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Should We Shell Out For Full HD Smartphones?

Should We Shell Out For Full HD Smartphones?

Smartphones with full 1080p HD displays are quite a new invention, with the recently released Sony Xperia Z being amongst the first mobiles in the world to feature a Full HD screen. However, because these devices boast cutting edge technology, they also come with a hefty price tag.

The frugal amongst you need not fear though because a new smartphone is breaking this trend. According to tech site GSMArena, the Neo N003 is an affordable Full HD Android handset from Chinese mobile manufacturer Neo. It features a 5-inch full 1080p HD display and comes with a retail price starting from under £100. Sounds good yes? Well, don’t get excited just yet because the Neo N003 is only slated for a release in China as of yet. However, news of this handset got us thinking, should we have to fork out for smartphones with full 1080p HD displays?

Benefits of full 1080p HD displays

High definition (HD) displays produce images that are of a high resolution, and full 1080p HD is the best resolution possible on a mobile at present. The higher the resolution, the more pixels there are that make up an image, meaning visuals are sharp and defined.

But do we really need full 1080p HD displays on mobile phones, or is a lower resolution of 720p ample for mobile phones? It’s worth taking into account handsets’ size, because small displays mean that a full 1080p HD display may not be fully utilised. However, with mobile phone screens getting larger all the time and phablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Note series becoming more commonplace, there is clearly a need for these high-performance screens.

Neo vs Sony

The Neo N003 doesn’t just have a 5-inch full 1080p HD display; it also boasts a quad-core processor, 13 megapixel camera, and 3,000 mAh battery. Not too shabby. There is also a higher-end variant of the Neo N003 that will retail at around £160, but no further details have emerged. The Neo N003 doesn’t look bad either, featuring a curved chassis and rounded edges that are similar to that of the iPhone 3GS.

The Sony Xperia Z also features a 5-inch full 1080p HD display, quad-core processor, and 13 megapixel camera, but the 2,330 mAh battery is of a much smaller capacity than that sported by the Neo N003 . The Xperia Z is around five times the price too, so on paper the Neo N003 sounds like the better option. We haven’t had any hands-on time with the Chinese budget device, therefore we couldn’t make a fair comment on functionality and usability, but the price certainly makes it very attractive indeed.

Buzz in Blighty

So, is it worth paying very high prices for full 1080p HD display-toting flagships when we know there are other more affordable options out there? Well, because the Neo N003 is only available for the Chinese market at the moment we have no other option, but that’s not to say the handset will never reach these shores.

There has been a massive buzz surrounding the device on high-profile tech websites such as GSMArena, TechRadar, and Engadget, so it would be surprising if the Neo N003 failed to reach either European or US soil at some point in the future. If the Chinese manufacturer is aware of the press coverage, we’d expect it to capitalise on the positive reception, but even if Neo doesn’t, you can bet that tech savvy eBayers will be looking to import them to British and American shores.

For now though, if you want a mobile with a full 1080p HD screen, you’re going to have to part with a pretty large sum.

This guest post was written by Abbi Cox of Phones 4u, who have loads of great deals on smartphones including the Sony Xperia Z.

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