Samsung is outlining plans for the next few years, and the company has some big things planned for small devices. In 2014 the company plans to offer 2560 x 1440 pixel displays for smartphones, and by 2015 we could see phones with screen resolutions as high as 3840 x 2160 pixels.

In other words, we could see phones with 700 or more pixels per inch. And when I say see, I mean you’ll probably have a hard time telling those devices apart from today’s handsets with 1920 x 1080 pixel screens, but you’ll know they’re there if you need them.

samsung 4k phone

Samsung revealed the plans for ever-higher-resolution displays as part of Samsung Analyst Day, where the company also laid out plans to design its own ARM-based processors.

Right now Samsung licenses Cortex-A15 and other devices from ARM for use in Samsung Exynos chips, but in the future the company could build chips using custom designs based on ARM technology, like Apple and Qualcomm already do.

samsung chips

There’s now word on how long it’ll be before we see Samsung’s new chips, but they’ll be 64-bit processors, and until they’re ready to go, Samsung plans to build 64-bit chips based on ARM’s Cortex-A50 series designs.

fonblet

At a time when traditional PC sales aren’t doing that well, Samsung is a leader in the smartphone and tablet space, and now the company’s inventing a new word, “fonblet,” to describe a new class of large screen, pen-friendly devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note line of phones. Other folks called these “phablets,” since they blur the lines between phones and tablets.

Both names stink — but Samsung sells a lot of Galaxy Note devices, suggesting there’s a market for the products, if not the names.

samsung family

Samsung is also moving into new markets including connected cameras and wearable devices like the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. It remains to be seen if there’s a future for those product families, but Samsung’s pitch to investors and analysts is that the company is focused on the future, not just the present.

samsung future

via Tech in Asia and Android Beat

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8 replies on “Samsung roadmap includes 4K screens for smartphones”

  1. fonblet… sounds like fondle it which I guess could be a slogan but… yeah, hush samsung, no new words for now.

  2. ” I mean you’ll probably have a hard time telling those devices apart from today’s handsets with 1920 x 1080 pixel screens, but you’ll know they’re there if you need them.”

    Isn’t that never, because they’re going above the resolution threshold of the human eye? Meanwhile the ultra high resolution just wastes system memory, encourages stupidly high res video encoding etc. Just to ensure Samsung et al’s old phones are ‘obsolete’ & keep the folks who need the highest spec everything have something to feel satisfied &/ brag about…

    (Oops, I appear to be sympathising with the previous poster…)

    1. I don’t even get why they need 1080p on smartphone screens let alone 4K

      1. it pretty obvious Why we are getting 4K UHD (2160p) and eventually 8K UHD (4320p) when you ignore the mainstream PR hype and look to the real progression progress behind all this.

        simply put its the spec required for the 2020 Super Hi-Vision Olympics and the consumer real colour Rec. 2020 displays soon needed for that to happen.

        YOU Do Want Real colour displays at some point with the future use of Rec. 2020 (UHDTV) color space that the ITU-R decided that it would use real colors (10bit/12bit)for that , instead of the current imaginary (8bit) colors that the Rec. 709 (HDTV) color space and below use today i assume !.

  3. I’m most excited about the 64 bit processors which means ARM v8!

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