The popular Unbox Therapy channel on YouTube recently pointed out that the upcoming iPhone XR screen has the same pixel density as the iPhone 4, with 326 ppi. According to Apple, the iPhone XR is equipped with a Liquid retinal high-definition display with a pixel density of 326 ppi. Unbox Therapy indicates that iPhone 4 has the same pixel density. However, there are several things to note.
First, since the iPhone 4, the pixel density of each non-Plus model has been 326 ppi, including each generation of the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 8. Unbox Therapy believes Apple is deliberately making resolution worse on the iPhone XR to avoid eroding sales of its high-end OLED models. This may make sense, but for most end users, the difference in pixel density is not the main concern.
Is pixel density important in the daily use of iPhone? Unbox Therapy said in the video that it is difficult to notice pixel density differences between the two devices at normal viewing distances. In other words, higher pixel density does not have a significant positive impact on the viewing experience of a smartphone screen.
There are also a lot of great Android phones out there, and Apple wants the iPhone XR to be competitive in the mid-market. But foreign media TechRadar has said that while many Android phones also have high-resolution displays, this means higher costs and higher power consumption. So the second thing to note is that the lower pixel density of the iPhone XR means it will have better battery life.
Overall, the iPhone XR has a display that the mid-end iPhone should have, and it's the best successor to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and most users won't notice the pixel density difference. Of course, part of the competitiveness of the iPhone XR comes from its price, and Android phones will have a strong rival considering the operating system, hardware, and functionality of the model.