ZDNet Korea: Samsung to launch WQHD smartphone at MWC 2014

by: Bogdan PetrovanDecember 16, 2013

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Korean website ZDNet reported today that Samsung is ready to start mass-producing WQHD (Quad HD) displays, with the first device to launch at MWC at the end of February 2014. According to the report, which is based on industry sources, Samsung also plans to incorporate iris-scanning technology in flagship smartphones released next year.

Samsung has recently filed a patent application for an iris scanning technology that combines a proximity sensor with a light emitting source for fast and accurate biometric identification. The goal is to develop a secure, easy to use method for securing mobile devices that users would prefer over PINs, passwords, and fingerprint scanners.

The Korean conglomerate revealed at its recent Analyst Day event that it plans to launch WQHD resolution smartphone displays in 2014. The first device from Samsung to feature such a crisp panel could be unveiled as soon as the end of February, at MWC Barcelona, according to internal sources cited by ZDNet. WQHD displays have a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. The first smartphone to feature a WQHD display is the Vivo Xplay 3S, but few customers outside of China will be able to purchase it.

The report stops short from claiming that the first WQHD device will be the Galaxy S5, but Samsung usually introduces tech advancements on its flagships, the S series and the Note series. Will Samsung release the S5 at MWC? It’s hard to say this early, and even if that’s indeed the plan, the situation may change if production issues arise.

A recent report from ETNews seems to support the theory that Samsung is moving forward with the release of the S5, which could hit the markets in March or April. An announcement at the end of February with a release in March seems a plausible timeline.

  • Bishop

    Excellent! Very happy to see that this resolution wasn’t referred to as 2k…. Simply because for those companies that decide to release their next flagship phones with a resolution of 1920×1080, can rightfully say that there phones are 2k and they will be right even if the S5 has a higher resolution.

    If the S5 can record videos in 4k like the Note 3 does, the screen of the S5 will show more detail, even though not all the detail of the 4k video will be visible, unlike the Note 3 which just displays the 4k video at 2k/1080p…. I’m really excited to see this. I wonder if they can manage to upgrade the cam to record 4k at 60fps and include a OIS.

  • Mayoo

    My geek side says: Nice. Technology is really evolving fast.
    My head says: Will you see the difference on such a small screen?
    My geek side replies: Shut up head, this is cool. Go home you’re drunk.

    • Luka Mlinar

      No, but your pocket will sure feel it’s effects ;)

    • Shark Bait

      Yeah , but your paying extra for something you probably can’t see. Only time will tell if it’s actually worth it I suppose !

  • renz

    high res is nice but do we really need 1440p res on 5 inch phone?

    • Shark Bait

      It depends how close you hold it to your face!

  • Aceey

    ha! another upgrade, which is not needed :| please focus on power consumption, a battery that could last a month of usage should be your target not the screens :| i’m getting tired of their crap “new” (update) phones.

  • MasterMuffin

    1080p is soon mid range :O

    • Guest

      Still think 720p is fine.

      • MasterMuffin

        Depends on the screen size!

  • Bambang Hermanto

    Through my experience using many android phones, I think 720p is more than enough for phones up to 6″ display size. At one point I actually tried searching for phones around 5″ having 540p resolution because it has the best view/power consumption ratio.

    Why don’t they just focus on long battery life? I think it is an absolute win, and android phone users can start bragging how long lasting their phone battery is as compared to iPhones.