Apparently operating under the assumption that you can never have too many pixels, Samsung is reportedly working to develop 11K smartphone displays with 2,250 pixels per inch.
And you thought your Samsung Galaxy S6 with its 2560 x 1440 pixel, 577 ppi screen was impressive.
Samsung isn’t the first company looking to break the 600 ppi barrier. Sharp recently introduced a 5.5 inch, 3840 x 2160 pixel display with 806 pixels per inch. But according to ET News, Samsung plans to go way further than that.
So what could you possibly need that many pixels on a 6 inch or smaller smartphone for? Apple thinks 326 pixels per inch is about as many as you need on a mobile phone display in order to make sure you can’t easily tell one pixel from another. Some folks disagree, which is why we have plenty of Android phones with 400 ppi and higher screens. But 2,250 certainly seems like overkill, right?
Well… maybe not. While you probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a 1440p screen and an 11k screen when holding a phone at arm’s length, you probably would see a difference if the phone were an inch or two in front of your eyes.
Why would you hold a phone that close to your face? Virtual reality.
Some of the first VR headsets to hit the market are devices like Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR which don’t actually have their own displays. Instead they’re basically holders for a smartphone. The better your phone display is, the better your VR display will be.
ET News also suggests the 11K screens will be able to display 3D effects.
Samsung is reportedly working with a number of other companies and government groups in South Korea. The goal is to show off the new technology in 2018 or later.
One tiny little problem with a phone with an 11K display. The amount of juice it will take to actually write all those pixels will require one of those monsterous 9,000 mAh batteries to run it (like zerolemon makes). I have one for my phone for long weekends in the woods and I can tell you I would not want to hang one of those bricks on my face.
For now, but power management and battery tech aren’t standing still either, and per-pixel, display tech is also still getting less power hunger.
Don’t waste your breath. Most of that generation need everything explained to them like they’re babies.
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