Samsung to debut 3200x1800, 298 PPI 13.3" LCD panel (and more)

By on May 20, 2013, 3:30 PM

Samsung is set this week to pull the curtain on two LCD panels which boast pixel densities greater than those found on Apple's Retina Macbook Pro and even Google's Pixel Chromebook. Also expected to be unveiled at Display Week is an 85-inch 4K Ultra HD LCD TV panel and a 5-inch 1920x1080 AMOLED display for mobile phones.

Geared for tablets and laptops, Samsung's 10.1-inch WQXGA and 13.3-inch WQXGA+ panels will feature awe-inspiring resolutions (and pixel densities) of 2560x1600 (298 PPI) and 3200x1800 (278 PPI), respectively. By comparison, the Retina display found on Apple's 13-inch Macbook Pro carries a PPI of just 227 while Google's Pixel weighs in at 239 PPI. Despite their massive arrays of pixels though, Samsung claims its LED BLU and improved driver circuit technologies allow these high-PPI panels to draw 30 percent less power than current screens.

Next up, Samsung's 5-inch AMOLED display features the gadget-maker's proprietary Diamond Pixel technology -- a design which packs a higher ratio of green pixels to blue and red. The company says "the human retina reacts more to green than other colors," prompting the development of its Diamond Pixel tech. This feature was first spotted on the Galaxy S4.

Meanwhile, Samsung will alaso be touting its "local-dimming" feature which is expected to provide its 85-inch 4K UHD panel with reduced power consumption, deeper blacks and better contrast.

Samsung's announcement follows news from Sharp regarding its own upcoming family of high-pixel-density display panels. Sharp's newest IZGO LCDs will arrive in 11.6-inch, 14-inch and 15.6-inch flavors with the smallest boasting a resolution of 2560x1440 (253 PPI). Sharp's two larger panels will tout an even higher resolution of 2560x1440, making its 14-inch and 15.6-inch offerings 262 PPI and 235 PPI, respectively.




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JC713 JC713 said:

Good to see Samsung jumping in. This is bad for Sharp though, since they have been struggling as of late. I am surprised we arent seeing any 4K resolutions yet. This is a step forward. The next barrier is power consumption, good to see Samsung making progress in this category since power consumption is a big selling point over other panels.

gcarter gcarter said:

Finally! I for one cant wait to see the back end of 15" laptops with 1366x768 resolutions

soldier1969 soldier1969 said:

Yeh enough with those lame low res laptops for years its time to man up on the res. I've been using a 30" 2560 x 1600 display for my desktop for 2 years now waiting on the rest of the world to catch up from low res 1080.

MrAnderson said:

Oh common... larger displays with these high pixel densities... we don't really need that much more on the small displays. Some of us would like the prices of 24"-30" LCD monitors with higher resolution to drop in please. I know mobile is on fire but give a dog a bone! This also bodes well for products like the Oculus Rift VR head set. So... yey!

Littleczr Littleczr said:

Oh common... larger displays with these high pixel densities... we don't really need that much more on the small displays. Some of us would like the prices of 24"-30" LCD monitors with higher resolution to drop in please. I know mobile is on fire but give a dog a bone! This also bodes well for products like the Oculus Rift VR head set. So... yey!

I agree, those resolutions are too big for a small screen on a lap top. I think 1920 by 1080 is perfect for lap tops. More pixer per in(PPI) would be better then higher resolution.

JC713 JC713 said:

I think 2560x1440 should become the norm for laptops before this.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

DPI high as this one can be used effectively with 2:1 bi-scaling or 4:1 quad-scaling. In other words, using 4 pixels in place of one. This is the way Apple uses Retina in Macbook products. In this case we have to consider the number of effective pixels to be used by UI elements. For such laptop it will be 1600x900, which is quite ok for a 13" laptop. But if you intend to watch a 1080P video on it, then scaling will be somewhat unnatural, because some pixels will translate into 4 pixels to display, while others into 2 or 1. Not sure if it will be visible though, considering the size of the screen.

A good 15" display can have 4K resolution, and use effective 1080P for UI elements and the full 4K for the rest. Considering that we already have 5" phones with 1080P resolution, there is no reason not to have 4K in a laptop.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

I think 2560x1440 should become the norm for laptops before this.

It won't, and it should not. 1080P is the maximum a laptop may need. In other words, it is the maximum that makes the size of UI elements usable. Any higher density, like 4K, should be only to use for automatic scaling.

JC713 JC713 said:

It won't, and it should not. 1080P is the maximum a laptop may need. In other words, it is the maximum that makes the size of UI elements usable. Any higher density, like 4K, should be only to use for automatic scaling.

True.

Guest said:

"Meanwhile, Samsung will alaso be touting its "local-dimming" feature which is expected to provide its 85-inch 4K UHD panel with reduced power consumption, deeper blacks and better contrast.". please correct the mistake.

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