Report: Samsung and LG saying no to 4K displays on their 2016 phones

Report: Samsung and LG saying no to 4K displays on their 2016 phones
Sony won't be opening the 4K display floodgates with its unique Xperia Z5 Premium handset, it seems. If you have been expecting some of the biggest Android brands like Samsung or LG to follow suit with a 4K phone screen next year, you might be in for a disappointment. A Korean publication today claims that both Samsung and LG have decided to pass on the 4K idea for now - not that they can't make such high-res displays themselves.

Today's rumor claims that the two Korean companies have mulled the possibility of issuing phones with a 4K screen, but decided that the advantages will only be incremental to what we already have. Samsung in particular can benefit somewhat from a mobile device with a 4K screen, given its VR efforts, but it has apparently deemed it too niche of a market for now, tips the report. 

Instead, the source spells, the companies would focus on improving the power draw and outdoor visibility of their existing display lines, especially the 1440p panels that will likely go in their next flagships. We can't say that we are disappointed by such a decision, and thus Sony may remain the sole phone maker that offers a handset with 4K display resolution for the foreseeable future.

source: INews24 via G4Games

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44 Comments

1. kabiluddin

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

The alleged reasons behind this decision lie in the idea that Samsung Display and LG Display have yet to solve the overheating and power efficiency issues that seem to be linked with their 4K displays. I think its the main reason for their decision.

9. Busyboy

Posts: 730; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Probably. And isn't it ironic that Samsung said they'd make a 4k display on a 2015 smartphone, yet now they say they won't make it even in 2016. Kudos to Sony

13. kabiluddin

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I think Samsung and LG made the right decision. There is no need to rush to tech that they haven't perfected yet. Xperia Z5 Premium is just Sony's statement to the world that LOOK we have the tech that nobody has yet. I personally is against 4K screen in smartphone. Given the choice between 1080p vs 4K screen I would absolutely take 1080p screen. But I know that you can't say no to technological progress. That being said I think Z5P is an awesome smartphone, especially Chrome version looks awesome.

40. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hi, the over heating is if you use 4K all the time and to do what Sony as done, you have to run the phone in crap 1080p for most of the time, I.e. You can not use 2k

34. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

If they wanted to they can there is no point.... I think the article pointed towards that direction

36. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Just making something for the sake of doing it makes to sense. I am pretty sure if they wanted, both LG/Samsung could make it. Afterall they are the display kings. But the point is that whether consumers are demanding such display, and what's the cost-benefit ratio. 4K will obviously cost more, will consume more energy. So does it make sense for them to release it market? Will cosumers pay the extra price? It's not a question of technology, but a question of whether the market will pay for such device?

37. romeo1

Posts: 799; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

That's not true. Samsung and lg would be making a 4k device if they could. They brought out qhd while the consumers didn't demand such a screen. Samsung brought out the s6 without a sd but did the consumers demanded that? No they didn't but samsung still brought it out. The manufacturers will always lie if it benefits their products.

41. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hahahahahahaha, they not using them as per what I just said before, if they run them all the time they overheat the CPU and so on and if it's limited window then you have to run them in 1080p And not 2k, so they not doing it to they can run them all the time, that and downloading content on the go for 4K is a joke I.e. To view 4K on YouTube why on the bus, oh and that also not support by Sony, just preloaded files using there own apps and the image looks better on Samsung 2k oled anyways, so it's doa

44. romeo1

Posts: 799; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

It's a matter of taste whayt you like more but don't talk bs. They just aren't far enough with the oped in 4k samsung would make it as they said they would but couldn't. It's as simple as that the benefits of 2k vs 1080p isn't noticeable in the menus when you glance at you phone. Only when watching movies its beneficial so sony made the right decision by using 1080p in menu's etc. It benefits the battery life and performance

2. bucky

Posts: 3764; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Very smart. Apart from 4K pc gaming I still couldn't care for 4K big screens. Even then, my 980 wouldn't get me my desired 120 fps.

3. dmakun

Posts: 380; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Wow! But I'll believe this when I see the screen resolution of Samsung's note 6

4. tokuzumi

Posts: 1730; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

At least there are 2 smart companies. 4K on a phone is going to be useless.

32. combatmedic870

Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

When processors/GPU's can handle it. 4K will be useful for VR headsets. Somys wat of doing things is smart. Just make it UHD and 4K when doing other things. Like picture viewing, playback in 4K, VR. There is a lot of potential here. I always thought UHD was useless until I used my sisters note 5 with Samsung VR. You can definately see the the pixels. I have 15/20 vision close up. So for people like me it can be disorienting.

42. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

If you run 4K temp you have to go down to 1080p so 2k is out, not good

5. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Although Sony had a real 4k panel. it was a good move by Sony to render only pictures and videos in 4k. And games and UI in FHD. Hope they do the same for the Z6. And I believe it is a good move by Samsung and LG as well not to use a 4k resolution natively.because of gaming performance doubts. I think Samsung might use a 4k panel even though PA says they won't.

6. Podrick

Posts: 1280; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Good move. Bring 4k when you make it more efficient and/or improve the battery technology.

7. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I still think Samsung will dish out at least one phone in 2016, ONE to prove the world they can make the best 4k display on a smartphone... and then that's it.

8. maherk

Posts: 6527; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Everyone should say no to 4k displays. Actually, everyone should move back to 1080 screens, or just make screen resolution like memory, offer the phone in different models.

14. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

maherk, you'll keep on saying that untill when Apple decides to jump on the QHD bandwagon, you'll then claim 1080p to be retarded and useless. *SMH*

17. bucky

Posts: 3764; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

theres a reason why apple hasnt bothered to jump to 4k or QHD screens in the first place.

22. maherk

Posts: 6527; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And there is a big reason why they shouldnt, 1080 is more than enough for smartphones. I ve had the Note 4, S6, and now the Note 5, so i ve been enjoying QHD displays for more than a year now, and my eyes should be used to it by now. But still, when i pick up a 1080 smartphone, i can't tell the difference, at all.

19. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

You are new here? He is Samsung fanboy :D I say yes to 4K displays if battery life will be atleast the same and I will be able to choose resolution for games, UI, videos etc.

20. maherk

Posts: 6527; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Hahahahaha Man you can't give an opinion on this site without getting accused of being a fanboy to an X oem. It is sad and funny at the same time. I lean towards Samsung when it comes to smartphone flagships, and have an iPad mini 3, and a Huwaei Watch as well as to a Gear S2. But hey, I am an Apple fanboy now lol

23. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

What you like better Gear S2 or HW? HW is finally aviable in my country and I checked it(Gear S2 too). Best smartwatch I have ever seen, but it's too small for my taste(I want bigger screen) and I would want LCD screen that reflects light instead of displaying it. I don't remember name of that screen type. I think that last Sony smartwatch use that kind of screen. Mirasol? It's definetly the best screen for smartwatch because it don't need backlight. Only for dark places.

25. maherk

Posts: 6527; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The size of the screen will eventually grow into you. I had the original Moto 360 for 6 months, and when I get the HW i kinda regreted it because it felt so small. But with time i got used to it's screen size and now i cannot go bigger. Then I got the Gear S2 while keep the HW, but yet again, I felt that screen is a bit small for my own taste. Few days after, I appreciated it's screen size more since you can do most of the tasks using that brilliant rotating bezel. The Gear S2 delivers the better experience out of the 2. Rotating bezel, faster heart rate monitor, ambient light sensor, amazing battery life with wireless charging, no red tint on its amoled screed unlink the HW, and blazing fast UI. The HW isn't bad by any means, but the S2 takes my vote out of the 2.

26. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Thanks for the answer. Do you got normal or classic S2? I will probably wait for new year smartwatches. If I am not wrong Qualcomm is finally making soc designed for smartwatches. Maybe moto360 v3 will have finally full rounded screen in AMOLED or mirasol like tech. Also Samsung will maybe introduce bigger S3. I have a large wrists.

30. maherk

Posts: 6527; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I am 5,10 and the S2 sits perfectly on my wrist. I did get the sport, it looks cleaner imo, and the bezels looks nicer, not to mention it can go with casual or sports clothes, if that makes sense.

35. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

so how about this make 1080p screens and enable all new phones that can record in 4k. then when the viewer watched the recorded video that's in 4k on there 1080p screen they are left confused by how large the size is when they try and upload.... makes sense right

10. TyrionLannister unregistered

Wise decision. Even Sony is making 4K only for a niche product and not their main flagship(z5). I hope it never happens.The only use of 4K is for marketing, and VR.

11. Landon

Posts: 1219; Member since: May 07, 2015

The only reason (in my opinion) to have a 4K display on a phone is for VR reasons. The Note 5 definitely has a screen door effect when using the Gear VR headset but it would be amazing if the display was 4K.

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