You won’t see 4K smartphones from Samsung or LG in 2016

Samsung isn't going 4K anytime soon. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Samsung isn’t going 4K anytime soon. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

If you’re already bored with Quad HD displays and you want your next smartphone to pack even more pixels, you may have to avoid buying from Samsung or LG.

Sources say both South Korean companies will avoid 4K smartphone displays in 2016 — and they have plenty of reasons to do so.

One of those reasons, according to sources familiar with the plans, is the lack of 4K content available today. With a device like the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium — the first smartphone to pack a 4K display — almost everything but 4K videos is down-scaled to a lower resolution.

This essentially negates the need for that display. What’s more, “there have also been issues related to over heating and power efficiency in producing 4K smartphone panels from LG Display and Samsung Display,” reports DigiTimes.

Neither company has begun mass producing 4K displays yet because there simply aren’t enough orders from other vendors. It’s thought 4K will take off in 2018, in conjunction with the arrival of 5G technologies.

It’s doubtful this news will be all that disappointing to anyone, since Quad HD displays are plenty sharp enough for pocket-sized devices. 4K just seems like overkill — especially right now — even if its “Ultra HD” resolution does look good on paper.