thin the device is that shows innovation is waning.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 19, 2013 at 14:04

True, loofer... All too true.
We are at the point where we were years ago with PCs and laptops - certain pro uses aside, it hardly matters if you buy an Acer from Tesco or spend twice as much elsewhere...
For the majority of end consumers there's now little difference between the flagship from 3 months ago and whatever Huawei churns out.
I did a routine charge thing of my old Htc HD 2 yesterday. Listening to music while browsing and checking emails... No worse than any current device. Only: better battery life than most. And still nothing that sounds better than an N91 or rivals the E61/71 in terms of battery. And using Gravity on Symbian S60 is as fast and convenient as using any Twitter app on any current dual-/quad-core beast.

Good example: the launch of the Lumia 1020. Camera camera camera camera... Not a word about the OS, cause hey, it's basically like the 75% cheaper 520!

BB10? Step back from BB7!
The Android highlight of the last 2 years? You no longer get dizzy when scrolling long lists.
iOS? LOL new siri voice and Symbian type icons mixed with WP aesthetics.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 19, 2013 at 14:12

Oh, sorry... You now can touch without touching or with gloves.
And instead of more cheaper storage you can use the NSA's cloud facilities. Excellent.

loofer  Jul. 19, 2013 at 15:22

Which is why I'm selling my HTC One. It didn't take me long to realise I overpaid for something that wasn't much more brilliant than my Sensation XE.
I think i'll give a Huawaei or Oppo a try, maybe even Acer. It will have to be a 4g device as I'm thinking of switching to Three if their 4g promise comes true later this year.

barrybarryk  Jul. 19, 2013 at 15:29

...And instead of more cheaper storage you can use the NSA's cloud facilities. Excellent.
Get yourself a NAS and setup something like OwnCloud. It's still fairly early in development and not quite 'mature' but it works and practically unlimited protected storage on your own server is an absolute godsend.
http://owncloud.org/

Hell I run mine on a cheap WD Live NAS, I think I gave about £110 for it complete with a 3TB drive installed. Now it hosts practically everything I do synced to pretty much every device I touch regardless of OS along with hosting my home media files and XBMC library. Well worth a punt.

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