We don't need smartphones with 4K displays yet. Here are a bunch of reasons

We don't need smartphones with 4K displays yet. Here are a bunch of reasons
If rumors are to be believed, Sony might be on the way of becoming the first smartphone manufacturer to come up with a handset (the Xperia Z5 Premium) that will rock a, wait for it... 4K display. With the rumored size of the display being 5.5 inches, the upcoming Xperia might amaze us with a mind-boggling and pioneering pixel density of 805ppi. 

This will put Sony in a field that hardly any other manufacturer has ventured into before. Currently, Samsung is the maker behind some of the phones with the sharpest displays, namely the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 Active, and S5 LTE-A, all of which boast pixel densities of 576-577ppi. Yet, Sony is allegedly aiming past the 800ppi frontier despite the fact that it doesn't even have a phone with a Quad HD resolution (1440 x 2560 pixels).

But do we need a smartphone with such a pixel-rich display? Certainly, the manufacturers are likely to force these on us in the coming years, but are there viable reasons to hold our breaths for a 4K display in late 2015? 

Despite that there's little not to like about the evolutionary jumps we witness in mobile technology, there are a few reasons why we don't need phones with 4K displays. Here are some of them.


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144 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I remember there were a lot of criticisms of smartphones with displays exceeding over 400ppi, especially from tech "journalists". That was until the Iph*ne 6 Plus was announced. Now, there are articles criticising 4K display on smartphones instead, completely forgetting about the 400+ppi criticisms.

4. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

iphonearena ftw.

75. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Every year we get the same criticisms, "do we need quad core, do we need 4 gb of ram, do we need 2k+ displays and it will never stop. Honestly, half of it is fanboyism from a lot of Apple journalists who want to secure their Apple event invite and half of it is genuine concern from actual tech journalists/casters like MKBHD, TLD, etc. Largely it feels that no one in the tech industry is listening to the market nor their own customers. Apple controls their market's mind so it kind of doesn't matter what their market thinks (if at all). Some are irritated and end up leaving for that reason. Samsung is too busy trying to be Apple and literally following all their bad moves matching them idiocy for idiocy, and then wondering why sales are flagging. Sony apparently knows what the community want but can't seem to come up with a distribution strategy to save their life/mobile division. LG makes 1 phone at 5.5....deal with it. Moto can't stop being thrown around and only sells in the US mainly, plus no marketing. MS/Zombia are no where to be seen and likely dead. The industry is really messed up right now.

89. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

If Samsung came up with 4k display you would be praising in all topics for next ten days. Nice PA, very nice...

146. dirky

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I totally agree. They will give all the praises to samsung and say this is a revolutionary technology. You have to be a Sony user to truly appreciate the prowess and beauty of their products. Kudos sony.

95. Plutonium239

Posts: 1144; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Samsung didn't drop the microSD card slot for no reason. They were forced to drop it because the new type of fast memory they use is not compatible with microSD cards.

99. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

thats no excuse! how can a phone wouldnt be able to support a f**king mSD they dont do it cause they didnt want to put a mSD in it in the first place. they just could do that really easily if they wanted to.

112. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Sorry, this is utter bulls**t. So what, suddenly PCs with new memory are incompatible with flash drives? USB doesn't work? HDDs? SSDs? What the f.ck man, you are so stupid to believe it. But I guess Samsung also has its sheeps

117. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

From some article i read sd will just works with new UFS but of course it will affect their speed performance so Samsung might think it's pointless to use UFS 2.0 alongside sd card, it's not compatible or more precisely it's not optimized.

121. JaroB

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

SONY Xperia Z3+ ..... LPDDR4 + microSD

136. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

u guess he talk about UFS 2.0 storage, not LPDDR4 RAM

135. engineer-1701d unregistered

but know that google android m is using sd cards as native storage they can go back to it if they want i say both is better give us 128 in and sd 128 or 256

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

But it's literally pointless. If the S810 turns into an oven with a 1080p display, you might as well fire up some steaks and burgers on the Z5 as it'll turn into a grill.

13. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

It may be pointless, but tech "journalists" will continue to criticise it until *that* OEM announces a smartphone with a 4k display.

14. maherk

Posts: 6679; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Hey smurf, remember when the Note 4 came out with QHD, and Sony said it is useless and they don't see them using such a resolution on their phones anytime soon? The funny part is that Sony fans went on to slam QHD, and look at them now, defending Sony for going with 4K!! I am not saying all of them, but easily 95% of them.

16. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Not sure if I'm one of those you're talking about but I'm not defending anything. Also, Samsung fans (not all) are doing the same thing by defending Samsung's decision to ditch the SD capability and having the battery sealed - except Samsung probably didn't say that they're keeping such features.

28. maherk

Posts: 6679; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No no, I am not talking about you. I never saw you complaining about QHD resolution. As i said, the majority, not all of them. And if there wasn't fast charging nor 32GB base model, I would be the 1st asking for removable batteries and sd card slots. Thankfully, when Samsung decided to get rid of those, they gave me the option to buy the 64GB version(which I did), and let me get an extra 50% while i am having dinner.

65. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

False! No one has defended Samsung for leaving out the sdcard. What we did say as a matter of fact is, Samsung didn't ditch SDCARD support. What they ditched was using the slow dinosaur old EMMC storage for UFS 2.0. Everyone was bitchin about Samsung phones being laggy. They chose to deal with it by providing faster storage for the software, trimming TW and by increasing the RAM. At least when they went full 64Bit, they understand you need more RAM as apps still load in double the memory space even on ARM platform. Something Apple doesn't get because their apps are forced to run in 50% available memory, which is why they crash more often which is also been factually proven beyond reasonable doubt. UFS 2.0 doesn't have a compatible controller to support SDCARDs. Shoudl Smasung have waited until it did? NO. Also this is what else we voice. The Note and the Galaxy S are PREMIUM phones. SDCARDS and removable batteries have been made useless by this phone caliber. Mid-ranged and low end phones can have such low end capabilities. SDCARDS are fast, but the old 90's controller fot them is slow and outdate. Why didnt the maker of the technology progress it to a point it wasn't a bottleneck? Removable batteries are useless when you have a phone that will last 2 days on a single charge and has features like Fast Charging 2.0, Ultra Power Saving mode and Wireless Charging too. I personally never removed a batter accept the few times I was trying to root and needed to reboot and pulling the battery was quicker. I hated when I dropped my device and the battery door falls out and he battery flies all over the place. Now I dont have that problem. As far as SDCARDS? What I am personally pissed off about is this. Since Samsung had removed sdcards, they should have increased storage capacity. The Galaxy S, should have 2 options for storage 64GB/128GB and the Note should be 128GB period. if you take somethign away, replace it with equal or better. Most peopel buy 64GB sdcards no matter what their phone storage size is, so that justfies 64GB being minimum storage capacity and 128GB could have been an option. People with the Note do more, likely save more and sinc Samsung latest phones also have 4K recording, the storage simply should be bigger. We dont need SDCARDs. What we need to to push OEM's to put larger storage into their phones and tablets because they make more than enough money to do so and that included Apple too.

71. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Zzzzzzzzz........ yawning... please don't post comments which are bigger than the article itself...

97. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Amen to that.

96. Plutonium239

Posts: 1144; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Samsung's phones weren't laggy due to slow storage, they lagged due to samsung's s**tty software.

20. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

We cannot stop the technology. 2k, 4k will really force manufacturers to develop a better battery tech, better processor, more 4K content etc... History is the witness of this that one technology pushes the other technology to improve.

29. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Galaxy S6 had pathetic battery life but i really believe that Note 5 is going to be a decent performer in the battery Department.

44. maherk

Posts: 6679; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Carrier Galaxy S6 had a pathetic battery life, even now on the Note 5. International variants have a very good battery life. When brightness is set on auto, my wife and brother both get 6.5+ hrs of sot(they barely do any gaming though) on their regular S6, and I can easily get somewhere between 5 and 5.5 hrs of sot on my S6 Edge(casual games, no intensive 3d games). Again, I am not sure if it's Samsung's fault or the carrier's fault, but international variants have a much batter battery life than the ones offered by carriers.

88. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes because the International version doesn't have all the extra carrier bloat that makes the CPU work a bit harder. Like VZW and T-Mobile both have an app that keeps tabs on data usage. In order for it to work, it has to run all the time.

46. Jason2k13

Posts: 1445; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Ask yourself this, what phone has better battery life than the S6 with the same battery and QHD screen? Because im pretty sure the S6 has better or the same battery life as other phones with bigger or the same battery and FHD screen.

58. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

So what's the point of defending S6. You can not upgrade the battery in smartphones dude. You get what Manufacturer bundles in a smartphone.

85. Shocky unregistered

Since when is 4 hours screen on time pathetic?

137. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

You need to try Xperia Z2,Z3 or Z3C. Then you will definitely feel how pathetic is 4 hrs SOT..

141. Shocky unregistered

Just Googled that and the first hit said 5 hours SoT which is around a hour more, well I say an hour but the Galaxy S6 can do I little over 4 hours usually so not that much better. Considering the hardware the Galaxy S6 packs that's definitely not pathetic.

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