Sharp begins production on 5-inch 1080p displays

Oct 1, 2012
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A lot of the current top-of-the-line Android handsets have screens with a 1280 x 720 resolution on average, but that's about to change. Sharp is wanting to bring 1080p displays to phablets of all kinds, and has announced that it has started production of its own 5-inch, full 1080p HD smartphone displays.

The new 5-inch panels will feature a resolution of 1920 x 1080, which results in a crazy pixel density of 443ppi. To compare that with the best smartphones on the market right now, the Samsung Galaxy S III’s 4.8-inch display has a resolution of 1280 x 720 and a pixel density of 306ppi. The iPhone 5's 4-inch screen has a 1136 x 640 resolution and a pixel density of 326ppi.

The new LCD panel includes a new pixel design and an improved manufacturing process to achieve such an extremely high pixel density. Modern CG-Silicon technology allow the screens to display crisper text, super-clear maps and more realistic HD images. We can only imagine what kind of image quality this will bring to mobile devices when it hits the market for the first time.

Sharp produces some of the 4-inch screens for the iPhone 5, which already boasts an impressive pixel density that results in a crisp and clear display. Last week it was reported that Sharp was behind on production for the iPhone 5's screen, but company officials have said that they're right on schedule and can cope with high demand.

Production for the 1080p 5-inch displays began at the end of September in Kameyama, Japan, and full-scale production of the new display is expected to begin sometime this month. Frankly, we're excited to see which smartphone manufacturers will use the new displays, and whether or not we'll see them in upcoming Samsung Galaxy devices or even HTC's One series.


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