Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has ruled out developing any smartphones using 4K technology in the near future, after citing power consumption issues with the hardware.
Typically a more budget smartphone company, Huawei has recently moved ahead into more flagship territory, but won’t be following the suit of some other manufacturers with the 4K display trend.
Kevin Ho, President of the Handset Product Line for Huawei claims that for now, 4K technology simply consumes way too much power for it to be viably used on a smartphone.
He stated that with the technology in place, users would struggle to have the smartphone battery last 24 hours without a charge, claiming that just half a day worth of energy would be available.
This is seen as an unacceptable compromise for Huawei, especially seeing as the technology doesn’t seem to make too much of a difference with smaller display toting handsets.
Whilst Ho did accept that larger devices with phablet sized screens may benefit from the sharper display, he also stated that many of the Huawei smartphones in production would see very little benefit from it.
This isn’t to say that Huawei won’t be investing in the technology in the distant future, when battery life is less of an issue, but for now it’s off the cards.
Widely considered the best kind of commercial display technology on the market, 4K displays offer four times the pixels as shown on full HD (1080p).
The technology is more widely introduced on TVs, monitors and other larger displays which draw energy from plug sockets, rather than batteries.
There are only a few phones on the market which claim to be working on having a 4K display, with one device rumoured to be the Sony Xperia Z4.
Previously the Z3 and Z2 could record video in 4K, but couldn’t play it to its full capability, but the Z4 may resolve this issue.
However, the key problem with 4K is the sheer amount of energy that’s required to power it, forcing many smartphone manufacturers to either avoid the tech, or stick a bulky battery into the device to keep it going.
Another stumbling block surrounding the introduction of 4K into our smartphones is the price of the kit needed to work it. Whilst the costs of flagship phones are already quite high, introducing a super sharp display could ramp up the price even more, which wouldn’t be good news for shoppers after a new mobile phone contract.
For now, it seems unlikely that 4K screens will be making the cut on many of our smartphones, simply because of these problems. However, it does look like something to look forward to in the next few years.
Written by Luke Hatfield