With Quad HD displays becoming the norm on flagship Android smartphones, it was only a matter of time until a company was crazy enough to pack an Ultra HD display on one. Despite questions raised about the practicality of Quad HD displays on smartphones, now we've got our first report of a smartphone rocking a 4K display. One Chinese manufacturer is reportedly not halting when it comes to breaking into 4K.
ZTE looks to be that crazy company, as its upcoming Star 3 smartphone could be the world’s first smartphone with such a display. The rumor comes from Chinese media outlet MyDrivers (via GizmoChina), which claims that ZTE is working on a 5.5-inch smartphone with a display resolution of 2,160 x 3,840 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 808ppi. That's a huge step up from the 5.5-inch 2K display on the LG G4, which boasts a resolution of 1440 x 2560 and 538ppi.
The rumor also suggests that the ZTE Star 3 is use a TFT display panel, which is panned for having poor viewing angles compared to the IPS displays used in high-end smartphones today. TFT panels have been criticized for offering poor viewing angles when compared to IPS displays commonly found on today’s smartphones, so we will see how the Star 3 will fair.
The display is said to feature a special crystal structure that will allow the display to reduce power consumption and answer to criticisms that high-resolution displays eat up a lot of power. The special crystalline arrangement will also supposedly strengthen the display.
Additionally, the Star 3 will have an ultra-thin bezel at 0.55 millimeter, which is in line with earlier rumors that the handset will feature an almost edgeless display. The Star 3 is believed to sport a premium look with a rounded top and bottom and two rear cameras separated in the middle by an LED flash.
Just recently, display innovations have been pushed forward by Chinese manufacturers, with the Oppo Find 5 and the Find 7 being the first smartphones in the world to offer 1080p and Quad HD displays, respectively. As always, tread carefully with rumors, though only time will tell if ZTE moves forward with an Ultra HD display on its Star 3, which doesn’t yet have a release date
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