Huawei chief disses 2K mobile displays, snubs Xiaomi and Meizu for using them

Huawei chief disses 2K mobile displays, snubs Xiaomi and Meizu for using them
They say you never knew you needed a Quad HD mobile display until you used one, but Huawei, through its exec Yu Chengdong, is calling shenanigans now. Well, nobody ever said that, but Huawei's chief actually took to the airwaves to say about Xiaomi and Meizu "what were they thinking" - pinpointing the use of 2K panels on their latest flagships - the Meizu MX4 Pro, and the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro.

He said that Huawei ran some endurance tests on the two phones, and came away mightily unimpressed. Exactly what kind of battery test they ran he didn't specify, but his comments about the Mi Note Pro using a Quad HD panel and "just" a 3000 mAh battery pack have been less than flattering. And this is, why, kids, we are only going to use 1080p screens, like on the Ascend Mate7, despite its huge 4000 mAh battery pack. We kid, as, again, he never said that, but it's kind of implied, when you think of it. Moreover, as all flagships this year are shaping up to utilize Quad HD panels, Huawei's own leaked portfolio from last year included a Mate8 with 2K display, and a new Ascend D8 with a 5.5" panel of the same resolution. Has Huawei scrapped those plans? We doubt it.

The thing is that, while we haven't had the chance to put the Mi Note Pro through our battery test, the Meizu MX4 Pro went there, and fared better than the Mate7, its 1080p display and the 4000 mAh battery. Actually, Meizu brags that the Sharp panel it utilizes in the MX4 Pro consumes just 1.06 times the energy of a 1080p panel of the same caliber, and we are inclined to believe that, as Full HD panels with the older technologies fare much worse in our battery test rankings than the newer QHD and 1080p screens.

source: Huawei via GizmoChina



1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

hah, there is a chinese saying, saying the grapes are sour when you can't reach it. Consumers are not that dumb. Yeah, 2K takes it toll on the battery, but saying note4 has bad battery life???? that should not come out of a CEO's mouth because that is plain rubbish. Note 4 actually has a very good battery life, or I should say the best battery life in the 2K territory, it even beats most 1080p phones.

3. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Will you deny the fact that it would have a significantly better battery life if the Panel was 1080p? Will you deny the fact that it would have a significantly higher brightness level if the Panel was 1080p?

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Problem is 1080p panel uses old manufacturing technology and will continue to do so. 2K screen require new technology by default. All current 2K flagship has no battery drain issue. My Galaxy Tab S has a great 2K screen and good battery life. So i will take both. Thank you.

14. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

ignorance is a bliss

15. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

note 4 run games @ 13fps with 2k resolution! ! its 2k!! note 4 FTW!! crappy iphone with 720p screen @ 60fps, lol, welcome to 2012

26. Simona unregistered

ar u stupid ?? u think that gamez runs at 2k ?? u naive /pathetic.. once u run any game it auto change resol to what game is supported.. !

30. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Exactly , whats the point of 2K

16. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I agree. Visual Difference is only on paper....

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I would. The present 2k Display on the Note 4 uses less power than the 1080p display on the Note 3. In fact, my Note 4 battery is only slightly larger and it last longer. So yes I deny it because it is not a fact. 1080p displays don't use less power than a 2560 one in every case. In fact today's Samsung 2k display uses less power than the 720p display they had on the Note 2. Just like today's quadcore CPU uses less power even with 4 cores a many present dualcore options. Just like today's cars with a V6 use less gas then they did in the past for a similar engine.

22. material

Posts: 80; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

If it ran nokia 3310 OS, If it had Black and white display.

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Mate 7's battery life is way better than the Note 4. Just accept the fact that 1080p won't drain much battery like on 2K.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

WRONG!!! The Ascend Mate 7 has a 4100MAH battery. How long would it lst if it had the exact same battery size as the Note 4 which is 3220? LEARN HOW TO READ WITH UNDERSTANDING. If their display was so great, then why does it need a 4100mAH battery in it? Of course its gonna last longer. The battery is more than 30% bigger. Its like saying we have 2 identical cars, but one has a 50 gallon tank while yours is 30 gallon. Go and look at the specs. Here is also another fact, ALL LCD DISPLAYS USE MORE POWER THAN AN AMOLED BASED ONE. Thus a 2k display that is AMOLOED will use less power than a LCD panel at any recent resolution. THAT IS FACT!

27. Simona unregistered

true i have mate 7 and mine batt stay last 3 days .. STILL the BEST BATT LIFE smartphone in the world is Mate2 !

24. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

Actually , Meizu MX4 Pro has better battery life then Note 4 with 2K display .

25. Simona unregistered

bcos they do NOT using 2k or 4k recording AT ALL ...

29. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

I would still prefer a 1080p screen , better performance and battery life

2. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Finally someone with their ball in it's place. FullHD is more than enough for every practical viewing distance. What we need is the technology of the new panels employed to FulllHD panels in order to have a similar consuption profile and enjoy higher brightness levels. PA should run a poll asking: What do you prefer: FullHD panel with 600 nits and 36h battery time? or QuadHD panel with 400nits and 24h battery time?

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

But that's not how the world works. If manufacturers can continue to use old technology for 1080p screen, do you think they would spent money to upgrade their manufacturing plant and machine for the sake of your device battery life? 2K screen are here to stay, just like 64bit mobile phone and OS.

10. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

The world works as the conusmers demand. If they are properly educated, it will work well, otherwise it will work as marketing wants it to work... Like in cameras where marketing pushed megapixels as far as possible, the race eventually had to came to a stop, and now the consumers look at high ISO and DR as determining factors because they had no use for those extra megapixels. Sooner or later, the same will happen to phone displays and smart TVs. 64bits OSs are an evolution in every sense and thus don't qualify as a trade off like QuadHD displays.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

If you study computer science you would know that 64bit do have its own trade off such as higher latency cause by access larger memory blocks. A problem overcome which superior technology and manufacturing standards. DDR-> DDR2-> DDR3. Same with display technology. Anyway you can stick with your 1080p screen while i move on to 2K then later 4K when available.

32. vurobega

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

IMO the race will be over at 4K screen on device below 6inch... then manufactur will upgrade the other aspect of screen (nits, color temp, etc)

17. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

AMOLED panels dont suffer at high resolutions.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No one is saying we need a 2k display, but if I can get a device with a 2K display for the price of one with 1080p, then why shouldn't I take the better option? You sound like a miserblae iFan. They all dissed 720p, 1080, and now 2560p. Now that they have 720p and 1080p they are all loving it. This CEO is ignorant and that is why Samsung for example am sure sold more Note 4 than they did of their phone. Samsung sold 150M+ Flagship devices for 2013. They sold 350 total phones in the same year. How many did this company sell in 2013? This coming is coming from a CEO where his phone isn't even the top selling device in his own country.

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This although seems like they've been denied access to better panels at this time, does make some sense.

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

1080p is sufficient for now. We will need all 2K / 4K content to view on it for proper usage of the screen. Again that requires a lot lot of space.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I don't want what I can take, I want whatever I want. Based on your words, 720p is sufficient, but if I can have better than why shouldn't I if I am willing to pay for it. After all my Note 4 has 2560x1440 for $150 less than the iPhone 6/6+ that are 750 and 850. HMMMMM! Its not about what I need, its about getting my monies worth. Obviously this CEO is stupid and so are most of the posters here.

9. DFranch

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I have a droid turbo, and while the battery life is fantastic (better than my S5 ever was), I wish it only has a 1080p screen. It would last 3 days if that was the case.

11. mike2959

Posts: 696; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I have the Note 3 and the Note 4 side by side and yes you can see a CLEAR difference in the display quality. We're not just talking about pixels. It's the image itself. I have the S5 and the S5 LTE-A, again no doubt about it, same thing. For whatever reason some people say enough at some point in their lives. Some people stop wanting to move forward, stop progressing. Even try to justify why progressing needs to halt based on the faults of new technology like battery life. The Nokia 1100 phone is STILL the number 1 selling cell phone ever and it's stand by battery life matches the Note 3. Let's get our device's to 128 bit, 8GB Ram, 4K displays, 5000mah... Yeah baby

13. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

Yu is hurting the brand by his personal opinion of not using 2K display in phones . Yu must understand the current demand in the sector . What I believe they will soon start using 2K displays . It just they are not in process of any 2K display phone right now , so they are criticising it .

23. MaxnusRex

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Xiaomi is Apple of China. Huawei is.. Samsung? Bleckberry? ;)

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