The World’s First Smartphone with a 2K Display is the Vivo Xplay 3S
Teased since October, Chinese phone maker Vivo has now officially announced the XPlay 3S that sports a 6-inch, 2K (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) IPS display. Do the math, and you’ll realise it has a pixel density of 490ppi, the highest we’ve seen in a smartphone to date. (The previous PPI champ is the HTC One (468ppi), but that has a 4.7-inch screen with a full HD resolution.)
Other specs of the Vivo Xplay 3S include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (8974-AB) SoC (quad-core Krait 400 at 2.3GHz, Adreno 330 GPU at 550MHz), 3GB RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera with an F1.8 aperture lens, a 5-megapixel front camera, a fingerprint scanner at the back, a 3,200mAh battery, and 32GB built-in storage. Music fans will also appreciate the top-grade chips onboard: the ESS Technology ES9018 DAC and the Texas Instruments OPA2604 amplifier, as well as DTS Headphones:X for surround sound support. The phone runs the company's Funtouch OS, which is based on Android.
The 4.5mm-thin (albeit only at its thinnest point) Vivo Xplay 3S has a 3,498 yuan (about S$725) pre-order price in China. According to Engadget, Vivo does have plans to sell this phone outside of China in 2014. (Note that it supports FDD-LTE band 3 and 7 for LTE networks in Europe and Asia.)
While the Vivo Xplay 3S is the first 2K smartphone to charge out of the gate, it won't be the last. Oppo has also confirmed that its Find 7 smartphone will come with a 2K display; Samsung too is rumored to be developing one for a 2014 launch.