The Retina Display, when introduced for the first time with iPhone 4, stunned the market with its gorgeous and sharp print-like text and invisible pixels at viewing distance. Apple rallied behind its Retina display for every iPhone the company has launched since the iPhone 4 model. This approach has left Apple far behind from its Android competitors when it comes to the pixel density of flagship smartphones.
While the debate on whether or not Apple should opt for higher pixel density, or whether or not “most people” can actually see a difference, will continue to go on for years, but the Cupertino company could improve the pixel density with its upcoming and highly anticipated “iPhone 8” model.
The folks over at 9to5Mac have put together pixel numbers for the oft-rumored iPhone 8 with OLED display. The display pixel’s and pixel-per-inch density estimate for the iPhone 8 is based on a recent note to investors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Their in-depth insights suggest the iPhone 8 could feature around 521 PPI density display.
“If the numbers turn out to be accurate, the iPhone 8 would tout a pixel density greater than both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, which have 325 PPI and 401 PPI, respectively. This will be welcome news for Android users looking to switch to iPhone, who have complained at the 4.7-inch iPhone’s low-resolution display relative to other smartphones on the market.”
Kuo believes that the upcoming iPhone 8 will feature an OLED display measuring at 5.8-inches, but the main display will measure in at 5.15-inches due to a new “functional Area” below it that will replace the Touch ID and the physical Home button.
For a complete run down on the pixel density and how the numbers are measured, check out the link below.