Apple introduced the world to the buzzwords “retina display” with the introduction of the iPhone 4 a few years ago. The idea was that you can’t easily spot individual pixels on a smartphone screen with more than 300 pixels per inch — and the iPhone 4 had 326 pixels per inch.
For some reason that led to an arms race in smartphone display technology, with companies releasing 720p, 1080p, and higher resolution displays — and showing along the way that many folks could tell the difference between a phone with 326 pixels per inch and one with, say, 450 or so. But the difference isn’t that great.
That hasn’t stopped Chinese phone maker Oppo from promising that it’s next phone would have a 5.5 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display with 538 pixels per inch.
Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.
- Oppo Find 7 to have a 5.5 inch, 2560 x 1440px screen
Oppo’s next big smartphone will actually be a bit smaller than the 5.9 inch Oppo N1. But it’ll have a higher-resolution display. [Oppo]
- Rumor: LG G3 smartphone to come with smartwatch, fitness band accessories
Smartphones are old hat these days, so how’s a consumer electronics company supposed to keep you interested in the next big thing? By bundling smartphones with wearable tech apparently… if the rumors are accurate, anyway. [Engadget]
- YotaPhone update adds FBReader for viewing eBooks on E Ink screen
YotaPhone’s dual-screen smartphone has a low-power E Ink display, but up until now you couldn’t actually do much with it… like reading eBooks. There’s still no support for Kindle, NOOK, or Kobo apps, but now you can read DRM-free books using FBReader. [Engadget]
- Cydia jailbreak app store gets an iOS 7 makeover
The iOS 7 jailbreak may have caught Cydia developer Jay Freeman by surprise, but he’s playing catch-up, not just with the jailbreak, but also the new look and feel of iOS 7. [9to5Mac]
- LG 11T Windows 8.1 Bay Trail tablet in the works?
There’s evidence LG may be working on two new Windows tablets feature Intel Atom Bay Trail processors. One could have an Atom Z3740 chip, while the other has a slightly faster Atom Z3770 processor. [Mobile Geeks]