Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Tiny 4K Displays Are Coming....
We can only imagine Sharp's small ultra-high resolution IGZO displays will wind up in smartphones eventually as the size fits with increasingly popular "phablet" devices like the iPhone 6 Plus. Apparently Sharp is being reported as one of the companies supplying Apple with displays, and there's a clear market appeal to the 4K display claim.
Sharp’s latest offering has a 3850×2160 resolution, a total of 806 pixels per inch. That’s roughly twice the resolution of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus and 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3.
From looking at the quality while you are holding the device, you’d only be able to resolve about half the resolution a 5.5-inch 4K display would provide, says Dr. Raymond Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies. In most cases, the additional sharpness wouldn't even matter to most people. Not to mention the fact that there is literally zero 4K content out there to even view right now.
4K displays on smartphones aren't all a big joke though, there are some cool things about it. If there are 4K displays out there then that will drive content creators to make more 4K stuff for us to enjoy. So... it kind of works out.
Is it really worth it though? Think about all the battery power it would take to keep all of those darn pixels lit up. Maybe I'm just complaining for no reason, but these are the things that cross my mind.
Most virtual reality headsets just magnify the display, which means you can see all of the pixels. At that point, it doesn't even look that cool. To make things worse, you have to have two images to create the illusion, so now you can see pixels AND it ends up being blurry. What's the point? So, having a super high resolution display would take care of this problem, for the most part, and make the experience more enjoyable all around as you would have a much smoother picture.
If you are looking forward to virtual reality being a real, easily accessible thing, then there is a lot to be excited about here. Let's be honest, no one really cares about a 4K smartphone display (yet). It will drain your battery super fast, and you probably won't even be able to see the difference at all. But the point here is that those new battery draining, pointless screens are probably what is going to make virtual reality a realistic thing for us in the near future. So there is a pretty big "cool factor" either way.
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