LG Shows Off World’s First Quad HD Smartphone Display

If there is one thing I absolutely dislike about laptops right now, it is the reluctance of hardware vendors to enhance the displays on their devices. Forget notebooks, even many ultrabooks are stuck by default in the horrifying 1366 by 768 pixels resolution.

Go back a few years, and 1600 by 900 and 1920 by 1080 displays were common on laptops. It is almost as if notebook display technology has gone back in reverse. Even the visual performance of CPUs and processors is on the rise.

But you have to hand it to the smartphone makers. Long gone are the days of 320p mobile displays, even some midrange devices now come with full HD 1080p screens! And it is set to get even better.

LG Electronics appears on track to push the boundaries of smartphone displays. The South Korean company has just unveiled (PDF link) the first Quad HD display for mobile devices.

With a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels, this is the world’s first Quad HD AH-IPS LCD panel for smartphones, measuring 5.5 inch. The display is a mere 1.21 millimeters thick (on thin, in this case). And it is able to push a density of a 538 pixels-per-inch.

The vice president and head of LG Display’s IT and mobile development group, Dr. Byeong-koo Kim said:

“LG Display, which pioneered the high resolution mobile market with introduction of the world’s first Full HD smartphone panel in 2012, again opens new possibilities with the successful application of QHD technology.”

In simpler terms, this remarkable new screen can deliver up to four times the pixel density of 720p displays, while also being able to offer better colors, along with improved contrast and vividness, compared to the currently available mobile panels.

LG also claims that with this new screen users will be able to enjoy PC versions of web pages without image distortion. This is something that full HD screens on mobile devices cannot offer — they can only display ¾ of a full screen

The company estimates that shipments of smartphone displays based on the LTPS technology will reach 765 million units as early as next year thanks to their lower power needs, higher resolution and larger dimensions.

Now only if notebook makers could offer something half as good as standard.

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