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 5:30:22 PM
So I shouldn't have the opportunity to utilize an ultra hi-res display to it's fullest potential because the average Joe is too ignorant and apathetic to do so?
10/1/2012 6:44:41 PM
Congratulations on missing probably several points.
Point the first: 1080p resolution on a phone-sized screen is irrelevant. DPI density is too small to make any difference.
Secondly, while lots of people turn down their resolution on their desktops/laptops to get bigger fonts...lots don't. At no point did I say that "we shouldn't make monitors in high resolutions." I said many people do silly things with their resolution settings because they can't read the text.
If you know what you're doing with your display settings, and you can continue to read on-screen fonts without issue, then just res yourself up as much as you want. Because at no point did I ever even hint at anything different.
10/2/2012 1:23:47 AM
err what. This is smartphones we're talking. The UI should be fully scalable. The desktop os comparison holds no water.
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