Last year, LG was one of the first big smartphone OEMs to bless its flagship model with a quad HD 2560 x 1440 display. In the time since, more and more manufacturers have come around to the idea of such crazy-high-res screens, and we’re bound to see quite a number of these handsets among this season’s launches. Rumors had even suggested that LG would return to a quad HD panel for the upcoming G4. But smartphone makers are rarely companies to leave well enough alone, and this week we get our first indication that LG could be looking to push beyond even quad HD, giving the G4 an unparalleled 2880 x 1620 screen.
That would spell an increase of both horizontal and vertical resolution by factors of one-eighth, resulting in a screen with 4.66 million pixels, compared to quad HD’s 3.68 million – a bump in pixel count of over 25 percent.
The evidence for this change is attributed to a User Agent Profile for an LG model VS999, rumored to be the G4 for Verizon; the carrier’s G3 was model VS985.
While those of you who already doubt the value of 2K displays on phones might be sitting in your chairs and groaning at this news, the idea does make a bit of sense for LG. A G4 equipped in such a manner would allow the company to claim that it’s got the highest-res phone around, without having to make a huge step forward beyond existing designs. And even if that’s only a marketing stunt, if it’s able to steal sales away from some of the industry’s bigger players, that could still be a smart move.