Smartphone cameras have so far evolved to capture videos in 4K quality, a standard we've grown quite used to in the recent past. Why not, when most premium smartphones are using this technology nowadays.
Sony went a step further though when it launched its Xperia Z5 Premium phablet with a 4K Triluminous display the first ever in the world. Featuring a display resolution of 3840 x 2160p and pixel density of an unheard of 806 ppi, it'll let you see photos and videos in high definition that is unmatched by any other smartphone.
4K displays have entered tablets as well. Yesterday, Dell unveiled its first 2 in 1 convertible tablet with a 12.5" 4K display and a resolution of 3840 x 2160p.
With other phone makers set to follow suit, 4K could turn out to be the default smartphone display by next year. But will it be the best display mankind can come up with? Not really.
At CEATEC event in Japan, three new tablet-sized displays with 8K resolution were introduced. These were JDI's 17.3" LCD, Ortus' 9.6" LCD and Sharp's 13.3" OLED display. These screens contain more than 33 million pixels- four times as much as in 4K displays and boast a pixel density of 915ppi! In simple terms, these displays have a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320p.
Japan Times reports that 8K will stretch the limits of imagery as far as our eyes can comprehend. It calls 8K as "the ultimate 2D display, as it enables viewers to see moving images without recognizing pixels even on a large screen."
Since these displays match the dimensions of modern tablets, their commercialized versions may soon get launched with new high-performance tablets. If you've been wondering, this isn't the first time we've heard of 8K or displays with even higher resolution!
In July, we came across a rumour which stated that Samsung is set to launch a smartphone with a display resolution of 11K come 2018. The display in question is to be produced in time for the Winter Olympics in 2018 and the South Korean government is pumping in an enormous $26 million towards its development.
Once it is born, the display will feature 2250 pixels per inch, which will be gigantic compared to 577 ppi in the existing Galaxy S6. A leap of technology indeed.