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LG Announces World’s Slimmest Full HD LCD Display for Phones, It’s 5.2-inches and Likely Going in the G2

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This evening, LG announced that they have produced the “world’s slimmest full HD LCD” for smartphones. It weighs in at 5.2-inches, is only 2.2mm thick with a 2.3mm bezel, and is a “true” full HD (1080×1920) display with its RGB sub-pixels. This new panel should provide enhanced outdoor readability thanks to “superiority in displaying resolution, brightness, and contrast ratio.” It will also provide an enhanced touch experience, better “grip-ability,” and a larger visible display space.

It sounds like a hell of a display. 

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If it’s not obvious, this display will likely ship with the new LG G2 that should be announced in NYC on August 7. That device has long been rumored to carry a 5.2-inch display, so the fact that this new panel made by LG was announced a couple of weeks before should be a dead giveaway. LG didn’t mention a time frame for shipping these panels, but if they are announcing it, I’d assume it’s ready now.

LG Display Introduces World’s Slimmest Full HD LCD Panel for Smartphones

New panel will enable sleeker Full HD smartphones delivering superior viewing experience

Seoul, Korea (July 11, 2013) – LG Display [NYSE: LPL, KRX: 034220], a leading innovator of display technology, today announced that it will unveil the world’s slimmest Full HD LCD panel for smartphones. The state-of-the-art 5.2-inch panel is an exciting advancement for the premium mobile device market enabling sleeker Full HD smartphones featuring better “grip-ability” and a superior viewing experience.

Only 2.2mm thin with a 2.3mm bezel, LG Display’s new panel is both slimmest and narrowest among existing Full HD LCD panels designed for mobile devices. This world’s slimmest Full HD LCD panel will provide larger visible display space on smartphones, critical as mobile devices are used for multimedia viewing more than ever before. Additionally, the panel will make devices easier to grip as well as lighter in weight.

Key to realizing the world’s slimmest panel is LG Display’s Advanced One-Glass-Solution (OGS), the latest touch technology enabling an enhanced touch screen experience, developed and applied to the new panel for the first time ever. Dual Flexible Printed Circuits, superior to a single circuit, have been inserted between the panel and touch film, reducing the number of lines on the panel by more than 30 percent. Utilization of a direct bonding system has also resulted in Optical Clear Resin between the panel and touch film for greater brightness.

The new panel’s superiority in displaying resolution, brightness, and contrast ratio results in enhanced outdoor readability. By utilizing 1,080X1,920 pixels consisting of Red, Green, Blue (RGB) sub-pixels, the panel is a true Full HD display. And with a brightness of 535 nits at maximum, LG Display’s panel outperforms all current mobile Full HD LCD panels. Finally, measuring contrast in real-life surroundings with Ambient Contrast Ratio results in a reading of 3.74:1 based on 10,000 lux, confirming the perfect performance of the panel even in strong outdoor sunlight conditions. Renowned testing firm Intertek has officially certified these results.

“Today’s introduction of the world’s slimmest Full HD LCD panel represents an exciting advancement for the high-end smartphone segment, and is possible due to our world-class expertise in IPS and touch technologies,” said Dr. Byeong-Koo Kim, Vice President and Head of LG Display’s IT and Mobile Development Group. “LG Display will continue its commitment to developing products that maximize consumer value as well as opening new doors for the mobile and tablet PC industry.”


About LG Display

LG Display Co., Ltd. [NYSE: LPL, KRX: 034220] is a leading manufacturer and supplier of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, OLEDs and flexible displays. The company provides TFT-LCD panels in a wide range of sizes and specifications for use in TVs, monitors, notebook PCs, mobile products and other various applications. LG Display currently operates nine fabrication facilities and seven back-end assembly facilities in Korea, China, Poland, and Mexico. The company has a total of 56,000 employees operating worldwide. For more news and information about LG Display, please visit www.lgdnewsroom.com.

  • LosttsoL

    “It weighs in at 5.2-inches.” How does something weigh in at a length?

  • akazerotime

    They had me at 1080×1920

  • Payaso

    This or the Note 3?

  • Joseph Barrientos

    i just hope they dont take this to the extreme and have a really thin device, idk how thin my hand can handle, its hard to hold most phones as it is now because they dont fit in the palm.

  • turdbogls

    Displays these days are just blowing me away….and LG has the best displays in the industry IMO. not sure what they are doing, but they are doing it right.

  • Joshua Bailey

    Moto X with long battery life and decent specs VS Nexus 5 with good battery life and Beast specs? Decisions decisions…

    • hoodieNation

      I’ll take the battery. I slapped a ZeroLemon 7000mah on my S3 and realized how much I like my phone lasting for days. Of course it weighs just under 5 tons now though. I don’t think I need specs that are better than what the S3 has so all my phones from here out will be based on battery size and screen. Hopefully Moto can step up in the display department.

  • Jones

    Y’all need to gon head and give LG their due.
    I’m like what they have been serving up.

    • Joseph Barrientos

      wait… what?

  • NorCalGuy

    The real droid ultra please stand up

  • Bigwavedave25

    Could be a cool design que if they could channel the display’s perimeter bleed glow to the frame of the device. May make for a nice thinly lit ring or something.
    Gimmicky, but so are the TV’s with the “mood” lighting projected back on your wall…

    (sorry, my ID sense kicked in… hmm, what can I do with that?? 😛 )

  • Geoff Johnson

    This is what companies should be doing, to make phones smaller make other components such as the display smaller, don’t skimp on the battery size!

    • Tommy Thompson

      This is what they are constantly doing though. A great example would be the GS4.Same size as the GS3, but larger screen, slimmer device, and larger device.

  • Diablo81588

    Not that impressive, really. If I remember correctly, AMOLED displays are about 1mm thick.

    • Ryan Stewart

      The catch that lets LG take the crown is this is a full RGB HD screen while Samsung had to drop the res and go pentile to get their screen to fit.

      I think LED is the future but it has its limitations (although I liked it enough on my old Galaxy Nexus).

      • Diablo81588

        That has absolutely nothing to do with the thickness. Samsung uses the pentile matrix to extend the life of the phosphors. The lower resolution was due to the difficulty of manufacturing at that pixel density. OLED displays are inherently thinner because they emit their own light, while LCD displays need a backlight.

        • Ryan Stewart

          But the point is valid, LG holds the crown for the thinnest full HD display because Sammy’s wasn’t.

  • LiterofCola

    Cant see myself buying an LG again. The Voyager was decent in it’s time…I guess.

  • j__h

    Now if we could only convince the OEMs that they should use that extra space and even more for a larger battery!

    • Sean Royce

      They’d unfortunately rather keep them as thin as possible.

  • shecalledmejay

    Slape a back on that and leave it “beveless”, then run and Ad that says “Welcome to the future.”

    • zurginator

      And then sit back while it gets blistered for being the most fragile phone ever.

      • shecalledmejay

        I mean sooner or later, phones are going to be nothing but screens to begin with. Add plexiglass or something around it and it will be fine.

        • zurginator

          Plexiglass = plastic. It scratches easy.

          Basically materials are a tradeoff: the harder to scratch, the easier to shatter…. The harder to shatter, the easier to scratch. Case in point? Diamonds. Good luck scratching one, but you can turn one into dust with a hammer strike.

          Plastic bezels are used to minimize the glass impact, which is why phones with less plastic bezel shatter easier. The best option is something like the RAZR M – normal size bezel, but plastic instead of glass. The worst option is something like the iPhone – zero buffer between the glass and whatever object.

          Plus with edge swipes becoming a thing, I wouldn’t mind larger bezels. They’re awkward enough to trigger on my Nexus 4 as is.

  • Kanaga Deepan N

    So the race for bigger screen (in normal phones like s4, G2, etc) is NOT going to stop at 5″….

    • TheWenger

      If the bezel is small enough that the phone is about the same size, what does it matter?

      • Sean Royce

        Pretty much this.

      • Ryan Stewart

        The bezel in the current N4 is, what, maybe 4mm max on the sides? Unfortunately the bezel isnt going to get thin enough to counteract a half inch in growth. The only way it could is if they only grew length wise and got rid of the top and bottom bezel (which I would like but with a current sized screen like 4.5-4.7).

      • Joseph Barrientos

        yes, thank you! seriously, i think thats the solution, i hate the idea of holding a “phablet”, but wouldnt mind a bigger screen if it feels good in my hands

  • deadpenguins

    Welp now I know why the optimus g2 is slightly larger than the gs4 despite having smaller bezels.

  • So thin, Apple must have wet itself when they saw it.

    • Mark Curtis

      As in, “Hey we should go back to LG for our display like we did for the iPhone 4”?

      • No, that’s not what I mean’t. If you look at Apple’s hardware ‘innovation’ over the past several years, its mostly been about miniaturization. While miniaturization is very important, they seem to be more focused on it than anything else. During the last WWDC they intro’d the upcoming Mac Pro which is super small and super powerful and really beat their chest hard in pride at its size and the extreme innovation involved. So when LG shows off this new super-thin display, I picture Apple humping LG’s leg over it.

  • desertdawg13

    You know why I like girls with small hands?….Because it makes my phone look bigger.

  • TheCheapGamer

    “…weighs in at 5.2-inches…”
    I hate measuring time in Celsius

  • Ray

    It’s still going to sit on top of other hardware in the device itself. So, what is the point of having the slimmest lcd screen, really?

    If they produce a phone that thin, then we are talking about something else. Until then, I’m not interested.

    • MikeCiggy

      Thinner LCD panel, thinner phone…

      • trd105

        Orrrrrr more room for a bigger battery hmmmm

        • MikeCiggy

          That to, of course

        • deadpenguins

          Yes, the optimus G2 is supposed to be extremely thin. I’m glad that the panel is smaller, because now I’m not questioning the battery capacity as much.

    • bose301s

      The stupid is strong in this one I see. If you reduce component thickness you reduce overall phone thickness, or you keep phone thickness the same and put a bigger battery in. Seriously not that hard to figure out.

      • TheCheapGamer

        Nope, LG will leave a gap of air between the board on the new slim screen.

        • El_Big_CHRIS

          Your 2 comments made laugh harder than they should

          • Brian Utne

            It will sit on top of the hardware, but the screen is THINNER than PREVIOUS SCREENS. This means that the overall thickness of the phone will decrease due to a thinner screen. It’s simple mathematics really. If you have a phone that’s (for simple math purposes) 5mm thick with a 3mm screen on it, then the phone is 8mm total.(5+3)
            However, if the thickness of the phones screen was reduced to…oh…lets say 2mm…then your total phone would be 7mm thick. (5+2).
            I hope you found this math lesson intuitive and simple. Thanks for your time.

          • El_Big_CHRIS

            I replied to @TheCheapGamer:disqus, his gap of air comment made me laugh. You, not so much.

          • Brian Utne

            Ah, sorry I couldn’t get a chuckle outta you boss. =/ I’ll try harder next time 😉
            I was replying to the guest..

          • TheCheapGamer

            I am here to please.
            To an extent though, anything more and it gets pricey.

        • evileclipse

          I literally laughed out loud! Haha! That’s great

    • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

      Either bad trolling or very stupid…

  • Put it in the Nexus 5. Thanks!

    • 18footJ

      And Nexus 5, please be compatible with Verizon this time. Thank you.

      • EC8CH

        who downvotes this sentiment???

        • evileclipse

          Thats too funny! That’s a serious question, I can’t imagine anyone has the justification for down voting that! Not only one, but two down votes? Cmon people.

          • Sean Royce

            Just look at all the down votes I got, and how many I’ll probably get from this comment.

        • Sean Royce

          People on the internet these days get offended by anything and everything. Get used to it.

          • eli

            That offended me

        • thefullritz

          They are CAVE people. Citizens Against Virtually Everything.

      • HitokiriX

        I thought google abandoned CDMA Nexus devices.

        • EC8CH

          which we all know is code for poopy pants verizon.

          • Ryan Stewart

            Dont forget Sprint, Verizon’s senile uncle.

          • HitokiriX

            Yea… I’m a Verizon customer. =(

      • zurginator

        That’s up to Verizon…. So good luck.

        • zurginator

          Interesting people down vote the truth…. Verizon uses a whitelist. If they don’t put the phone on it, you can’t use it. Period. Doesn’t matter if it’s compatible.

    • TheWenger

      This. So much this.

    • michael arazan

      Dam L:G Turn this into a TV set. A 42″ android TV set ultra thin would be nice