Phone resolutions@~5" What would you prefer?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Haserath, Feb 21, 2014.


~5" resolution

  1. Keep the same/similar resolution

    7 vote(s)
  2. Increase resolution

    16 vote(s)
  3. Change aspect ratio

    3 vote(s)
  4. Other?

    0 vote(s)
  1. Haserath macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2013
    This push for higher resolution in the industry is annoying to me.

    If they expand the iPhone to 5", they should keep the same resolution IMO. The ppi is still well within the 200's and there seems like more downside than upside to going over.
  2. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Jobs defined a retina display for a phone at 300ppi, so to backtrack on this, while competitors are making 400-500ppi displays, would be ludicrous. I don't understand what is annoying about having clearer, higher resolution displays?

    I also don't see them changing the aspect ratio again, and I see ~16:9 as a perfectly good ratio for a phone.

    Therefore, if they do increase the size, I perhaps see a larger, unified resolution for both the rumoured 4.7" and 5.6". I'd think this would either be the current resolution doubled, or a 1080p panel.

    2272 x 1280 @ 555ppi (4.7"); 466ppi (5.6")
    1920 x 1080 @ 469ppi (4.7"); 393ppi (5.6")

    Both above the magic 300.
  3. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    2272x1280 seems like the only candidate to me.
  4. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I wouldn't care a drop in PPI. I'd rather have a bigger screen.

    That said Apple isn't in a position to put out a phone with a lower resolution then the competition. They'd need to at the very minimum keep it the same as it is now.
  5. Shuri macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2011
    Following assumptions were based solely on my speculations and a bit of math :)

    If we take the width of the current iPhone 5/5S design (the whole body, not only the display) we see it'd be theoretically able to carry a 5.7 cm width display (if it'd have got almost no bezel). If we talk about a 16:9 display (which is pretty save imo) it is going to be 10.1 cm tall and thus having a diagonal of 4.58 INCH which could be marketed as a 4.6" Display while not making the device any wider. (As others did in the past, so they'd probably build this into their marketing campaign).

    Assuming they would want to keep around 330 PPI, this would result in a resolution of 1317 x 740 Pixels. I know this isn't anything common, but Apple wasn't very obsessed with HD Standards in the past.
  6. Katmiku macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2014
    Same resolution as now on a 4.7 or 5 inch screen would mean you get the same ppi as on some Samsung or Sony low end Android models ( midway in the 250's )

    Not quite acceptable for a device that starts at 699 Euro for a 16gb model, if they do make a 4.7 or 5 inch model I expect nothing short of doing the current resolution x2.

    Also I wouldn't see why you would condemn resolutions getting bigger but not screens ?
  7. Shuri macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2011
    I also don't see Apple dropping ppi on whatever sized iphone.
    Doubling the resolution again would make sure that the work developers have to do is pretty small. Apple could make different sizes and give them all the same resolution (just like the iPads have), but be well above 300 ppi. There wouldn't be any weird looking stretching of not updated apps, too.

    On the other hand, having PPI rates over 500 would need a great bump in GPU Power and Battery Capacity.
  8. iPhonemaster5S macrumors 6502


    Oct 10, 2011
    Yes, I notice a difference between my iPhone and my HTC One, the One also has 460 ppi and it's much clearer.
  9. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    As long as the resolution is close to what it currently has, it wouldn't matter to me.
  10. Haserath thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2013
    Not only does the GPU have to work harder, the screen becomes less efficient per inch.

    A screen size increase can also come with a battery increase equivalent to it without changing width.

    Wouldn't it be better to get a battery life increase or more brightness instead of more PPI?
  11. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    The screen needs to be at least 1920 x 1080 resolution.
  12. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2009
    Atlanta GA
    since the new s5 will likely have 1,440 x 2,560 pixels and pixel density of 560 ppi, they need to do something
  13. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    4.7" or 4.9" is as far as I want to go, not sure how they can keep the Retina Display, but I love Retina, not fond of the other displays out there on other phones. Ever since the 4 I was Wow'd by Retina.
  14. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    A 4.5" iPhone 6 with 1080p in a casing similarly sized to the current model would be my ideal next gen iPhone.
  15. Radiating macrumors 65816

    Dec 29, 2011
    I vote for 1704 x 960 as the resolution.

    This means for every cluster of 4 pixels we'd have 9 pixels.

    Remember Apple still defines resolution in BLOCKS of 4. Not by the pixel to be compatible wit the iPhone 4. So it's easy to simply redefine each BLOCK as 3x3 instead of 2x2.

    Personally I like the idea of shrinking the bezel and making the screen bigger. I'd be interested in a 4.6", or 4.4" iPhone 6 with nearly identical dimensions.


    You can easily do 4.2" with a giant black boarder like the 5S mock up above, 4.4" with a very small boarder, and 4.6" if you increase the dimensions very slightly.
  16. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
    Anything less than what the 5s is at now would be disappointing.
  17. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Bingo. The PPI certainly shouldn't go down, and should really increase at least a bit if not slightly more than that.
  18. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    Once PPI gets up to a certain point, I don't know how useful it'll actually be to go higher. I'm not sure what that point is though, because I did notice a significant difference between the 326 ppi screen on my retina iPhones and the 468 ppi screen on my HTC One.
  19. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    It's time for Apple to up their display.

    iPhone 6 should have a 4.7" 1080p HD display.

    Don't just make it larger but also better. They'll probably market it has Retina+ Display or something.
  20. Bacong macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2009
    Westland, Michigan
    it doesn't need to be 1080p, but the Moto X's 1280x720 would be just fine.
  21. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012

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