LG Display has apparently made a goal out of giving Apple (and its famous Retina display) a run for its money by teaching it a lesson on screen pixel density. LG has recently unveiled its groundbreaking Quad HD LCD panel for smartphones, the first ever to boast an impressive 538 pixels into every square inch—to get a better picture, think iPhone 5, which can only manage 328 pixels per inch.
What makes the Quad HD LCD so special?
Marketed as the world’s first Quad HD LCD panel for smartphones, the new 5.5-inch Quad HD panel is the highest resolution and ppi (pixel per inch) mobile panel to date, at 2560 x 1440 with 538ppi. Basically, LG Display’s Quad HD LCD will ensure much clearer images with 4 times more pixels than HD at 1,280 x 720, boasting improved contrast and vividness, while also reproducing considerably more delicate colours.
The new panel aims at delivering optimal viewing experience on larger smartphone displays, measuring 5.5 inches in length and a thickness of 1.21 millimeters, meant to help users enjoy crisp images and Blu-ray-like videos on their handsets.
The new Quad HD LCD panel will deliver a full view of PC-version web pages at a single glance without image distortion (as opposed to current Full HD displays which only realize 3/4th of a full screen). According to the company, even when enlarging the screen, users will be able to enjoy undistorted and sharper text.
Slim, Narrow, and BrightAnother striking feature of the release is its superior brightness of 430nit, ensured by the Low Temperature Poly-Silicon (LTPS) substrate.
What to expect
While there’s no news on which upcoming handsets will feature the new display, research firm DisplaySearch estimates that approximately 765 million LTPS-based smartphone displays will be shipped in the following year.
According to Dr. Byeong-koo Kim, Vice President and Head of LG Display’s IT and Mobile Development Group, LG Display is looking to perpetuate its tradition of pioneering the high resolution mobile market—claiming rights to the world’s first Full HD smartphone panel launched in 2012—stating that
“With this breakthrough, LG Display will continue to raise new standards for mobile resolution and lead the mobile display market.”
At this point, it’s probably safe to assume that we’ll get a glance of the new display on LG’s next phone, possibly a G Pro 2. The Android community’s response to the new technology is one worth watching, especially since many industry experts have already started asking a rather valid question:
“Do we actually need more than Full HD displays on smartphones?”
Images Courtesy of LG Press Services
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