Vector 40: The future of screen size and display density

Vector is Mobile Nations' cross-site, cross-platform analysis show tackling the biggest stories and issues in tech. On this week's episode Marc Edwards of Bjango talks to Rene about screen sizes and display densities, the different implementations choices made by the different platforms, the road to 1080p and @2x, the advent of 2K, the possibility of @4x, and the question — how big and dense to phones really need to get? Subscribe and listen along!

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sharpehenry says:

2k display or 400ppi is more than plenty. Can't even see the pixel anymore anyways. Marketing gimmicks are the only reason why tech industry is pushing so far.
We are on the sweet spot right now. My only wish is more dense batteries or power efficient hardwares that can last days without charging.
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seanjenkins says:

I'm guessing the conclusion is 4" is perfect. For a few more months at least

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Walkop says:

I wonder why Glass wasn't mentioned when discussing physical constraints on displays. The Glass display is 3300+ PPI.

Rene Ritchie says:

Good point! We'll follow up on that, thanks!

Coming from the Nexus 4 to the HTC One M8, I only vaguely notice a difference in the displays. 720p vs 1080p doesn't seem to be that big a deal to me. Love the HTC One screen (mainly because its calibrated properly without me having to interfere) but I'm not amazed by it.

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lamplghter13 says:

I find it extremely insulting and frankly dangerous when some people decide what other people "need". It does not matter, if you don't want it then fine. Some people may want it and that's fine as well, it's all about freedom of choice. Stop pushing your ideals on other people.

Rene Ritchie says:

Doesn't that apply to telling people not to tell you things? (Kidding! I swear! :p)

ScottJ says:

Need is somewhat objective. Want is subjective. You can want a screen where the pixels are way smaller than a human can perceive. Whether you need it or not is subject to scrutiny.

flychinook says:

I understand what you're saying, but as the pixel war escalates, that's exactly what the phone manufacturers are doing, is saying we "need" a display with some ridiculous resolution, at the expense of device performance and battery life. It's either that or go with a mid range phone that has worse specs all around. I want a good battery, good processor, and decent camera, so apparently that means I need a display with pixels so small you would need a microscope to distinguish them. It drives up costs, for minimal returns to the average consumer.