Samsung details plans for 4K phones, own 64-bit processor for 2014-15
Screens are of course where Samsung’s strength is. The Korean company is drawing a picture of the future where we could have devices with even sharper displays. If all goes as planned, Samsung might release smartphones with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and pixel density reaching an impressive 560ppi.
4K Ultra HD resolution phones are the next step that could come as soon as in 2015. In sheer numbers, we’re looking at future devices with 3840 x 2160 pixel displays. Just imagine this on a smartphone, pixel density on a screen the size of today’s smartphones would reach over 800ppi.
The other big thing that Samsung is working on is its own ARM-based processor core. Samsung will obviously continue on relying on Qualcomm’s chip in the near future, but it is also developing its own core, much like Apple has done with the Apple A7.
We have already heard about Samsung’s plans for truly flexible phones (not just curved or bendable) phones in the near future. Plenty to be excited about in the future, isn’t there?
1. alchemyduelist (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)
800ppi? What's with the world and crazy pixel density screens. What the phone industry needs to sort out is the battery life of phones. Lol.
11. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 859; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Waste of processing power and battery, this is even more ridiculous when Samsung themselves stuff 1366x768 screens on 900$ laptops. I know because i bought one.
20. jove39 (Posts: 1302; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Battery life is more important than pixel count...if samsung can't invest/research on improving batteries...then atleast they should work on power efficient 1080p displays before moving on to 4K.
26. XaErO (Posts: 150; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
I agree .. they should focus on innovating batteries that can last 4x - 5x times more .. and also focus on developing displays that can consume 5x-10x times lesser battery juice ..
40. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
with today's current battery technology, it is really impossible to improved battery life unless make it bigger so as the phone itself! it is the responsibility of the manufacturers itself and not samsung
33. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
yeah you are right. they have to focus battery instead of display resolution we have got 450 ppi display but battery life remains 1 day average
2. sam3k (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 May 2013)
Hope your plans will materialize, Samsung is 1 of the few company's driving innovation..
18. rallyguy (Posts: 554; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Not sure if you are only talking about the mobile phone market. Since there are only a few manufactures that are real competition for each other, sure, there are only a few of them. In the mobile market, there are a lot. Qualcomm for example. Overall, in the general market there are tens of thousands.
3. Johnabis (Posts: 56; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)
I don't think there is a need for anything above 400ppi
15. tedkord (Posts: 4933; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
The "fact" on Google assumes everyone holds their device the same distance and had the same eyesight. I have 20/18 eyesight, I can see pixels more than most people.
19. rallyguy (Posts: 554; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
How do you search for that fact? It's an opinion. There is no "fact" here.
23. roldefol (Posts: 2973; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I can see a difference between a ~300 ppi screen and ~400 ppi. I don't see a point in going beyond the current ~450 though. You can't pick out an individual pixel on the HTC One or LG G2. This year saw photorealistic screens. Anything beyond that is a waste of processing power.
24. nctx77 (Posts: 534; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
See a difference yes, but how close do you need to look at the display to tell? To me there needs to be enough difference to warrant the extra battery life and processing power.
25. medicci37 (Posts: 648; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Weather it's enough or not is subjective. But you can definitely notice the difference between 720p & 1080p on my HTC 1 compared to my 720p galaxy nexus. Would like the option to reduce resolution at times. Like I can with a laptop or monitor
31. nctx77 (Posts: 534; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
I hear you, but I just don't think it's necessary on such a small screen. TV I understand, because the screens are so large. I can look at 1080p on a tv and see how it can get better, so 4k is great for tv's. On a phone makes just as much since as a galaxy round.
37. roldefol (Posts: 2973; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The Galaxy Nexus used a PenTile screen. Those are typically more jagged looking than non-PenTile (LCD) at the same resolution. That's why the Galaxy S4 at 1080 looks significantly sharper than the S3 at 720. Gotta compare apples to apples.
28. akki20892 (Posts: 3555; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Alright guys, I want 1 trillion ppi in one inch damn it.
38. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 207; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
1,600,000,000,000 x 900,000,000,000 is 1,835,755,975,068 PPI
5. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 449; Member since: 11 May 2013)
No need.. samsung should focus on camera, design and new UI
7. Boybawang (Posts: 45; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)
500dpi on a phone is NOT impressive but rather a waste of CPU cycles. But it can serve usefull in high res head mounted displays such as VR.
9. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6577; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Samsung pushing limits of their sweet screen.
10. livyatan (Posts: 699; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
My guess is that Samsung will put WQHD on the next Note which will be 6", also on the later generation of Note 8, and perhaps a UHD on their 10-13" range of tablets.
Putting anything more than full hd on a 5-6" smartphone would be utter idiocy.
12. datsyuk (Posts: 166; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
Get 4k on televisions and computer monitors first. Why 23 inch and 50 inch screens are the same resolution as a phone blows my mind.
16. tedkord (Posts: 4933; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Because people don't view their 50 inch televisions from a foot away.
17. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Even at a modest 8 ft, a typical 1080p HDTV at 55" would look far more pixelated and ugly compared to that same resolution in a phone, even had you put your nose up against it (the phone).
4k needs to come affordably to the TV before anything else, really. Monitors will be important too but it'll really only see extensive use by enthusiasts and workstation professionals.
34. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
It is simple : you can sell phone every year but ppl doesnt buy tv or laptops every year
21. rallyguy (Posts: 554; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Funny. I heard people saying the same thing about 1080 screen not too long ago. It might be bragging rights to say they did it first. Who knows, but why do nothing but complain about innovation and advancements in technology?
22. xfire99 (Posts: 540; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)
Sounds good on paper, but real usage, doubt it be any different on small screens and need a huge battery to last 1 day. Doubt peoples are willing throw "slim" design for 4K res clumsy smartphone.
Bring 4K resolution to TV instead!
27. nothingmuch (Posts: 178; Member since: 03 May 2013)
And make'em brighter too, and how about anti reflective screens, Longer battery... I think they're at a point now to work on the obvious cause all else is good enough
29. structureman116 (Posts: 135; Member since: 14 Sep 2010)
Why continue to push the ppi # when what we are using now makes pixels indistinguishable to the human eye? I agree that battery life should be a focus along with their flexible displays! 800+ppi is useless on a smartphone!
30. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
The shortsightedness and stupidity in the comments on this site astounds me.
With the way so many idiots here talk about "this is enough" or "that's too much" we'd be back with 4.3" phones with 1280x720 screens that everyone said was big enough. Why go past 1280??
Sure, right NOW you don't see the benefits of a 4k screen or whatever tech is coming in the future.. but I can guarantee that one day you'll be happier than hell it's here. We have NO IDEA how some of this tech will impact our lives. While you may think it's overkill and not needed now, be thankful that there are people who DO see the benefits.
I think it's pretty safe to assume that along with the high pixel counts of future displays, work is also being done on reducing power consumption and also battery tech improving as well.
Think a bit before making so many idiotic comments.
36. nothingmuch (Posts: 178; Member since: 03 May 2013)
I think that these "idiotic comments" is what helped put that phone you like so much in your hand today.
Think about it, if you were a company and wanted to make a bada$$ product where would be the most informative place to look on improving... that's right comments! It's not like those companies hand out questionnaires or anything.
And last I remember, this is a comment section, not a "let's scold all who disagree to disagree" agree?
There's No need to be salty McAngry
35. galanoth (Posts: 324; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
What if their future screens consume less power at higher resolutions?
Or even the same. Maybe their WQHD phone screens will use less power than their FHD screens. The future is exciting.
For example, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 at 2560x1600 consumes less power than the iPad Air at 2048x1536. (According to DisplayMate)
39. hellonerds (Posts: 264; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
i want a 4K on my note 3 :D as in 4K=4000mah battery :D even thoe this note 3 last me all day already. never have to worry about a dying device when you need it most :D