From the Android Developer Documentation:
Pixels – corresponds to actual pixels on the screen.
Inches – based on the physical size of the screen.
1 Inch OR 2.54 centimeters
> Millimeters – based on the physical size of the screen.
> Points – 1/72 of an inch based on the physical size of the screen.
dp or dip
> Density-independent Pixels – an abstract unit that is based on the physical density of the screen. These units are relative to a 160
dpi screen, so one dp is one pixel on a 160 dpi screen. The ratio of dp-to-pixel will change with the screen density, but not necessarily in direct proportion. Note: The compiler accepts both “dip” and “dp”, though “dp” is more consistent with “sp”.
> Scaleable Pixels OR scale-independent pixels – this is like the dp unit, but it is also scaled by the user’s font size preference. It is recommended you
use this unit when specifying font sizes, so they will be adjusted
for both the screen density and the user’s preference. Note, the Android documentation is inconsistent on what
spactually stands for, one doc says “scale-independent pixels”, the other says “scaleable pixels”.
From Understanding Density Independence In Android:
|Density Bucket||Screen Density||Physical Size||Pixel Size|
|ldpi||120 dpi||0.5 x 0.5 in||0.5 in * 120 dpi = 60×60 px|
|mdpi||160 dpi||0.5 x 0.5 in||0.5 in * 160 dpi = 80×80 px|
|hdpi||240 dpi||0.5 x 0.5 in||0.5 in * 240 dpi = 120×120 px|
|xhdpi||320 dpi||0.5 x 0.5 in||0.5 in * 320 dpi = 160×160 px|
|xxhdpi||480 dpi||0.5 x 0.5 in||0.5 in * 480 dpi = 240×240 px|
|xxxhdpi||640 dpi||0.5 x 0.5 in||0.5 in * 640 dpi = 320×320 px|
|Unit||Description||Units Per Physical Inch||Density Independent?||Same Physical Size On Every Screen?|
|dp||Density Independent Pixels||~160||Yes||No|
|sp||Scale Independent Pixels||~160||Yes||No|
More info can be also be found in the Google Design Documentation.