Aug 11 AT 1:48 PM Alberto Vildosola 26 Comments

HD galore: Sony Ericsson Nozomi, HTC Vigor, LG Revolution 2 all to have HD screens


HD screens are going to be all the craze this Christmas season. Not even two hours after we reported on Samsung’s rumored 720p-packing devices, along comes some new rumors that add Sony Ericsson, HTC and LG to the mix. These four companies, if we’re to believe these rumors, are currently working on a handful of Android phones that will make the iPhone’s Retina Display look like an old CRT monitor.

Let’s start with the Sony Ericsson Nozomi. The phone will supposedly launch with a 1.4 GHz single-core Snapdragon S2 processor (MSM8655T) with an Adreno 205 GPU. Not really what you’d call high-end, but we’ll have to make do. The device will be powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and pack 1 GB of RAM. So far, the Nozomi looks like your regular mid-end Android device. However, the phone stands out from the pack with its 4.3-inch screen and 1280 × 720 pixel resolution (also known as 720p resolution). If my math skills are working today, a 4.3-inch screen with a 720p resolution has a pixel density of 341. Which is 15 more than what the iPhone 4 has.

Moving right along, let’s talk about the HTC Vigor. According to Droid-Life, the HTC Vigor will also have a 4.3-inch 720p screen like the one found on the Nozomi. However, the HTC Vigor will kick things up a notch with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, an 8 MP rear-facing camera and a brand new version of HTC Sense numbered 3.5.

Also found on the HTC Vigor will be 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a 2 MP front-facing camera, Android 2.3.4 and–get this–Beats by Dre support. Now that’s amazingly coincidental. Throw in Ice Cream Sandwich, and I’ll buy not one but two of these puppies.

Finally, we have the LG Revolution 2. The device will supposedly have a 4.5-inch HD screen; although, we’re not sure which resolution exactly. Droid-Life claims the phone will be thinner than both the HTC Vigor and the iPhone 4, while also having support for Verizon’s 4G network. As some of you might remember, a mysterious device codenamed LG P930 popped up with a 720p screen back in May. Whether the P930 and the LG Revolution 2 are the same device is anyone’s guess.

If you’ve been keeping track, we have at least five new Android devices coming out with a 720p screen this Fall. We also have Motorola’s Dinara on the horizon, but that one could arrive early next year. With so many great devices coming out in the near future, which one will you be making your best buddy this Christmas?

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • poke

    Hah, “Sony Ericsson Nozomi”? Nozomi is Japanese for “desire”, I wonder if that was intended… ^^

    • Silgrond

      I’m pretty damn sure, since SE is a half-Japanese company. あなたは日本語を話せますか。:)

      • ericl5112

        I think he’s making a joke about one of the most iconic phone lines from HTC is the Desire line. At least, in the western world, not sure if they were big in Asia.

    • Boat

      No it wasnt intended. “Sony Ericsson Salami” was already gone…

  • Nate B.

    They all sound amazing and I welcome them all because I love mobile tech, but its all about the Nexus 3.

    • thaghost

      What he said.

  • T1392

    I’ll be holding on to my OG Droid a little longer it seems can’t wait to upgrad.

    • ExplodingApples

      I’m with you. My OG Droid has come a long way but now I can’t wait to get my hands on the Vigor.

  • Clara82

    The iPhone 5 will have an hd screen too. And it WILL be MUCH better!

    • xelles

      Any arguments?

    • ericl5112

      The iPhone screen resolution is as big as it will EVER be. The next screen res apple can go up to is 1920×1280. If you didn’t notice, the way they do things is double the screen resolution.

      They will never come out with that res. It’s a waste of resources. The eye can’t see the 300ppi of the iPhone, so you think they will spend more to get 659.3ppi at 3.5″? iDiot. Even if they went to 4″, they’d still have 288.44ppi, Plenty. However, that’s not “retina”, so I doubt they will. Much more likely to see a 3.7″ 311.83ppi iPhone.

      As far as the better statement. To each their own. iOS devices are great. So are most android devices like these will be. Guess what. Different people want different things out of their phone. If you weren’t such a trolling fanboy, you’d know that. And now I’ve gone and fed you. Sigh. Couldn’t resist the stupidity.

      • xelles

        Couldn’t be said better…

      • PixelSlave

        >> The eye can’t see the 300ppi of the iPhone, so you think they will spend more to get 659.3ppi at 3.5″? iDiot.

        Not only that, Apple fanboys often forget that Apple actually doesn’t change their hardware so rapidly. They kept that 480 × 320 display for 3 years to keep things consistent. The iPhone 4 was released in June 2010, almost 8 months after the Droid was out, of which has a 854 x 480 display. They didn’t increase the resolution of the iPad in the iPad2 as many fanboys suggested.

    • The_Omega_Man

      Who here really cares?

  • Healthy

    i was kind of pumped with the graphic on top because i think 4″ is the sweet size for screens. and so having that at 720 would be amazing.

    then i read through and everything is 4.3″ and up?

    • ericl5112

      Assuming ICS loses buttons, and at least some of them launch with ICS, that’s not a problem. My SGS1 with its 4″ screen could house a widescreen 4.3″ with some space, and maybe a tightly packed 4.5″.

  • bemymonkey

    Hmmm, that HTC Vigor sounds pretty good. QWERTY keyboard version please?


    Nothing really for me here(Nexus or bust). Do not care to much for any 3D on my phone.. I did not even look at the LG! After the way they did me and my beloved, full of potential, buggy G2x. I will never buy another

  • Steve505


    I’m currently trying to post a comment on the motorola patents post but it won’t let me post a comment. Instead, I get a blank screen.

  • ben dover

    Nexus 3/Prime is my next phone. I just hope it has a samsung super AMOLED 720p screen on it!

    I’m sure the HTC Vigor will be nice but you can’t go wrong with a nexus so I’m not too worried about what comes out after the next nexus this year

  • Comb

    And dont forget about the Sony Xperia Duo, Samsung I9220 and the Samsung I9250/Nexus Prime!

    I’m thinking the Vigor or Prime will end up being my next phone. :)

  • Nathan

    Ill so get the HTC phone but I’m getting the new nexus and you can’t go wrong with tat.

  • Nathan

    Well I would only get the HTC 720p device but I am waiting for the new nexus :)

  • Raptor

    Thanks for the good news, Alberto. Your math is right it’s 341or 341.5 PPI i checked and forgot already.

    Will note again, that having high pixel count is not a stupid megapixel game in different form like it is in photography . And is not a waste of resources. Specifically as screen sizes grow. Have you seen the iPhone in the Schwarzenegger hand, by the way? A chewing gum. LOL

    The opposition against super-high resolutions came from gamers. They always see the tests where game FPS measured at fullscreen native resolution. But with 1280×720 screens or higher like 1920×1200 you do not have to use the full resolution, this kind of high PPI is for the texts and movies when you will be able to read the full web page like in desktop without resizing.

    Things are that approximately 50% of people have eyes which allow them to bring cellphone up to 8-9″ to the eyes (check yours !). Reading full screen websites and watching movies is much more pleasant in this case. Your phone turns into 40″ TV at least !

    But this immediately drops apparent PPI (or implied, perceived) PPI almost 1.5 times and you start seeing pixels on retina display again (on iPhone it becomes 220) . Not even mentioning that most of people can use reading glasses to bring it even closer, up to 7-8″ and turn your cellphone into the 10″ tablet. In this case you stop seeing damn pixelation when the screen is better then 1920×1200 ! Pity but sure no one will ever make 1920×1200 smartphones though.

    • Raptor

      Editors! Your site adds non ANSI Unicode characters to all these comments. For example
      the ” and x in 1920×1200 are unicode coded

      Can you fix that ?

  • j

    According to my sources, the SE Nozomi will be powered by a dual-core 1.5 ghz processor. Can u please double check first?