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

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: via G4Games



1. D.Aceveda

Posts: 430; Member since: Jun 30, 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

5. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 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.

34. rcl4444

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 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.

60. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 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!

53. bigstrudel

Posts: 574; Member since: Aug 20, 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?

7. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Ámen ;)

8. yunikmaha

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

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

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. :)

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

54. bigstrudel

Posts: 574; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

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

59. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 580; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

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

61. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

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

22. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 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. :)

29. Bishop_99

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 04, 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.

32. troutsy

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 17, 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.

35. Bishop_99

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 04, 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.

36. Bishop_99

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 04, 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.

38. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

s5 on mcw... no unpack event ll happen

44. applesucker

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 29, 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

63. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 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

3. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

9. yunikmaha

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

46. techaman unregistered

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

55. bigstrudel

Posts: 574; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

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

58. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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!

12. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 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!

26. H3Drvr

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

16. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

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