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ViewSonic borrows the iPhone Retina Display for an Android phone, to out five more devices

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ViewSonic borrows the iPhone Retina Display for an Android phone, to out five more devices
ViewPhone 4e

ViewPhone 4e

The ViewSonic ViewPhone 4s on the left will be an Android handset with... a 3.5 screen with 640x960 pixels of resolution. Sounds familiar? Lawsuit pending? What are they thinking? Strikes on all counts.

We kid, but that's exactly what a Chinese news piece says ViewSonic will be unveiling at the MWC next week. Along with the dual-SIM ViewPhone 4s, another 3.5-incher, but with HVGA resolution - the 10.3mm ViewPhone 4e is said to come, powered by a 650MHz processor and again in possession of two SIM slots.

ViewPhone 5e

ViewPhone 5e

The cherry on the top, though, is a rumored 5-incher... you guessed it - the ViewPhone 5e - which sports ICS, like the other phones, and the lowly for this size WVGA resolution.

ViewSonic will also be trying to cover the tablet base with a 7" ViewPad G70 with an IPS display and 1024x600 pixels of resolution. Then comes ViewPad E100 with a 9.7" 1024x768 pixels with HDMI-out and ICS, at 620g and 9.1mm thickness. 

ViewSonic ends its upcoming lineup with a Windows slate - the ViewPad P100 with 1280x800 10" screen, and 1.6GHz Intel processor.

ViewPad G70
ViewPad P100

ViewPad G70

ViewPad P100

When will all of these ship and for how much we hope to understand at MWC, when we might spend some time with ViewSonic's hearty new portfolio.

source: ChinaTimes via SlashGear

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posted on 24 Feb 2012, 06:11 11

1. SleepingOz (unregistered)


posted on 24 Feb 2012, 06:19 8

2. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

and the same resolution and the same size!!!!! da*n this is a lawsuit waiting to happen >.>

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 06:28 2

3. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)

ViewSonic is too expensive for Android devices, it should switch to iOS for that price.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 08:38 3

4. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

Wasn't the Retina display created by LG? Is it actually Apple's own display or do they just license it?

I might be way off with who owns or invented what, but I don't believe Viewsonic would displays without the proper permissions. I wouldn't for see any lawsuits coming, even when Apple is involved

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 08:57

5. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

i think a few companies make the retina display for apple, because they need all the stock they can get. i know lg does, im pretty sure toshiba does too, and rumor has it that sharp is making the upcoming retina-ish display on the next ipad. apple does have the trademark on "retina display", but not on the pixel count or density; so anyone can use the display, they just cant call it "retina".

i dont think that it is going to stop apple from filing a suit, however.

im surprised that we havent seen this display in other phones yet.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 09:38

6. greathero1 (Posts: 576; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)

The retina display was designed by Apple and outsourced for production to LG. ViewSonic should be okay as long as they don't call it a Retina Display as considering how finicky Apple can be, the name is patented.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 13:59 1

8. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

That's actually backwards. LG designed the Retina display (and has since replaced it with the NOVA display if I recall correctly), and apple licenses its use. As for manufacture, I believe LG makes the iphone4 and up screens, and other screens are made by other manufacturers

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 09:10

10. roscuthiii (Posts: 2246; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

"Retina Display" is a marketing gimmick. The display is an IPS LCD screen. Retina display really just means that it has a high enough pixel density to look natural to the naked eye.

And yes, LG was the creator here.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 11:52

7. medicci37 (Posts: 1336; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

If ViewSonic wants to compete with Apple or Samsung, they are going to have to do better than that.

posted on 25 Feb 2012, 03:25

9. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

ViewSonic is smaller than ZTE or Huawei if i'm not wrong.. and clearly can't rival Apple.. but i like their sense of humour in insulting Apple straight on the face..

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