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LG Unveils World’s First 5″ 1080p Display With 440ppi for Smartphones

Are you ready to have a TV in your pocket? LG wants you to with their new 5″ 1080p smartphone display that rocks a massive 440ppi. Announced this morning, this display has set a new bar for all display makers to try and hit. It seems like yesterday we were talking about the first sets of 720p devices and now we have to start thinking beyond that? We may all need a pair of glasses to read anything at a 1920×1080 resolution since even icons will look tiny, but how fun are the macro shots going to be?

Tell me, do you want a resolution this high on your smartphone?

Via:  Pocket-Lint

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  • taglogical

    If the screen is under 10″ I’ll take 720P please.

    1080P will require more CPU/GPU horsepower… eating more precious battery life.

  • I want it. I’m even willing to sacrifice a super slim phone for a monster removable battery. Thicker phones fit my hands better anyway.

  • Butters619

    Now I can watch my Batman Blu-Ray rip on my phone!


  • i’m sorry, but on a screen that small it could be 480 p and you could not tell the difference

  • Why don’t they quit advancing in the wrong technology. We already have screens that are so freaking high in pixel density that we can’t see pixels from 6 inches away. Great. Fantastic. Now, why can’t we get batteries that last more than 4 hours of real use? We’re advancing in the wrong field. PUT R&D IN BATTERIES!!!!!!

  • neko

    Must have. There can never be too many pixels. Period.

  • ericsorensen

    Make it a Nexus with two GeeBee’s, and that’s my next phone – hopefully in mid 2013.

  • Steven Cornea

    they need to stop with the screens and work on batteries first, make your phone last longer than 1 day,

    then you do the screens

    • taglogical

      Yup! Gotta love Motorola’s 3300mah super thin batteries!

  • HuskerHog

    Of course I would. When a screen is this small, screen resolution greatly enhances the experience.

  • feztheforeigner

    Next week: 4K resolution

  • jdrch

    Higher screen res is never a bad thing.

  • tkazzee

    If the thing could last ten hours on a single charge under above average use, I think they could move into a top spot. But somehow I doubt it 🙁

  • Yes. If I can see pixels on a 4.65″ 720p display then higher resolutions are needed.

    • taglogical

      If you can see pixels on a 4.65″ 720p then someone is ‘doing it wrong’ (read: ur display is not top-notch… let me guess, pentile OLED?)

      • Yes. By the specs you should be able to see a Galaxy Nexus display a mile away. Of course it’s pentile, however every single reviewer said the AMOLED HD was the best screen on the market at the time other than the Rezound’s. We’re not seeing a lot of high resolution displays that aren’t pentile coming from anyone except HTC and Apple. However, my buddy has a Rezound and albeit a better display in just about every way, I can still see pixels.

  • chris125

    Only if they get good battery life, because to me no matter how great the resolution is, if the battery dies in 3 hours its worthless to me as a phone

  • fixxmyhead

    Damn lg is coming out with impressive stuff. 2gigs of ram and now this.

  • Azn_Android

    Congrats LG. Another useless innovation. No one has the technology yet to support a 1080p display.. unless you include a 5000 mAh battery along with it. The only “innovative” thing LG has done is set the RAM bar to 2gb.. I think they should stick to TV’s.

  • Russell Tanner

    Yeah I’m with the others that say this is a bad trade-off for the amount of battery it will eat. Not everyone has the option to just leave it plugged in all the time.

    I’m perfectly happy with the pixel density on my GNex and other current phones. If we already can’t make out the pixels, why do we need them to be even more dense?

  • burntcookie90

    And I’ve still got a 24 in 1080p monitor. Where’s my high res monitors, I don’t want to spend $400 just to get a Dell Ultrasharp, that kind of res should be something close to standard by now.

  • CaptainHowdy13

    I have enough trouble seeing 1600X1900 Displays that are 13.3 inch from any distance beyond in the lap. I cant see how a small screen like that will work

    • taglogical

      It would scale up things like font so that you could read it… essentially taking (arbitrary numbers) twice the horsepower, and twice the battery juice to accomplish the same thing as a lower resolution display (which could get away with half the horsepower and use half the battery juice)

      Pictures on the other hand, would look breathtaking.

  • yea!!!! i get to carry my charger and a 12v battery around in a backpack connected to a charge controller and a 10 W solar panel just to keep my phone charged :-/

  • Absolutley!! Why wouldn’t you? battery life? Get an extended battery, or bring a charger to work with you, like I do now. love me some 1080p in my pocket!

  • New_Guy

    Not even a question…of course I do!!!

  • DoctorOta

    I wish manufacturers would focus on cameras in their phones rather than unnecessary screen upgrades. 720 is fine now I just need a camera that didn’t take shotty pictures.

    • Butters619

      Although I completely agree with you, it’s hard with how skinny phones are.

      I wish they’d make phones just a bit wider and pack in a better camera and a bigger battery.

      • taglogical

        Instead of putting the ‘beefy’ camera on the back, they could put it on the side, with internal folded optics, lots of depth to work with (ala the width of the phone)

  • paul_cus

    I would definitely go for that screen, battery life be damned. LG is kinda impressing me lately.

  • Guest

    How about we take a little break from screen size and resolution and put about 5 minutes of thought into battery life and OS stability. mmmk?

  • CHRIS42060

    I love the idea of a 1080p display on a phone, but not a fan of the battery dropping from 100% to 40% watching a 2 minute video. OEMs need to slow things down until they can put the thing from Tony Stark’s chest in the phones.

    • feztheforeigner

      The Arc Reactor shall soon be upon us!

      • michael

        Doe this come with a mobile generator strapped to your belt, or a solar panel hat?

    • THIS^

  • Jon

    A few months ago a Google developer created an informative blog post discussing Androids evolution of the use of Hardware acceleration for graphics. An interesting read. In this post, the developer describes the challenge of 1280×720 p resolution and maintaining good refresh rates at such a high resolution (aka smooth buttery UI experience). At 1920 x 1080 resolution, it’s going to take one hell of a processor and GPU to keep up.

    The Verge has an excellent article about the new iPad and how games are being dumbed down just so the processor can handle displaying a decent frame rate at the insanely high resolution of the new iPad vs the iPad 2s lower resolution.

    All of this resolution comes at a cost. In a year when processors are able to deal with the extra load, and developers have figured out apps for these high resolutions, then it may be worth it.

    Right now I’d rather have a more battery efficient device.

    • Most phones can playback 1080p recorded videos via HDMI. The iPad 2’s resolution is ridiculously huge and not comparable to 1080p. If the G-Nex can process 1080p video with it’s older GPU than most high-end devices today won’t have any issue.

    • mons

      Software has pretty much always lagged behind the hardware. It’s more noticeable now with the rapid improvements in smartphones, but the same thing has been happening for a long time with computers.

  • jjrudey

    It’s not necessary and is more of a sales gimmick, but I’d take one on something like a Galaxy Note.

  • jeesung

    no. it’s useless with that small screen size.

    • WAldenIV


      I bet most people couldn’t see a difference between 720p and 1080p screens of 5-inches or smaller.

      The only people who think this resolution is necessary on a phone are the ones who have no idea what they are doing when they go to buy an HDTV.


    • New_Guy

      I caught that too. It’s practically non-existent!

    • ItchyEyeball

      It’s just the display…there are hardly any bezels on the displays themselves

      • Oh, now I realize how stupid I was. Re-reading the title cleared things up.

  • moelsen8

    No. Battery life is way more important. This smartphone resolution arms race is getting ridiculous.

    • Non_Sequitur

      Meh, sort of. I think that we should wait and see how good the battery life is in the smartphone that they implant this in.

    • Guest

      But they just want you to see the phone and buy it, they dont give a crap what happens once you walk out of the store with it.

    • Who’s to say that tomorrow’s GPUs won’t be able to pump out 1080p efficiently enough that it won’t be noticeable?

      • TheOiulkj

        Everyone who manufactures them

        • Then why does the GPU of my Galaxy Nexus, which is pretty inferior compared to most other high-end handset GPUs, process 1080p video just fine albeit it eats the battery life? But, like I said, it’s a pretty old and inferior GPU. And The Tegra 2 and 3 can process a 1080p video and slap it on your HDMI HDTV without struggle. In fact, nVidia’s big claims with the Tegra series is that it can process 1080p video efficiently. If you need sources cited:
          http://www.nvidia.com/object/tegra-superchip.html. Find me a single SoC manufacturer who says that their upcoming GPUs (muchless their current) that has an SoC in an upcoming flagship device that won’t be able to push 1080p video and I’ll concede.

    • Chronon7364

      It would be nice if they would indulge us with a battery size/capacity/efficiency arms race as well. Then sure, 1080p? Why not.

  • paladaxar

    YES 🙂

  • paladaxar

    YES 🙂

  • JustTrollin69

    Engadget posted yesterday about it’s debut, how was it announced this morning?

  • ummm. YES

  • TMadd

    No, I don’t.

  • quiklives

    It depends on what it would do to my battery, I suppose.