Welcome to 2015, when there’s a good chance that your smartphone has a higher resolution display than your laptop. And things are just going to keep getting crazier.
Chinese AMOLED display maker Everdisplay is showing off one of the first 6 inch, 4K displays.
The 3,840 x 2,160 pixel display has a pixel density of 734 pixels per inch. Think that might be overkill for a smartphone? Everdisplay thinks you might be right… but the company says the screens aren’t just the right size to be used for smartphones. They could also be used in virtual reality devices, where high-resolution displays can help make it tougher to tell the difference between real-world and virtual-world environments.
Everdisplay isn’t ruling out the possibility of these screens showing up in future smartphones. But the company acknowledges that it remains to be seen whether people want smartphones with 4K displays.
That said, Everdisplay is hardly the only company building small, high-resolution screens. Sharp recently introduced plans to develop a 5.5 inch, 3840 x 2160 pixel display and Samsung may be working on 11k smartphone displays with 2,250 pixels per inch.
A number of high-end phones already have 2560 x 1440 pixel displays, making plain old 1080p displays look boring (you know, if you can actually tell the difference between a 1080p and 1440p display).
Plenty of laptops, meanwhile, continue to ship with 1366 x 768 pixel screens.