DisplayMate’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.