Report: Samsung To Reveal UHD Display Primed For VR Today

by Jamie Feltham • May 23rd, 2017

It’s going to be years until display resolutions are clear enough for VR to look like real life, but we’re inching ever forward. It looks like Samsung might be announcing the next step in that journey today.

Reports from Yonhap News and The Korean Herald state that Samsung is expected to reveal a new 1.96 inch UHD 3840×2160 display at the Society for Information Display 2017 event in Los Angeles. The screen reportedly featured 2250 pixels-per-inch and is designed for VR. Perhaps we could see two of these panels placed inside future headsets from Samsung or Oculus, which has partnered with the company to create the Gear VR.

For comparison Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy S8, features a 2960×1440 display. Bumping up to 4K will make images inside VR clearer, as the lines between pixels that are magnified when looking through the lenses of a VR headset will appear even smaller. Don’t expect them to be completely removed, but could still be a big step forward.

That said their implementation in any such VR headset is likely some ways off. There have been multiple reports of Samsung making its own standalone VR headset recently, but we haven’t seen anything yet. The Oculus Rift, meanwhile, isn’t expected to get an upgrade any time soon.

A report from Yonhap News also states that the electronics giant is see to reveal a new 9.1-inch AMOLED display today. AMOLED screens are nothing new, but apparently when you touch this one it can move up to 12 millimeters in the direction press. That means its less likely to crack if you were to, say, drop your smartphone, as so many of us are prone to doing. Perhaps not entirely applicable to VR, but still a very cool concept.

What's your reaction?
  • Robbie Cartwright

    very interesting.

  • Joan Villora Jofré

    More interested in the Samsung 4K OLED 3.5 inches, 120Hz, HDR panel.

  • jimrp

    Google’s claiming not to worry. They have software to fix this..

  • D3stroyah

    so??? where is it? announced? all a lie? super mega giga clickbait?

    • C.P. Garcia

      They were announced and shown off. Google is your friend.

  • D3stroyah

    two days have passed…..nothing happens, no one even apologies for bullshitting the community

    • Doctor Bambi

      I smell an NDA, but Upload has in the past stated that info ahead of time. I’m not sure why they’ve neglected it in this case.

    • C.P. Garcia

      They were announced and shown off.

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  • Buddydudeguy

    It’s a feaking CELL PHONE. No where near powerful enough for the real thing.

    • C.P. Garcia

      What’s a cellphone ? You’re confused .. these are screens .. Samsung makes screens .. lol

      • Buddydudeguy

        Don’t be asnine. A Galaxy S is a freaking cellphone. The VR experience is powered by said cell phone. What’s wrong with you?

    • Thud

      1.96 inch UHD 3840×2160 display. Yeah. It’s one of those Saltine size phones.

  • oplix

    Clarity of future VR hardware will likely be a combination of screen technology AND improved lenses which might be constructed specifically to minimize screen-door effect of pixels.