Quad-HD screens - like those on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4 - are the gold standard for mobile phones right now. But what if that resolution was quadrupled and then some? That's what Samsung aims to do in a few years' time.
Samsung has revealed plans to make an 11K mobile phone display at a density of 2250 pixels per inch (ppi), according to Korea's Electronic Times. Phone Arena crunched the numbers, and estimated that such specs would produce a 5.75in display running at 11,264 x 6,336.
That's insane. The idea of an 11K television taking up the entirety of your wall isn't that far-fetched, but why would you need that sharp of a screen in your pocket? Well, at that resolution, Samsung believes it can create an optical illusion that makes images appear to be in 3D. Sounds a bit like sorcery to us, but we are nonetheless intrigued.
Interestingly, Samsung isn't tackling this project alone. It has teamed up with 13 other companies in industrial and educational fields, and even the South Korean government is chipping in, committing US$26.5 million to have a prototype completed by the 2018 Winter Olympics being held in PyeongChang at the earliest.
"We are hoping that we are able to show such technologies at PyeongChang Olympics if there is progress [made]," said Chu Hye Yong, executive director of Samsung Display's base technology department. "Although some might think that 11K [is an] ‘over specification’ that consumers do not need, this can work as a basis for Korean display industry to take another leap if related materials and parts improve through this.”
Samsung and its partners have only been working on this project since the start of June, so it's early days to say the least. Still, it's an ambitious goal - and we can't wait to see the prospective tech in action.