What is a liquid retina display?

The new iPhone XR features Apple's first Liquid Retina Display. Here's what you need to know about it.

What is a Liquid Retina Display?

A Liquid Retina Display is a type of LCD display, currently only found in the iPhone XR.

Like the regular Retina display found in other iPhones, the Liquid Retina Display relies on a higher level of pixels-per-inch to create a paper-like screen effect where pixels are not visible to the naked eye.

However, unlike the Super HD Retina Display found in the iPhone X, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the Liquid Retina Display in the iPhone XR relies on an miniaturized LCD display panel rather than an OLED one.

What is the resolution of a Liquid Retina Display?

The Liquid Retina display found in the iPhone XR boasts a resolution of 1792 x 828 and a pixel density of 328 ppi.

What devices use a Liquid Retina Display?

Currently, the only device that uses a Liquid Retina Display is the iPhone XR.

Apple trademarked the term Retina in 2012, so don't expect any other smartphone brands to boast Retina displays any time soon.

Is a Liquid Retina Display better than a regular retina display?

No.

While there are some older iPad and Macbooks that are capable of matching the iPhone XR's liquid retina display for pixel density, almost all the the HD and Super HD Retina displays found in the last several generations of iPhone have the XR's Liquid Retina Display beat.

In addition, the OLED-based Retina displays found in the iPhone X. iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max boast significantly higher pixel-counts, pixel-density and contrast-ratios.

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