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New display will pop up in tablet-cum-smartphones later this year

Even as Apple, Inc. (AAPL) is preparing to catch up to Android smartphones with a 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 "Retina" display provider LG Electronics Inc. (KSC:066570), 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 (TYO:6502) recently demoed 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 5-inch display
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 (KSC:005930) 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 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 in May, and will slowly roll out worldwide in coming months.

Source: Korean Herald [translated]

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RE: Not telling the whole truth here
By Reclaimer77 on 5/29/2012 8:41:22 AM , Rating: 2
I was using Google voice WAY before Siri even came out. You're information is typically wrong and biased.

Pentile screens? They HAD to use pentile screens because there was no such thing as a non-pentile 720p screen. The Galaxy SIII will be the first EVER non-pentile 720p screen. Once again, don't know what you are talking about. And where do you get that all Samsung flagship products have pentile screens? My Galaxy S2 doesn't, pretty sure that was a flagship phone.

SAMOLED+ is "derivative" technology? Honestly tester, you're too stupid and biased to even take seriously. You Apple fanbois here are a joke, why can't you see it?

RE: Not telling the whole truth here
RE: Not telling the whole truth here
By nolisi on 5/29/2012 3:05:54 PM , Rating: 2
Let's contextualize here:

1) Apple did not create anything unique in the iPhone. At best, it was a new OS with design factors from a variety of already existing products on the market. iOS is the most unique part of the iPhone as cell phones, touch screens, mobile apps, and multitouch existed long before Apple got into the market.

2)Google contracted HTC, a company with a very long history of creating mobile devices with touch screens (mostly Windows devices, but they also created devices with their own OS, ie, the sidekick) to build the T-Mobile G1 with T-Mo as a partner.

So yes, perhaps Google changed direction on the necessity of a touch screen in the OS to compete with Apple. But the T-Mobile G1 is an HTC/T-Mobile product, and had features that Apple actively refuses to integrate into iOS, but are hallmarks of HTC's history with phones (physical keyboard, direction pads, expandable SD storage, etc).

But the dialogue is skewed on the subject of the OS. HTC has created touch screen devices capable of much more than Apple is willing to design into iPhone.

And there is absolutely nothing wrong with Google redesigning their OS to allow HTC hardware to better compete in a market it already exists in.

RE: Not telling the whole truth here
By Commodus on 5/29/2012 9:30:17 AM , Rating: 2
Avoiding the way-too-much hyperbole of the initial responder:

His emphasis was on "useful," and probably a specific definition of it. Google Voice Actions have their uses, but they don't make for a very natural system at all. If you don't say "weather Ottawa," it has no clue what you were asking. On Siri, I can ask "what's it like in Ottawa?" "will I need an umbrella today?" or even "is it good outside?" There's a big difference between something that's just waiting for a specific command and one that's actually determining context as well as letting you ask the way you would a real person.

Remember: don't mistake having *any* form of a feature for being first with an implementation. Video chat existed before Skype; that didn't mean Skype wasn't the actual revolution.

The GS3 still uses a Pentile screen, it's just not as conspicuous as it was on the Galaxy Nexus. Super AMOLED definitely isn't derivative; you do have to give credit to Samsung as a display maker, since it can always set its own agenda. Apple was the first smartphone maker that I know of to push for a "pixel-free" display on a phone, but it doesn't have an HD resolution... at least, not yet.

RE: Not telling the whole truth here
By Reclaimer77 on 5/29/2012 10:50:00 AM , Rating: 2
That line of thought seems pretty subjective. He's flat out said Google copied Apple's Siri. He didn't make any mention of "most useful". He even created a false timeline where Apple came out with voice commands first!

That's just more fodder for fanboi's anyway because most people don't talk to their phones and never will. Voice recognition is mostly a gimmick.

His whole post enforces the stereotype that stupid Apple fanbois believe Apple is the supreme driving force of innovation and invention in the world, and that everything we have is due to them.

RE: Not telling the whole truth here
By retrospooty on 5/29/2012 11:59:23 AM , Rating: 2
"His whole post enforces the stereotype that stupid Apple fanbois believe Apple is the supreme driving force of innovation and invention in the world, and that everything we have is due to them."

Exactly... The funny thing is when you catch them in a complete falsity like that, and expose it as you just did above they always disappear and don't post back. Then they come back with it again weeks later as if it was never said. This sort of proves that they are not only full of crap, they are aware of it... thus they are purposelyy spreading dis-information to Apple benefit.

This indicates they (Testerguy, Macdevdude, Tony Squash etc) are either one of 2 things. They are either purposly trying to make Apple look good for professional benefit, or they are just complete no-life losers. The distinction means little, becasue neither is acceptable.

RE: Not telling the whole truth here
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/29/2012 12:22:37 PM , Rating: 2
I believe they are being paid somehow....especially Tony...

RE: Not telling the whole truth here
By sviola on 5/29/2012 12:46:39 PM , Rating: 2
I believe they are the same person. Just playing slightly different roles. And, really, if he is being paid, he really is posting on the wrong website. He is not going to win any minds here...

By retrospooty on 5/29/2012 12:56:26 PM , Rating: 1
"he really is posting on the wrong website. He is not going to win any minds here..."

Well, if you aren't bright enough to see through Apple's RDF, and you aren't bright enough to figure out where to post Apple skewed info and you don't have the social awareness to realize everyone around you thinks your an idiot, then you probably aren't going to realize that your dis-infomation isn't sinking in to the target audience.

By momorere on 5/29/2012 5:14:01 PM , Rating: 2
I believe that you are 1000% correct. I have been watching their (Tony's) total BS for a long time now and just decided to finally create an account and will down rate every comment from any of his personae. No one in their right state of mind wants to read his pro Apple propaganda as we all know he is just one of Apple's pathetic paid cult followers.

I really enjoy how he always manages to throw in ALOT of legal jargon and hopes that everyone just believes him and will not question his "facts."

RE: Not telling the whole truth here
By BSMonitor on 5/29/2012 2:18:27 PM , Rating: 2
His whole post enforces the stereotype that stupid Apple fanbois believe Apple is the supreme driving force of innovation and invention in the world, and that everything we have is due to them.

"Everything we have"?? Surely no one really believes that... Just in your bubble world, where you somehow have the clairvoyance to read the mind of every person to ever comment positively on an Apple product.

Kudos to you, ... wait, you weren't born into a manger were you??

By Cheesew1z69 on 5/29/2012 2:54:00 PM , Rating: 2
Surely no one really believes that..
Yes, there are people who believe that and to think otherwise is moronic. There are a few prime examples on this site alone.

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