Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Mar 2014 23:00 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Early last year, Oppo was (one of?) the first company to ship a phone with a full HD display, on its Find 5. I bought one, and it became one of my favourite smartphones - a small Chinese company building phones with top-notch build quality, high-end (at the time) specifications, packaged in a distinctive and minimalist design.

A new year, and a new barrier to break - Oppo announced the successor to the Find 5 today. They call it the Find 7, and it ups the display game to crazy levels: it packs a 5.5" 2560x1440 (!) display, the first of its kind on a phone (again, it could be one of the first). I honestly have no idea if it makes any sense whatsoever to have such a crazy display on a phone. Will it really make a noticeable difference over current full HD displays? I doubt it.

It further boasts a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM, and a 3000mAh battery. There's also a Find 7 'lite', which has a more traditional 1080p display, a slightly slower processor, and 2GB RAM. Unlike the Find 5, the Find 7 has a two features which I know will appeal to many OSNews readers: a removable battery and an SD card slot. Both of these features were added after requests from users.

Design-wise, the Find 7 loses some of the straightforward simplicity that I like so much about the Find 5; the phone is busier and messier, and the version with the crazy display has this fake carbon weave on the back that crosses into Samsung-tacky territory. The fancy elongated notification LED at the bottom is a nice touch, though.

All in all, the Find 7 is yet another noteworthy product from a Chinese manufacturer, and further proof of my conviction: Samsung, HTC, and other established players should be worried. I don't think Apple will care much, but Android manufacturers should take note.

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RE[5]: Comment by Fergy
by przemo_li on Thu 20th Mar 2014 08:39 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Fergy"
przemo_li
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2010-06-01

Windows is BAD, REALLY BAD with scalling.
Win32 is nightmarish with scalling.


And resoluton matter only up to given distance.

Laptop? You use it close -> see more details -> need more pixel per inch

TV? You use it from far away -> see LESS details -> need less pixel per inch

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RE[6]: Comment by Fergy
by Kivada on Thu 20th Mar 2014 16:18 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Fergy"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

And resoluton matter only up to given distance.

TV? You use it from far away -> see LESS details -> need less pixel per inch


And yet if you plug in your PC and fire up the latest and greatest Crysis game you'll still jack detail settings and up the anti-assailing settings to reduce jaggieness.

Increased dpi screens also help make older and odd resolution video content look better as there is less bluring of the image as the input resolution doesn't match the display resolution and is stretched to fill as much of the screen as possible.

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