LG Looks to Leave Apple Behind With 5-Inch Retina Display
May 28, 2012 2:23 PM
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New display will pop up in tablet-cum-smartphones later this year
Even as Apple, Inc. (
preparing to catch up to Android smartphones
4-inch display of its own
, it may be left behind yet again as Android competition heats up in the 5-inch segment.
Ironically, a major pusher of this form factor is Apple's own primary
provider LG Electronics Inc. (
), which has handed Android phonemakers an even more powerful display -- a monstrous 5-inch Retina unit.
While many people mistakenly think Apple "invented" the Retina display, it really just bought it -- bought it from LG.
Now Android smartphone makers -- including LG itself -- are preparing to launch 5-inch smartphones powered by LG's new 1080p HD 5-inch Retina display, which packs an impressive 440 ppi. While not quite as high a pixel density as rival Toshiba Corp.'s (
498 ppi 6-inch display, LG's display is a bit further ahead given that it's reportedly ready for immediate product integration.
Devices with the monstrous new display could be available by the holiday season.
LG's new display is among the highest resolution 5-inch displays in the industry.
[Image Source: LG]
On the technical side, the new unit features a somewhat new technology called Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS), an evolution of IPS which offers faster response times (your image updates faster), better brightness efficiency (the display uses less power), and better viewing angles (you can tilt your device and still read it).
LG is currently previewing the massive new smartphone-cum-mini-tablet display at SID 2012 Display Week in Boston. Sang-Deok Yeo, CTO, brags, "With the world's highest resolution smartphone display, LG Display continues to remain a step ahead in developing the most innovative in display technology products."
RGB displays like this new model enjoy a slight advantage over Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (
Pentile display format
, in that they show less undesirable pixel visibility (aka "pixellation") at the same ppi (pixels per inch) measurement.
The 5-inch form factor is becoming increasingly popular among Android devices, after the modestly successful
Galaxy Note (5.3-inch) hit the market
, treading the line between a smartphone and a tablet. LG has a 5-incher of its own --
the Optimus Vu
LG's optimus Vu will be among Android's rapidly expanding 5-inch lineup. [Image Source: LG]
The Optimus Vu features a much different 4:3 aspect ratio, though, which makes it appear very squat. It reportedly was released in South Korea earlier
, and will slowly roll out worldwide in coming months.
Korean Herald [translated]
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5/28/2012 10:32:32 PM
He didn't say anything about producing the display. Re-read his post. "If Apple wanted to produce a phone WITH A 5" Retina Display, it could and would."
5/29/2012 3:27:02 AM
eh, maybe you should look up the word "produce" in a Dictionary. If the quote had said "...have produced..." rather "...produce..." then you'd have something to stand on. As it is now then not so much :-)
5/29/2012 4:16:02 AM
How's it feel to be forever alone?
5/29/2012 8:10:47 AM
Whether you produce something using other parts, such as producing a cake for which you need flour and eggs, or produce everything from scratch, you still produced it.
His point that Apple could easily produce a 5 inch phone if they wanted stands. They have sufficient money that they would find it easy to buy the screens off any supplier they choose, or to buy them outright, and could therefore produce a phone with that screen if they wanted.
It remains to be seen what they do but I suspect they will increase the screen size without increasing the form factor.
"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer
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