Here’s a surprise, the 1080p screen fitted to your Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, or various other top-of-the-range smartphones has been surpassed, and is no longer the benchmark in the industry. It’s all thanks to Chinese manufacturer Vivo, which has announced the Vivo XPlay 3S, the world’s first smartphone to feature a 2560×1440 pixel touchscreen.
This amazing resolution is squeezed onto a 6-inch IPS display, fitted to the XPlay 3S’s metal body shell, and produces a stunning 490ppi pixel density. That’s even higher than the already impressive 468ppi generated by the HTC One. What it means is, however close you examine the screen, you won’t be able to see the individual pixels.
Qualcomm’s popular Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.3GHz powers the phone, coupled with a Galaxy Note 3-matching 3GB of RAM, plus it has a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, 32GB of storage space and 4G LTE. Vivo has also put a fingerprint sensor on the back of the XPlay 3S, just under the camera’s flash, plus the device is the first to feature the DTS Headphone X audio chip.
Vivo launched the XPlay 3S at an extravagant two-hour event in Beijing, where every aspect of the phone was examined. The audience’s first look at the device came after a staged fight scene, complete with combatants flying around on wires, putting Samsung’s bizarre Galaxy S4 event to shame.
Sadly, Vivo is unlikely to launch the XPlay 3S outside of China, but if the rumours are correct, we may only have a few months to wait before the first 1440p phone comes to Europe.