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.
Can’t wait! I have 5 inch 1080p screen and it is horribly pixelated. It is still impressive and I like to use it every day for VR (Google Cardboard). Phones will bring VR to the masses, not expensive headsets but we need better hardware and better screens!
Yes, I agree with these smart comments.
I also always hated those fashion magazines and National Geographics with their stupid 2,000 dot per inch resolution! I mean, who wants to look at models wearing clothes no one would wear or weird animals that will probably be extinct soon?
Whatever resolution I have right now is best for everyone!
If you hold yr phone closer to yr eyes than I do, you are weird!
Thank the stars we have some Internets and forum comments to put these stupid mfrs on the right track!
Besides some practical use for VR, if placed in a cell phone this is just a waste of ‘quality’ which will result in lower performance and battery life (to drive all of those unnecessary pixels). The human eye has a limit to which it can no longer resolve pixels at reasonable viewing distances. Apple claims it is 326 DPI, but the exact figure is debatable. However it is probably somewhere between 450 and 500 DPI. Beyond that things like brightness, color saturation, color accuracy, viewing angles and such an all be improved so if you buy an ultra high res display just for the DPI, you have just bought hype, not quality. In fact, you will suffer from lower performance for this ‘new feature’.
That’s my problem with finding a good, portable (sub 15″) photo/video editing Windows laptop. So many high powered ones out there, and nearly all have terrible 1080p+ displays. Quality needs to be addressed at the same time, because resolution alone is meaningless.
That will be a workout for a mobile GPU to drive…
I don’t see the point for smartphones.
VR technology, on the other hand…
Yep — practically speaking, 4K on phone screens is total overkill, but I won’t put it past one of the major manufacturers to put one in a flagship phone within the next couple of years, just for the sales pitch alone. Then you’ll get at least a few people on forums like this insisting that anything less than 4K isn’t worth considering…
Good for VR I guess.
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