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Hitachi's 800x480 mobile phone display - Image courtesy Tech-On
2.9" and 800x480 to boot

Mobile web browsers rejoice as Hitachi has started mass producing its newest LCD mobile phone display according to Japanese site Tech-On. The new LCD is 2.9 inches and sports the highest resolution ever found on a mobile phone display—800x480.

The added resolution will allow users to browse mobile web pages easier without having to scrolling side-to-side for less phone friendly web pages. However, the real payoff for such displays is the ability to play 480i content with menus.

The bump to 800x480 is a fairly large pixel increase from the current QVGA (320x240) screens found on most new phones and a moderate increase from VGA (640x480) screens used in some PDA phones.

The new 2.9” LCD uses IPS LCD technology instead of TN typically used in mobile displays today. The advantages of IPS over TN are wider viewing angles, better color reproduction and faster response times. This results in a 170 degree vertical and horizontal viewing angle and a 400:1 contrast ratio.  Hitachi owns the rights to IPS technology, but most LG.Philips LCD panels use some derivative of the technology for desktop displays. 

There’s no mention when and which phone manufacturers will release products based on the new display.

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RE: Very nice. I likes.
By edpsx on 12/28/2006 2:34:45 PM , Rating: 2
Niche market. no. PDA/Smartphones. YES.. I would love to have this screen on my Treo any day of the week. So no its not just a gimmicky screen thats too large, its perfect for alot of sectors in the market.

RE: Very nice. I likes.
By Hydrofirex on 12/28/2006 3:55:13 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, cell phones are going to keep getting faster and having more functionality. Displays like this are going to be a must one day.


RE: Very nice. I likes.
By johnsonx on 12/28/2006 5:09:58 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Within a two weeks of upgrading my dying Kyocera 7135 (PalmOS 4.1.2, 160x160 display) to a new Palm 700p (PalmOS 5.4.9, 320x320 display), I got over the 2x resolution increase and started wondering about an even higher res display. 800x480 would be perfect. Palm 800 anyone?

RE: Very nice. I likes.
By retrospooty on 12/29/2006 7:13:15 PM , Rating: 2
Thats my point, it wont fit on a Treo. Your Treo would have to be HUGE to fit this screen. PDA's are dead as far as a consumer mass production product. This is closer to a small UMPC than a phone size screen.

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