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MWC to see Samsung's first phone with 2560x1440 pixels display and iris scanner, is it the Galaxy S5?

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MWC to see Samsung's first phone with 2560x1440 pixels display and iris scanner, is it the Galaxy S5?
As if we needed more confirmation that flagship phones next year are going to be equipped with QHD 2560x1440 pixels displays, now we have a report from ZDNet Korea that confirmed that will indeed be the case, at least as far as Samsung is concerned.

We already heard the rumor that Samsung is working on a phone with 2560x1440 pixels screen, and now the publication reiterates this, saying that it will be announced as soon as MWC 2014, which begins in February. Whether that will be the Galaxy S5, remains to be seen, but we'd be surprised if Samsung uses such a high-res display for anything less than its bread-and-butter phone, or the Note 4, which is still way off.

A Samsung phone with such resolution already appeared in graphics benchmark databases, carrying Android 4.4 and a 2.5 GHz processor, so it is relatively safe to assume 2014 will be the year of 2K HD or the so-called QHD displays (not to be confused with puny qHD ones). Given that this is still the resolution that top tablets and ultrabooks are striving for, phone screens will once again prove that there are leaders, and then there are followers, as they break the 500ppi pixel density barrier. Yet, if Vivo announces the Xplay 3S this week with the same resolution display, it will be the first phone with a 2K panel, making history for this year, too.

Another tidbit that comes from Korea is that Samsung's MWC bombshell phone will also sport iris recognition technology, scanning your eye to give you access to the phone, which would be another sci-fi biometric feature we will see materialized in an everyday gadget, after Apple made fingerprint scans mainstream with the TouchID tech on the iPhone 5s.

source: ZDNet.co.kr via G4Games

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posted on 16 Dec 2013, 05:23 39

1. D.Aceveda (Posts: 396; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

We DON'T need 2K! We NEED better battery life

*face palm*

This pixel race is becoming like the Ghz race in the 90's

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 05:41 3

5. yowanvista (Posts: 340; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

Better battery life won't happen without better battery technology. Lithium Ion is simply bottlenecking smartphone performance and there is no commercial alternative yet.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 08:43 6

34. rcl4444 (Posts: 40; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)

Only partly true.

Better battery life can come from a combination of factors, most of which has to do with improving efficiency:
- more energy efficient hardware (screens and processors)
- more streamlined programming / code
- more efficient RAM memory management
- more efficient background process management
and of course battery capacity.

Though there are new battery techs being developed & tested, none are proven yet. Regardless, a lot could be achieved through improvements to the above without the need to increase battery capacity.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 20:31

60. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

the only true thing you said was, more energy efficient screens, the rest being processors, etc, dont use that much battery at all, that wont help to have more efficient processors, etc,, ONLY the SCREENS are the battery HOGS!

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 16:33 1

53. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Better optimized software gives you better battery life.

How well do you think TouchWiz is optimized with it running every screen size, android version and display resolution imaginable?

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 05:50 2

7. Cesar (Posts: 139; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

Ámen ;)

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 05:51 2

8. yunikmaha (Posts: 29; Member since: 19 Oct 2013)

The only thing Samsung wants is higher specs, and nothing else

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 06:29 18

14. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Are you going to buy your next phone with lower specs than your current one? Yeah right, grow a brain buddy! Higher specs is the main reason for people to upgrade. And actually Samsung is the only android oem who really works on the software side. The Note 3 is the perfect example. Sure not all features are useful but at least they're trying. So sorry but your comment is invalid. :)

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 08:07

28. zhiae (unregistered)

im telling if my next flagship is not containing 2k display snapdragon s805 or something higher than s800
better camera i wont buy it

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 16:37

54. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Youre delusional buddy. 99% of Samsung users cant even tell you if their screen is HD much less what processor is inside.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 18:27 2

59. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 348; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

Same for 99% of HTC, LG, Sony and Moto users. Pshh even 99.7 of iPhone users don't know.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 20:31

61. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

thats because with phones its NOT important! unlike computers, and the REAL hardware!

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 07:24 3

22. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

IMO, 2K to 4K Display should be on some 8" - 14" tablets. And for smartphones 5" - 6", 1080P should suffice. and there should be no 7" anymore. Too small for a table. :)

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 08:10 1

29. Bishop_99 (Posts: 75; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)

The Galaxy S4 and the Note 3 are both 2k.... for the most part, this article refers to it as QHD, although it should be called WQHD, but it still says it may be the first 2k phone.... It may or may not be the first 2.5k phone.

Improvement in this technology is great as the Note 3 records in 4k but the display is only 2k. This 2.5k display of the S5 won't be able to show all the details of the native recorded 4k videos, assuming the S5 will have it, but you will be able to see more detail of a 4k video played back on a 2.5k display, then on current 2k phone displays.

Nothing wrong with improving technology.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 08:29 1

32. troutsy (Posts: 311; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)

2014 is going to be a long year for you if you don't accept the difference between meeting the 2k standard and the marketing usage of 2k display.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 08:48 1

35. Bishop_99 (Posts: 75; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)

Well, so far, Samsung isn't the one calling this 2k, it's only in the rumor reports. Knowing that 4k is showing up a lot more, 2k will probably seem extremely low for just marketing purposes. Their best option is to say call it 1440p, while touting it is higer than Full HD 1080p.... If Samsung calls it 2k, they will purposely be marketing at a lower resolution than what it really is. I completely doubt that Samsung, or any other company will go that route.

Even in there earlier presentation, Samsung referred to this as WQHD while naming UHD for their 4k future phones.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 09:31 1

36. Bishop_99 (Posts: 75; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)

Add to that, that if other phone companies decide to stick with 1920x1080 and they don't increase the resolution to 2560x1440, they can market their 1920x1080 phones as 2K because it truly is 2K..... So Samsung would end up calling the 2560x1440 resolution as 2K as the next big thing, but HTC, LG or Sony can easily put the 2K label on their 1920x1080 displays because they in fact are 2k.

I'm sure Samsung is smarter than that when it comes to marketing.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 09:47

38. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)

s5 on mcw... no
unpack event ll happen

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 12:56

44. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

2K display is really a big help for smartphones! not just it improves the resolution but it helps to further enhance the resolution when using digital zoom so that the pictures or videos are not highly pixelized

posted on 17 Dec 2013, 11:47

63. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

Who told you we dont need 2K display? Just say you dont need 2K display and stick to whatever you want... well, I want 2K display or aka QHD display, bring it on

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 05:31 2

3. mr.techdude (Posts: 569; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

D.Aceveda you stole the words from my mouth, it's true cause how much sharper can a screen get then say the htc one x which still to me has one of the best displays. We need bigger batteries and I don't care about thinness any more 9 mm is thin enough.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 05:46 7

6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Yes, I think it's a S5. 2560x1440 and Iris scanner bring it on Sammy to keep the trend going. If any other OEM brings this then you guys will say yeah bring it on and that Sammy is the last to bring this and copied and blah...blah...blah...Instead right now.

And Sammy will surely bring bigger and better battery as the history show itself.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 05:57

9. yunikmaha (Posts: 29; Member since: 19 Oct 2013)

Noneed of such qhd display in a phone and iris scanner, fingerprint is good enough. We alway have to see the phone while unlocking it and what if we are wearing glasses.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 13:04

46. techaman (unregistered)

what if your wearing gloves for touch id you take it off easier to tilt glasses down then take glove off

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 16:40

55. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Unlock normally..........

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 17:57

58. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

I can see a lot of Apple fans very work out on Sammy advancement.

Samsung is one of the world largest electronic giant that happen to do well in the mobile sector.

Its going to be make life unpleasant for the Apple fans if you can't reverse your own attitude to make all things positive.

Samsung provide the competitor needed for Apple to innovation and price their product competitively. Much like i buy Samsung and Apple make it a better deal each round.

Every freebie i got from Samsung is thanks to Apple. Cheers!

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 06:04

12. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

If it works perfectly for those with small eyes, then there is no problem.
If not the front facing camera must be replaced with a microscope!

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 07:35

26. H3Drvr (Posts: 43; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

Asian people problems...and YES I am Asian lol.

In any case, I feel that most people are "wowed" by a great looking screen. Maybe we can't really discern the difference 4k, 2k or 1k with the current content being provided. But as the technology advances, I can see media providers dishing out better quality pics and vids. What's the first thing you notice when you look at your device, the screen.

I agree battery life would be a welcome upgrade and I'm sure Samsung will at least meet or exceed the current performance standards. After all, this will be their flagship device.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 06:05 2

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 21216; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I hope these screens come with a battery capable of pushing them, and lasting the day.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 06:37 1

16. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

As the Note 3 and G Flex shows, LG & Sammy are willing and capable to deliver such desires.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 06:47 4

18. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

Note 3 and G Flex are both in the phablet category. phones that large have enough space for large batteries.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 11:54

43. darkkjedii (Posts: 21216; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Unlike _bone_, you saw my point. +1

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 14:08

49. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

The Droid MAXX has a 5" screen like the S4, has a 3500 mAH battery, and lasts 2 days on a charge so you're both wrong. Motorola has been delivering phones with battery life like this for a few years now.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 16:40

56. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Those arent even Phones.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 07:18

19. Diezparda (Posts: 871; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)

I think Sammy doesn't need any higher resolution for their new smartphone, it will maintain battery life longer. It's hardly to noticed such density with naked eye.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 06:30 2

15. jbitounis (Posts: 54; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

No kidding! Sammy bumping up the specs and coming up with a slew of new gimmicks? Well, that's something we haven't seen in a while.
So, here's to another ridiculous unveiling, like the one for GS4. I'm literally looking forward to a tacky and hilarious presentation! Go Sammy!

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 06:42 3

17. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

more pixels doesn't just effect battery, it effects GPU performance and for a very little gain. 1080p are sharp enough, anything beyond that is an overkill.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 07:21 1

20. Diezparda (Posts: 871; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)

True i'd be happier if they start using an ois on their flagship phone rather than add an extra pixel.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 16:42

57. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

No......but processor usage does. Guess what happens when twice the pixels are displayed? More CPU/GPU use. And less Battery Life.

Thats a fact son.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 21:23

62. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

I never said any different.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 07:22

21. slaggyb (Posts: 214; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

After all the so called QHD resolution which seems pointless except the battery life is greatly improved with all the 2.5GHZ octa core processors with 64bit and 4gb of Ram, Apple will still stick to their 1140x640 resolution 1gb of RAM and still kick ass and still sell millions worldwide. Smh! Am Not and never will be an apple fan as I love my blackberry Q10 and won't trade any other phone for it.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 07:31 3

25. slaggyb (Posts: 214; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

This proves it's not all about specs. It's what the masses want. Samsung can continue trying again. My unlocked note which I bought when it first arrived in the market is lagging as hell. Heck! This is a quad-core phone with 2GB of ram and the web browser is limited to opening only 16 web pages, but my Q10 with half the processors handles more than 50 web pages with easy.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 07:26

23. amats69 (Posts: 1432; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

2K display is really an overkill for a smartphone...u cant see the difference between 2k display and 1080p in your naked eye..

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 08:13

30. Lousclues (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

You people that always complain about battery life are annoying as hell. These phones are getting more and more powerful everyday so what do you expect? Even the best laptops and notebooks last only about half a day, so what more do you want from small ass cell phones?

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 08:39

33. troutsy (Posts: 311; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)

Instead of a 2000-2500mAh battery, put in a 3000-4000mAh battery that is 1-2mm thicker? A couple of millimeters is inconsequential to most, unless you use a ridiculous phone cover.

LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Note, and Motorola MAXX line of phones are good examples. It's very difficult to use one of these phones and then go back to the dark ages of charging twice a day.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 08:21

31. wando77 (Posts: 838; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

If you're all so against technology progressing then why don't you all have old Nokia symbian phones and why do you come on here o read about new phones?
Sort yourselves out guys, higher res displays, better processors etc are great. Same old crap where you hate the fact your expensive bit of gear is going to be outdated 6 months down the line so you try to make out the latest gear is pointless

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 09:39

37. harigrg33 (Posts: 181; Member since: 20 May 2013)

samy please give us 5000mah battery if you are going with qhd or 2k watever it is called....

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 10:41

39. byazatt (Posts: 269; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Am all for improvements, I remember when last year in these forums how guys were claiming that 1080p was an over kill.. look where we're today.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 10:55

40. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

Iris scanner is feet but it's dark a good portion of the day will it pick that up?

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 11:22

41. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

QHD is 4K, not 2K!

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 11:52

42. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1236; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

I think the more importantly this means the S5 will have a much larger screen to support this resolution. And anything bigger than 5 inches will reduce sales as it will be a niche product like the note, and not everyone can see themselves using a device that big.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 12:59

45. techaman (unregistered)

please stop saying apple made touch id mainstream they did not if android made all android phones in the world with touch id after the atrix then that would be mainstream but when you are a company that makes one phone the same every year its not mainstream you should have said since apple decided to put the touch id in there phones as well they made the touch id relevant again.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 13:04

47. zombiewolf115 (Posts: 38; Member since: 16 Jul 2013)

I'm excited for the next revolution of top tier Android devices, just not from Samsung.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 13:07

48. techaman (unregistered)

no one cares about the screen if it can be dropped and broken they need sapphire glass covering screen a thin layer not reg thickness. this will make people happy do lots of drop tests and not brake that sells it. with tech as well

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 14:22

50. nasznjoka (Posts: 402; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

Its nice they are defining new heights always #anyway

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 14:28

51. euklidis (Posts: 29; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)

Samsung never announced a device in MWC. Wake up!

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 14:32

52. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

I'm sure Samsung will find a way to push the battery life to be as good or better than the S4. If the battery life is weak, then the S5 is a fail.

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