iPhone 8 to boost Retina resolution to 2436×1125 at 521 PPI

By , Feb 16, 2017

The next iPhone’s OLED display should boost Retina resolution to a whopping 2,436-by-1,125 pixels, or almost twice that of the iPhone 6/6s/7 series, giving the upcoming phone a screen density of a crisp 521 pixels per inch (PPI). That’s what KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a note issued to clients, a copy of which was obtained by 9to5Mac.

The numbers would give iPhone 8 a screen of 21:9 versus a 16:9 screen ration on current models. By contrast, the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7 has a screen resolution of 1,334-by-750 pixels at 326 PPI—enough to support 720p video content without rescaling.

Its 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus counterpart is rocking a Full HD 1,920-by-1,080 pixel resolution display at 401PPI. Apple adopted Retina screens with iPhone 4 back in 2010.

For what it’s worth, KGI’s report states that iPhone 8’s 5.8-inch display with an active display area of about 5.1 inches will actually have a native resolution of 2,800-by-1,242 pixels while the content area would be 2,436-by-1,125 pixels.

That’s the same trick as Plus models of iPhone use, mind you.

iPhone 6/6s/7 Plus, for instance, renders everything on a 2,208-by-1,242 canvas, with the GPU downscaling every frame to fit the phone’s native display resolution of 1,920-by-1,080 pixels.

Apple will probably use 3x Retina scaling for apps that have not been specifically optimized for iPhone 8’s increased screen resolution. With 2x Retina scaling, apps render the interface at 667×375 points (not pixels, points). At 3x scaling, iPhone 8’s main screen canvas would be equal to 812×375 points.

Because the 375 point vertical resolution is identical to the current iPhone 7 models, apps specifically optimized for iPhone 8 should have similar design like those developed for 4.7-inch iPhones, with the exception of an additional 145 points worth of height.

“The physical size of the interface would be a tad larger (the screen is bigger after all) but a single line of text will take up the same amount of horizontal space,” noted author Benjamin Mayo.

Vertically scrolling content would be able to show more rows at a time. As for the rumored “function area” at the bottom of the phone, it should be about 290 pixels tall.

In his previous report to clients, Kuo said iPhone 8 would use a new “function area” at the bottom of the display, located in the same area as the current Home button, thanks to the handset having an almost bezel-less full-screen front face.

The overall face of iPhone 8 should be about 5.8 inches with the usable display real estate around 5.15 inches, the analyst has predicted.

Kuo also said that iPhone 8 would be similar in size to the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7 model and pack in a much bigger battery thanks to a stacked mainboard design.

From Kuo’s previous note:

The most apparent change of the OLED iPhone will be a full-screen design, along with the elimination of the Home button and current fingerprint recognition technology.

Of particular note is that we expect the OLED iPhone will adopt a 5.8” physical OLED panel. But the actual display area will be around 5.15 inches, and the rest will be an area for functions (e.g. allocation of virtual buttons).

KGI, along with JPMorgan and other analyst, is adamant that iPhone 8 will lose the Home button and Touch ID and use new biometric technologies like facial scanning that should be more secure for Apple Pay and work better in wet conditions if the next iPhone is more water resistant, as rumored.

Source: 9to5Mac

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  • MelMa D Teach

    At the first Paragraph u meant “iphone 6,6s,7 “?

    I see ( Iphone 6,62,7)

  • Martynet

    I always thought that ultra high resolution for iPhone is useless and full HD display on the Plus models is more than enough, until I bought a VR headset. Higher resolution… better 🙂

    • That’s actually a really good point that I hadn’t considered before. Until now I’d always hated the idea of higher resolution devices because you loose battery life faster and slow your processor down to achieve things you can’t see at a normal viewing distance. I don’t have a VR headset but thanks to you if Apple announces another DPI upgrade I at least won’t be annoyed this time around thinking it was a waste of resources and effort.

      • Martynet

        Yeah, I was exactly the same until I inserted my iPhone into the VR headset. I mean it’s ok, but you can see that there is lots of space for improvement. Because what happens when you watch 3D content like that, the screen splits in two. So suddenly you have half of 1920. But as I said, it looks ok and I actually managed to watch a movie like this in bed 🙂 No light coming from the screen to bother my wife :). 4K resolution would be amazing 🙂

    • Paresh Bhatia

      which VR headset and Apps you use?

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    So someone do the math for me, is this basically 2K?

    • 5723alex .

      del

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        I know that but it’s closer to 2K than to 1080P at this point, correct?

      • 5723alex .

        Correct.

  • 5723alex .

    No 5K iPhone 8 ? fail.

    • Rowan09

      No 8K iPhone big fail.

    • 5K will be the price in Brazil. Come here to buy yours! Lol

  • czbird

    Just what yall need… :rolleyes:

  • GUY

    What happend to “the human eye can’t see beyond regular retina display”?

    • Did you saw that the screen is bigger right? So instead of doing an enlargement of the screen with the same resolution they raised as they are about to change the aspect ration of the screen too.

      • GUY

        I did “saw” that but don’t forget that the iPhone plus has a bigger active area ( 5,5″ vs 5.15″) yet it is of a lower resolution which makes your reply pointless.
        I want I a higher resolution screen on the iPhone as it really makes a difference despite what Apple had you to believe I just hate that Apple keeps telling us what is better for us … Like No! I know what’s better for me.

      • Feel free to buy a Samsung or whatever phone u want and be part of the rebellion agains evil Apple

      • GUY

        My God!

  • Came here for the wallpaper. Anyone?

  • Khôi Nguyên

    wallpaper please

  • 919263

    I read the whole thread, and I see the point about the VR.. BUT what I want to know is that this is NOT a break thru.. is it? There are a lot of handsets with this and even better resolution right? So what is the Big Hoopla about ? Iphone is just playing Catch up…