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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI 217

itwbennett (1594911) writes "Oppo Electronics has taken off the wraps on its first LTE phone, and it packs more technology than most if not all laptops. The Find 7 is a 5.5" phone and is the first to support 2560 x 1440 resolution [538 PPI] (by comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has 441 PPI). 'Another striking and unique feature of the phone is its 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor,' writes blogger Andy Patrizio. 'This is Qualcomm's first chip to feature its Gobi True 4G LTE World Mode, supporting LTE FDD, LTE TDD, WCDMA, CDMA1x, EV-DO, TD-SCDMA and GSM4. Translation: this phone will work on LTE all over the world.'"
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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

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  • by raymorris ( 2726007 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @03:41AM (#46549683) Journal

    It seems current phones like the two mentioned in TFS are approximately the same resolution as our vision. For an adult human, 400-600 is about the limit of what we can detect.

    I guess screen resolution is now at the point cameras have been for a few years - any resolution higher than about 4 megapixels is wasted unless the photo is enlarged considerably. (Or one portion is enlarged aka "zoomed in").

  • Battery life? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CoolGopher ( 142933 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @03:45AM (#46549701)

    Okay, what about battery? Does it last a few weeks on a charge like a good old Nokia? If not, why not? Why this incessant focus on processing power? Having to charge my phone daily (or more frequently!) is where the pain is if you ask me.

  • Re:Battery life? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by bluec ( 1427065 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @04:11AM (#46549771)
    Yeah plugging it in at night and unplugging it in the morning is a real pain huh? It doesn't last as long as an old Nokia because it consumes more power and battery capacity is restrained by physical density, size, and cost. C'mon, charging your phone once per day is hardly a pain and for the vast majority is a completely insignificant cost compared to the benefit of the increased functionality that a power hungry smartphone has over an old Nokia dumb phone. If you'd rather trade off all those features for only having to plug it in once a week then crack on and buy a dumb phone.
  • by thatkid_2002 ( 1529917 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @04:16AM (#46549789)
    If a manufacturer proposed an average (dual core - last year's model is fine, 1GB RAM, 800x480 screen) phone that was affordable (no, really, $500 isn't affordable) with a big ass battery I would be like SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

    I don't understand all these designers who are pushing devices *waaaay* past the capabilities of the batteries. Smart watches (other than the Pebble, they did it right!) are doing exactly this and it is making their product a complete joke.
  • Re:Battery life? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 22, 2014 @05:10AM (#46549953)

    if your life is so predictable that you reliably have the privilege of plugging it in every 15-20 hours I feel sad for you.

    Such as sleeping at night in a place where there is electricity? Yes, pity me.

  • by msobkow ( 48369 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @05:24AM (#46549989) Homepage Journal

    It is the pixel angle that makes the difference. 300DPI at two feet away is not the same as 300DPI at six inches. Whether you can see the difference in resolutions has a great deal to do with how you use a device, and how far away you hold it. Print media typically expects to be viewed at arm's length -- about 18 inches. I see many, many people holding their cell phones far closer than that.

  • Re:Battery life? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by DarwinSurvivor ( 1752106 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @05:59AM (#46550061)

    What about trips to the cabin, hiking, hunting, fishing, camping with the scouts, etc?. As a scout leader I need my phone on during outings in case of emergency (either with us or from home) and having my phone only last 24 hours is simply not an option.

  • by wjcofkc ( 964165 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @06:03AM (#46550073)
    I am kind of surprised to see that the majority of posts are railing against this phone, mostly over the display resolution being so high. I'm thinking most people never made it past the summary. On top of what the summary lists, it has 3 gigabytes of ram, 32 gigabytes of internal storage, micro SD that can handle 128 gigabyte cards, 5 megapixel front facing camera, 50 (sorta) megapixel rear camera, 3000mAh removable battery. Rapid charging technology - going from 0 to 75% charge on a 3000mAh battery is pretty sweet.

    At a $599 retail price point? That's pretty remarkable. The only thing the article does not discuss in the graphics chip set but I'm willing to bet it's nothing to sneeze at.
  • by Joce640k ( 829181 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @08:02AM (#46550375) Homepage

    Speaking as a graphic designer with over two decades of experience

    Anybody who starts a phrase with "Speaking as a...." usually has no clue.

    The difference between 300dpi and 600dpi dithered images on monochrome laser printers is easy to see.

    there is a reason that graphic designers have always targeted a print resolution of 300 dpi for colour images.

    Maybe the problem is with your printers and/or the medium you print on.

  • by msobkow ( 48369 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @08:04AM (#46550381) Homepage Journal

    That is, of course, why 1200 DPI printers look no better than 300 DPI printers.

    If you're BLIND, that is.

  • Re:wrong (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 22, 2014 @08:21AM (#46550425)
    Your message is very hard to read and understand. It omits uppercase letters, has strange gibberish like "53.40/90h - 14/17 khz", and uses "khz" instead of the proper unit "kHz".
  • Good, But... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Zero_DgZ ( 1047348 ) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @09:09AM (#46550577)

    Now slap a friggin' hardware keyboard on it and we'll talk. What's the point of yet another stupid buttonless bar phone? It's got a lot of pixels and a big fat processor so it has miserable battery life and absolutely zero usability improvement. It's like putting a solid gold screen door on a submarine, then. Put a Wacom style digitizer on the thing like the Galaxy Note while you're at it, please, so we can accurately poke at hilariously tiny controls and icons on the screen. I don't care if doing so makes the damn phone .0005" thicker or whatever.

    Am I the only one who's noticed that our culture has seemingly started to revolve around SMS and Twitter yet somehow at the exact same time everybody started dropping keyboards off of phones? What's the deal with that?

    I think it's a conspiracy. (Okay, okay, so the only 'conspiracy' is copycattingthe buttonless design popularized with -- but not invented by -- the iPhone. But still.)

    Show some cojones! Have the courage to do something different for a change. I'd love a phone with a billion and three pixels available on the display, but I'd also like a phone that I can actually type on, select things, draw on it, etc. with all those pixels. If all you're doing is tapping and sliding and swiping and poking ineffectually at a million-pixel-wide but only physically 2-inches-across virtual keyboard the damn thing may as well be 320x240.

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