It's hard to believe, but the Consumer Electronics Show is less than two months away. For those unfamiliar with CES, it's basically the Superbowl or World Cup of trade shows. Anything and everything that runs on electricity will be at this event. As a journalist, you're not expected to sleep for 72 hours, because if you do you're going to miss something.
Enough insider baseball though, let's get to today's news: According to the Korean website Asiae, Samsung is going to show off a 4.99 inch AMOLED panel that pushes 1920 x 1280 pixels at this upcoming CES. They also say that this screen will be inside the Galaxy S IV, but they don't have any information about when it's going to hit the market.
Is it weird that Samsung is first going to show off a screen, and then several months later announce a smartphone that uses said screen? Not really. This is actually a fairly common practice. Back in October 2011, Samsung demoed a 10.1 inch 2560 x 1600 pixel LCD. When did we finally see it inside an actual product? Earlier this month with the Nexus 10.
Why is Samsung going 1080p just one year after introducing the 720p Galaxy S III? Easy, because that's what everyone else is doing. HTC's 1080p smartphone is going to hit the market in a week. Sony is expected to launch a 1080p smartphone in January. Hell, even ZTE is rumored to be releasing a “high end” 1080p device at some point in 2013. In this industry, if you don't keep up, you're toast.
But seriously, can human eyes tell the difference between 720p displays and 1080p displays? The folks at Gizmodo tried to answer this very question, and their conclusion is that it depends. Some people can't tell that they're looking at a sharper display, some people can.