We know, we know: embracing displays with resolutions that push into the 2K-space has already been a tough job for smartphone users, with fears that such screens will devour battery life (unfounded or not) or concerns that such super-high resolutions aren’t much use on physically very small displays tending to dominate the conversation. On something like a tablet, 2K can be an easier sell, but when we head down in the five-inch range? That’s tough to convince people it’s worth it, with 1080p already offering near-invisible pixels. But Sharp isn’t hearing any of this, and regardless of whether or not you’re asking for it, the company continues to push limits when it comes to screen tech. Its latest is a panel with a 2560 x 1600 resolution that measures just 4.1 inches.
And before you ask: that means a stupid-high pixel density of nearly 740ppi. To put that in perspective, that’s roughly in the same ballpark as if Samsung took the Galaxy Note 4 and replaced its 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 panel with a 4K screen the same size (~770ppi).
Will any manufacturer dare deliver a smartphone with such a 4.1-inch 2K display? Sharp will reportedly start providing interested firms with sample panels sometime next year, and mass production could be ready to get underway by 2016.