Apple's new display darling, JDI, is first to produce an in-cell touch Quad HD panel

In-cell touch technology is great, as just one look at Apple's iPhone 6 display will tell you. It eschews the need for a dedicated touch layer, embedding the sensors in the display package itself instead, thus allowing for much thinner, more responsive mobile screens with no air gap, which look as if the imagery is just under the cover glass.

The in-cell touch tech was hard to achieve on higher-res displays, though, at least in mass quantities, until now. Japan's joint-venture of Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba, which makes for the world's largest mobile display maker, announced that it has mastered the mass production of Quad HD displays with in-cell touch technology. This will pave the way for thinner Quad HD phones with prettier displays, and, since JDI uses the frugal LTPS production method, those won't take a toll on your battery any more than a regular panel, too. 

JDI has been rumored to land a $1.7 billion cash injection by Apple for new plants, so we could only be guessing where this mass production might go to. 

Display size (diagonal)Over 5-inch
Number of pixels1440(xRGB) x 2560 (WQHD)
Resolution densityOver 500ppi
LC modeTransmissive IPS
Viewing angle>160 degrees (with CR>100:1)
Surface luminance500cd/m2 (typ.)
NTSC ratio85%
Contrast ratio1500:1 (typ.)
source: JDI

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69 Comments

1. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Oh no, if Apple start using QHD that's another thing trolls will have to find negative spin on compared to Android phones... :(

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Don't worry, you will get QHD in the next two years and 3GB RAM in the next three years. Enjoy your 720p with 1GB RAM ya?

6. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yes I do thanks, my phone works perfectly, never leaves me waiting, battery rarely drops below 50% at the end of a day, I can see everything on the screen in crisp detail - why would I want more unless I was some kind of spec-sheet wanker?

19. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

You will be that "spec-sheet wanker" in a year or 2. "My iPhone 7 QHD screen is so crisp, so much sharper than measily HD/750P/1080P screens! Once you've used it, you never want to go back!"

30. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

It will be marketed as Retina display like always and I hardly think that QHD is the only thing that can be added to a display.

85. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Nah Apple will make a new name for it - probably "RetinaUltra display".. Once the Apple "Marketing Machine" gets hold of it.. Wait, I should so trade mark that "Retina Ultra" name asap lol

20. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Maybe because when you pay $800 dollar for a phone you expect it to best in class in software AND HARDWARE. The battery life of iPhone maybe good for you but that doesn't mean its good enough, it falls far behind the competition. It stands at 74th position on gsm arena for battery life:http://www.gsmarena.com/battery-test.php3

31. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

What I got is a lot better battery life than my old 800$ phone. About hardware, which phone got a retina HD quality display, a touch ID, cameras with huge pixels or power sipping chip with kind of hyper architecture other mobile makers can dream about ? Even if you are an iHater, very little phones do.

35. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

'which phone got a retina HD quality display' - First of all 'retina' is just a marketing term. Its a term created by Apple and they award themselves wit that. With regards to HD every other phone has. 'a touch ID' - GS6 'cameras with hug pixels' - Seriously ? its 8mp f/2.2 is very poor. 'power sipping chip' - I just proved its ranking is 74th. So how is that power sipping exactly ? 'hyper architecture' - Now you are just making things up.

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Retina HD? That doesn't mean anything. Retina Display is a marketing term, for we shoved more pixels into a display that is 640p so you go blind. Dude, even the Retina Display HD means nothing. The Note 2 also has a 1080p display. It has the same amount of pixels as my 60" tv. The only reason the iPhone 6 Plus has a slightly higher pixel density vs the Note 3, is because the Note 3 has a 5.7" display vs 5.5 on the iPhone 6 Plus. If you lowered the display size on the Note 3, they would have the same PPI because they both use the same amount of pixels Retina Display HD means nothing. It just means its an IPS Display at 1080p. That's it. Touch ID? Its a fingerprint reader. Its been on device for ovet 2 decades. What Apple did was make it easier. But the tech is the same. Apple was lucky simply because their home button was big enough for the sensor to gain a print read, withot a swipe. All the companies that make these can make them any size that want to fit any button. Apple didn't design that, the company they bought did. Dream about what? If Apple architecture is so great, then why is it the phone doesn't have full multi-tasking? Why is it, a phone with a dualcore chip, last 2 hours less than one with a quadcore chip. In fact please explain how the Note 4 last 2 hours longer than the 6+, when it has a bigger display, better cameras, higher resolution, multi-window, full multi-tasking, more ram, quadcore SoC and more and yet least longer and cost less? Why do you feel you need to justify getting ripped off? We already see how stupid you are trying to pawn Retina Display as a feature. It is not a feature. HD or in his case high density is a standard where they pack more pixels into a given space. The IPS display on the iPhone 6 Plus is not Retina. It just means more pixels are in an inch of space and you ant see them. Yet it doesn't even have more pixels vs the Note 3 a 1 year old device. DUDE...if that is the best you can do, why are you cheerleading absolutely nothing?

45. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

We don't need what the iPhone has. We have better stuff and we pay less for it. Your iPhone 6 is 749 with hardware from 2004 and my phone is $699 with hardware from 2015. I don't need to hate on you. I pity you because you're not as smart as you think you are. In other words, I have a Porsche for the price of a Camry and well, you just have a Camry. Yeah how dumb is that? iPhone people buy what is popular and justify it with that smooth UI BS and retina display which means nothing at all. With a phone that scratches, dents and bends just carrying it in yoru pocket. Look at the S6 fool. It has a metal body too. But Samsung laid a thin layer of Gorilla Glass on it. Guess what? The metal will NEVER get scratched or scared or dented. And the base s6 is $650 cash vs the iPhone at 749. Do the math. Extra $100 for nothing innovative vs $100 less for more innovation? How old are you? 5?

89. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Iphone 6 is 649.00 retail price for the base model 16GB (in the US anyway), and the 6 Plus is 749.00.

90. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Seriously PA highlighting apple? Though apple invest in JDI should you be highlighting Japanese tech at its finest and not the fruit logo. Maybe the writers should learned from GSMarena unbiased articles.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So because more is available, and you don't have it, it makes the rest of us a spec whore? When I go home my battery is at at last 75% at the end of an 8 hour day and my phone is bigger than yours. Again let me spell it out. The iPhone retails at $749, Dualcore CPU/GPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB flash, 1.2MP/8MP camera, no full multi-tasking, can't do default apps, can't use the internal storage for person files and 720p and a battery that last around 6 hours vs my device with a Quadcore CPU/GPU, 3GB RAM, 3.7/16MP cameras, 1440p, full multi-tasking, the best display in the industry, 32GB standard, default apps, last 8 hours with all day onscreen time, cost $699 retail. Its not about being a spec whore fool. Its about true value for what you're paying. On and it takes 150lbs of pressure to deform my device while yours only takes 70lbs. Enjoy being ripped off for less. Oh and my device doesn't lag either even though it does 100 things your device can't do out the box. You just keep justifying your bad decision, at least IMO. if you're ok with it, then be ok. But don't justify it. I use to love the iPhone too. But obviously I am man enough to switch and not pay premium for 10 year old technology. After all for example, 1.2MP cameras were standard on phones in 2004 when flip phones were still being made. For a device that cost $749 and cost $220 to make, that's the best they can do with billions in the bank? You just keep getting your @$$ ripped off.

37. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I agree, i like smoothness of apple keyboards and setup thats pretty much it lol. Overall other phones kill apple. one of my friends is a apple whore and it gets on my nerves. I don't even bother fighting him over what's better all he says is apple got "class"

94. galaxius

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Now they lost that too Galaxy S6 the king!! Eat your heart out Isheeple!!!

44. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Really cameras with 1,9 micron pixels and advenced backside illumination were standard in 2004 ? Nope, your comparing of megapixel count fails right down there and so do all of your comparisons. You know, most people don't want to pay for numbers I will rather pay for a good brand and a good experience rather than a bunch of numbers that are just some "hypocrite" specs that just lie to your face: "Bigger is better !".

57. Dr.Hye

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

You my friend get a +1

86. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

TechieXP1969 you are so bang on. But whats happening here is that most people buy these phones under contract, so the contract value is generally the same as the best android competitor. This is the truth. i5heep have no money or value sense. Its all about the acronyms like Retina Display, and what phone their friends have, not how much battery power it has throughout the day. Its all about following the chain, not thinking outside the box. Its all about the now, and the self gratification of having what their i5heep mates have got - because you too can have a 5hitty tech 2012 phone too.. Times have changed where "value" and "sensibility" actually mean something. Apple market this lack of traits to the maximum in order to obtain maximum profit.. Apple has never been about giving their devoted fan base the best product available - its always been about getting the best from the cheapest hardware so that Apple will take your money and run. I envy companies like Samsung that try their best to maximise the technology, even to their detriment where places like iPh0n3arena feel intimidated and claim all these features are too much.. Such is the life of an i5heep. Buy first, never think later. Apple had me hooked up like a crack smoker until the iPhone 5 came - and I consider myself so lucky that I was able to deprogram all the Apple bu11shi7 and wake up to the fact that I wasn't getting what I was paying for..

32. bittle

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 06, 2015

Dream on. This is so frustrated isn't?

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Its a problem when the Galaxy S4 a 2 year old phone, and has a smaller battery than the iPhone 6, has battery battery-life and still has higher specs and is using older technology.

99. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Then why would you need this QHD screen? If you buy this QHD iphone 7 you will be the biggest hypocrite ever.

18. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Apple didn't invest $1.7 billion just to wait 3 years to put the new tech in the iPhones. If anything, Apple's going to want 1st dibs on the new tech before Sony starts selling or using the displays on their own smartphones

15. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

copycats!

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Question, why do we need to troll. We already know Apple is at least 2 years behind everyone else. Its not trolling if its facts. What is funny is Apple is now using standard resolutions? The iPhone is a mess, what is their to troll. Displays are a standard resource, what is there to troll? Apple isn't copying displays because they don't even make them, they buy them. Now, having said that; what can be trolled is Apple stance on what consumers need or don't need. Its the hypocrisy of when fans say, well the reason we didn't have 720p or 1080p is because we don't need it. Really? That's the best excuse you can come up with is APple told you, we don't need it? Because somehow cramming more pixels into 640p is somehow better than 720p? That making everything so small on a 3.5" display is somehow better on your eyes? I can tell you this from experience. My wife before she married me had 20/20 vision. She has neve worn glasses or contacts a day in her life. The first device I ever bought was an a 3rd Generation iPod Touch. She loved playing with it all the time. But because stuff was so small she ended up messing up her eyes. Got worse once she had an iPhone with an iPS display where everything Is so tiny, the display with its over saturation of white. Now she had to wear glasses because she burned out her eyes. My 5 year old? Same thing, burned out his eyes looking at such tiny words on the screen. So I got him the Mini and she of course has a full sized iPad. The greatest thing about larger displays is, there is no need to cram so many pixels in a smaller space because the space is bigger. So stuff doesn't have to be so small. What is there to troll? What Apple may soon do what everyone else is doing? They already should have for what they charge. After all, the iPhone 6 is $749 and its only 720p. Yet the Galaxy S retails for $650 and has 1080p. Don't you find that to be a bit stupid? And the S5 display was rated the top dog of all OEM's only beaten by the Note 4. The iPhone should have been he first to sport 720, 1080, 1440p and whatever comes next. Resting on the fact fools will buy anything and [pay top dollar to get less won't encourage them to do more. After all, finally giving you 720p I guess is reason enough to upgrade after everyone else had it since 2009. Yeah, maybe we can't troll stupidity.

34. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

A 4,7 inch Retina HD display is a great match for a 6,91Wh battery, together with the 20nm chip they make the thing last. Also you are strongly pushing resolution, as it is the only thing Apple doesn't have. But whatever you look at brightness, contrast, wieving angles or even the polarizer, everything was drastically improved over the iPhone 5. Maybe you don't like what Apple is doing "Apple stance" but you have to get on with fact that whatever they do, everyone follows - like it or not.

60. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

It's not the only thing. The contrast lacks in comparison to any AMOLED screen, with black levels glowing in greyness in darker environments. Viewing angles good for LCD standards, but still nowhere near AMOLED, with 44 to 59% brightness loss under a 30 degree angle, where current AMOLED typically shows about 19% loss of brightness. And the whitebalance is still much too blue (>7200k).

28. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 607; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Apple batteries are good for about 5-6 months then the wall hugging begins... Add in a QHD display and you've got yourself a nice paperweight

83. engineer-1701d unregistered

i think they need to look at the history of any company working with apple they pull the check bankrupt the company and then buy the tech for cheap and have china build it for cheap and then turn around an sue anything with anything like it

2. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

"so we could only be guessing where this mass production might go to. " I don't think Apple will move to QHD resolution for their phones any time soon (a correction decision if you ask me). I think this mass production might go to Sony, HTC and other chinese phones maker.

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