Sharp has just launched their new 4K smartphone display, because why not make a smartphone display that comes with an 806 ppi pixel density. 806 pixels per inch on a 5.5 screen certainly make for indiscernable pixels, that’s true, but why would we want such a power-hungry display on the smartphone of the future? Does Sharp know something that we don’t? Anyhow, the Japanese display manufacturer who has become famous thanks to their Sharp Aquos Crystal bezelless smartphone has now once again dabbed into the limelight with the first 4K smartphone display ever to be made. Way to go!
Sharp’s 4K smartphone display is a 5.5 inch screen with a whopping 3840*2160 resolution that actually adds up to 806 ppi pixel density, which is the highest we’ve ever seen on such a small display. Not even on tablets. That resolution is essentially meant for TVs but hey, why not slap it onto a smartphone? People have been talking about a 4K smartphone display for quite some time and at one time, I remember seeing a rumor about the Galaxy S6 getting such a high-res display. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. Thankfully because the Galaxy S6 already has a small battery which doesn’t really last for more than a day and a half and if a 4K smartphone display was added to the mix, it wouldn’t have lasted a day even, which is just sad.
According to Sharo, the 4K smartphone display is an IGZO module which crams an RGB pixel into a 10.5 micrometer small square and can be rated as low power consumption, although we doubt that last part. Considering the fact that any ppi above 350 on a smartphone display between the sizes 4.7 and 5.5 is enough for the human eye, as in: you won’t see any pixels, this display (QHD, too, for that matter) is simply put overkill. In the race to become leaders in the smartphone industry, manufacturers are trying all sorts of gimmicks, without providing actual function to those gimmicks. Good example of this is: the dual edge screen on the Galaxy S6 Edge. Did you know that only one of them has actual functionality? The other one just lights up in colors on occasion. If that’s gimmicky, what are we to say about a 4K smartphone display? I digress.
For one, a 4K smartphone display is going to bring manufacturing costs up, without providing actual use for the high resolution. I mean videos will definitely look as sharp as you’ve never seen before, but that’s about it. The hardware will struggle to keep up with the display, and the battery will definitely konk out before hitting 24 hours of on time, which is, once again, sad. Do you think that a 4K smartphone display is good for the industry or do you think that it’s gimmicky at this point? Sound off in the comments below. By the way, Sharp is planning to start producing this 4K smartphone display en-masse in 2016 and sending it off to the Chinese market first.