Top Phones With Quad HD or Quad HD+ Display
Updated On 08/June2018 – A year or two back it was often claimed that the human eye fails to recognize the quality of picture beyond a particular pixel density on mobile screens. However, this notion is not holding back the smartphones and buyers to move to 2K (2560*1440) resolution smartphones.
In 2017 the Quad HD+ resolution (2960*1440) is also becoming common in smartphones with 18.5:9 or 18:9 aspect ratio displays. Latest smartphones launched with the Quad HD+ resolution includes LG V30+, Samsung S8, Lg G6, and Samsung Note 8.
The mobile companies are working towards achieving more refine and high-resolution displays. The 300 pixels per inch was the pixel density once considered optimum for the phone screen. It is now replaced with displays supporting almost twice that number.
The phone manufacturers are boasting of their new releases with magnificent displays supporting QUAD HD(2K) 2560*1440P, QHD+ and even some phones like the Sony XZ Premium offering UHD(4K).
A quick comparison of resolutions supported on the phone.
- HD: 1280 X 720 pixels on the 5-inch screen will give a screen density of about 300 PPI.
- Full HD: 1920 x 1280 pixels on the 5-inch screen have the screen density of over 440 PPI.
- Quad HD(2K): 2560 x 1440 pixels on the 5-inch display offers an incredible 538 PPI pixel density.
- Quad HD+: 2960*1440 pixels on the 5 Inch display will offer a very high 658 Ppi pixel density.
Is Quad HD Display a Marketing Gimmick?
Supporting enhanced screen resolutions puts more strain on the phone resources viz. Processor, RAM, GPU, battery, etc. And hence the phone supporting higher resolutions are shipped with powerful resources, higher RAM size, and high-end mobile processors.
Some industry analysts believe it as not an intelligent idea for phones to have QUAD HD display. However, the marketing and sales departments of mobile companies, to win over more customers and beat the competition, are not ready to compromise on anything.
There is a big push by companies like Samsung and LG to come with QHD display phones to differentiate their offerings from rivals.
If you ask me it is beyond a marketing gimmick, 2K display screen looks more refined, images and videos look more clear and vibrant compared to even the FHD display.
Let’s begin our list of 7 Latest Android Smartphones With Quad HD Display (2K), with one of my favorites from the Samsung’s stable.
Samsung S8 and S8 Plus
The Samsung S8 and Samsung S8 Plus are one of the first smartphones to offer Quad HD+ Display. Both the smartphones come with the Super AMOLED Display panel which offers excellent colors and contrast ratios.
The displays are sufficiently bright to work outdoors and also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
The Samsung S8 comes with a bezel-less display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. It has a screen size of 5.8 inches and with a Quad HD+ resolution – offering (2960*1440 pixels). The pixel density is 570 pixels per inch which offer incredible details for reading the text and watching videos.
Notably, the screen uses a SUPER AMOLED Panel which is far superior to the IPS LCD panel used in many other devices.
The Samsung S8 is one of the best-designed phones with Infinite display and offers great camera quality. The Samsung S8 comes with a 12 MP camera with a f/1.7 aperture which is similar to the camera used on the Samsung S7 Edge.
The front camera is an 8 MP shooter for clicking beautiful selfies.
Samsung S8 price in India starts from Rs. 57,900 or $700.
The smartphone is coupled with 4 GB of RAM and has 64 GB of internal storage which can be expanded to 256 GB via micro SD card. Powering the smartphone is either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset (US) and Exynos 8890 (India).
The mobile comes with 64 GB or 128 GB internal storage and can be expanded further. It runs on the Android Nougat OS and will also get an update to Android Oreo 8.0.
Other top features include rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, 4G, Dual Sim, USB Type C Port, Wireless Charging and IP 68 rating.
The phone has an incredible design and is made of toughened glass, measures 8 mm in thickness and weighs 155 grams. The Samsung S8 comes with a 3000 mAH capacity battery which also supports fast charging.
Samsung S8 Plus
The Samsung S8 Plus is slightly larger compared to the Samsung S8. The S8 Plus comes with a 6.2 Inch screen size compared to the 5.8 Inch screen size of the Samsung S8. The Samsung S8 Plus has 6.2-inches Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display with (2960*1440) pixels resolution which results in 530 PPi.
The Samsung S8 plus comes with a larger 3500 mAH capacity battery and also has a 6 GB RAM version.
Huawei Honor 8 Pro
The Honor 8 pro which was launched in India in April 2017 and is one of the affordable Quad HD Display phones which also comes with other great specs.
The Huawei Honor 8 Pro comes with a large 5.7 Inches LTPS IPS LCD display which offers Quad HD resolution (2560*1440) pixels and has 564 PPI (pixel density).
The smartphone display comes with the normal 16:9 aspect ratio and has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and offers 74% screen to body ratio.
Performance – Huawei Honor 8 Pro is powered by the Kirin 960 Octa-Core processor and is coupled with the Mali G78 MP8 GPU. The phone comes with 6 GB of Ram and has 128 GB of internal storage which can be expanded to 256 GB using the expansion slot.
Notably, the Honor 8 Pro comes with 12 MP Dual rear camera which uses one monochrome and another RGB lens to capture brilliant images. It has an 8 MP selfie camera.
The Honor 8 Pro features a massive 4000 mAH capacity battery to go along with with the Quad HD display, and also has support for rapid charging.
The phone is priced close to $349 or Rs. 30,000 in the Indian market. Read More about the Honor 8 Pro here.
Google Pixel 2 XL
Google Pixel phones are the first phones to be made by Google. The company has changed its strategy from making an affordable flagship Nexus phone to expensive Pixel phones in 2016. In 2017 they have launched 2 new Pixel phones Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
The Google Pixel 2 XL is the larger smartphone and comes with a bezel-less, OLED Display panel with Quad HD+(2880*1440) resolution and a 6.0 Inch Screen size.
The display is also protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and comes with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Pixel 2 XL is the first Google phone to offer the QHD+ resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. There have been some reports that there are issues with screen burn-in with the Pixel 2 OLED Display. So you may want to search and read about that before buying the phone.
The Pixel 2 XL also comes with IP 67 rating and is water and dustproof. The phone features a USB Type C Port, and there are stereo speakers at the bottom.
The Pixel 2 XL brings best of camera experience, a unique design and the latest Android Oreo 8.0 with Google Assistant. The smartphone is among the first devices to run on the Android Oreo 8.0 Update.
The Pixel 2 comes with a 3520 mAH capacity battery along with fast charging support.
The Hardware is top notch with Snapdragon 835 and 4 GB RAM to ensure fluid experience. It is the best Android Phone I would buy if Money is not the consideration.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is launched in late August 2017 and is priced close to $900 or Rs. 65,000.
The key highlight of the smartphone is it’s dual rear camera setup; it is the first phone from Samsung with the Dual camera module. It has 12 MP Dual rear camera with f/1.7 aperture while the telephoto lens comes with f/2.4 aperture.
The front selfie camera is similar to S8 and comes with an 8 MP lens.
The Samsung Note 8 has an infinite display with 6.30-inch screen size and comes with an incredible 2960*1440 pixels (521 PPi) pixel density. It even comes with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and offers 522 PPi.
The Samsung Note 8 display is the best display you can get on any mobile currently even if we compare it to the Google Pixel 2 XL or the OLED display of the LG V30.
Powering the Galaxy Note is the 2.35 GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor or the Exynos 8895 (India) which comes with 6 GB of RAM.
The Note 8 comes in 64GB / 128 GB storage variants and also has the option to expand the storage.
The Samsung Note 8 runs on the Android Nougat, has an S-Pen, Bixby Assistant, and comes with a 3300 mAH battery capacity which offers fast charging / Wireless charging support.
The LG V30 is the latest addition to this list, and the smartphone is launched on 31st Aug 2017. The LG V30 comes with a 6.0 Inch OLED Display which offers excellent color reproduction, brightness levels, and details.
The display is very sharp on the LG V30 and comes with Quad HD+ resolution (18:9 aspect ratio) with 2880*1440 pixels screen with a Full Vision display and minimal bezels at the top and bottom side.
The display on the smartphone is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and comes with 83% screen to body ratio. Sadly, there have been reports of the screen having issues for some of the users for LG V30.
The LG V30 is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and has 4 GB of Ram. There is either 64 GB of internal storage or 128 GB depending on the model you wish to purchase.
The V30 runs on the Android Nougat 7.1 along with the LG UX 6.0 and will also get the Android Oreo 8.0 update soon. The phone comes with IP 68 rating, offers wireless charging support, has USB Type C and NFC support.
Additionally, it has 32 Bit HIFI DAC for better sound quality and also comes with a 3300 mAH capacity battery with fast charging support (Q.C 3.0).
The smartphone comes with a Dual camera setup with one wide-angle camera and the other standard camera. It has a 16 MP lens (f/1.6) aperture and a 13 Megapixel (wide angle) lens with f/1.9 aperture.
LG V30 has a beautiful design and a stunning pair of cameras, along with a fantastic OLED Display to offer an incredible user experience. The LG V30 costs $750 or Rs. 52,000.
LG unveiled the LG G6 at the MWC in February 2017, and the smartphone is available in India in April 2017. The LG G6 is available for Rs. 40,000 or $650 and offers great value for money.
The key highlight of the LG G6 is its 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display which offers (2880 x 1440 offering 564 PPI) resolution. The display comes with curved edges, and it makes the smartphone look futuristic. The curved design makes the screen more resistant to breaks, due to falls.
The LG G6 comes with a Dual Rear camera that has a 13 MP wide f/2.4 aperture lens, and another 13 MP standard lens with a f/1.8 aperture, along with OIS.
The mobile is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SOC and comes with the Adreno 530 GPU, similar to the OnePlus 3T or Google Pixel. There is 4 GB of Ram, and G6 comes in 32 GB / 64 GB storage versions.
The phone runs on the Android Nougat 7.1 OS and will get the Oreo 8.0 update by the end of 2017.
The LG G6 has a sizeable battery measuring 3300 mAH and also supports Qualcomm Quick charge 3.0 standard.
Other notable features include – Fingerprint scanner, IP 68 rating (dust & waterproof), NFC, USB Type C, and high-quality Audio.
The LG G6 offers excellent imaging and photography options for buyers. If you have a slightly higher budget can also look at the LG V30+.
The HTC U11 costs Rs. 51,999 in the Indian market and is available since June 2017. The mobile comes with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.
The HTC U11 looks gorgeous with a stunning design with “Liquid Surface” which is quite glossy, yet elegant. The smartphone also comes with a new edge squeeze technology. You can press the edges to launch an App.
The HTC U11 boasts of a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels with 565 PPI, but it is not a bezel-less phone, like the LG V30+. Furthermore, protecting the screen is Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and the 2.5D curved glass.
The key highlight of the HTC U11 is its rear 12 MP camera with f/1.7 aperture and OIS. It has one of the best cameras and rivals the camera on Samsung S8 and Google Pixel 2. Additionally, there is an excellent 16 MP front selfie camera.
Under the hood, there is a Snapdragon 835 processor along with the Adreno 540 GPU. The HTC U 11 comes with IP 67 rating that makes the phone water and dust resistant.
There is the presence of superior Audio enhancement technology from HTC to improve the music experience. Also, it comes with a 3000 mAH Li-Polymer battery which supports Quick Charging (Q.C 3.0).
The phone comes with the USB Type C Port, and also has a fingerprint scanner embedded in the front home button.
The HTC U11costs $750 or Rs. 52,000 in India.
Samsung Galaxy S7
Released in March 2016, it comes with the blazing fast Exynos 8890 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (clocked at 2.15 GHz ) along with Adreno 530 GPU.
The S7 was released alongside the Galaxy S7 edge, which comes with revolutionary curved edge display.
The smartphone runs on Android Nougat 7.1 along with touch wiz UI. It has a built-in 4 GB RAM (LPDDR4) that is much faster than the LPDDR3.
Samsung S7 is available with 32 GB storage for a price of Rs. 48,900 and also has the option to expand the storage to 128 GB using the micro sd card. The Dual SIM slot supports 4G LTE, 3G HSDPA, and 2G GSM.
Samsung Galaxy S7 comes fitted with screen display size of 5.15″ and sports a resolution of 1440×2560(QHD) pixels with an incredible 564-pixel density. The AMOLED Display looks great.
The Galaxy S7 has the best camera on any smartphone with 12MP f/1.7 aperture rear camera and 5 MP front camera supporting features like optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash, face detection, etc. The battery capacity is 3000 mAh.
It has a built-in fingerprint scanner. The phone sports a metal and glassy look and comes in various color variant viz. Gold, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum.
It will cost around 49k or $699 in the global market.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S9 AND GALAXY S9 PLUS
The Samsung S9 and Samsung S9+ are the top-end models in the Galaxy S series line-up of smartphones. Displays on both the devices use Super AMOLED screen, and have the same resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels, or better known as Quad HD+.
And a latest Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is there to ensure the protection of the displays of both Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.
The Samsung S9 comes with an edge or bezel-less display that measures 5.8- inches diagonally at a Quad HD+ 1440*2960 resolution. Its screen has a modern 18:9 display, a standard that is becoming mainstream nowadays.
At 570 PPI pixel density, everything including texts, photos, and videos looks extremely crisp and detailed.
Since the device uses a Super AMOLED panel, its display has a stunning contrast ratio with deeper blacks, while it remains energy efficient.
Touted as Infinity display, the Samsung Galaxy S9 has an edge-to-edge screen, whereas its camera provides with a stunning video and photo quality.
The Samsung S9 has a 12-megapixel rear shooter with a f/1.5-f/2.4 variable aperture and is even capable of shooting Slo-mo videos at 960fps.
On the other end, its front camera is 8-megapixel (f/1.7) and takes superb photos and records videos at [email protected]
The price of Samsung Galaxy S9 in India starts from Rs. 53,990, and Galaxy S9+ costs Rs. 64,900.
Additionally, it comes with 4 GB of RAM and has 64 GB of internal storage expandable up to 400 GB using a microSD card.
Powering the device is an Exynos 9810 Octa-Core chipset along with a Mali –G72 MP18 GPU. However, in the US it is available with the Snapdragon 845 processor and Adreno 630 GPU.
The Galaxy S9 runs on the Android Oreo 8.0 operating system with Samsung Experience UI on top of it.
Also, it comes with other features, such as IP-68 dust and water-resistance rating, a fingerprint scanner at back, 4G, USB Type C Port, and wireless charging.
The device has a glass back with an aluminum frame. It measures 8.5 mm in thickness with a total body weight of 163 grams. The Samsung S9 comes with a non-removable 3000 mAh battery, along with support for fast charging.
Galaxy S9 Plus
On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a bit bigger in comparison to its sibling Galaxy S9, thanks to its 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display.
Galaxy S9 Plus offers a Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display with (2960*1440) pixels resolution, which is similar to the S9, but with a relatively lower pixel density of 529 PPI.
Most interestingly, the feature that differentiates the S9 Plus from S9 is that it comes with a dual-camera at the back.
The Galaxy S9 Plus carries a dual 12 MP (f/1.5-2.4) + 12 MP (f/2.4) camera setup at its back and has features like PDAF, OIS, and an LED flash.
At 3500 mAh, it even has a significantly larger battery than the S9.
Although both the devices have so many similarities, the bigger of the two – Galaxy S9 Plus – leads with a dual-camera setup provides a 2x zoom for much better photo and a larger battery.
HTC U12 PLUS
HTC U12 Plus is company’s flagship device for 2018. In many ways, it is similar to its predecessor, HTC U11 Plus.
Although, now it comes with an updated Edge Sense system, through which users can interact with the phone by a sequence of physical squeezes.
Talking about its design, it doesn’t come with a notch, unlike many other high-end flagship devices coming out this year.
HTC U12 Plus comes with a 6-inch Super LCD6 display with a Quad HD+ (1440 x 2880) resolution with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Whereas, its pixel density is 537 PPI. HTC uses LCD panels for their displays instead of the Super AMOLED panel used by Samsung or even the iPhone X.
To protect the LCD display, it uses Corning Gorilla Glass 5
The device has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa-Core chipset, along with the Adreno 630 GPU.
Additionally, it offers 64/128 GB internal storage and 6 GB Ram.
For photography, there is a dual 12 MP (f/1.8) + 16 MP (f/2.6) rear camera with features like PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom, and dual-LED flash. For selfies, it has an 8-megapixel front camera as well.
There is a fingerprint scanner on the rear side. Fueling the device is a 3500 mAh non-removable battery, which also supports fast charging.
That’s all from my side; please share your thoughts and feedback in the comments below.
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