So why 800 x 480 rather than 854 x 480?


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  1. mi_canuck

    mi_canuck Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    854 x 480 provides the proper 16:9 ratio like HD tv screens (1920 x 1080, or 1280 x 720)... 800 x 480 seems like an odd choice...

    what's HTC's reasoning for this?? :confused:
     

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  2. androidtx

    androidtx Well-Known Member

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    It's not HTC's reasoning, it is a common resolution being pumped out by manufacturers of displays.
     
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    mi_canuck Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Moto and SE seem to be pushing 854 x 480... HTC has 800 x 480... not sure what others are pushing... N900 seems to be 800 x480 (Nokia USA - Nokia N900 - Specifications)

    will be interesting to see what Apple goes with on the 4th gen iPhone...

    who will be the first to offer 1280 x 720 will be interesting ;)
     
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    kafkef Well-Known Member

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    Off-topic question: would a higher resolution on the iphone affect the apps?
     
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    mi_canuck Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    it would affect exisiting apps... look at apps for android that aren't 2.0/2.1 and/or Droid/Nexus optimised... they look bad from the upscaling of the graphics...
     
  6. kyler13

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    Both resolutions are considered WVGA. I'm guessing the 800x480 is more popular because it has the vertical resolution of VGA (640x480) and the horizontal resolution of SVGA (800x600).

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e5/Vector_Video_Standards2.svg
     
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    sooper_droid12 Well-Known Member

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    Here are my guesses for why they chose this particular resolution:

    1) The squarish 800x480 is more like the iPhone screen and provides similar benefits such as: a) it provides more "real estate" in profile mode. This obviously helps with typing accuracy for the profile keyboard; b) You can also see more of a web-page in profile mode, compared to a similar 3.7" 854x480.

    2) HTC may have chosen the 800x480 because it's the same resolution they used for the HD2 (although smaller).

    3) AMOLED is a relatively new technological implementation and likely do not have a bounty of suppliers. The Samsung Omnia II is the only other AMOLED phone that boasts the big 3.7" size and is the same resolution: 800 x 480. When the Omnia II came out, it was the largest AMOLED screen available on a phone. That is, until the N1 came out, sharing the same screen. There are two prominent OLED/AMOLED suppliers: Samsung being one, and TPO being the other. And by the time the N1 was manufactured, there were only two AMOLED suppliers mass producing AMOLEDs of 3.x" size: Samsung Mobile Displays and TPO. Only Samsung has 4.x" >>HD<< AMOLED even in planning for Mobile phones.

    Note: Checked... The AMOLED is by SMD. They only had one 3.7" in mass production at the time of the N1's build @ 800x480. In fact, it's the same exact screen in the Omnia II released previously to the N1.
     
  8. JSchu22

    JSchu22 Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I vote for #3!
     

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