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The First 4K Smartphone

Rumor has it, anyways

Nicole Billitz
The First 4K Smartphone

There has multiple leaks and rumors afoot, all involving the world’s first ever 4K display handset. The particular phone in question? None other than the ZTE Star 3, which will reportedly pack a 5.5-inch screen with a staggering 2160 x 3840 resolution, which means in terms of pixel density, we are looking at 808 pixels per inch. Wow.

As a point of comparison, the closest contender is the LG G4, which rocks 2K display in 5.5-inches as well, but that resolution is only 1440 x 2560, or 538 pixels per inch.

It’s true that we can’t validate all the sources, which are primarily coming out of China, but honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the first 4K smartphone came from China anyways.

Don’t get me wrong, 4K display is pretty damn impressive, but the experts agree that the difference is actually not visible to the human eye. Anything above 1080 pixels - so certainly 2K and 4K - are hardly discernable.

Also problematic is the battery. A phone with a 4K display will be a monster power drain, and that’s kind of a bummer. So really, is 4K display worth it? Probably not.

Although there is currently no release date for the ZTE Star 3, we know that 4K devices will hit the shelves from other manufacturers starting in 2016.


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