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

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.

source: Techon via Gizmodo



1. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Put this in the z5 compact-compact.

3. smarttechbadworld

Posts: 74; Member since: May 07, 2014

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

17. nanozander

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

let me correct that for you.. "Put this in the Sony Smartwatch 4".

19. HarryWild

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

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

2. smarttechbadworld

Posts: 74; Member since: May 07, 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

5. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

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

12. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Note 5 is rumoured to have UHD...

4. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 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!

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

13. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

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

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

7. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

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

8. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

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

9. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

10. surethom

Posts: 1720; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

11. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

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

15. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

16. Hamburglar

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 08, 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.

18. HarryWild

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

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

21. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

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

20. tokuzumi

Posts: 1930; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Hooray for pixel density!

22. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

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

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