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Sony Xperia Z5 Plus may come with a 4K display

Sony Xperia Z5 Plus may come with a 4K display
Sony Xperia Z5 Plus may come with a 4K display
Sony could be the first major manufacturer to launch a consumer 4K smartphone if these rumors prove to be true.

Sony is not a major player in the smartphone arena. The Japanese manufacturer is soundly outgunned by the likes of Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Lenovo, and Xiaomi in the mobile world. However, the company may be betting on a new display that could help bump sales to get a better foothold in the industry. The latest speculation suggests that Sony could be working on the world's first 4K smartphone.

According to the report, there is evidence in the User Agent Profile (UAProf) for the Sony EX68XX series (E6833, E6853, and E6883) that points to a very high resolution display. The supposed Xperia Z5 Plus could be coming with an insane 3840 x 2160 resolution display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994) SoC.

Assuming a 5.5-inch screen size, a 4K panel could provide a DPI of 801. In comparison, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge already have 2560 x 1440 resolution screens and provide a very sharp DPI of 576. The 5.5-inch LG G4, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, and 4.7-inch iPhone 6 have 538, 401, and 326 DPI, respectively. Even if the Xperia Z5 Plus ends up being a 6-inch phablet, it would still provide the highest DPI by far at 734.

Do 4K displays for 5-inch or 6-inch smartphones make any sense? While this is debatable, it would certainly give Sony the press coverage and bragging rights it could use in its fight against the current top players.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2015-08-15 (Update: 2015-08-15)