There appears to have been a change in policy at Huawei, with CEO Richard Yu stating on Chinese social network Weibo that he now favours QHD displays. Up until now Huawei has focussed on using Full HD screens for its flagship smartphones, but Yu appears to have been convinced by the potential of better resolutions.
In the past Yu has indicated that he does not believe that QHD displays offer a noticeable benefit. The Huawei CEO has also pointed to the negative effects that the resolution has on battery life.
Yu is not alone within the industry as far as scepticism toward QHD displays is concerned. In addition to the additional demands placed on battery life, QHD screens also eat up more processing power.
But despite the concerns of Yu and others, higher resolution displays have been generally well received by consumers.
The market has also moved towards the technology, at least as far as flagship smartphones are concerned, with the Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, HTC 10 and LG G5 all offering QHD displays.
It appears to have been the potential of virtual reality technology, rather than the direction taken by rival smartphone manufacturers, that has convinced Yu to change his stance.
“Last year I would certainly not buy a 2K device as the power consumption was high and the difference to my eyes non-existent,” Yu said. “But now I have changed my mind and my next phone will be 2K as I like VR!”