Vivo teases Xplay3S – world’s first 2K (2560x1440px) display smartphone
The first Android smartphone with 1080p (1920x1080px) display was launched late last year, by HTC. Almost 12 months have passed since then, and Full HD displays today are not a novelty anymore. Every self respecting Android flagship has to have one.
Now it’s time for another generational display resolution increase. To 2K, or 2560×1440 pixels. And this is what a Chinese smartphone maker Vivo is teasing for its upcoming flagship XPlay 3S:
Vivo XPlay 3S is expected to launch sometime later this year, and, in addition to 2K resolution display, will come with 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800AB chipset and 4G TDD-LTE/FDD-LTE support for all 3 Chinese carriers.
So, about that 2K display? Isn’t 2560×1440 resolution an overkill? After all, many pundits claim that human eye is simply incapable of discerning such high resolutions on small smartphone screens. What is the point of having one, if you can’t see a difference?
Well, we’ll have to wait and see. Many pundits also didn’t see a point of 1080p screens, claiming that 720p is more than enough for a smartphone. But compare Galaxy S4 or LG G2 to previous generation 720p flagships, and you will clearly see the difference. So I won’t be so quick to dismiss the benefits of 2K smartphones.
One day smartphone specs race among Android OEMs will seriously overshoot consumer needs and benefits. And, the signs of slowing demand growth at the high-end of smartphone market might be a sign that we are close to that point. But are we there yet? I think it’s still to early to tell.