Check out Samsung’s next-generation 5.5 inch 4K display for the future of mobile devices

by on May 31, 2016

Stephan Jukic – May 31, 2016

Samsung may not quite yet be on the verge of finally pushing out a smartphone with a native 4K display like that of Sony’s Xperia Z5 Premium phone but that doesn’t mean they aren’t hard at work on the technology itself. In the last days of May, 2016, the company unveiled a prototype 5.5 inch 4K UHD display at the Display Week conference in San Francisco and the tiny UHD screen is quite awesome.

It boasts a standard 4K ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, a pixel density of a whopping 806 ppi (pixels per inch) and offers some very impressive sharpness and color rendering.

Most interestingly, the new test display lends more credit to the rumors of Samsung’s 2017 phone the Galaxy S8 indeed coming out with a 4K screen.


Of course though, this screen is just a prototype and despite rumors of a soon to arrive Galaxy Note device with 4K display, the development-level screen likely won’t be coming in the new note, though we still have hopes for those 4K Galaxy S8 rumors.

Thus, with only rumors about practical uses for the mini 4K display, what’s actually unclear is where exactly Samsung plans on using this new mobile device display, or when. One other possibility is integration with a VR headset similar to that of the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive.

One expert who does indeed have the expertise to consider the possibilities of this is Will Mason, of the website UploadVR, who actually saw the little Samsung display in person at Display Week and opined that ““display itself was pretty gorgeous, bright with excellent contrast and color – however it seemed to be running a lower frame rate, so it may currently have a less than optimal refresh rate for VR.”

On the other hand, the new prototype screen was indeed tucked in among the other technologies of Samsung’s VR section at their Display Week booth, and developing the little display just a bit more between now and late 2016 or 2017 for higher frame rates shouldn’t be too complicated for a company as well-versed in advanced consumer electronics technology as Samsung. Thus we’ll have to wait and see.

What we do find interesting is that despite an existing 4K phone and the otherwise highly advanced technology normally put into Samsung’s existing and near-future mobile devices, the company has been very quiet on 4K mobile display. And even Sony, which took the rather radical step of delivering the Z5 Premium with its 4K display to the consumer market has also itself been quiet about a 4K VR headset display, even though the existing Z5 phone screen technology is pretty much perfect for such a virtual reality device.

We have virtually no doubt that 4K resolution in mobile phones and VR headset devices is on the way, we just have to see if Samsung, Sony or some other major brand really push its development into high gear.

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