Top Phones With Quad HD or Quad HD+ Display
Updated Feb 2021 – A few years back it was often claimed that the human eye fails to recognize the quality of a 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) or higher resolution smartphones.
In 2019-20 the Quad HD+ resolution (2960*1440) is also becoming common in smartphones with 18.5:9 or 19:9 aspect ratio displays. The latest smartphones launched with the Quad HD+ resolution include Samsung S20, S20 Plus, Huawei P40, Samsung Note 10, Oneplus 8 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
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+ with 2960*1440 pixels, and even some phones like the Sony Xperia Mark 1 II 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 a 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 Samsung’s stable.
Samsung S20 and S20 Plus and S20 Ultra:
The Samsung S20 and Samsung S20 Plus are the latest Korean mobiles to offer 120 Hz display with a cinematic view. Both the smartphones come with the Super AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display panel which offers excellent colors and contrast ratios.
The displays are sufficiently bright to work outdoors and also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 (front and back) protection.
The Samsung S20 screen comes with a 20:9 aspect ratio. It has a screen size of 6.2 inches and with a Quad HD+ resolution – offering (1440*3200 pixels). The pixel density is 563 pixels per inch which offers incredible details for reading the text and watching the videos.
Notably, the screen uses Dynamic AMOLED 2X technology which also reduces harmful blue light automatically to keep the eyes safe. It is able to simulate 16M colors with a depth of 24 bits. The display comes with HDR10+ and also has a 120 Hz refresh rate. It is one of the best displays that you will find on any phone currently.
The Samsung S20 is one of the best-designed phones with Infinite display and offers great camera quality. The Samsung S20 comes with 3 rear cameras i.e. 12 MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture, 64 MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture, and 12 MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture.
The front camera is a 10 MP with an f/2.2 aperture shooter for clicking beautiful selfies.
It arrives with the 8K resolution video quality which is the highest compared to any smartphone.
Samsung S20 price in India starts from Rs. 67,000 or $878.
The smartphone is coupled with 8 GB of RAM and has 128 GB of internal storage which can be expanded to 1 TB (1000GB) via micro SD card. Powering the smartphone is either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset (US) and Exynos 990 (India).
The mobile comes with 128 GB of internal storage and can be expanded further. It runs on Samsung’s One UI 2.1 based Android 10.0.
Other top features include an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, hybrid optic zoom, 5G(supported in the limited country), 4G, Dual Sim, wireless and USB Type C Port, Wireless Charging, and IP 68 rating.
The phone has an incredible design and is made of toughened glass, measures 7.90 mm in thickness, and weighs 163 grams. The Samsung S20 comes with a 4000 mAh capacity battery that supports fast charging (25 Watts) and also has support for wireless charging.
Samsung S20 Plus
The Samsung S20 Plus has a bigger screen size in comparison to the Samsung S20. This phone comes with a 6.7-inch screen size compared to the 6.2-inch screen size of the Samsung S20. It has 6.7 inches Dynamic AMOLED display with (1440*3200) pixels resolution which results in 524 PPI.
This smartphone comes with a larger 4500 mAh capacity battery and also has a 12 GB RAM version.
Samsung S20 Plus is available in India for Rs. 78,000 or $1199. You can also buy the ultra-premium Samsung S20 Ultra that comes with an even bigger 6.9 Inch Super Amoled Display for nearly $1499.
Huawei P40 Pro (5G)
The P40 Pro 5G smartphone is a beautifully assembled phone by Huawei which appears with other great specs along with Quad Curve Overflow Display.
The phone comes with a large 6.58 Inches OLED display which offers Quad HD resolution (2640*1200) pixels and has 441 PPI (pixel density).
The smartphone display comes with a 20:9 aspect ratio and has Corning Gorilla Glass protection and offers a 91% screen to body ratio. Also, the display comes with a 90 Hz refresh rate that is ideal for gamers and people looking for a lag-free experience.
Performance – Huawei P40 Pro is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G Octa-Core processor and is coupled with the Mali G76 MP16 GPU.
Furthermore, the smartphone comes with 8 GB of Ram and has 256 GB of internal storage expandable up to 512 GB using the expansion slot.
Notably, the P40 Pro appears with Ultra vision Leica Quad camera, it possesses 3 rear cameras; 50 MP with f/1.9 aperture, 40 MP with f/1.8 aperture, and 12 MP with f/3.4 aperture and 3D depth-sensing camera with autofocus mode.
Huawei P30 was a camera monster and the P40 Pro has the chops to slain the best camera phones on the market. If you love photography, the P40 Pro is an ideal companion for you.
The front camera captures the selfies through a 32 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture and also has a TOF depth sensor.
The Huawei smartphone features a massive 4200 mAh capacity battery to go along with the OLED display, and also has support for fast wireless charging.
It costs nearly Rs. 82,000 ($1075) and is available in many countries apart from China. It is anticipated to launch in India by July 2020.
Google Pixel 4XL
Google moved from being an affordable flagship Nexus maker to making expensive Pixel phones in 2016. The latest mobile from the Search engine giant is Pixel 4 and 4XL.
The Google Pixel 4 XL is the larger phone and comes with a bezel-less, P-OLED capacitive display panel with Quad HD+(1440 x 3040) resolution with 537 PPI and a 6.3 Inch Screen size.
Additionally, it has an HDR display with a 90 Hz resolution.
The display is also protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and comes with a 19:9 aspect ratio. Pixel 4XL phone provides eSIM technology.
This smartphone also possesses an IP 68 rating and is water and dustproof. Further, it features a USB Type C Port, and there are stereo speakers at the bottom.
It brings the best of camera experience with a dual camera of 12.2MP( f/1.7 aperture) and 16MP ( f/2.4 aperture); the front camera is 8MP with f/2.0 aperture.
It’s built with a unique design with screen to body ratio of 83% and Android 10.0 with Google Assistant.
The Pixel 4XL comprises of 3700 mAh capacity battery along with fast charging support. Also, it comes with Google’s latest Android 11 Os and offers a stock Android experience.
The Hardware is top-notch with Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 885 chipset and 6 GB RAM with 64 GB internal storage space to ensure a fluid experience.
The 64 GB storage version Pixel is available for $799 whereas the 128 GB storage version is available for $949 in the US on Amazon.com.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is the latest Note series mobile from the Korean manufacturer. It is loaded with features and comes with the signature S-Pen support. The phone was launched in August 2019.
The Note 10 Plus is available in two storage variants as follows:
- 2 GB Ram and 256 GB internal storage – Price Rs. 79,99 or $1099
- 12 GB Ram and 512 GB internal Storage – Price Rs. 89,999 or $1199
This beautifully designed phone has Quad rear cameras; 12MP (f/1.5 aperture) + 16 MP (f/2.2 aperture) + 12 MP ( f/2.4 aperture) and a TOF depth sensor.The selfie camera comprises of 10 MP with f/2.2 aperture.
The Samsung Note 10+ has an immersive AMOLED display with a 6.80-inch screen size and comes with an incredible 1440 x 3040 pixels and has a 19:9 aspect ratio (~498 PPI density). It’s protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and has HDR10+ support.
However, the Samsung Note 10+ display lacks a higher refresh rate of 90 or 120 Hz but comes with a standard 60 Hz panel.
The phone’s display bestows the best experience you can get on any mobile currently even if we compare it to any other smartphone. It provides a full-screen display with a screen to body ratio of 90%. The HDR10+ technology along with Dynamic Tone Mapping makes it easy to read and smoothly watch anything on the phone.
The Note 10 is powered with a 1.9GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 9825 processor that comes with 8 GB/ 12 GB of RAM with an internal storage of 256 GB/512 GB which can be expanded to 1TB. The battery capacity is 3500 mAh which supports wireless charging.
This smartphone operates on Android 10 Q, it includes S-Pen with a motion sensor and Bixby Assistant.
Apple iPhone 12 Pro
The latest Apple iPhone 12 Pro was launched on 13 October 2020. It is available in four color variants – Gold, Graphite, Silver, and Pacific blue.
The 12 Pro comes with a 6.10-inch FHD+ all-screen OLED display with 2532*1170px resolution with 86% screen to body ratio including a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 460ppi pixel density.
It has a body with a stainless steel frame with a glossy finish and a new ceramic glass for display protection.
The bezel of the iPhone 12 Pro is very thin at all corners but it still comes with a notch. Also, the maximum display brightness is insanely good – 800 Nits.
Talking about variants, it is available in 3 variants:
- 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.
- 6GB RAM and 256GB storage.
- 6GB RAM and 512GB storage.
Powering the device is the Apple A14 chip that is fabricated on a 5nm chipset along with four core apple GPU.
The phone comes with an IP 68 rating, has a quality lightning USB Type C Cable, and NFC support. Notably, It has a 2815 mAh capacity battery that comes with 20W fast charging support.
The phone comes with a Triple camera setup at the rear including a 12MP main camera + 12MP telephoto lens + 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens along with a LiDAR scanner at its back.
At the front, it has a dual-camera setup with a 12MP front-facing camera with a 3D TOF camera.
The Apple iPhone 12 Pro costs $1623 or INR 1,19,900 (for base variant).
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
The premium Galaxy Note 20 was launched in August 2020. It is loaded with awesome features and comes with the signature S-Pen support.
The Samsung Note 20 Ultra has a 6.90-inch immersive super AMOLED Plus display with 3080*1440px resolution and has a 20:9 aspect ratio and over 500 PPI pixel density.
The Note 20 Ultra has an edge to edge display with bare minimal bezels.
It’s protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and has HDR10+ support.
It has an 89.2% screen to body ratio and offers a 120 Hz high refresh rate.
It is available in only one variant that is 12 GB RAM and 256GB storage which is further expandable.
For beautiful photos, it has a Trio camera setup at the rear carrying 108MP telephoto + 12MP Ultra wide-angle camera + 12MP wide-angle. Additionally, it has a 10MP selfie camera at the front.
The Note 20 Ultra is powered by Samsung Exynos 990 octa-core processor fabricated on a 7nm+ chipset along with a Mali-G77 GPU.
The phone operates on an Android 10 based on Samsung One UI 3.0
It also has an In-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock support.
The battery capacity is 4500 mAh along with 25W fast charging also has wireless charging support.
The price of this phone starts at $ 1299 or Rs. 104,999 currently.
One Plus 8 PRO 5G
One Plus unveiled the 8 Pro 5G with an In-display fingerprint sensor, and the smartphone is available for purchase since June 2020. The phone is available for INR 54,998 or $799 and offers great value for money.
The key highlight of the smartphone is its 6.78-inch QHD+ 120 Hz fluid AMOLED Display which offers 3168 x 1440 Pixels (564 PPI) resolution. The beautiful bezel-less display comes with the support of HDR10+ with a 120 Hz refresh rate. The phone is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The phone offers the Quad-rear camera at the back that has 48 MP main camera with f/1.78 aperture + 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.44 aperture + 48 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture + 5 MP color filter lens with f/2.4 aperture.
At the front, there is a punch-hole selfie camera that offers a lens of 16 MP with f/2.45 aperture.
The mobile is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 along with the Adreno 650 GPU. It consists 8 GB/ 12 GB of RAM with 128 GB/256 GB internal storage.
The phone runs on the Oxygen OS based Android 10. Fueling the device is a 4510 mAh battery with a Warp charge with 30Watts charging support and also has wireless charging support.
Also, there is an in-display Fingerprint scanner, IP 68 rating (dust & waterproof), NFC, and high-quality Audio, san Audio jack.
The One Plus 8 Pro offers excellent imaging and photography with larger display options for customers.
iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPhone 11 Pro :
The iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPhone 11 Pro is the best version of Apple mobile phones. The only difference between the two is the screen size and body weight. It was launched on 20th September 2019.
The iPhone 11 Pro comes offers a Super Retina XDR OLED Capacitive display which reproduces 16M colors.
This amazing Pro Max boasts of a 6.5-inch Dolby vision display with a resolution of 2688 x 1242 Pixels at 458 PPI while the Pro model has a 5.8-inch display with 2436×1125 Pixels at 458 PPI.
The aspect ratio for both the phone is 19.5:9. They both have an 83% screen to body ratio. Furthermore, there is Corning Gorilla Glass to protect the display. The glass is scratch-resistant along with an oleophobic coating.
The key highlight of these two amazing phones is its triple rear camera which captures excellent pictures with clarity. The camera specification are as follows : 12 MP (f/1.8 aperture) + 12 MP (f/2.0 aperture) + 12 MP (f/2.4 aperture). Additionally, there is an astounding 12 MP(f/2.2 aperture) front selfie camera.
Under the hood, there is a Hexa core processor with runs on Apple A13 Bionic chipsets with iOS 14. The phone comes with an IP 68 rating that makes the phone water and dust resistant.
Also, It has 4 GB RAM with 64GB/ 246 GB/512 GB internal storage.
The phone offers quick face unlock.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max price starts at about INR 109,900 or $1438 while iPhone 11 Pro price starts at nearly INR 106,900 or $ 1399.
Sony Xperia I Mark II (4K Resolution)
I think it is worth knowing that Sony has the highest resolution phone available in the market with a 4K display, so adding it here. Sony released its first-ever 5G smartphone in the form of Sony Xperia I Mark II with cinema wide display with stunning picture clarity.
The phone appears with an OLED display that measures 6.5- inches with at a Quad HD+ 1644*3840 resolution at 644 PPI.
Its screen has a modern 21:9 aspect ratio which is a standard ratio that is becoming mainstream nowadays. It provides excellent quality including texts, photos, and videos that look extremely crisp and comprehensive.
Since the device uses an OLED panel, its display has a stunning contrast ratio with deeper blacks, while it remains energy efficient.
This smartphone possesses a triple camera with ZEISS optic which consists of 12 MP rear cameras with f/1.7 aperture + 12 MP with f/2.4 aperture +12 MP with f/2.2 aperture.
On the other end, its front camera is 8 MP (f/2.0) and takes superb photos and records videos with the best clearness.
Additionally, it comes with 8 GB of RAM and has 256 GB of internal storage expandable up to 1TB using a microSD card.
Powering the device is a 2.84 GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 along with Adreno 650 GPU processor which runs on Android 10. It has a battery capacity of 4000 mAh.
Also, it comprises other features, such as IP-68 dust and water-resistance rating, a fingerprint scanner at back, 5G, and USB Type C Port. The device is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 6.
The price of this smartphone is about INR 54,999 or $ 719.
HTC U12 PLUS
HTC U12 Plus is the 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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