2560×1440 should not be called 2K, it’s far better

Posted Dec 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

There has been a new trend of 2K displays popping up. Everyone is going for the first 2K display in a smartphone. And we all know 2K is 2560×1440, but why has it been called 2K recently? I have no idea.

For comparison, 4K is named for being almost 4000 pixels wide, or 3840 to be exact. 1080p is technically 2K, because it’s 1920 pixels wide. What people are now calling 2K is 2560 pixels wide, which should be 2.5K, right?

But maybe we should call it what it is, 1440p. Or QHD, which is another official name (not to be confused with the old qHD 960×540). Calling it 2K feels absolutely wrong.

Plus, this resolution has been around far longer than just the past few months, namely in computer monitors, and no one called it 2K back then. Most people call it 1440p, because why not use the same naming scheme for it as we do 720p and 1080p? It accurately describes the resolution.

So what do you think of this new trend of calling 1440p 2K? Do you agree with it, or is it wrong?

  • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

    There is no right answer. We shot our foot off when we flip flopped from measuring vertically to horizontally. Do we know the marketer responsible for that awful decision?

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      I think I mind less that we flip flop and more that no matter what orientation it’s measuring, 2K is inaccurate. Sure, I’d like a standardized measurement method, but that marketer should learn to count first :P

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    On the technical sheet, we’re really talking about WQHD, but it just doesn’t sound that sexy. There has always been a lot of confusion regarding resolution since the first HD televisions hit the market. They were all labeled HD, but you had 720i, 720p, 1080i and 1080p and most consumers has never figured out the differences between the different options.

    2K is a bad representation of what 2650 x 1440 actually is, but I’m fine with the name as long as the industry decides that this resolution is the middle point between 1080 and 4K.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      According to my extensive research (Wikipedia) it can be called QHD or WQHD but yeah, that name is also used. I’d just like a standard way of naming resolutions. I feel like 720p/1080p/1440p/2160p is best, but that’s my opinion.

  • putkowski

    I have been using dual 27″ 2560×1440 IPS monitors of late and the improvement over 1080p cannot be overstated regardless of what you call it. The next step over 30″ would be nice if the prices were not ridiculous.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Shh…I have one 27″ 2560×1440 IPS monitor, please do not convince me that two is that much better.

      • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

        Dude I can barely use all of my 27. And I’m a developer. What the hell are you guys doing with all that space?

        • scubabum


        • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

          Wasting it?

          The only time I actually make solid use of it is when I am futiley working on coding and when I’m working with video. The reason I originally moved to the 27″ was that I have had two monitors at work for the last 5 years or so and just became used to having everything nicely spread out.

        • http://muddypa.ws/blog nportelli

          Really? What the hell are you doing? I’d love 2 1440p monitors. I’d rather they be 24″ though.

        • kimcuongden1712

          hastag Dude

  • Vance

    I don’t know… but when they get around to fixing the naming snafu, maybe we could, at the same time, get on the metric system like the rest of the World? I had to get a straight union compression fitting to fix the power steering fluid pump in my Saab, and damn near had to order the thing from an eBay seller in the UK (luckily I found a specialized hose and fittings shop 75 miles away…) anyway.. back to my bourbon (a much BETTER American tradition).

  • jhgjhhj

    i wish i had your problems.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, it’s Quad HD but NOT 4K because 4K means 4000.