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Samsung hoping 11K smartphone display will make virtual reality even cooler


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Samsung is currently working on a smartphone display with an outrageous 11K resolution, according to reports.

The panel would have a pixel density of 2,250ppi, putting current mobile displays to shame.

For comparison, the 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S6 has a pixel density of 577ppi, and we’re more than happy with that.

So why does Samsung want to develop something that, at first glance, seems unnecessary?

According to ETNews, an 11K panel would be able to offer 3D visual effects, eliminating the need for special glasses.

There’s also the small matter of virtual reality. Our biggest criticism of the Samsung Gear VR is that inadequate resolution breaks the illusion of immersion.

The headgear uses the Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s otherwise excellent 2,560 x 1,600 (2K) screen, but splits it in two to share between the Gear VR’s lenses.

An 11K display wouldn’t be held back by such a problem.

Samsung is said to be working alongside the South Korean government and 12 other companies, and plans to unveil the panel at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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Incidentally, the release of Samsung’s next flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 5, has reportedly been brought forward to August in order to beat the iPhone 6S to market.

Dead Words

July 10, 2015, 5:44 pm

11K is ridiculous! 2K is more than adequate for any smartphone display. If you're going to produce a display that pixel dense you might as well build it into the virtual reality headset itself.


July 10, 2015, 5:49 pm

It may not make it into phones, certainly shouldn't do for quite a while if ever. However it's definitely needed for VR so if it's true I'm very happy. Whether it gets built into the VR headset is just detail.

Prem Desai

July 10, 2015, 10:30 pm

And then they wonder why they aren't making much money?!! This is such a limited market and to recoup your r&d expenditure, you'd be lucky - forget making millions!!


July 11, 2015, 12:11 am

I've seen the future; it's VR. Seriously, in ten years if you have a TV you'll also have VR. I don't think it'll replace the TV (AR might, but not VR) but it opens up some pretty amazing stuff. People I've shown my Gear VR to have been amazed and very keen, even my mum!

What'll probably take it properly mainstream is when low-powered lasers beam the image directly onto the retina (assuming shunts into the brain are quite a way off). In the meantime Samsung is investing in a bit of a dead-end with this screen, but that's well worth it to get in on the ground floor of the biggest revolution in home entertainment, collaboration, learning and communication since the birth of the internet.

This is an investment not for the next few years but for the decades to come. I don't much like Samsung, mainly their attitude, but this is a smart decision.

If it's true.


July 11, 2015, 6:55 pm

It is a typically misleading title, since the article never directly says that it is a smartphone display, and indeed suggests other uses. But of course the title baits the click, job done.


July 12, 2015, 3:16 am

I don't see how a smartphone can power an 11k display when a high-end PC struggle with 4k still.

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