Does anyone have any experience designing an app for the surface pro 4? The screen resolution is 2736 x 1824 which is pretty vast in comparison to some of the other resolutions I have designed for. I am reading a lot of complaints where this makes elements appear to be extremely small and fonts illegible.

What is a safe resolution to use for mock-ups or is there anything I need to consider when creating elements for my layouts?

  • Hey Rob, high-resolution devices can present new challenges in regards to implementation, but don't really tend to affect design too much. I think this questions would be better suited on StackOverflow (but search around over there first—I'm sure people have asked questions about this before!). – maxathousand Feb 5 '18 at 21:51
  • Hey, Max! Thanks for the answer - reading my question, I guess it does sound more like an implementation question when I read it. I was actually asking it from a designer perspective. I was wondering what resolution people design for when it's 2736 x 1824. I hear stories of people using these things and the UI is super small on some of the apps. I found this chart here should I consider 1600 x 900 to be optimal viewing resolution? – Rob M Feb 6 '18 at 0:41
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    My laptop has a super high resolution, but Windows provides a way to upscale all of the UI elements across the board so it looks reasonable. I’d say the design should be based more on the physical dimensions (desktop, tablet, mobile) rather than resolution, then address the scale of your design during implementation. Also, I briefly searched for the Surface Pro 4, and some articles I skimmed indicated that it was an issue that the developer is able to prevent, but that’d again have a better home over on SO. Good luck! – maxathousand Feb 6 '18 at 0:46
  • Awesome! So I should really just focus on the physical inches of the screen and go from there? Thanks for the info. – Rob M Feb 6 '18 at 0:58
  • I tend to focus more on just those 3 general sizes when I’m designing, and so far that has worked for me. – maxathousand Feb 6 '18 at 2:03

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