Korea’s Electronic Times reported late this week that Samsung is pushing for the mobile industry to skip 4K high resolution displays and go straight to 11K ones, a significant performance increase over current display technology.
According to reports Samsung started work on an 11K mobile display at the beginning of June this year, working with a team of its own researchers and those from 13 other companies along with financial support from the South Korean government. The government is investing $26.5 million dollars in the project over the next five years with the goal of creating a display that will have a pixel density of 2250 pixels per inch (ppi).
For comparison, the screen on the company’s latest phone, the Galaxy S6 edge, has a pixel density of just 557ppi, even though it is incredibly vivid. Samsung’s reason for pushing for higher pixel density on the 11K displays could be because at that resolution the displays produce a 3D-like effect, meaning the company could offer 3D displays without the need to awkward glasses.
Samsung is apparently targeting a final version to be released during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018.