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The Future of 4K May Be Closer, and More Mobile, Than You Think

2/21/2014 11:29 AM Eastern

Do you hold the future of 4K in your pocket?

Patrick Moorhead of Forbes thinks signs point to yes in his article “Why Mobile Could Be the Primary Driver of 4K Experiences.” In it, he explains the reasons why television might take a backseat to phones and tablets when it comes to pushing the 4K industry forward.

Season 2 of House of Cards is available to stream in 4K. Photo by Nathaniel Bell/Netflix.

One reason is that scientists have recently discovered that the human visual system is far more complex than previously thought and that a difference in resolutions can probably be more easily conceived in a smaller device held closer to the viewer than a bigger one that is further away. Manufacturers can also take heart in the idea that people replace their phones much more quickly than they do their televisions or computers, resulting in a higher volume of devices sold.

But a chief reason for mobile being crucial to the proliferation of 4K is the availability of content. With Netflix, Amazon and YouTube now having 4K streaming capabilities, users are much more likely to consume 4K via their connected devices, (which are likely to be mobile). Furthermore, there’s the fact that your phone or tablet probably already takes 4K photos and possibly even videos, though it may not display them in full resolution yet.

In this article, Moorehead also goes into the technical aspects of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 805 processor, which is touted as allowing for a “full 4K experience” on mobile devices.

Read the full story here.



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