LG Display reveals 5.5 inch Quad HD panel with the highest resolution and pixel density on a smartphone display
According to LG Display, the new screen would contain 4 times the pixels used on an HD screen (720 x 1280) and would result in a clearer picture. Colors will be more vivid and viewers will notice an improvement in contrast. The panel will bring "Blu-ray equivalent video" to the smartphone screen. In addition, the screen will allow web browser on a smartphone to view full PC-version web pages without distortion to the image. FHD panels allow viewers to see 3/4 of a PC-version web page. Speaking of no distortion, zooming in on an image will bring distortion-free, sharp text to the smartphone screen.
The new LG Quad HD panel is the slimmest and narrowest panel in the world. It will be only 1.21mm thin with a 1.2mm bezel measured in LCD modules (LCM). It is 12% thinner than LG Display's 5.2 inch FHD screen released last month. The screen is also bright with a reading of 430 nit.
LG didn't announce when the panels might be ready to ship. At this point in time, they offer the highest resolution and pixel density available for a smartphone screen.
LG Display's new Quad HD smartphone panel
source: LG Display
“LG Display, which pioneered the high resolution mobile market with introduction of the world’s first Full HD smartphone panel in 2012, again opens new possibilities with the successful application of QHD technology,” said Dr. Byeong-koo Kim, Vice President and Head of LG Display’s IT and Mobile Development Group. “With this breakthrough, LG Display will continue to raise new standards for mobile resolution and lead the mobile display market.”
LG Display’s Quad HD panel for smartphones realizes clearer images with 4 times more pixels than HD at 1,280X720, thereby reproducing more delicate colors as well as improving contrast and vividness when compared to current mobile displays. This advancement will enable consumers to fully enjoy more life-like and crisp images, and even Blu-ray equivalent video, on their smartphones. The panel also features the highest ppi among current mobile device displays.
In addition, the new Quad HD panel will enable users to enjoy a full view of PC-version web pages at a single glance without image distortion; a contrast to current Full HD displays which only realize 3/4th of a full screen. Also, even when enlarging the screen, users will be able to enjoy undistorted and sharper text.
Only 1.21mm thin with a 1.2mm bezel measured in LCD modules (LCM), LG Display’s new Quad HD panel is both the world’s slimmest and narrowest panel, with 12% reduced thickness compared to the company’s 5.2-inch Full HD panel released last month. Based on Low Temperature Poly-Silicon (LTPS) substrate, the panel also realizes superior brightness of 430nit with improved transmittance and larger aperture opening size.
LTPS-based smartphone displays are expected to record 765 million units in shipments next year according to research firm DisplaySearch, as displays with larger screens, higher resolution, and less power consumption prove key to competitiveness in the premium model segment.
1. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1255; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
aahh! LG is teasing sammy and sony..stop it LG! hahaha.
7. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Hahaha i tip phonearena about this.. .. and RIP sammys AMOLED displays haha
10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Samsung is going to announce something similar to this soon. a 1440x2560 Super AMOLED screen. Then Sony comes along and brings a 1440x2560 Trilum. screen.
2014 should be interesting.
12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I personally love AMOLED. I love watching videos and movies, gaming, and looking at pictures on my phone, and the over saturated colors appeal to me more than IPS.
15. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)
this seems unnecessary. companies need to get rid of the 768p laptops first. 90% of the laptops have this screen.
phones have more than enough pixels already.
may be companies should pay attention to other technologies as well other than screen like battery life , camera and sound quality
21. vincelongman (Posts: 1690; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Also Samsung, please bring the ATIV Book 9's 1800p to the ATIV Book 8. And bring the 8's 1080p display to the 6 (currently 768p).
Why does the is 9 (Intel HD 4400) 1800p and the 8 (Radeon HD 8870M) 1080p?
37. pkiran1996 (Posts: 165; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
While 768p is borderline horrifying, Microsoft need to change the pixel density for Windows 8. The ATIV Q for example is 1080p on a 13.3", but it makes the UI awfully tiny - especially on desktop mode. the Live Tiles alone are almost the szie they should be. Unless i'm wrong and Microsoft have increased it.
17. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)
I also love Amoled! And I waiting for Amoled TV (without price from space! )
25. Oxygen (Posts: 82; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
I also found myself loving the Superamoled of the S4 more than the display on my HTC One. After owning a Note1 and a S3, I guess I grew a liking to the "color punch" of amoled displays.
40. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
me too. AMOLED is one of the main drawcards for me when looking for a smartphone. I tried the One X last year because so many reviews said how great the screen was, it was nice, but the black levels were terrible compared to AMOLED, and I really didnt like it. And now with such high pixel densities I don't notice the dithering of the pentile matrix S4 like I did on the S3.
35. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 295; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Yep, by the time I'm ready to retire my Note II, Sammy will already added a display with this resolution to the Note IV.
8. istitch (Posts: 171; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)
I doubt so, Sony has the technology to produce OLED with 2098 pixel density (1280 x 720 on a 0.7inch screen), though it will be used mainly in medical field.
9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
What if LG were to release a screen with this resolution on the Nexus 5? :o
14. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)
-_- you sound like you were bored a second ago. nexus never breaks any barrier. its just a typical phone, mostly behind the curve. its a developer phone not a flagship phone for any company.
36. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Nexus 10 shipped with the highest screen resolution, and still does in case you didn't know.
16. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Ahhh nah.. nexus are made to be plain and boring.. imho..lol spec wise,..well the last nextus, was aight lol
42. cezarepc (Posts: 608; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
So I guess you were expecting cortex A15's for a $200+ tab?
Nexus devices are made so people with low budget can get good android user-experience and, in turn, Google to make money from them via ads. It is made to attract as many people as possible to the android platform.
Also @james. in case you don't know, developers don't develop for phones, they develop for chipsets.
13. pwnarena (Posts: 974; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
sony fans, here's your defense
2098 PPI OLED display
2. GeekMovement (Posts: 1521; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
wow, i wonder what that would look like on a smartphone screen, but i'd rather have everyone work on longer lasting batteries first..
6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Equipped with a next-gen Snapdragon SoC and a beefy 3500+ mAh battery, that would be a dream phone no doubt.
3. affandi (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
This is the type of news I like to wake up to! See you in 2014 LG.
4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Wow. That's all I can really say. I'm mind blown they managed to put that many pixels on a screen. I really want to see this in action ASAP.
5. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
sharp is already comimg up with some IGZO and 2K displays
38. a_merryman (Posts: 718; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
I'm really looking forward to the IGZO displays hitting the market, supposedly they are great for battery life..while still having very high ppi's.
18. livyatan (Posts: 753; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
Alright now this is the STUPIDEST thing in the field of tech this year.
Have you ever seen the fullhd 5.5" display in person?
There is absolutely NO reason for it to go any more pixel dense.
It is razor sharp and no way in hell you will distinguish individual pixel!
So this will only bring more demand on the battery and processor with no tangible benefit.
28. juandante (Posts: 391; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)
Re-read the news. I am very happy at least untill 5mpx+ screens.. You will have to zoom less on webpages and pictures (1080p is only 2mpx by the way), and scroll less like a ****.
19. mr.techdude (Posts: 555; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
How much clearer can smartphone displays get like I can't tell the difference between the HTC one and HTC one x.
33. av911 (Posts: 153; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
There's a lot people who can tell the difference, you're not the rule. I can tell the difference between the HTC One and the S4.
20. kanagadeepan (Posts: 722; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
What ONLY 538ppi?? SHAME... Its 2013 and they should NOT release phones with anything less than 900000000000ppi screens....
22. R-vjn (Posts: 165; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
LG produces the best display right now, no doubt about that. Their IPS panels produce the most realistic colors, giving the perfect balance in saturation and contrast along with unmatched clarity and details.
I know sammy fans are going to say AMOLED is better but the fact is it isn't.
Sony were a total disaster when it came to display until the triluminos, but again its still far behind, but an amazing improvement over thier old ones.
24. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Unnecessary. But hey, it's not bad to brag about it right?
26. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
This is too much! Too too much!
14k resolution is good for 7 + inch tablets...but this is like trying how much weight a mobile can hold.
29. Gwen22 (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Aug 2013)
I don't understand the need to have a Quad HD screen of 5.5" !!! the resolution is well above what the human eyes can see !!!!
It ois admit that 300PPI is the limt for the human yey by the way until 5" a 720p is enough and above a 1080p ...
30. OnTheOtherHand (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Jun 2013)
I would much rather see them working on technology to eliminate the reflection that causes displays to be hard to see in the bright sunlight. From a practical standpoint, that would be much better than this constant, "I can top that" pixel density fight.
31. Gwen22 (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Aug 2013)
agree with you ;) Remind me this uselees , in term of quality, mega pixel fight in digital photography that just stop , an gave us tiny sensor with incredible pixel count ............ and poor quality photo.
Note that a quad HD will required a GPU 4 time faster (with consequences on the autonomy) than an HD screen to obtain the same fluidity ............... and no-body wil be able to see the difference on a such small screen
32. UdhaiyaPrasanth (Posts: 72; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
Will there be no end to this at all? I thought the growth in display technology would saturate once the industries hit the 1080p mark. But now!!
34. Einstein333 (Posts: 40; Member since: 22 May 2012)
Please stop developing higher resolution screens!! The human eye can't see a difference anyway but the battery will be empty much faster! This is just about as stupid as the megapixel race for compact cameras
39. 4D331 (Posts: 12; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
The peppers look so good , it feels like I can eat them,,,
41. soldiernation (Posts: 34; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)
Aaaaannnnnnnd where's the killer battery technology to push all those pixels?
44. lostcause850 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)
Makes no sense, when the human eye could only see up to 300ppi, and if you could distinguish anything higher, you're lying, unless they use different screen technology that differentiates the screen's quality.
45. Sondae (Posts: 194; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)
I just hope this screen wont eat much power. How i wish they create a screen that save a lot of power.
47. kiki75 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Sep 2013)
This needs to go in the Oculus Rift right now!!!!