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1080p HTC DROID DNA Not Good Enough, 4K Is Future

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At a press event recently the vice president of Qualcomm Product Management has said that while people are only just beginning to see phones with 1080p screens like the HTC DROID DNA, devices will go even higher.

HTC DROID DNA & 1080p display only the beginning

If there are people at work on displays of UltraHD then the vice president would know, thanks to the fact that Qualcomm is the builder of chips for just about every phone maker. The 1920 x 1080p screens that are seen on 5 inch displays are now showing up on high end devices with 440ppi. You could not possibly see the pixels even if you had your eyeballs pressed onto the display. So what would be the point of going even higher?

The vice president said that displays above 400ppi are not really about how many pixels are on the display, it’s about how many pixels the device can push, therefore it’s about CPU and GPU power. It is due to such as Miracast, which allows you to push video and audio wirelessly to the TV. If phones with the Snapdragon 800 processor are able to capture 4K UHS video it would be superb if you could push it straight to your 4K UHS TV. There is space to go well past the 1080p display on the screens of the larger tablets as well.

At the moment some people don’t want phone makers to waste their time on pushing much beyond 440ppi which appears to be the gold standard, that is not until people can replace their own eyes with robotic cameras. Perhaps their time would be best spent on ensuring that displays are more efficient. After all the display is always one of the biggest eaters of the battery on the phone as we witnessed with the HTC DROID DNA. Of course if Qualcomm wants to push out displays larger than 1080p into video recording of 4K, or even 8K, then we cannot wait.

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