Step aside 1080p, QHD is in the building. No, not qHD – QHD. LG announced last night that they have created a brand new 5.5-inch Quad HD display with an insanely high resolution of 2560×1440, made for smartphones. In case you were wondering, that’s 538ppi. Yes, we are now moving into the +500 arena and shaking our heads the entire way.
As you can imagine, this LCD panel has all sorts of “world’s first” titles attached to it, like world’s highest resolution. It sports four times the pixels of a 1280×720 display, helping it to reproduce “more delicate colors” as well as improving upon contrast and vividness. As you can imagine, everything you view on the new Quad will look more lifelike, crisp, and as LG puts it, on par with Blu-ray video.
The new Quad HD LCD from LG is also the world’s slimmest and narrowest panel on the planet, a title their 5.2-inch LCD on the LG G2 held just a month ago. It’s only 1.21mm thick, with a 1.2mm bezel. If you want more numbers, that’s 12% thinner than the 5.2″ FHD panel on the G2. Ridiculous, right?
No word on when this panel will sample or ship in devices. But I think it’s pretty obvious that LG’s next phone, likely a G Pro 2, is going to sport this thing.
Everyone ready to move out of 1080p?
LG Display Develops World’s First Quad HD LCD Panel for Smartphones
New panel will deliver optimal viewing experience on larger smartphone displays
Seoul, Korea (August 21, 2013) – LG Display [NYSE: LPL, KRX: 034220], a leading innovator of display technologies, announced today that it has developed the world’s first Quad HD AH-IPS LCD panel for smartphones. At 2560X1440 with 538ppi, the new 5.5-inch Quad HD panel is the highest resolution and ppi (pixel per inch) mobile panel to date, and provides a glimpse at what’s next after current Full HD smartphone panels, critical given the growing trend towards larger displays.
“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,” said Dr. Byeong-koo Kim, Vice President and Head of LG Display’s IT and Mobile Development Group. “With this breakthrough, LG Display will continue to raise new standards for mobile resolution and lead the mobile display market.”
LG Display’s Quad HD panel for smartphones realizes clearer images with 4 times more pixels than HD at 1,280X720, thereby reproducing more delicate colors as well as improving contrast and vividness when compared to current mobile displays. This advancement will enable consumers to fully enjoy more life-like and crisp images, and even Blu-ray equivalent video, on their smartphones. The panel also features the highest ppi among current mobile device displays.
In addition, the new Quad HD panel will enable users to enjoy a full view of PC-version web pages at a single glance without image distortion; a contrast to current Full HD displays which only realize 3/4th of a full screen. Also, even when enlarging the screen, users will be able to enjoy undistorted and sharper text.
Only 1.21mm thin with a 1.2mm bezel measured in LCD modules (LCM), LG Display’s new Quad HD panel is both the world’s slimmest and narrowest panel, with 12% reduced thickness compared to the company’s 5.2-inch Full HD panel released last month. Based on Low Temperature Poly-Silicon (LTPS) substrate, the panel also realizes superior brightness of 430nit with improved transmittance and larger aperture opening size.
LTPS-based smartphone displays are expected to record 765 million units in shipments next year according to research firm DisplaySearch, as displays with larger screens, higher resolution, and less power consumption prove key to competitiveness in the premium model segment.
Market Outlook: Displays for LTPS-based smartphones
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.