LG debuts a 4K resolution mobile display
LG has debuted the world’s first 4K resolution mobile display. The 5.5-inch display has a resolution four times greater than that of a 1080p display, with a resolution of 2566 x 1440 and a pixel density at a retina-busting 538 ppi. This new display puts even the best displays available from Samsung and Apple to shame, but does that mean you need it?
The answer to that question is “No.” While LG’s 4K display reads as pleasing to the eye in writing, its resolution is so high and its pixel density so dense that the human eye will be unable to discern the difference between it and current high-end 1080p displays. LG concedes this point as well, but also states the new 4K display has better contrast and color reproduction than current 1080p displays. Furthermore, the new display is about 12 percent thinner than LG’s current 1080p displays.
But one area LG didn’t say much about, and is the most important to mobile users, is the power consumption of its new display. The dawn of 1080p displays, now offered in most flagship mobile phones, has also led to the need for bigger batteries. Smartphone OEM’s continue to battle with balancing a large enough battery and the slim form factor consumers demand.
LG has not announced whether its 4K display will make it to mass market any time soon, but it’s definitely not out of the realm of possibility. LG has pushed its smartphone business in the right direction lately with Android devices like their Optimus line, and a 4K display could theoretically land on a future model sooner rather than later.