Resolutions – 2023 edition

Graphic with various screen sizes

Eleven years ago, I wrote a post called better resolution with a graphic showing the resolution of the screens of various devices I owned, I thought it would be interesting to refresh it and see where we are now. I added a column with the total number of pixels and made the table sortable, so you can play around with the data.

The first observation, that makes my graphic less pretty, is that the vertical resolution of my phone is now higher than that of my laptop. I added a few random devices, like a smart scale (which broke in the meantime) and my smart band. To be honest there are now many devices in the household that have a screen of some sort, the laundry machine, the dryer, the over, then dishwasher, the cleaning robot. I just have no clear idea of their specification. While we have an 4K Apple TV, we have not yet a 4K TV, so that did not make the cut.

The resolution of my laptop is inching towards the resolution of early laser and inkjet printers (254 DPI vs 300), which is good, as low DPI screen tire me. The most striking thing for me is that the screen of my watch (Mi Band 4) is nearly at the resolution of my first computer (Commodore 64).

Resolutions
Device Year Resolution Pixels
Commodore 64 1982 320 × 200 64000
Mac Classic 1990 512 × 342 196608
PowerMac 7100 1994 1024 × 768 786432
PowerMac G4 1999 1280 × 1024 1310720
MacBook Pro 2006 1280 × 800 1024000
Sony PS3 2006 1280 × 800 1024000
Sony Ericsson 802SE 2004 176 × 220 38720
iPhone 3G 2008 320 × 480 153600
iPhone 4 2010 640 × 960 614400
iPhone 5 2012 640 × 1136 727040
iPhone 7+ 2016 1080 × 1920 2073600
iPhone Pro 11 2020 1125 × 2436 2740500
Mac Book Pro 13″ Retina 2012 2560 × 1600 4096000
Mac Book Pro 14″ M1 2022 3024 × 1964 5939136
Withings Scale 2009 62 × 40 2480
Mi Band 4 2019 126 × 294 37044

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