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Sharp showcases a 4.1-inch IGZO LCD display with a crazy pixel density

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Sharp showcases a 4.1-inch IGZO LCD display with a crazy pixel density
With smartphones' displays already boldly dwelling in the Quad HD zone, it is pretty natural to expect the upcoming years to treat us to some absurdly pixel-rich displays. At the moment, the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A sits on the top of the pixel density mountain with the respectable 576ppi. In the meantime, tablets have been somewhat trailing behind. We've already heard rumors that Sharp might be working on a 5.5-inch 4K IGZO LCD display with a resolution of 2160 x 4096 pixels, which would results in a ludicrous pixel density of 842ppi. 

While a lot of time will pass until we see the first representatives of this pixel-crazy era, Sharp demonstrated its recent accomplishment - a 4.1-inch Quad HD IGZO LCD display with a resolution of 1600 x 2560 pixels, which means that its pixel density is no more or less than 736ppi, way higher than any other Quad HD display we've seen until now. Sharp says that this display boasts the same pixel density as a 6-inch display with a resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels, which is just a shy lower than the rumored 5.5-inch 4K screen that the company is allegedly working on. 

According to Sharp, it will begin manufacturing the demonstrated displays sometime in 2016, but the first design samples will be available for manufacturers sometime in 2015. We can only imagine where this display arms race will lead us to.
Sharp showcases a 4.1-inch IGZO LCD display with a crazy pixel density

source: Techon via Gizmodo

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posted on 12 Nov 2014, 09:26 7

1. Phonedingo (Posts: 383; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)


Put this in the z5 compact-compact.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 09:28

3. smarttechbadworld (Posts: 74; Member since: 07 May 2014)


what do you mean, make the z5 compact screen 2k and 4.1 inches ?

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 00:36

17. nanozander (Posts: 85; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


let me correct that for you..

"Put this in the Sony Smartwatch 4".

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 01:00

19. HarryWild (Posts: 60; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


Z3 Compact is 720p! And that pushing it! LOL!

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 09:26 4

2. smarttechbadworld (Posts: 74; Member since: 07 May 2014)


thats cool but its on a 4.1 inch screen, the note 5 will have more pixels per inch with a 5.9 inch screen

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 09:41 7

5. fatexo (Posts: 213; Member since: 21 May 2010)


How can a 5.9 inch phone hav a higher PPI than a 4.1 inch of the same resolution ?

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 12:07 2

12. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Note 5 is rumoured to have UHD...

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 09:35 6

4. TheOldOne (Posts: 184; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


great, can you please move now and make some PC Displays of this quality, or at least half of the PPI?

C'mon, you can do it!

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 09:46 1

6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Try Eizo monitors. They have AMAZING image AND build quality.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 12:41

13. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


And ridiculously expensive. Samsung, Asus, LG have pretty good displays for a relatively low price.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 13:02 1

14. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Well he asked for something extremely good... You have to pay for that. Eizo displays are still actually manufactured in Japan and come with a 5 year warranty too.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 10:09 3

7. buccob (Posts: 2495; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


No thanks, my sight is not getting better... but my hopes for better battery life are.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 10:18

8. realjjj (Posts: 358; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


pretty pointless given the size, the only real use in a pair of them in oculus like glasses.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 10:44

9. ryq24 (Posts: 681; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Samsung will beat them and be the first to come out with this display! That's how bad Japanese companies are right now.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 10:53

10. surethom (Posts: 590; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


What we really Need is a high density screen but with Much Much lower power usage. The display uses the most battery in our phones & tablets.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 11:45

11. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Thin phone is at least sexy,but this is nonsense.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 15:19 2

15. JMartin22 (Posts: 1889; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


I want to see continual improvements in display brightness and energy efficiency. Samsung has managed do this with a QHD display (the Note 4 is a bit more efficient and brighter than the Note 3) however, I want to see bigger improvements and going UHD might hamper or even regress that progress. They need to chill out for awhile and just keep refining what works fine for a better quality product.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 20:23 1

16. Hamburglar (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Woohoo! Now we can have 30 minutes to bask in the glory of this display resolution before the battery goes dead. Seriously... Who really needs more than 1080p for a cell phone screen? TV's are just beginning to cross the 1080p threshold. And most of those are 46+ inch screens. The manufacturers are desperately trying to think up new gimmicks to keep people buying new phones - bigger screens, higher ppi, more cores. How about something useful like longer battery life? Manufacturers are constantly making the screens bigger while trying to make the phone thinner. How about throttling back on the screen size, ppi, and cores and add a little thickness to the phone. Maybe then you could stick a decent battery in there that will last all day.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 00:59

18. HarryWild (Posts: 60; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


Just what Apple needs for the 2015 iPhone 6S display!

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 10:09

21. Iodine (Posts: 1285; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Apple never changed display in an S release so far...

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 08:17

20. tokuzumi (Posts: 880; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


Hooray for pixel density!

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 20:15

22. na7noo7 (Posts: 278; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Let's see:
Sharp IGZO LCD screen: 4.1 inches, 1600p.
iPhone 8: 1152p screen.
Nice try, Apple.

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