We've been waiting with bated breath on Sharp's IGZO (iridium, gallium, zinc oxide) display technology
even before we learned Apple is fronting them with the cash
needed for mass production, hoping to wean itself off Samsung and LG.
The wait was worth it, since this new type of LCD and OLED screens promises thinner displays with higher resolutions, smaller bezels and better efficiency
due to more transparent pixels - all steps in the right direction.
IGZO does that by introducing crystallinity to the amorphous silicon typically used for production, and is a perfect match for smartphones, tablets and even ultrabooks, as an OLED prototype with 3840x2160 pixels exhibits.
The company will also show three other types of displays, the mindblowing specs of which you can see in the table below:
Specifications of prototype displays
|Screen size||4.9 inch||6.1 inch|
|Resolution (pixels)||720 x 1280||2560 x 1600|
|Pixel density||302 ppi||498 ppi|
|Envisioned application||Smartphones||Mobile devices|
|Organic EL display|
|Screen size||13.5 inch||3.4 inch|
|Resolution (pixels)||3840 x 2160 (QFHD)||540 x 960|
|Pixel density||326 ppi||326 ppi|
|Outstanding feature||White OLEDs + RGB color filters||Flexible type|
We are especially interested in the bendable OLED screen, which shows that even if Apple doesn't stay buddy-buddy with Samsung as component supplier for much longer, there is still a chance durable OLEDs with plastic substrate might end up in future iPhone iterations, although it's pretty cost prohibitive for now.
Sharp finally flaunts its thin and efficient IGZO displays, Apple nods approvingly