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Report: Samsung to Launch 2560x1440 Smartphone in 2014

By - Source: ZDNet | B 36 comments

So. Many. Pixels.

Samsung's rumored to have five devices lined up for launch in early 2014, and it looks like one of those devices could be the first smartphone to pack a 2560 x 1440 display. Today, according to ZDNet Korea, there is a report that talks about Samsung's plans for its smartphone business in 2014. These plans apparently span three major technologies: QHD displays, Samsung's Iris verification system, and the company's Tizen OS.

While Iris and Tizen are interesting, the QHD display is what interests us the most. ZDNet writes that Samsung is currently figuring out how to mass produce the QHD displays with a resolution of 2560 x 1440.

Of course, this kind of feature seems like something Samsung would save for its flagship Galaxy S device. With rumors that the Galaxy S5 will be announced early in 2014, we're crossing our fingers that this display will be on the spec sheet when it rolls into our inbox.

Other rumored specs for the Galaxy S5 include a 64-bit chip and a 16-megapixel camera.

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    paobreezy , December 16, 2013 1:23 PM
    I wonder what the battery life would be with that kind of display.. 30min if I'm lucky lol
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    paobreezy , December 16, 2013 1:23 PM
    I wonder what the battery life would be with that kind of display.. 30min if I'm lucky lol
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    inthere , December 16, 2013 1:25 PM
    My friend has a Nokia 1520 with a 1080p display that lasts almost all day, I think they'll be ok at that res. However, I think they're more likely to put that on the Note 4 than the S series
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    colson79 , December 16, 2013 1:30 PM
    What a waste, there is no need for that high a resolution on a phone display. A better camera and better batter life would be much more useful.
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    shadow32 , December 16, 2013 1:32 PM
    Why???????
    There's no reason for anything over 1080p on a screen that small
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    bharatwd , December 16, 2013 1:37 PM
    marketing gimmick.......unless that smartphone is over 17 inches.....it doesnt make sense to have 4k or 2k on it.......i doubt if u even need 1080 on a 5inch screen..........
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    segio526 , December 16, 2013 1:39 PM
    I'll wait to see it with my own eyes before jumping to "OH MY GODS, YOUR EYES CAN'T EVEN SEE THAT BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!1!!!1"
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    bmwman91 , December 16, 2013 1:43 PM
    And yet, laptops acroos the board are still saddled with 1366x768 TN panels.

    As long as the OS does font and UI element scaling properly, this should work fine. QHD on a <5" screen seems like it is well into the "diminishing returns" category, but I suppose that I will reserve final judgment for when I actually get to look at one. It really just looks like a parallel to the megapixel marketing wars in the pocket digicam world.

    My GSIII with 720p resolution has almost indiscernible pixels as it is, but I can see them if I am really trying hard...which is never a normal use case for me.
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    CaptainTom , December 16, 2013 1:45 PM
    Meanwhile still no affordable 4K displays...
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    Innocent_Bystander , December 16, 2013 1:49 PM
    "Why???????
    There's no reason for anything over 1080p on a screen that small"

    Actually there is no reason for anything beyond 720 on a screen that size. I have a Lumia 920 and I can only see the pixels if I strain my eyes to the point where they hurt...

    IB
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    Innocent_Bystander , December 16, 2013 1:51 PM
    Actually, scratch that, I just tried. I can't even see them with a magnifying glass...

    IB
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    phantomtofu , December 16, 2013 1:52 PM
    @bmwman91
    "And yet, laptops acroos the board are still saddled with 1366x768 TN panels."

    Exactly. They really should be working on putting 1920x1080 (or higher) in their laptops first.
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    Marcus52 , December 16, 2013 2:01 PM
    I'll be honest here; I think reporting what is coming down the road for sure is awesome and am very grateful for that, but reporting "rumors" - not so much. I know I'm being particularly sensitive right now because I've been reading the Lumia 929 readers for a couple of months now and there is still no word from Nokia or Verizon about it, and I really want that phone *if and when*,but it is something that has always bothered me.

    Can we stick to the actual facts on Tomshardware? That's what I read this site for. If we know that Samsung has concrete plans and a roadmap with a projected release date that's one thing, but this stuff that is almost all conjecture based on something someone saw somewhere is on the level of water-cooler gossip.
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    bison88 , December 16, 2013 2:04 PM
    Quote:
    Meanwhile still no affordable 4K displays...



    Meanwhile still no affordable 2560x1440 monitors.


    Phones are running out of steam so they're throwing everything and the sink into them to try and keep the hype alive.
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    inthere , December 16, 2013 2:07 PM
    I'm on a 39" Seiki 4K display right now that cost me $449 on Amazon…….TCL has a 50"
    one for less than $700 and Seiki also has a 50" in that price range
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    inthere , December 16, 2013 2:19 PM
    I'm on a 39" Seiki 4K display right now that cost me $449 on Amazon…….TCL has a 50"
    one for less than $700 and Seiki also has a 50" in that price range
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    inthere , December 16, 2013 2:21 PM
    How do I delete a duped post?
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    bochica , December 16, 2013 2:25 PM
    This is the resolution of my 27" monitor. I don't think it is needed on a smartphone.
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    zetareticuli36 , December 16, 2013 2:28 PM
    I think such resolution is pointless for a 5" phone. But we need small high resolution displays for Oculus Rift, so bring it on!
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    NAG3LT , December 16, 2013 4:19 PM
    While I don't think that such screen will add much benefit for a smartphone, the fact that Oculus Rift may use such screens in the future is a reason to be excited.
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