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Oh, no! There may not be enough 1080p displays this year

Posted: , by Ray S.

Oh, no! There may not be enough 1080p displays this year
Sad news for all of us pixel density lovers: industry sources inform that Sharp, one of the few manufacturers of 1080p displays, is experiencing supply shortages, which may lead to problems with availability for a number of handsets this year.

Please note that this isn't official information, so it may not be entirely true, but still, why should Digitimes make that stuff up? According to the rumor, the insufficient supply of 1080p screens is partly due to the impressive sales of the Sharp Aquos Phone in Taiwan, which makes use of the same type of screen. Unfortunately, the sources are unsure about exactly when Sharp might be able to catch up with demand. Let's hope this will happen before the major smartphone manufacturers start announcing their 1080p beasts, because 2013 surely shapes up as the year of the Full HD smartphone.

On another note, Sharp may have recently made a small breakthrough with regards to the production of its IGZO displays, and so it is believed that the company will be releasing a phone with such screen sometime this year. Hopefully, Sharp will be able to produce enough of these so that other manufacturers (Apple?) can also use them for their handsets.

source: Digitimes

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posted on 03 Jan 2013, 04:56 4

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Yay!!! That means the world is safe from the eyes cancer!!! Take that droid dna!!! :D

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 05:25 41

3. G3Sidhu (Posts: 5; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


everytime i think "people cant be that stupid",
i'm proven wrong.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 05:47 16

6. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


The F this I just read? (-_-)?

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 05:55 18

8. Tones (Posts: 70; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


eye cancer, wtf?

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 06:31 17

11. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Wendy I kinda like you but this was just too much even for some crazy mindf**k trollish sarcasm

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 07:21 10

14. s.mrabet (Posts: 125; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


OMG... kill me!

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 09:01 10

17. SkurtMcGurt (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


I think I just lost brain cells from this comment -___-

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 10:14 2

20. naptown2 (Posts: 70; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)


lol to funny

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 10:17 6

21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Interesting if people can get cancer because of trolling?

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 10:35 5

23. schinnak (Posts: 99; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


read it as 'i' cancer and it makes sense ;-)

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 18:06 2

31. CheapSocks (Posts: 21; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


that's some nice engrish, please stop the feeding the troll with the comments!

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 19:48 3

34. phljcnth (Posts: 485; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Your comment is giving me eyes cancer.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 05:24 11

2. D.Aceveda (Posts: 396; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Fine by me. 720p screens for cell phones are MORE than enough in terms quality/detail. 1080p is just a marketing gimmick. it was in the HDTV era and obviously its going to be again in the mobile world

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 05:56 1

9. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Inside sources claim the Note 3 may have a screen res greater than 1080p, same as nexus 10 but I like many, don't buy that for one sec. 720p will be pretty much be good as dead on any high end android so don't expect that to be the trend this year or next or ever, I would expect mid range to be using these types if screen thus pushing prices up

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 09:44 1

18. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Couldn't agree with you more. Anyone could simply google it and find out than that the human eye can barely detect the difference between 720p and 1080p.

Now if we're talking like 80+ inch screens that's a different story, but if you've got an under 60 inch TV/smartphone, 720p is perfect.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 05:32 1

4. kanagadeepan (Posts: 944; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


I don't believe this... Earlier in 2012 there was a rumor that Qualcomm can't make enough S4 DualCore Krait chips for the market, but that didn't happened...

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 05:33 4

5. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Awell, wont effect me getting a Note 2

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 05:52 5

7. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


On a 5" display can the human eye differentiate between 720 and 1080?

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 06:35 2

12. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


If you have a good eyesight.
On a 4.7 inch, it would be almost impossible from the usual watching distance

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 08:59

35. darkskoliro (Posts: 1077; Member since: 07 May 2012)


if its pentile, yes definitely. I can still see those horrible sub-pixel-starved screens on s3 and galaxy camera :(( and thats only 4.8"

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 05:57

10. Lyngdoh (Posts: 268; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


Not a problem for me. I got with JDI.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 07:20 2

13. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Oh, no! There may not be enough 1080p displays this year"

There will be!

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 07:24 2

15. adelta90 (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


I dont think i can distinguish between 720p and 1080p that easily
so this news isnt that bad :)

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 15:46

27. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I've seen the Droid DNA in person, the difference is negligible other than when you are viewing pictures and videos otherwise it is hard pressed to tell the difference. Although the viewing angles are superior to any 720p display I've come across. I have got generally good eyesight so I'm being biased, otherwise for the majority of people, there really is little to difference.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 16:25

30. adelta90 (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


well, currently i own a 3.5" 320x480 armv6 phone
i think that 1080p is the least of my concern :)

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 07:29 6

16. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


You still cant tell me that there is enough of a actual visual difference (not in your head) to justify the extra horsepower and battery needed for 1080p vs 720p. You cant tell the difference on a TV under like 36 inches.. yet your gonna tell me you can tell the difference at 5 inches on a phone? lol. Its in your head peeps.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 09:56

19. cnyte (Posts: 28; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


not enough is ok with me not upgrading anytime soon

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 10:18

22. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


All I need is retina display ftw!!!!

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 16:09 1

29. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


You actually have a bit of a point there,the iPhone may actually get a HD compliant 720p screen this year so 1080p is not something which will come into the iPhone world for perhaps 2 generations yet.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 11:52 1

24. phljcnth (Posts: 485; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I don't feel the need for 1080p smartphone displays as my eyes are not microscopic. They're only big on paper I suppose. What make more sense to me are the flexible display and impressive camera technology.

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