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 3:29:46 PM
Also it must be why some theatres have up through 22.2 systems.
I don't think you have much of a point; theaters are huge rooms that most people don't have. And your point about 7.1 vs. 5.1? If the former were such a huge difference, wouldn't it have displaced the latter?
I think the "good enough" argument holds a lot of water. Only those with the sharpest ears, clearest eyes, and most critically discerning brains can derive anything interesting from extreme examples of sense-appealing technology. Most ultra-expensive technology is sold to people that want to spend a lot of money on something that a Commoner can't buy.
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