Qualcomm says new 2K resolution smartphones are coming full speed ahead

Qualcomm says new 2K resolution smartphones are coming full speed ahead
Ultra-high resolution display lovers, rejoice! According to your faithful Qualcomm, whose chipsets have made shooting and streaming 4K video possible on your smartphones possible, there will be many more 2K resolution handsets coming around the block. Speaking to TrustedReviews, Qualcomm VP of Marketing Tim McDonaugh said that we will "see more 2K displays on handsets really soon". He didn't mention which manufacturers will be riding the high-res ship, but he did acknowledge that "China as a market tends to be very specs-driven, so there are tonnes of 2K phones available there already, and of course the LG G3 is 2K." 

Well, "tonnes" is stretching it a little bit, but Mr. McDonaugh is right for the most part. While his statements are purposefully vague, we interpret them as a hint that 2K screens will be the norm in flagship smartphones this year. Which will be pretty terrific, seeing that the technology to ensure their adequate performance and battery life is already on the market. Then again, executives from HTC, Huawei, and Sony have openly spoken against 1440x2560 resolution displays and their questionable worth. Then again, Qualcomm used to preach against octa-core processors while MediaTek was flaunting them, but before long, the Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 615 became reality.

As display vendors such as Samsung have perfected 2K displays and are cooking up 4K displays for production as early as next year, McDonaugh didn't escape the question of whether the next resolution tier is coming. He admitted that "we still have to figure out the form factor where there is a true user benefit for 4K [resolution]", adding that "4K screens are moving more quickly on tablets" while "phones are probably more in the future". With most of you around here having experienced a 2K display in person, we believe we can all agree that 4K on smartphones will be quite overkill for anything other than watching ultra high-resolution content in native resolution.

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26 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

OLED 2k > IPS/LCD 2k

3. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

LCD < AMOLED < < < < Quantum Dot for the future.

4. MrET1

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 29, 2015

LCD < AMOLED < Quantum Dot < RGBW-AMOLED

2. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The difference between FHD and QHD on a sub 6 inch device at normal viewing distance are negligible.

15. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

No, they are not. The graphics performance on the lower resolution screen will be much better for any type of game that does real graphics at the native resolution. Anything over 1080 on a sub 6" device is just overkill that actually produces negative returns for anything over 400 dpi. They need to fix accuracy and power efficiency of screens, the pixel race for phones screens has entered the realm of stupidity now.

18. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Finally some sensible comments! Ultra high resolution display lovers on tiny screen, my foot!!

20. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Theres a big difference when it comes to OLED. The S5 still looks fuzzy with its 1080p screen.

21. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Another shortsighted comment. If the screens were 6.0 inches, then it would make a difference? Clearly, most of you don't know the advantages of 2K and beyond on a smartphone. Think of other applications and accessories that could benefit from >2K. Here's one: VR.

5. Tejas9

Posts: 95; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

So? What's new here? Everybody knows 2k is going to be the norm. Do we need him to tell that? Tech moves forward, improve the Quality of 2k make them more energy-efficient, the market will adopt it.

6. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

I have a Note 4, iPhone 5S & HTC One Max and Nexus 4: in day to day usage, I really struggle to tell the difference in resolution between the Nexus 4 and Note 4. When I look more closely and deliberately, yes there is a difference, but really, anything over 350 dpi is fine for day to day, 400 dpi challenges the vast majority of people to tell the difference unless they are having a close inspection, and noeth of 500 dp, would not be that many people who could tell or care no matter distance, time or image being examined.

16. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sorry I am lost all the phone you list are small apart from the max over the note4, what's it like over the max???

7. wando77

Posts: 1169; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Not when looking at photos

8. RGreen

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Love it

9. vuyonc

Posts: 1092; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

"Ultra-high resolution display lovers, rejoice!" So like 2 people or something?

10. mike2959

Posts: 699; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Yes! Gotta love the technology! 8K Tv's, 5G download a HD movie in 10 seconds! All great stuff. How about this for technical advances though.. It used to take 6 months to travel across the US by wagon, then the locomotive train and the transcontinental railroad cut that down to 6 days. So for all you naysayers, just dig a hole and hide.

11. iWin_Droid

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

Super Duper ClearBlack LTPS IGZO Boomsound Retina Display > AMOLED > LCD

12. AsimSiddiq

Posts: 52; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

Lookig forward to a 4K resolution on a phablet, no point on a smartphone.

13. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Who cares about 2K for phones. It is such a small upgrade to 1080p anyway. It's actually the smallest resolution bump. Many high end large TVs do have 2K, and it does make a difference on a big screen ( I have a 55 inch, and it is noticeable). But on a phone, where we have past reached the point of seeing individual pixels? Useless. The only resolution bump that will matter is UHD, so phones are on par with TVs.

22. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"Who cares about 2K for phones." theguy2345 Another shortsighted comment. Clearly, most of you don't know the advantages of 2K and beyond on a smartphone. Think of other applications and accessories that could benefit from >2K. Here's one: VR.

25. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Most people that use VR. aren't going to benefit from a tiny little pixel upgrade. If they are going to upgrade these screens make them UHD. That is a true upgrade. Not 2K http://0.tqn.com/d/hometheater/1/S/T/o/2/videoresolution-chart-public-domain-1500.jpg Now look how small 2K is an upgrade from 1080p. It's not worth it, and your comment is short sited, not mine. You are looking at a tiny little upgrade in the moment. I am looking at the future.

26. hoodyracoon

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

The chart you linked to is factually incorrect, there is a fuch lager difference between Full HD and Quad HD, Full HD = 1920 x 1080 or 2,073,600 pixel's Quad HD = 2048 x 1536 or 3,145,728 pixel's roughly 1.5x as many rows extra 128 + columns 456 as you can see this has a great increase in the dpi makeing it about 50% denser

14. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Bring it on. Gotta love how fast tech evolves, Qualcomm certainly has their eye on the future even if a few others wish to stay in the past.

17. Donbenie

Posts: 263; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Specs..just specs..

19. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Isnt 1440x2560 2,5k resolution?

23. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

I'm eagerly waiting for the 4k Samsung phones as Gear VR needs higher resolution for that absolute perfection.

24. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Their are differences of 1080 vs. 1440. However, in order for the comparisons to be made it be must be side by side to discern large differences. Thus once the iPhone reaches 2560x1440, I will be content.

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