Samsung's Galaxy S IV said to Outshine Apple's Retina Quality Display
Samsung’s next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S IV, is likely to be released in Q2 of 2013. Rumor has it that it will be launched in April and will be sporting a slew of new features and specs. Among the new specs is a screen that is rumored to outdo Apple’s Retina display. It is said to have a pixel density of 440ppi, which is more than the iPhone’s Retina display (326ppi).
When Jobs first announced the iPhone 4’s Retina display, he said there’s a magic pixel density threshold that makes pixels indistinguishable for the human retina. This number was roughly around 300ppi. Jobs was right as numerous mathematical formulas and scientists supported the Retina display’s qualities but Retina doesn’t seem to be enough. Several people are claiming that the battle to make screens with higher pixel densities doesn’t matter because the threshold of it being useful has already passed. These people are said to be wrong as boosting pixel density turns digital objects on a screen into life-like objects. It’s also something Apple has prided itself on for years.
The supposed 440ppi Galaxy S IV would step far beyond the barrier and furthermore, it’s not even alone in doing so. Other smartphones such as Sony’s Xperia Z and HTC’s Droid DNA both have 5-inch 440ppi displays that have already been announced. Although the new pixel layout may result in the highest pixel density for the Galaxy S IV, which is arriving considerably later than the other two phones in this range, it may not even produce a noticeable difference to consumers based on the limitations of our own eyes. Similar to the competition for the biggest display, which seems to have gotten out of hand, the competition for the most pixels seems to be going in the same direction. Still, 440ppi is nothing to scoff at as it’s still quite impressive.