Huawei's consumer business CEO thinks QHD displays are stupid, hints at making smartwatches better
The many QHD display skeptics among you may have found their corporate messiah. That would be Huawei's Richard Yu, CEO of the comms giant's consumer business, who elaborated on the trend in an interview. "Your eyes totally cannot identify between Full-HD (1080p) and QHD (2560x1440) on a smartphone... so it's totally nonsense."; "It's very bad for power consumption and doesn't offer anything in return."; "I think it's a stupid thing." are some of the CEO's honest, down to the point thoughts on the matter.
Granted, the interview did happen on the eve of the Huawei Ascend P7's launch in Paris, and Mr. Yu presumably had his share of fine Parisian wine at some strategic point of the evening, so let's not read too much into his musings. QHD displays are emerging for a reason, and if they weren't good enough for consumer products as thoroughly evaluated as smartphones, they would have been withheld for another year or two. However, it must be quite the hurdle to pull off a decent battery life with so many power-hungry pixels, which is why we're curious to see how the upcoming QHD LG G3 and the Oppo Find 7 will perform in this important regard.
Mr. Yu also commented on quick-charging technology. Reportedly, it "influences the life cycle of the battery" in a way that makes the manufacturer not feel in a "hurry to implement quick charging on our devices".
The CEO also hinted at Huawei coming up with more wearable technology, confirming that "we have some projects which are ongoing" and "are looking to make wearables into something meaningful and make the experience much better." The vendor already introduced a wrist-band of its own, the Huawei Talkband B1 which features an earpiece that lets the user answer calls without fumbling around for the smartphone.
14. Ashoaib (Posts: 2423; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Well, he is free to express his views... I have seen a difference in UHD and 4K TVs. There will be a difference in mobiles too, either negligible ... technology always improve with time, so QHD implementation is welcome bcoz then only it will be tested in real time and improve over time... if we will criticize then how it will evolve? technology will find a way for better battery too
20. Hyperreal (Posts: 135; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
How can you compare a 5 inch smartphone to a 50 inch tv...?
30. Ashoaib (Posts: 2423; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Who is comparing? I am just using as a reference point, read the next line "There will be a difference in mobiles too, either negligible"... be open when reading something
2. timukh (Posts: 195; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
It is stupid till they launch their own QHD smartphone..
27. HASHTAG (Posts: 182; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)
Yeah, only because of their consumers whining about them not having any.
5. OmarKS (Posts: 23; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
I agree. I think We really don't need that huge ppi density in a 5 or 5.5 inch display. 1080p is well enough.
18. Hyperreal (Posts: 135; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
But there is a limit. You think you will see a difference between 2k and 4k then? Dont be stupid.
25. Finalflash (Posts: 1896; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Also, there is barely any native content for those resolutions for now so they should focus on battery and other more essential items before throwing in useless resolution upgrades.
6. mayur007 (Posts: 465; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
i dont agree
mobile screen inovation helps the tv innovation ...
it gets more toward reality ...
any innovation which makes thin even more clear .. is good
23. wideallyphan (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 May 2014)
i agree with you regarding the innovation aspect fully.
But i don't think we need even power-hungrier screens BEFORE we get better batteries.
todays standard is, when you can't get to charge your phone in 2 days, you're pretty much f****d. we may be used to that by now, though i don't think it's ideal.
32. mayur007 (Posts: 465; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
Thing is easy which each innovation u find more problems and ques
Same thing was said for 1080p but we now have good battery phones, if resolution is the issue then see iphone
It even does not have hd display full hd is far
Still eats battery.. as mid range android..
The thing the better the innovation , then their will also be a innovation to support it..
Thats what technology is all about .. to make it worth u need innovation even little.. still if it supports then its grt if it is not then waste
34. mayur007 (Posts: 465; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
Better technology .. need better innovation ..
So if u found 1st step u ll obviously find 2nd as well
Whatever the technology Is upgraded, it will be better than previous one ..
U can see 1080p screen takes 30% less power than previous gen, thats innovation .. y not welcome qhd as well..
Hope I made my point clear
Couldnt edit b4 post due to time ..
7. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
This man is stupid. His IQ should be under 75. Lol.
22. wideallyphan (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 May 2014)
why is that?
i can't say if i could see the difference between full HD and QHD on a 5" phone, but i know that it would need excessively more power.
Given that flagship phones now have an on-screen-time of 10 hours at best, i'd say that it's dumb to implement those screens before we get better batteries or power-saving capabilities.
8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3616; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Bake the cookies. Qhd Resolution below 6.5 is BS and waste of resources.
21. Cicero (Posts: 489; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)
You're right. Displays for tablets - YES. So you can add a large battery.
9. galanoth (Posts: 339; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
I just want 2560x1600 on an 8 inch Nexus tablet.
Make it happen Google!
10. GreekGeek (Posts: 844; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
No matter how you put it...QHD are for 8 + inch tablets and anything that is beyond 380-400 ppi in my book is utter waste
11. csoulr666 (Posts: 93; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)
QHD displays are being pushed out not because they benefit consumer products, it's because majority consumers think "the more the merrier".
Even if they want to push higher resolutions, they should focus on battery usage, or battery tech to be exact. Everyone would love to run their phones for a week with moderate usage.
17. Doakie (Posts: 1320; Member since: 06 May 2009)
I think Huawei needs to start selling its flagship's here in the USA. Even if it's just through Amazon. T-Mobile and AT&T are both friendly to unsubsidized phones with global bands. Start marketing them to these people.
24. Bishop_99 (Posts: 63; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)
In other words, Huawei won't be releasing a QHD phone in the very near future :D
26. SonyPS4 (Posts: 259; Member since: 21 May 2013)
I agree with him. I think better focus making longer battery life and bigger internal storage.
28. HASHTAG (Posts: 182; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)
I agree with you on the battery life, but I don't see a future with an increase of internal storage since manufactures think everyone should rely more on cloud storage.
29. wargreymon (Posts: 180; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)
What I read was "We cant do it or understand it, therefore its stupid".
31. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
All the executives who have called some new tech. stupid, were forced to eat their words, after few weeks. When his company will be ready with QHD smartphone, then this very same person, will be telling us that QHD display is new innovation, and revolution smartphone world............
33. tokuzumi (Posts: 345; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
Without seeing a QHD screen in person, I'm inclined to agree that QHD screens won't offer the wow factor that 720p screens originally did, and 1080p screens did a short time later. Looking at my Nexus 5 from a normal distance (12-18 inches), I'm hard pressed to notice any individual pixels. On a 40"+ tv, it's going to be great. It's not too difficult to see the pixels on my 46" tv from a few feet away. But on a phone, it's just going to be a marketing bullet point, and people on the interwebs will ask "bro, do you even QHD?"
35. DisCHORD (Posts: 35; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
Lets see... At around 320 ppi, if you hold the phone a foot or so from your face, then pixels won't be visible... At around 550 ppi, you'd need to hold it like 2 inches from your face to see pixels... Who the hell holds a phone that close to their face???? Qhd is fairly useless on a mobile device with a 5 inch screen. 1080p is about the highest I'd go on a 5 inch phone... Now, it still doesn't change the fact that samsungs have some of the absolute worst color representations on smartphones..