LG working on Apple Retina-beating 5-inch smartphone display

Mikael Ricknas
29 May, 2012
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LG Display has introduced a 5in full HD LCD panel for smartphone displays — the highest resolution mobile panel to date, the company said Monday.

The widescreen panel is based on AH-IPS (Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching) technology and has a 1920-by-1080 pixel resolution or 440 pixels per inch (ppi), according to LG.

That compares to Apple’s Retina display, which has 264 ppi on the new iPad and 326 ppi on the iPhone 4S.

With the 16-by-9 aspect ratio, the panel is also 0.5ines larger and 2.2 times denser in pixels compared to the preceding 4.5in panel at 329 ppi and a 1280-by-720 pixel resolution, according to LG Display.

The latter resolution has become a standard on current high-end smartphones like the HTC One X, Samsung’s Galaxy S III and the LG Optimus 4X HD.

The panel is expected to be released during the second half of this year, according to LG Display, which didn’t elaborate on when devices that use the product will start shipping.

The panel will be on exhibit for the first time at SID 2012 Display Week in Boston starting on June 4.

That LG Display has decided to go with a 5in panel size is a clear indication that it thinks big screens on smartphones aren’t going away and it is something consumers will continue to want.

Earlier this year, LG Electronics launched the Optimus Vu, which also has a 5in display. However, the panel has a 4-by-3 aspect ratio and a 1024-by-768 pixel resolution.

Samsung Electronics has also had some success with the Galaxy Note, which has a 5.3in Super AMOLED display with a 1280-by-800 pixel resolution.

LG Display and LG Electronics are both subsidiaries of LG Group.

 

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