Sharp reportedly working on a 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution smartphone display panel

Sharp reportedly working on a 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution smartphone display panel
One of the recent pop-trends amongst smartphone manufacturers is the strive towards higher resolution screens and higher pixel densities. Just 3 years ago, flagships were topping out at 720p (1280 x 720) and sporting PPI densities well above 300, though, once the larger-screen trend gained momentum, phone suppliers started looking for ways to bump the resolutions further, in order to maintain the high PPI count. In the past couple of years, we've seen a jump from HD (1280 x 720) to FHD (1920 x 1080), to this year's QHD (2560 x 1440).

Now, while half the techie community is busy scratching their heads, wondering whether such an overkill pixel density is even worth having on a ~5" screen, especially at the expense of precious battery life, OEMs are slowly, but surely, climbing aboard the QHD bandwagon, if they haven't already. Even Sony, which a couple of months ago said it doesn't think QHD is worth it even on an 8-inch screen, has been rumored to be planning to equip its next Xperia flagship with a 1440p panel.

Now, Japan-based media has pulled a whisper out of the rumor mill, claiming that Sharp is currently working on the next generation of smartphone LCD panels – the 4K (4096 x 2160) screen. The "sources" said that Sharp felt pressured to develop the pixel-dense screen, due to demand for crazy-high resolutions coming from China. The tech will be ready for mass production some time in 2016 and will be used in 5- to 6-inched displays. So, a 5.5" screen, loaded with a 4K resolution will result in a pixel density of 842 PPI!

The report also claims that Sharp is working on improving the quality of current-gen LTPS LCD panels, by employing an in-house developed method, using polycrystalline silicon (high purity, multicrystalline form of silicon), fused with the glass, which should produce a more transparent, and thus – more vibrant, dispay panel.

Lastly, the rumor claims that Sharp currently has a 600ppi phone display panel ready, which should be hitting markets in China at the start of the next fiscal year.

Well, Sharp does seem to be pretty display-oriented as of late, with the launch of the bezelless Sharp AQUOS Crystal, so at least some of these rumors are likely to be true.

How does a 2160p screen sound to you? And what do you think its marketing name would be – Octa HD?

Source: feng.com (translated) via GSMDome

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68 Comments

1. loccoc402

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Noooooooooo! 1080p in 5,5 inch display is quite enough for me

3. Carlitos

Posts: 684; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I mean, of it doesn't affect battery life, why not? The Galaxy S5 LTE Advanced, had a QHD display, and it had an equal battery life to the regular Galaxy s5 (1080p) even though the resolution is significantly higher. Then again most to all people would not notice the difference. The only thing I see it offering is better color reproduction.

6. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

but pairing a more efficient chip with a less overkill screen would give you even better battery life, wouldn't it?

30. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

For one generation maybe and then dismissing battery returns will happen once chips are so efficient it can run any resolution easily while sipping battery. So why not? Having a 4k screen beats the crap out of them shrinking your battery Xperia Z3 battery size < Xperia Z2 battery size. iPad Air 2 battery size < ipad air battery size. Or even worse in Apples case. Telling you all you need is 1 gb ram, 750p, and 1810 mah battery and charge you for QHD, 5gb of ram, and 5000 mah prices. So if they are going to charge you for it regardless.... I don't give a crap if them using 2013 specs increases the battery life a bit. If I am paying for 2014 specs, I'll take 2014 specs even if the returns are minimal. Like I said, better than them pocketing it. Now if using less than QHD lowered the price and increased battery life, I would agree with you. But as I see it now. The GS5 LTE A is the same price as a standard GS5 and the Z2 with identical specs 1080p SD801 is a lot cheaper than the Z3. Companies other than Samsung fully intend to charge you 4k prices in 2016 so why would you accept 1080p so they can pocket the price difference and hide behind the fact that they "wanted" you to have better battery life. More like like they "wanted" to pocket your money. Take the latest tech and let them worry about making the battery life great.

59. iushnt

Posts: 3155; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

That's not the case every time.,the display of note 3 consumes more power than the QHD display of note 4

12. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The screen itself might not affect the battery but it requires more horsepower to run all those pixels. So the issue with battery doesn't come from the screen but the CPU and GPu that have to keep up with it.

42. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Facts are dead in this house of dummies.

35. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

But it 100% will effect battery life. More rendered pixels is more work for the SoC. Leading to less battery life. Period.

60. iushnt

Posts: 3155; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Have been hearing this for years, yet..as time passes by battery life and SoC power both are increasing..period..battery life is not going backwards either..

56. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

If it doesn't affect battery life, then imagine how much battery life it would have with 'just' 1080p? Very roughly 4x longer battery life with 4k vs 1080p, and since you wouldn't really be able to see the difference.......well, what do you want, imperceptible screen upgrade? or 4x longer battery lifetime? I know what my answer is.

28. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

At least have a decent 2-3 days battery life before all these s**t...

61. iushnt

Posts: 3155; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I think u want the flip phones or other dumb phones..they have great battery life..but as consumers, smartphones should be as advanced as possible with the similar price setting..otherwise u would be having a Galaxy s2 with a week battery life..all(battery, cpu, gpu, screen, camera) should advanced collectively and not isolately..

47. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

Just give me a 5 inch screen with 8k (7680x4320) resolution with 1500 PPI. And a 10,000mAh battery and Snapdragon 2000 @ 5GHz with 16GB RAM. Oh and 80MP camera with 16K Video Recording at 500 FPS. I will pass on that phone to my great-grandchildren

62. iushnt

Posts: 3155; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Haha, what if the battery is still 4000 may and highly efficient

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Higher res displays is cool as long as I can still find a 5" phone that gets decent battery life. 1080P 5" is nice. Although I could probably tell if the resolution was increased.

38. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

What would you rather have? More resolution you "could probably tell" or an hour more on-screen time?

45. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It should read half an hour more on screen time plus money in the manufacturers pockets or more resolution you can most likely tell and the satisfaction that they are not charging me 2k prices for a 1080p screen? The latter each and every time and that's what any sane person should choose too unless you like getting raped by Apple like Mr strudelz here.

67. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Depends. As long as I can get a full day of use, more resolution.

4. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

A Very Sharp Display from Sharp

5. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

This is good because the more 4k (and even 5k [mac]) screens there are, the faster it gets adopted and accepted and used.

7. jasrockett

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Yes please in the form of a Note6 with a 6.2 inch screen and to fast tract across the board 4k adoption.

8. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I can see more eyes cancer in the future

19. g2a5b0e unregistered

I can see more fail comments in your future.

9. ishan.heru

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

No SHARP plz dont do this. 2K trend has just started.

21. g2a5b0e unregistered

It says 2016. That's at least 15 months away & considering that the first 2K phones came out 6 months ago, we're looking at about 2 years in between. I don't see a problem with that. Sure, 4K screens are completely unnecessary in displays of this size, but who still stop the progress of technology?

57. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Not to mention, letting technology go at the rate it is benefits the consumer is other areas as well. Look now, 4k TVs were $20,000 minimum just a few years back. Now you can get them at a grand. And a good one for around 3-5 thousand. So the mobile industry excelling at such a fast rate helps us (the consumer) out in other areas such as PC's, home entertainment, cars, safety etc. I welcome all of what the tech industry is bringing ATM. They're also creating jobs in many ways, and helping economies around the world.

10. Mrmark

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

The battery life is not all accurate as tech blogs make it seem.

11. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

the main problem is that the cpu manufactures which is basically Qualcomm for majority android phonea is not able to keep up with the display resolution..... the GPU is comparatively weak with such high resolution when compared to apple ipad air 2....

13. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Don't GO 4k.. i dont want a 4k trend..

14. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

That's too far, to be honest.

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