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Poll: how important is QHD on smartphones?

The LG G3 was announced this week, and already we’ve done a hands-on review, video, software features tour and comparison with the Galaxy S5. One of the unique aspects of the LG G3 is that it has a QHD display, which up to now has only come on a few smartphones. But how important is QHD?

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QHD stands for Quad HD, meaning that it has four times the pixels of a HD display with 720p. In the recent past, smartphones have had a Full HD display which is 1920 x 1080, like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2 and more recent high end devices. QHD has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 resolution, and also called a 2K display. Next to the LG G3, the recently announced Oppo Find 7 also has a QHD resolution.

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At the LG G3 display, they compared QHD displays of the LG G3 against a Full HD TV screen. © AndroidPIT

Next, it’s foreseeable that 4K displays will be coming next, however the technology isn’t there yet for smartphones. Even 4K TVs aren’t really of much use yet, though this is starting to change with more camcorders and smartphones being able to record 4K video, Netflix bringing 4K movies and TV shows to their catalogue, and even the FIFA World Cup in Brazil about to be filmed in 4K.

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Can you tell the difference between Full HD and Ultra HD? © 4KTV / Shutterstock

Recently Huawei CEO Richard Yu said that QHD displays are stupid, because they are very bad for energy consumption and don’t offer anything in return because your eyes can’t see the difference. So, it seems that not everyone wants to jump on the QHD bandwagon.

The thing is though, when you are in this industry, it’s about bigger, better, badder, consumers are expecting the next big thing and LG delivered this with the LG G3, a beauty of a phone, with a dazzling 2K (QHD) display to offer breathtaking imagery.

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So, how important is QHD displays to you? Do you think smartphones and tablets need such high resolutions or would you rather see them stick with Full HD and concentrate elsewhere? Answer in our poll or in the comments section below.

Do smartphones and tablets need QHD?
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  • As impressive as the HD displays are, I can't help but wonder if over 1020 pixels is going to drain the battery faster ..... unless there are better batteries being used

  • as a game designer and pixel artist I'm pretty excited about the new resolutions. yes my old games will have to scale up, and won't look as good as they could... but the amount of detail I will be able to get in my new games will be an awesome change! I think Android gamers are going to love it too :-)

    • Loie Favre
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      Jun 10, 2014 Link to comment

      It's nice to hear the opinion from a game designer. Is the process of creating graphics for higher vs lower resolutions much different?

  • I dont think 2K displays are a need, or something that would radically change the way you see-use your smartphone, this are still small screens, and you would most likely notice it on a TV or Tablet, and in my opinion, for what many rant about Samsung not going for 2K is a bit smart, because u cant really notice a difference, you have less power consumption and thats the most important, battery life. In my Opinion.

    • Loie Favre
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      Jun 10, 2014 Link to comment

      I think many people are on the same page as you Byron. I would rather have a more performing battery than a higher display resolution that I can't even see.

  • Feeso Jun 2, 2014 Link to comment

    I'm dumping samsung

  • These image comparisons are pointless. Regardless they can only be relative to another display and not absolute. It's easy to show that 1080p display provides less comfortable zoom than 2160p display, but that means absolutely nothing as 1080p displays already provide more than your phone needs. I say, give me any display and any image and I'll make the image look as sh*t on that display simply by zooming, which basically they did, acting smart, and fooling you into thinking 1080p technology sucks.

    Well, to each his/her own, but I'm trying holding myself down a bit and not wasting money on these phones. I must say it's really hard sometimes seeing they are all nice phones, 4k displays or not.

  • If the picture of the parrot is 'true', then I'm sold because I can see the difference on my G2's 1080p display. The more pixels the sharper the image.

  • I dont understand the point when someone posts pictures giving side by side difference betweem QHD and HD. How would I be able to see the actual difference if my screen is 720p? I may be wrong but I am confused.
    I do feel that the difference between QHD and HD display is noticeable despite of what Huawei CEO says

    • Maybe I was sold on LG's G3 launch, but the point is legitimate: they reproduced the analogue resolution found in art books on a smartphone screen. No one says the quality of art books is overkill. In general usage (texting, reading, scrolling menus) you probably won't really notice, but when you look at hi-res stuff (photos, movies, games) it is incredible. Even if it is ''overkill'' it's not like the phone costs any more than it would without and if the optimizations (power/processor) are handled well then it won't slow things down either (even thought there's almost double the pixels to push)

  • The picture of the parrot made me lol (I read you guys stuff on my phone as most do, I think). so I've got an hd picture to compare with a qhd picture that I'm viewing on my I-9300 (Samsung Galaxy S3) which barely has a 720p display. :-D
    overkill, yes... But for the love of Pete, I have to choose the biggest baddest hardware set I can find. The company pays for it. ;-)

    • Loie Favre
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      Jun 2, 2014 Link to comment

      Thanks for your comment. I do agree that it is overkill, but most of the time, users want the best possible product.

  • Stuart Jun 1, 2014 Link to comment

    QHD is overkill in all honesty what's the point of it? Let's get stuff we can at least see and is useful.

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