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Sharp Begins Full-scale Production of 5-inch 1080p Smartphone Displays With 443ppi

Today, Sharp announced that they will begin full-scale production of new 5-inch HD 1080p LCD panels for smartphones in the month of October. The panels will sport one of the highest (if not the highest) pixel densities in the world at 448ppi. With a resolution of 1920×1080, a new pixel design, and 1.3 times the pixel density of conventional LCD panels, these are without a doubt, going to blow our minds. The panels will be on display at Sharp’s CEATAC booth, this week.

After reading that, what immediately comes to mind? HTC’s “dlx” aka DROID Incredible X, right? Rumored to carry a 5-inch 1080p display, we may see the device by November if rumors are true. The only worry I would have, is whether or not Sharp can produce enough in time to get this phone out by that rumored November date. I don’t necessarily know the ins and outs of manufacturing times for smartphones, but if they are only starting mass production now, I’d say November would be pushing it. Then again, production on some level actually began in September, so maybe that was for HTC’s new mega-phone. 

Sharp Begins Production of 5-Inch Full-HD LCD Panels

LCDs for Smartphones Have Pixel Density*1 among Highest in the World

Sharp Corporation has started production of 5-inch full-HD (1,080 x 1,920 pixels) LCD panels for smartphones with a pixel density among the highest in the world. Production began at the end of September at Mie Plant No. 3 and full-scale production will begin in October.

This LCD panel employs CG-Silicon technology*2, a new pixel design, and an innovative production process to achieve the same number of pixels in a smartphone-size screen as there are in a full-HD LCD TV. The panel, which has approximately 1.3 times the pixel density of conventional LCD panels*3, can display crisp text, super-clear maps, and amazingly real HD images.

By providing ultra-detailed LCD panels to support the growing worldwide demand for smartphones, Sharp will contribute to smartphones with increasingly higher quality images.

  • ri

    Saw it today at ceatec, totally mind blowing colour and breath taking astonishing uncomprehensible detail.

  • HueThree

    This will need a super fast processor to push all those pixels. Look at the performance between Asus infinity and Asus 300 (better performer, low pixel density). This thing will need a 2ghz processor.

  • cooksta32676

    So a 5″ screen with nav buttons is really only 4.6-4.7″?

  • a.youth.in.Asia

    iRetinaHD+ and then all the iSheep will say that it’s too sharp and you can’t tell the difference and the iDiots will keep believing that the retina display is still the most ppi

  • C-Law

    I don’t believe the HTC phone sporting this display will be a Nexus phone, for the simple fact that it doeant have the superior onscreen nav buttons. Google would never allow capacitive buttons on a Nexus, especially since with htc’s layout, it leads to a massive on screen menu button for apps that haven’t supplied their own

  • @Kellex No 448ppi is not the highest, my Canon T3i’s display has around 480ppi.

  • paul_cus

    If Sharp put this on a phone that they made, I’d be sold.

  • Guest

    This… kills the battery.

  • rodney11ride

    i heard the head phone jack is on the….bottom -> mind blown…

    • JoshGroff

      *Looks at G-Nex* Why yes, yes it is.

  • Booyah

    Slight overkill?

  • Take that Apple with your iphony Retina display scam

    • Guest

      What part of it was a scam?

      • Diablo81588

        Marketing the term “retina”

  • T4rd

    This sounds awesome in theory, but I think in practice, there’s not much benefit to this. You have to think about the hardware that has to drive this resolution too. It would use much less power and run much more smoothly if it only had to do 720p. I’m sure newer hardware such as the S4-Pro and Exynos SoCs can push 1080p just fine in most applications, but it’s still going to require more power to do it as opposed to a 720p display. Plus are most people really going to notice much of a difference in displays past 300+ ppi? The only real benefit will be to squeeze more information onto the display, but I doubt you’ll be able to read it all without zooming in on it.

    • I agree, on a 5” screen that high of resolution is only relevant on paper. 720p with higher energy efficiency would be much more important to me.

  • Sven Enterlein

    To quote my favorite Futurama character: “It has better resolution than the real world!”

  • C-Law

    Holy crap on a cracker!

  • Jroc869, Cool story bro

    Yup just take my money

  • burn our minds and our batteries

  • Brandal

    Sounds like an amazing screen I just hope it’s not only on the Incredible X. I’ve had too much trouble with HTC in the past to go back. I’ll take my Galaxy Note 2

    • JoshGroff

      I’ve only had problems with their official updates for some reason. (Isn’t that what the carrier testing is for?) I can thank HTC for bringing me to the dev community, and for that I am eternally grateful. Their screen and camera tech always impressed me, so I’ll keep an eye out for an HTC Nexus, or the DIX, but I’ll wait till S-off is achieved on that bad boy.

      • Brandal

        Yeah the official updates is what ruined it for me. It essentially bricked my last phone and I refuse to go back now. So because it’s a nexus it will be void of everything sense? Because sense was just too much of an overhaul for me

        • JoshGroff

          Yes, and your updates will be straight from El Goog. (for carrier unlocked devices of course, hopefully Verizon will keep up its now slightly better update process.)

  • Fovea Display™

  • YogurtBites

    It’s all fun and games until someone’s retina gets poked

  • Murphy

    Mind. Blown.

  • Southrncomfortjm

    I don’t see production problems for a November release. If these are only going into the Incredible X, then we aren’t talking about several million phones. If these also go into other phones launching at the same time then they may have issues, especially if the riots start again.

  • Meister_Li

    I’m not quite sure why you’d need a density of 443 ppi. I’m not holding my phone 2 cm away from my eyes. It usually rests in my hands and there’s already barely a difference between qHD and 720p displays.

    • C-Law

      Barely? You’re crazy! I see a huge difference when it comes to text between my mothers razr maxx and my gnex

      • Meister_Li

        That is mostly due to the pentile-tech in the Razr maxx. Compare a HTC Sensation Display with that of a HTC One X and good luck telling the difference. The colors are better, granted, but you can’t see pixels on either.

        • Diablo81588

          The nexus is pentile also, just higher resolution.

  • jaxxmjd

    Phones with a 5″ screen will never sell. /s

    • Paul

      You could make a phone with a 5″ screen that’s the same size as the GS3, which has sold quite well. I can’t imagine a phone that’s a few millimeters wider not selling due to that either.

      • jaxxmjd

        /s = sarcasm

        Or, in the case of whoever may downrank the comment, sar-chasm.

        • Paul

          Ah, didn’t notice that…

      • Diablo81588

        What is the cut off then? Its almost guaranteed that the GS4 will have a bigger screen than the GS3.


        • jaxxmjd

          Don’t worry. Soon, the optical implants will eliminate the need for a screen.

          • Release date?!!

          • jaxxmjd

            Irrelevant, according to the Mayans.

          • Touché

        • Paul

          I don’t think it will be much bigger if at all. They wouldn’t want to make it too close to the Note2 in size, and people do have a limit in size they want a phone.

          I’d bet the main selling point of the GS4 will be the processor.

  • Guest

    Awesome: something to poke holes in your Retina Display.

    • YogurtBites

      It’s all fun and games until someone’s retina gets poked.

  • chris125

    hopefully it won’t get held up like the original incredible did when they couldnt make screens fast enough and there was like months wait to get one

  • Sven Enterlein

    These displays will have to much detail that you’ll need a magnifying glass to read text! But if the colors are good I’m in!

  • LG also is producing a similar screen, announced earlier in summer. I’d assume that screen will be featured.

  • That’s awesome that the pixel density is so high, but how is it on battery? New screen tech like this doesn’t really excite me if it’s not also moving forward in power-saving capability.

    • Paul

      Brightness, contrast, and colors also matter more.

      • Diablo81588

        30 minute battery life, BAD ASS DISPLAY.

        • JoshGroff

          30 Minutes with a 3800mAh extended battery. 😉

          • For those 30minutes, your mind will be blown by visual excellence! You’ll have to have a cigarette afterwards.

    • TheDrunkenClam

      Carry extra fully charged batteries. Problem solved.
      If you have room in your pockets for a phone with a 5″ display, you’re bound to have room for a battery or two.
      Removable/interchangeable batteries are what sets android apart from iPhail

      • Um, no. Problem not “solved”.. That’s a workaround to circumvent/mask the bigger issue. Of course you can do that, but my point is that I want to see screen tech (all tech, for that matter) that decreases power usage. That’s fine if you’re okay with the extra batteries thing, but I am not.

        • TheDrunkenClam

          I feel like this is a situation where we can’t have our cake and eat it too.

          • I mean, it all depends on what the cake is to you. To me, the cake would be power savings. I’d be perfectly fine with 720p with improved power savings while some want the bigger screen with higher resolution over the power thing… Down the road (probably sooner than later) we WILL be able to have both.

          • Diablo81588

            Hydrogen fuel cells ftw!

        • cooksta32676

          It’s like putting larger fuel tanks in cars instead of increasing mileage.

      • It is an advantage to have the freedom to change out batteries. However, it’s definitely not an excuse to create devices with poor battery life. It’s an inconvenience to have to change out your battery half way through the day.

  • Paul

    Aren’t the rumors saying the Incredible X is only going to be on verizon? Verizon isn’t small, but that makes a November release a lot more likely than if it were for all carriers.

  • lol @ retina

    • Sven Enterlein

      I assume this would still fall under the “retina” category unless Apple patented it.

      • Sharp makes a good portion of their retina displays for them….apple gonna be mad

      • JoshGroff

        I thought 326+ was retina, so yes it would classify, but I believe Apple trademarked the term “Retina Display.”

        • michael arazan

          Retina is a scientific term for the part of your eye, I don’t think you can copyright a common word

          • JoshGroff

            And “Retina Display” implies that the pixel density is so high that the unaided eye can’t discern individual pixels at a normal viewing distance, yes, I know.

      • Yes it meets the requirements to be called “retina”, but that’s just a term that Apple came up with for their own devices.

      • As Tabe said, Retina is not an actual display technology or term. It’s just a catchy word Apple came up with to “wow” the uninformed.

        • Diablo81588

          Thank you! Apple and their silly marketing speak..