Would you be disappointed if Samsung or LG don't out phones with 4K displays in 2016? (poll results)

Would you be disappointed if Samsung or LG don't out phones with 4K displays in 2016? (poll results)
With both Samsung and LG being big on displays, it might have come off as a surprise to see Sony "beat" them to the punch with the Xperia Z5 Premium and its 4K screen. Especially so when you consider that LG was first to the mark with a global Quad HD phone (the LG G3), all the while there's still no Sony device rocking that exact resolution. 

Typically, you'd think that the two South Korean companies are already working hard on leveling the playing field as far as their Japanese rival is concerned, but a recent (unverifiable) report claims that neither of the two is really interested in pushing 4K on phones any time soon. Whether it's because the disadvantages outweigh the advantages, their tech isn't quite up there yet, or simply because they don't see the point in as many pixels crammed in as small screens, if we assume the report is on target, you'd expect some fans to be disappointed. So we asked you.

Turns out, the vast majority of participants —nearly 84%— are perfectly content with Quad HD panels and wouldn't find it disappointing in the least if Samsung and LG go for a pass in 2016. As for the remaining ~16%, 4K displays make sense and Samsung and LG skipping over them is a mistake. If we try real hard, we probably can sympathize —after all, if you do enjoy virtual reality, a 4K display does make sense. For everything else, however? Overkill and not where we'd rather see companies focus their resources and efforts.

Proof:

Would you be disappointed if Samsung or LG don't out phones with 4K displays in 2016?

Yes
16.24%
No
83.76%

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28 Comments

1. rubyonrails3

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

There is no point of being disappointing here.. All I want is better display more power efficient.. I want 2016 phones to have awesome battery life, hoping this time SD820 would really help too... Bright Color Accurate display all I want.. I love Nexus 6p display except its not that brighter as my M8, or my friends Note 5..

6. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Agreed, efficiency, color accuracy, and then brightness should be the next steps, in that order.

16. ghaniosman

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

probably one of the few polls where in people has voted decisively for need over greed

17. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

i am a Xperia lover but 4K display is a complete worthless upgrade until or unless there is something like Tony Stark's Arc Reactor in replacement of the Li-ion/polymer battery......

2. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

I think Samsung should have at least one version of S series having a 4k display as the hardware and software support needed for a 4k display will reach maturity with the SD 820 and marshmallow. 4k display would be a nice future proof step if done by Samsung and LG in 2016.

3. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

I would love to see a 4k amoled screen really. I can't believe nobody wants that.

4. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Law of diminishing returns. We are to a point where increasing resolution really doesn't help enough to bother. If anything, it hurts the battery more than helping your eyes, so it is a net loss. If we are talking about a 50 inch+ TV, sure, you have a point. I would love to see a 65 inch TV with awesome 4k, but even then it's not completely useful given the unavailability of content.

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

not yet, not until they find any solution to make their flagship have 12h SoT,lol

26. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

I see no reason to continue increasing pixel count past what the human eye can see. All it does is increase price, decrease battery life, and slows down performance.

5. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"Would you be disappointed if Samsung or LG don't out phones with 4K displays in 2016?" -PA (Chris P.) What language is that? "Don't out phones"? Huh? Once again, pathetic piece of writing from PA.

7. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

It's far too commonplace in the blogosphere to matter any more.

21. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

What are you trying to prove by being some syntax Nazi? Let's grow up, it doesn't make you seem more intelligent then you actually are.

8. shield

Posts: 834; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG G5 P-Oled display QHD pls pls pls

9. saoteorith

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

For my opinion, i need performance than 4K Display. i am handing 6S Plus & Note 5 but 6s plus is smoother than Note 5. I love Note 5 and Note 5 display is great, i want Note 6 smoother than iphone. i don't care who is the copycat.

22. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I've owned both and the performance when navigating is virtually indistinguishable. Not sure what you're nitpicking about.

10. rishav20193

Posts: 241; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

i dont get it really...sony said 1080p is enough. so didnt launch a 1440p phone n now they r the first with 4k display on a phone !! guess....that's just for limelights & be in the headlines.

13. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

that is because 4k display has benefits over 2k display. why waste pixels for a 2k when you can directly jump to 4k. but seriously powerusage is a drawback. so sony optimized it with a 1080p rendering for UI.(and also android lollipop doesnt support native 4k rendering). for movies and pics directly jump to 4k.

14. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

z5 premium has about 10 - 20% less battery life than the z5 even with a larger battery and display .843ppi i think. but believe me even with a 4k display games dont lag on the z5 premium. so i guess samsung should make the move to a 4k display but limit gaming to 2k or FHD so as to increase performance.

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's because the game is being rendered in 1080p lol. Fact is, Sony bashed about 2K and jumped right to 4K. Hypocrites. And to top it off, even with a bigger battery, it still can't achieve the same battery life the Z3/Z3+ did. Sony doesn't know what they're doing and heading in the direction HTC did a year ago.

23. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

You are right . I also don't like how Sony is heading too. They have a crappy series of M ,C and E. They lost the entry level and midrange markets. Z series is okay .but sd 810 is not the best.

18. rishav20193

Posts: 241; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

i personally don't support 4k on phones yet !! this being said, i don't say technology should stop but the companies can focus on other things rather then just increasing the resolution !! may be jump to 4k on flagships two years later !! right now hold on to 2k displays on flagships....1080p on mid rangers & 720p on even entry level now n finally bid goodbye to resolutions lower then 720P in phones

11. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Nope. But I still think Samsung will dish out a 4k AMOLED screen...making it the best ever.

19. rishav20193

Posts: 241; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

i read somewhere that samsung will launch a 4k phone (dont knwo if s6 or note 5) exclusively in korea !!

20. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

1080p is enough. Colors, however, still need improvement. 16M is not enough. We can still see banding in gradients. Things like color accuracy and sunlight legibility can always be improved.

24. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

I honestly don't see the need for 4K resolution on a 5 to 6 inch screen. All it does is make the processor work harder, drain the battery faster, and you're not really getting an appreciable uptick in viewing quality.

25. SilviuBogdan83

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Well...after reading most of the comments in here, i'm starting to believe that Sony really did it the right way. Sony said that 1080p is enough for phones and most of the users tend to agree...so, Sony made a phone with a 1080p display and for those who want more they can have it, if they have the right content to use the 4k resolution. Am i right? :D I also think that 4k or 2k aren't really needed on phones right now.....1080p and better battery life is what we need!!!

27. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

16% of PA's readers are idiots.

28. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Bring us 1440 @ 60fps 1st then we can proceed having 2160p

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