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Japanese Display Company Announces LCD with 651ppi

By - Source: JDI | B 24 comments

When the late Steve Jobs announced the iPhone 4, he heaped praise on the device's screen, which Apple was calling 'Retina Display.' Why? Because Steve said that its pixel density of 326ppi meant that holding the phone at a distance of 12 inches from your eyes would be unable to distinguish individual pixels. Since then, other companies are battling to produce displays that compete with the iPhone (and now iPad) display.

 

Today, another contender stepped up to the mark. Japan Display Inc has announced an LCD with a pixel density of 651ppi. If your jaw is on the floor, you might want to take a moment to pick it up, because this announcement is made a little less impressive by the size of the display in question: It measures just 2.3 inches. Still, that hasn't dampened JDI's spirits one bit.

"Although the screen size is only 2.3-inches, the resolution format of the display is 1,280 × 800 pixels (WXGA), which is comparable to those used in typical notebook PCs," the company said in a statement. "From another perspective, the resolution format of the newly-developed display is nearly twice the resolution of today’s high-resolution smart phone displays."

JDI's display is on show at the Society for Information Display’s (SID) Display Week 2012, which is taking place in Boston this week but hasn't provided details on what kind of devices, if any, we can expect to see packing this tiny but beautiful display. To put things in perspective, the iPhone 4S has a pixel density of 326ppi, while the iPad 3's Retina Display clocks in at 264ppi. Amazon's Kindle fire has 169ppi, HTC's One X has 312ppi, LG Optimus LTE has 329ppi, and Samsung's just released Galaxy S III packs a pixel density of 306ppi.

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    serhat359 , June 8, 2012 4:13 PM
    Still waiting for them to make desktop monitors with at least 120 ppi
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    livebriand , June 8, 2012 4:44 PM
    Can we PLEASE get higher resolution desktop screens now?
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    yadude , June 8, 2012 4:18 PM
    The high pixel density would be good for head-mounted displays.
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    serhat359 , June 8, 2012 4:13 PM
    Still waiting for them to make desktop monitors with at least 120 ppi
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    amk09 , June 8, 2012 4:16 PM
    This seems to really benefit languages that use complex characters such as the Japanese script above.
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    yadude , June 8, 2012 4:18 PM
    The high pixel density would be good for head-mounted displays.
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    eddieroolz , June 8, 2012 4:23 PM
    That's impressive...to make 326ppi look bad is not easy.
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    glaskows , June 8, 2012 4:30 PM
    HMD please!
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    livebriand , June 8, 2012 4:44 PM
    Can we PLEASE get higher resolution desktop screens now?
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    shin0bi272 , June 8, 2012 4:57 PM
    As a proof of concept this is awesome. The next generation will of course be larger and in color but at this resolution we are approaching the granularity of control from the old crt displays where you could change resolutions without any loss of quality in the picture.
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    MauveCloud , June 8, 2012 4:57 PM
    serhat359Still waiting for them to make desktop monitors with at least 120 ppi


    It has been done before:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-T221-9503-DG5-NOT-DGP-48-hz-Max-3840-x-2400-/200773326889
    204 pixels per inch, came out around 2001.

    BTW, for those curious about the Japanese text used, I think it says something about eagles and hawks dancing in the sky (might be part of a longer sentence, though)
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    freggo , June 8, 2012 5:08 PM
    a few more month and smart phones have higher resolutions than our desk top 'monitors' (i.e. TVs).

    It is about time that a company steps up to the place and brings us a decent resolution that does not break the bank.
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    jn77 , June 8, 2012 5:38 PM
    I second the fact that monitor manufacturers are slacking..... I do photography with high megapixel camera's and want to know when the 326 or 600+ ppi displays are coming to my 24 and 30 inch monitors.
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    punahou1 , June 8, 2012 6:14 PM
    2.3 inches is good for a refrigerator magnet. It will be great when this is brought to a desktop monitor...
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    MauveCloud , June 8, 2012 6:59 PM
    jacekringBut did you look at the contrast ratio and response times on that monitor??? 400:1 contrast is horrible, my monitor has 700:1 and I consider it just barely passing and I wish I had bought one with 1000:1. Although I bought my monitor like 6 years ago and it's 32". Oh and my monitor has 8ms response time not 50 like that monitor. Forget playing a fast paced shooter on that monitor, the blur will be unforgiving. Res on my monitor is 1920x1200 btw.


    I didn't say it was a good monitor, just that it qualified as a desktop monitor with >= 120 ppi. I like the idea of more pixels per inch on desktop monitors, but I think it's not so much "waiting for them to make" as "waiting for them to bring back" and provide better contrast and response time, though I'm also waiting for desktop-size OLED monitors to become affordable.
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    CaedenV , June 8, 2012 6:59 PM
    yadudeThe high pixel density would be good for head-mounted displays.

    My thoughts exactly!

    Sad thing is that my 10" netbook cannot run win8's metro apps naively because the res is too low (thank God for reg edits!)... then 3 years later comes this 2.3" display and it should be able to do it with no problem... granted a touch screen this size would be damn near impossible.
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    jasonpwns , June 8, 2012 8:47 PM
    CaedenVMy thoughts exactly!Sad thing is that my 10" netbook cannot run win8's metro apps naively because the res is too low (thank God for reg edits!)... then 3 years later comes this 2.3" display and it should be able to do it with no problem... granted a touch screen this size would be damn near impossible.


    My phones screen is 2.6 inch with a touch screen.
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    shahrooz , June 8, 2012 9:44 PM
    lol look at the Japanese characters how hard are they to write???
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    mikewong , June 8, 2012 10:10 PM
    I might not need this much for a desktop monitor (yet), but at least give us a 30" 4k monitor for now! Please?
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    mcd023 , June 8, 2012 11:27 PM
    jacekringBut did you look at the contrast ratio and response times on that monitor??? 400:1 contrast is horrible, my monitor has 700:1 and I consider it just barely passing and I wish I had bought one with 1000:1. Although I bought my monitor like 6 years ago and it's 32". Oh and my monitor has 8ms response time not 50 like that monitor. Forget playing a fast paced shooter on that monitor, the blur will be unforgiving. Res on my monitor is 1920x1200 btw.

    Although I agree that the contrast ratio isn't good, but the response time is as expected, since as Toms pointed out in a 27" roundup that higher res monitors have a longer response time.

    Oh, if only someone would give me the best of all monitor worlds! because even if it does come out, I'll only be able to dream about having it!
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    CKKwan , June 8, 2012 11:28 PM
    There are 4 Chinese characters and 2 Japanese characters in the text
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    jryan388 , June 9, 2012 12:38 AM
    Quote:
    That's impressive...to make 326ppi look bad is not easy.


    Trouble is it wouldn't make 326ppi look bad. It would be very hard to notice a difference during regular use. You could only tell if you brought it uncomfortably close.
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    invlem , June 9, 2012 2:09 AM
    if you can't see the pixels on 326 ppi, how will going to a higher ppi be better?

    From a technical standpoint its better, but if we can't see the difference is there a point? Its like buying monster branded cables for 200$ and thinking you hear the sound difference.
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