ZTE Star 3 could be the first smartphone with a 4K display

ZTE Star 3 could be the first smartphone with a 4K display
If a new rumor from China is to be believed, ZTE could soon launch the ZTE Star 3 as the world's first smartphone with a 4K display. According to the rumor, the ZTE Star 3 will be launched with a 5.5-inch display running at a resolution of 2160 by 3840 pixels and a PPI of 806. As we can't be sure of the validity of this information, make sure to digest it with a dose of skepticism.

The rumor also suggests that the ZTE Star 3 could make use of a TFT Panel with a special crystal structure that is said to reduce power consumption while also improving the strength of the display. 

Sharp announced its first 4K smartphone display - a 5.5-inch model with the same PPI of 806 - back in April, but the company said that the panel won't be ready for mass production until 2016. Allegedly, the 4K display on the ZTE Star 3 will be manufactured by China's BOE, and will have very narrow bezels - just 0.55mm thick, according to the source.

Last week, a few alleged renders of the ZTE Star 3 leaked online, revealing a smartphone with a curved back, a bezel-less display, as well as a dual-camera setup on the back.

Just recently, we performed a small research to find out if people can really tell the difference between Full HD and Quad HD displays on smartphones, and the results showed that the extra sharpness is very hard to notice. We have full confidence that it will be even harder to notice extra pixel density associated with a 4K display, although the feature will grant the ZTE Star 3 some bragging rights that the company's marketing team might be able to exploit.

source: MyDrivers via GizmoChina



1. waddup121 unregistered

no! Don't take this from Sammy!

6. carlemillward unregistered

First FHD - HTC butterfly/Droid DNA First QHD - Oppo Find 7/ LG G3\ It's anyones game

12. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Its not about being first its about being best at it aka going samsung on it.

19. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

if you talk about being best, then it's Apple what you mean

22. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

Apple is the best? is it a joke mister?

2. Browndynamite

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 01, 2015

It's a phone for people with hard ons for display

10. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Or for people who really hate to have good battery life

3. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

Fake rumour ....

4. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I don't see the point of such a high res display on a phone. If it means compromising battery life, count me out.

16. cireyaj15

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Its just a fad.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Officially not 4K but UHD! 4K >> 4096 x 2160 But manufacturers using 4K term for 3840 x 2160 UHD resolution and that is just wrong, it's only confusing people!

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Someone should make 2048x1080 ("proper" 2K) displays just to confuse people

7. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

4k on a phone, what a goddamn stupidity.

8. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

The most useless innovation in the mobile industry is a 7inch below display with 4k resolution hell even on a 13 or 15inxh display its still useless.

9. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Nice from a technical perspective, means we will get 4k tv's faster with improved quality, but that's about it.

11. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

5.5" 4k display and let's consider a 3000mah battery. Turn on the phone, Use for a hour and battery low alert pops up. U r screwed till you buy next phone.

13. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Which mobile processor supports that resolution?

17. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

I think the Snapdragon 810 can support that resolution. Theoretically, anyway.

14. surethom

Posts: 1721; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

All this will do is drain the battery quicker

18. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

Damn never seen so many haters in one place at one time. It's the progression of technology. Everyone should be happy. It means that displayd will get better, cheaper, aND more efficient at a much quicker pace. And all of tech world will benefit... Well except apple lmfao took them 7 years just to get up past 720p or no wait like 750p? That must be the users above

25. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

No it's only 4k displays doesn't make any other displays cheaper no one can see the change in the screen and it have less efficiency. And about Apple 350 is not enough for me i need a 400ppi on a phone and nothing beyond.

21. justForTheRecord

Posts: 51; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Most can't tell HD dots from UHD dots without a magnifying lens, and more dots kills batteries faster ... who the h*** is demanding all these silly hi-count dot screens?!?! Certainly no one with a brain.

26. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

a "dot" on a FHD 5 inch display is too small to be noticed, but a pixel (1 red dot, 1 green dot, 1 blue dot) can be noticed. it is called pixels, not dots. and more "dots" dont kill battery life (unless you count a couple milliwatts), but it does kill performance greatly.

27. jbo5112

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

There are some people with good vision (not to be confused with average, 20/20 vision) who actually want progress here. For example, the subpixel artifacts created by the 388 PPI diamind PenTile display of the Note 3 started driving me crazy (note there are 776 subpixels per inch). Try doing some research on good vision. I can't post links, but google "Notes by Dr. Optoglass: The Resolution of the Human Eye" and "ClarkVision Notes on the Resolution and Other Details of the Human Eye" for a start. If you don't want the high-res flagships, you're welcome to not buy them. I'm curious. Do you also throw a fit that companies make high-end cars that are bigger, more powerful, tougher, or faster than most people need? Those do waste gas after all.

23. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

Guys you have to be future proof in technology. with time you have to upgrade your technology/feature in your phone and as a result remain relevant. However some of the manufacturers(like Apple) don't want to offer the same giving the excuse that it is meaningless and accordingly Apple fanboys sing in chorus. I feel it is a great thing to offer the latest technonoly to the consumers. However for some guys grapes are sour. really funny.

24. DBounce

Posts: 172; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

4k is the minimum for half way decent VR. The head of oculus stated 16k is ideal for VR. This is just the beginning. But for those resisting progress, no one is forcing you to buy.

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