Smartphone screens are going to start rivaling laptops and tablets real soon. A leaked Samsung roadmap shows the Korean electronic giant is working on two smartphones with resolutions that start at 1280x720 — that's nearly as sharp as a 13-inch MacBook Pro's screen.
Current smartphone resolutions top out at 960x640 (iPhone 4) and most Android smartphones clock in at qHD resolution, or 960x540. Always ahead of the curve, Samsung's codenamed GT-I9250 will sport a 4.65-inch 1280x720 resolution screen and another larger GT-I9220 will reportedly come with a 5.29-inch 1280x820 Super AMOLED screen.
Back in February, Hitachi unveiled that it had a 4.5-inch 720p LED-backlit LCD. Could such a high-res display be ready for prime time already? Hitachi did say that it planned to mass produce its own screens by October (that's a few months away!).
All the usual dual-core processors and five to eight-megapixel cameras are included, but smartphones with screen resolutions that high would be just: WOW.
I've warned that big-screened smartphones are treading into mini-tablet territory with the rumored HTC Eternity, but its screen is said to be a measly 800x480 resolution.
With real 720p resolution, video and content will really look amazing on smartphones, since you'll be able to see every little pixel the content affords.
Bring it on, I'm completely stoked for the increase in resolution! I'll take a higher resolution screen over glasses-free 3D features any day.
UPDATE: Samsung's denied the leaked roadmap is authentic:
Some media have been reporting that Samsung is preparing to launch nine new smartphones and two new tablet devices. While Samsung is continuously working on new devices for our customers, the details being cited are not accurate in this case.
We appreciate the interest in our upcoming mobile devices and will share more information once its available.
The official denial statement could mean anything. It could be a spec or two that's off. It could also be referring to the tablets. Did Samsung flat-out it's working on a 720p resolution smartphone? Nope.