Don't write off the possibility of a 4K handset from Samsung or LG next year

Don't write off the possibility of a 4K handset from Samsung or LG next year
On Thursday, we passed along a report stating that LG and Samsung have decided not to bump the resolution on any of their 2016 handsets to 4K. But a tweet from tech journalist @Ricciolo1 states otherwise. In his message, he writes not to trust those Korean reports, which means that one of the Korean manufacturers does plan on bringing a 4K phone to market in 2016.

Ricciolo says that this phone is big, flat and slim, and he doesn't think it will be canceled. That could mean that this is a particular model that is produced every year, and its cancellation would be unusual. If we had to guess here, it could be the Samsung Galaxy Note 6. Again, that is just a guess.

Right now, the only smartphone with a 4K display is the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. When displaying content like pictures, video and other media content, the screen has a resolution of 2160 x 3840. On the 5.5-inch screen, that works out to an amazing 801ppi pixel density. To preserve battery life, at other times the screen carries a 1080p resolution.

There are many smartphone buyers who say that a 1440p resolution is unnecessary at this time, especially when you consider how much battery life such a display eats through. If these consumers say QHD is too much, you can be sure that they consider a 4K resolution to be wasted.


Thanks for the tip!

source: @Ricciolo1

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30 Comments

1. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Better put a 5000mah battery inside it as well (Z5 premium has average battery life which I consider bad)

11. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

18. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

GSMArena's battery results are weird and you should take caution to understand the result properly. Let me explain: GSMArena measures batterylife at 50% brightness, not like a constant brightness like 200Nits that Ananadtech and PhoneArena does. At 50% brightness Z5 Premium is only 78Nits, whereas S6 Edge is 208Nits, One M9 is 175 or iPhone 6S Plus is 150Nits. Now you can understand why that test is not scientific. If the display brightness of Z5P was made same as other devices, I am sure that number would down drastically. Remember, the leakage and power consumption is not directly linear. With increase in brightness, the consumption increases even more. Meaning if you increase brightness by double, power consumption is likely to be more than double. Now do the maths again!

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Bull, on the 78 nits at 50% brightness, considering the Z5 premium has a maximum of 500 nits. The Z5 is very bright at only 50%. Where did you get 78 nits at 50% brightness. Clearly you pulled that value out of your @$$. As far as battery life is concerned, it has really good battery life with that 4k display. When Marshmallow comes for the Z5's at the beginning of the new year. Then VR and YouTube will be able to take advantage of the 4k on Z5 premium.

24. TyrionLannister unregistered

Read the table carefully. http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z5_premium-review-1344p3.php The max brightness is 566 nits but at 50% it's only 78 nits.

28. FluffyBled unregistered

Brightness in LCD panels isn't a linear function (it's not quite linear for AMOLEDs neither but it gets quite close!)

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Let them come out both FHD and 4K screen models. If company always listen to never sayer, we will still be using VCR and cassette tape. Play games on Nintendo super famicom. Because its good enough.

2. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

I'd prefer they stick to QHD. And before someone claims we can't see pixels at this level, that's false. We can see them in average use cases as well for most users, and you don't need the eyes of a hawk either.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

who's this Ricciolo guy? only 79 tweets? (I dont use twitter, so I dont know much around that area -_- )

4. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Could be a 4K tablet

5. ReticentHamster

Posts: 156; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Galaxy Note6 - 4GB RAM, Exynos 8890, 4000mAh (sealed) battery, 6-inch 4k screen, less than 8mm thick, New Force touch features enhanced with S-pen functionality, 20MP camera with improved low-light performance, return of micro SD slot, still no IR blaster. Just rambling possibilities - I think the Note6 would be the most likely candidate for a 4K mobile screen.

12. JetMK

Posts: 97; Member since: Jan 31, 2015

That's my bold prediction as well. The Note 6 will end up being Samsung's first venture into 4K display, with those exact same specs that you listed. But, I am hoping that they can keep it at 5'7" inch, tis the sweet spot for me! I wouldn't be surprised if they adopt a similar strategy to Sonys, 4K display, runs at QHD, but can then get activated to 4K depending on the contents. like What Sony's doing with the whole 1080P and 4K combo.

22. chenski

Posts: 774; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Interesting... my taiwanese friend said the same thing, i made a bet with him that he is wrong

29. FluffyBled unregistered

I think the Note 6 could have more RAM, considering the new 12Gb RAM chips they developed :o ... would be a pretty good thing!

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

High End Galaxy Mega With A 4k Screen? New Tablet Maybe?

7. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

When are manufactures gonna realize...? We don't care about 4K. 1080p is more than enough. Have the industry standard be batteries that get 2-3 days use with a 1080p screens and they will sell better than a 4K screen that lasts half a day of heavy use.

16. jsobotka

Posts: 54; Member since: Aug 21, 2009

I heard people complaining about battery life when screens became 720p... then 1080p... then 1440p... it's no different now. You do realize that battery technology has been increasing along with screen resolution, right? Even despite phones getting thinner. Check this out... chronological release of S series and Note series: N1 1280 x 720 S3 1280 x 720 N2 1280 x 720 S4 1920 x 1080 N3 1920 x 1080 S5 1920 x 1080 N4 2560 x 1440 S6 2560 x 1440 N5 2560 x 1440 S7 4K? Why wouldn't S7 be 4K? What exactly makes you think that an S7 with 4K would be any different? My S4 has great battery life, even after 3 years. If you don't care about VR, then go live under a rock for the rest of your life, because it's coming, you can't stop it, and you are going to want 4K or better when you finally decide to purchase it. But this is why 4K is needed.

27. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Hey there, Note1 had 1280x800 :)

8. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

1080 will give me 1hr and half extra battery life then I rather take 1080 over 2K or 4K on smartphone.

9. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

4k is too early to consider,1440x2560 is more than enough,but battery should pick up the pace.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How about a new Note.12.2? Saamung.hasnt brought a refresh to the that model. To.compete against the Surface, it's gonna need 4K.

13. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Nobody buys Android tablets above 10"

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You're wrong. Lots of people bought the Note 12.2. In fact on eBay, you see tons.kf used ones on sale. Also I did buy the Note 12.2. It's not a huge sales driven device, but people do buy them.

30. Shocky unregistered

I know quite a few people who have the the Note 12.2", I had one for a short period. Good tablet, other than the performance and S4 creeky build quality.

21. Plutonium239

Posts: 1231; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

A device running full windows has no competition except other devices that run full windows.

14. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

People criticize 4k on a phone but its actually not bad. Yes it is overkill but if everything aside from photos and videos is rendered on a lower resolution you will still have decent battery life. Think about VR. 4k is the best of both worlds.

15. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG V20 4K display ips.

17. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

The LG G edge seems like a high-and-mighty premium device Towards the end of August, word surfaced online that Chinese device maker Xiaomi was working on a competitor for the Samsung Galaxy edge series of devices. Samsung really blew our minds away when, in 2014, it unveiled the Galaxy Note edge, the first smartphone to arrive with a secondary, curved display. Well, it seems that other manufacturers are willing to be picking up the trend. Xiaomi is rumored to be working on the Mi edge model that, just like the Galaxy S6 edge, will feature not one, but two curved displays. You might remember that, back at CES 2015, LG too teased a similar model with a dual-edge design. But what if such a phone actually becomes a reality? The folks at DBS Videography have created a concept that perfectly depicts what an LG G edge handset would actually look like in real life. And they have added some specs to match. The LG G edge could be a titan According to their vision, the LG G edge could be the second smartphone to make a debut in the wild with a 4K AMOLED display attached, after the Xperia Z5 Premium. The smartphone should feature a 5.5-inch screen, an iris scanner plus a dual infrared sensor and a 13MP frontal camera. The main camera will be of the 24MP variety with OIS 2.0 (next-gen optical image stabilization) and f/1.8 lens. The G edge will also come equipped with a fingerprint scanner and will have built-in NFC. As you might have guessed, the LG G edge is seen as being powered by Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 820 processor fitted with 4GB of RAM and should run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. A USB Type-C port will be offered on board, a standard most high-end dhandsets will soon adhere too. The LG G edge offers 64/128GB internal memory options and support for microSD card slot for expansion up to 2TB of storage. Such a beastly phone will rely on a 5,000 mAh removable battery to maintain the life flow. It appears that the LG G edge combines every single great feature we could think of. What do you think? If the pricing were right, would you buy the LG G edge

20. hakn5897

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 19, 2015

galaxy s7 rumor - design is similar to galaxy s6 (overall shape has slightly changed) - battery is under 3000mah - bezel-less design with 5.2 inches display (screen size is same as 5.1 screen due to bezel-less design) - body's metal curving has improved. - There is a lot of change in UI and optimization - UFS2.0 is same as galaxy s6 - camera's protrusion has minimized (with duo pixel) - immersive painting (It is similar to Nano Coating but It has a deeper color and more cubic effect)

26. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

We don't need more GPU strain and battery life gain offsets. Hopefully they take another 2 years to research and optimize UHD displays for mobile a bit, so they're both more energy efficient and brighter than what we have today.

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