Samsung and LG will likely not release any 4K-equipped smartphones in 2016, according to a new report coming out South Korea.
Citing a lack of available 4K content, as well the demands a 3840 x 2160 display makes on a smartphone’s battery, the two companies believe consumers will be satisfied with Full HD and QHD panels for at least another year.
Given the fact the world’s first 4K smartphone, Sony’s Z5 Premium, displays most content in 1080p to avoid straining its 3,430mAh battery and Snapdragon 810 processor, those concerns appear well-founded.
While reports like this should be take with a degree of skepticism, everything we’ve heard about the Galaxy S7, Samsung’s upcoming 2016 flagship, suggests a 4K display will not be included in the smartphone’s final spec sheet. The Wall Street Journal, which interviewed several unnamed Samsung employees about the phone, does not mention a 4K display in its report on the smartphone. Instead, it says Samsung will focus on adding features like a pressure-sensitive display and retinal scanner to the new device.
While it’s unlikely, there’s a chance Samsung and LG could skip 4K on mobile altogether. In July, the Electronic Times, a South Korean publication, reported that Samsung, as well as 15 other companies, received a $26.5 million grant from the country’s government to develop an 11K mobile display. The technology is expected to be unveiled at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.