LG Display announces 5.0-inch, 1080p AH-IPS display for smartphones

By Lee Kaelin on

There is no doubt that display manufacturers have been pushing the boundaries of technology with the latest line of touchscreen panels making their way into smartphones, and now LG Display looks set to push the envelope even further with the announcement of its latest 5-inch display, packing a full 1080p resolution.

The new display uses the 16:9 aspect ratio, providing a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels with 440ppi and uses Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS) which promises wide viewing angles, improved brightness efficiency and fast response times.

In comparison, Apple's iPhone 4S uses a 3.5-inch 960x640 pixel 'Retina' display with a pixel density of 326ppi. The latest range topping smartphone from Samsung, the Galaxy S3 uses a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with 1280x720 pixels and a pixel density of 306ppi. It's also worth noting that the highest pixel count currently belongs to a 6.1-inch display made by Toshiba, destined for use in tablets (although it could well used in a phone at the rate sizes are increasing) and offers 2560x1600 pixels with a whopping 498ppi.

Consumers won't need to wait too long either, as it will be available sometime in the second half of this year, although it's currently unknown what devices will ship featuring it. LG Display says that the new high-resolution display will be first exhibited at SID 2012 Display Week in Boston which starts on June 4.

Interestingly, according to CNet, this display would be ideal for the recently leaked LG Eclipse prototype, which they say promises to be the world's most powerful smartphone with a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Should the handset become a reality, it would be the ideal platform in which to fit this 5.0-inch 1080p screen.

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