As we slowly go through 2013 we look to the future to see what 2014 might bring for the smartphone market and one big thing that we are going to see is many flagship phone models will be packing 2560 x 1600 (1600p) resolution WQXGA panels. This will offer extremely high pixel density and clarity to smartphone displays. Many companies have shown 6-inch or higher displays using this technology, but expect to see these displays or 5-inch displays in 2014.
In 2012 – 2013 we saw many high resolution 1080p smartphones which only had 5-inch screens. This gave them an amazing 441 ppi pixel density. This is a feat in itself, but that will soon be blown away by 2014 smartphones with 1600p panels which should offer 500+ ppi pixel density. Currently Google’s Nexus 10 tablet uses this same display technology.
If you think about it WQXGA displays won’t really make a huge difference. If anything the screen will be sharper and text will be crisper, but I don’t think you are going to be able to tell the difference between 441 ppi (1080p) and 500+ ppi (1600p) on such a small display. Of course this technology will consume more power and would require more resources. This seems like a gimmick to sell phones more than anything else.