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New Year's Resolution

Dec 16, 2014 by Alin

For most people, the New Year's Resolution is a tradition related to the beginning of a new year. For us (geeks) it's an occasion to update our devices and their display resolutions.

Display resolution – as you probably already know – represents the number of pixels a device can display and it's one of the major selling points of a device (imagine launching a new tablet that has a 640x480 display, nowadays... can you picture that as a successful launch?)

K and HD Resolutions

Considering all the different devices on the market, it can be confusing to distinguish between all the K and HD abbreviations used for describing display resolutions. So here it's a little guide that can help you with the Christmas presents. :)

  • HD (720p) – 1280x720 pixels
  • Full HD (FHD / 1080p) – 1920x1080 pixels
  • Quad HD (QHD / 1440p) – 2560x1440 pixels
  • Ultra HD (UHD / 4K) – 3840x2160 pixels
  • UHD+ (5K) - 5120x2880 pixels
  • Full Ultra HD (FUHD / 8K) - 7680x4320 pixels

Display resolutions that may appear exaggerated nowadays (such as 5K, 8K) will become the norm in a few years. Imagine how outrageous a 1920x1080 display resolution seemed, more than a decade ago, when 800x600 was the most common.

Disadvantages of an increased number of pixels

Software applications require a lot of processing time, in order to interact or manipulate a high number of pixels for images, videos or games. This also translates into higher hardware requirements:

  • Files are occupying more disk space, which also means that it takes more time to transfer them over the internet. However, with the rising popularity of broadband internet, SSDs and high capacity HDDs this is no longer a major issue.
  • Rendering more pixels requires better video cards. There are a lot of powerful video cards released every year, but unfortunately they all seem to consume even the last drop of battery power from our mobile devices. We all know that recharging became an everyday ritual :)

Conclusions

From a consumer point of view, choosing the perfect display resolution is also influenced by the display dimensions and the software that will be displayed on that device. I don't think anyone is too excited about a mainstream 1280x720, 0.7-inch product, or about a 4K display smartphone that is used for texting and calendar.

Despite some disadvantages, we can all agree that a higher display resolution is usually better, due to a higher image quality. So how does the display resolution impact your daily activities, and how did your New Year's Resolution changed throughout the years? :)

If you're curious about how the various display resolutions are influencing the software development and outsourcing markets, then stay tuned for my next article!




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