Forget 1080p; smartphone with 2560 x 1440 display in the works

Last year, we saw tablets push beyond the 1080p boundary with devices like the Nexus 10 and its 2560 x 1600 resolution. We’ve since seen panels with similar resolutions (though scaling back to 2560 x 1440) show up on additional tablets, and LG even teased a smartphone-sized display that shrunk everything down to a stunning 534ppi. Call it 1440p, or WQHD – whatever name you give it, you’re still looking at 78% more pixels than 1080p.  Now we finally learn of a commercial device to feature such a component, with China’s Vivo dropping a little preview of its upcoming Xplay3S.

This doesn’t look like a model that will ever see much of a life outside China, and besides that 2560 x 1440 display, the only thing we’ve heard about the phone is the possible presence of a Snapdragon 800 SoC, but we can’t help but find ourselves more than a little curious about just how nice the picture on such a handset would look.

After all, everyone and their brother were nay-sayers about the utility of 1080p on smartphone-sized displays, yet the technology has been well-received. Will we see a similar coming-around to 2560 x 1440 screens, or is this finally taking things too far? The way things are looking, we’ll be getting those answers one way or another as we get into 2014.

Source: Vivo (Weibo)
Via: GSM Arena

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