Not too long ago screen resolution was strictly associated and linked to physical screen size. The bigger the screen was, a bigger resolution it was able to handle. Even to this day screen resolution is still tightly locked to screen size when it comes to computer monitors. 18.5 inch monitors rarely exceed a 1366×768 resolutions and 19.5 inch monitors rarely exceed 1600×900.
If you want a Full HD monitor (1920×1080), it will have a screen size of at least 21.5 inch. That’s just the way it is but… we’re here to prove the contrary!
These days smartphones with tiny displays (when compared to a computer monitor) can pound more juice, quality and higher resolutions. Sony Xperia Z1, Xperia Z2, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3 all come with various screen sizes, none of which exceeds 6 inch and they all have something in common, they all pack a Full HD 1920×1080 resolution! Both Xperia Z1 and Galaxy S4 pack 5 inch screens. So how is that possible?? How can a 5 inch screen come with a Full HD resolution while a 18.5 inch computer monitor can’t have a Full HD resolution?
Going even further in the rabbit hole, we’ve discovered that there are two Samsung tablets which already exceed the Full HD resolution, Samsung Galaxy Note 2014 and Samsung Galaxy Note Pro. Both these tablets have 10.1 inch screens and 2560×1600 resolutions. It is even speculated that the next Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could pack a 4K Ultra HD resolution (3840×2160). Note: both of these Samsung tablets have been scheduled for our next review and even a good old “VS” between them, so stay tuned.
Now the natural question is being raised, if a 5 inch screen can successfully handle a Full HD resolution and a 10.1 inch screen can successfully handle a 2560×1600 resolution, why can’t desktop monitors, laptop screens and Smart TVs do any better?
It’s certainly not the CPU, or RAM or even the GPU for that matter! While Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 in combination with a quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU scores quite good, it’s no real match for a desktop Intel Core i7 or for an AMD FX. Adreno 330 is also no match for AMD Radeon HD or nVidia GeForce.
So what’s wrong? Why are computer monitors weaker than smartphone and tablet screens? It’s because manufactures are no longer interested in advancing the tech found in computer monitors. From a financial point of view, they somewhat believe that the PC industry and the laptop industry is dead and that this is the era of smartphones, tablets and Apple products.
Well, is it really dead? Not quite… real hardcore gamers still prefer custom built PC rigs. Software developers and even office computers are still occupied by Microsoft Windows based computers, not by tablets. You can’t really develop an Android game on a smartphone or on a tablet for that matter, you still need a desktop PC.
Personal Computers are still the kings of high-end professional use. Computer hardware and peripheral manufactures abandoning ship are only delusional in thinking that this market is dead. Monitors aren’t the only ones suffering from lack of progress and innovation. Speakers are in the same situation, with no proper 7.1 home theater system anywhere to be found even though all on-board sound cards support 8 channels.
So what’s the catch? Well it’s actually quite simple, actually. Computer monitors haven’t evolved at all lately. They have stagnated more than any other peripherals.
To further understand the lack of innovation in the field of computer monitors, you should also read our previous article which deals with aspect ratios and coatings found in computer monitors.
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