Sharp Aims 5-Inch, 443 PPI 1920x1080 Pixel Displays at Smartphone Market
October 1, 2012 11:14 AM
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New display will vie with LG, Samsung, and others for dominance
While Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
the thriving smartphone commodity display market, a number of Asian rivals are aiming to unseat the South Korean giant. Among them is Japan's Sharp Corp. (
this week that it would be mass-producing a monstrous 443 ppi (pixels-per-inch) 1920x1080 pixel smartphone screen. The 5-inch screen could appear in devices as early as the holiday season, but will likely show up in greater quantities next year. The new display features a brand new pixel technology dubbed CG-Silicon, which Sharp promises brings smartphone displays in line with their full-size counterparts. Sharp's display likely makes use of the company's new "Igzo" power efficient thin-display tech, as well.
The release marks the latest round in a game of brinksmanship by Japan and South Korea's top display makers. Early this year South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. (
) announced production of a
similar 5-inch 440 ppi unit
, which will likely launch in a similar window. LG calls its display technology "Retina" displays.
Sharp is thinking small with its latest 5-inch 1080 display. [Image Source: IntoMobile]
Sharp is reportedly looking to displace LG in Apple, Inc.'s (
) coveted iPhone, using a slightly smaller display unit. The company announced in August that it would be
shipping displays for the iPhone 5
announced similar shipments
, indicating that Apple would split its demand between the two manufacturers.
A third player is Japan's Toshiba Corp. (
a 498 ppi 6-inch display. Toshiba's display could be the most impressive of the bunch -- unfortunately it's not yet quite ready for the market.
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10/1/2012 1:24:18 PM
Well, I also do not believe you. Or rather, I think you are conflating issues.
I can see this out-of-focus issue occurring when people upgrade to a larger monitor (again, pixel pitch will probably not be changing!), and they set their monitor to the resolution they are familiar with for no other reason than it's what they recognize. A very different psychological issue, and one seen commonly when people change any of their hardware/software, not just monitors -- people gravitate to trying to set everything up back to the familiar, even if that is non-optimal.
Again, the smallness of text isn't really going to be changing when you jump up an LCD monitor size with its higher resolution but same pixel density; but jumping from a CRT to an LCD is a different matter. CRTs were nice in that you can change the resolution without any focusing issues.
So, I must say, show me the data. I don't believe your interpretation or anecdote, and you don't believe me, so only hard facts will do.
10/1/2012 3:13:48 PM
Go walk around. The practice is so common that it's laughable for someone to claim they need "data" in order to believe it.
Me: Lots of people wear pants.
You: I don't believe you unless you show me data.
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