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Sony Xperia 1R to feature 5K OLED display with an incredible pixel density of 899 ppi

The Xperia 1 successor will take its lift its pixel count to over 10 million. (Source: Sony)
The Xperia 1 successor will take its lift its pixel count to over 10 million. (Source: Sony)
Sony has stepped up its smartphone game with the launch of the Xperia 1 that features a stunning 21:9 4K HDR OLED display. However, it looks like it is going to take this up to a whole new level with its sequel by upgrading it to a crazy 5K resolution.

Sony’s Xperia smartphone division has had its struggles in recent times, but the Japanese tech titan looks to be really trying to ramp up its game. The defining feature of the Xperia 1 is its 21:9 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display, which is drop dead gorgeous to look at and the only display of its kind on the market. Already featuring the highest pixel density of any smartphone at 643 ppi, it is set to take this to another level with a 5K display that features a pixel density of an insane 899 ppi.

The clues to the new display have been revealed in a leaked UA profile that shows the Xperia 1 successor will have a display resolution of 5,040 x 2,160 pixels. This amounts to 70 percent more pixels for a total pixel count of 10,888,400 pixels packed into a 6.5-inch display! That is simply mind blowing. While Apple might argue that the human eye can’t discern individual pixels beyond a pixel density of 326 ppi on a smartphone display from a regular viewing distance, there is no mistaking the ink-like appearance of text on an Xperia 1 display. The Xperia 1R (J8220), as it is said to be called, will be mindboggling in this respect.

Although we found the Xperia 1 offers reasonable battery life despite its combination of a 4K display and a relatively small 3,350 mAh battery, the Xperia 1R will undoubtedly need to step up its battery game if this criticism is to be avoided. As for the power to push the pixels, it would seem the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 885+ would be an ideal fit for the device given that it boosts its Adreno 640 clock to deliver a 15 percent GPU boost. As it is, gaming on the Xperia 1 in widescreen is a blast, so the Xperia 1R should be something else -- particularly if Sony can also increase its refresh rate beyond 60 Hz.

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A UA profile said to be from the Xperia 1R showing a 5K resolution. (Source: Sumahoinfo)
A UA profile said to be from the Xperia 1R showing a 5K resolution. (Source: Sumahoinfo)

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-07-18 (Update: 2019-07-18)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.