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Samsung, LG May Release 1080p Phones in 2013

By - Source: The Verge | B 29 comments

HTC has already revealed the J Butterfly, which boasts a 1080p display at 440 ppi.

A Korean publication has suggested both Samsung and LG are planning to release smartphones featuring a higher pixel density than the iPhone 5's Retina Display. The two Korean conglomerates are apparently planning to implement full 1080p resolution to its smartphones screen sometime during the first half of 2013.

Both Samsung and LG are said to be integrating more than 400 pixels per inch for future smartphone displays. This is compared to the 326 pixels per inch found in the iPhone 5's Retina Display.

The report also said that LG has previously showed off a 5-inch display with 440 ppi, while Samsung is said to be ordering 1080p resolution screens from the company's own display business. The highest resolution display found in Samsung smartphones is in the Galaxy Nexus, which clocks in at 316 ppi.

HTC had recently unveiled the J Butterfly, a smartphone that boasts a full 1080p display at 440 ppi.

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    kinggremlin , October 25, 2012 4:34 AM
    Not sure of the real world benefit of this feature. I have better eyes than most of the people I know, and even I occasionally have trouble reading web pages on my GSIII depending on color contrasts and fonts. More annoying is how difficult it is to click on links without zooming in. 1080p is a pretty significant pixel bump over 720p. The screen is going to have to be a lot larger than the GSIII for the majority of the public to be able to use it.

    On a sort of related note, why on earth are mobile device resolutions continuing to increase at these absurd rates while desktop monitors seem to be going in the other direction? My 3 year old 1920x1200 panel is practically an extinct species with 1920x1080 becoming the standard. Something is seriously screwed up when your 5" cellphone has the same or better resolution than 99% of desktop LCD panels under 27".
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    Pgooch , October 25, 2012 4:07 AM
    I knew the screen on my nexus was better looking than most screens. Im looking forward to the new phones I have an upgrade :) 
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    christarp , October 25, 2012 4:08 AM
    Nice proofreading toms
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    dkcomputer , October 25, 2012 4:08 AM
    Man, retina is the best looking 26 ppi i've ever seen
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    ipwn3r456 , October 25, 2012 4:12 AM
    I think you need to change something on your article... 26 pixel per inch for the iPhone 5? My 20 inch monitor is better than that...
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    livebriand , October 25, 2012 4:21 AM
    Now if only desktop screen resolutions would start budging...
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    Bloob , October 25, 2012 4:23 AM
    Good for them, I guess. Personally I'm having trouble seeing pixels on anything higher than WVGA. I'd rather have less power consumption.
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    kinggremlin , October 25, 2012 4:34 AM
    Not sure of the real world benefit of this feature. I have better eyes than most of the people I know, and even I occasionally have trouble reading web pages on my GSIII depending on color contrasts and fonts. More annoying is how difficult it is to click on links without zooming in. 1080p is a pretty significant pixel bump over 720p. The screen is going to have to be a lot larger than the GSIII for the majority of the public to be able to use it.

    On a sort of related note, why on earth are mobile device resolutions continuing to increase at these absurd rates while desktop monitors seem to be going in the other direction? My 3 year old 1920x1200 panel is practically an extinct species with 1920x1080 becoming the standard. Something is seriously screwed up when your 5" cellphone has the same or better resolution than 99% of desktop LCD panels under 27".
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    assasin32 , October 25, 2012 4:49 AM
    Still wondering what the point is of having a 1080p display on a 5in screen. Heck most of my family's (entire family not just house hold) are still using non-HD TV's and non HD computer monitors minus me who is using a 1080p monitor which off hand I think is a 23.5in.
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    zander1983 , October 25, 2012 4:49 AM
    kinggremlin...On a sort of related note, why on earth are mobile device resolutions continuing to increase at these absurd rates while desktop monitors seem to be going in the other direction? My 3 year old 1920x1200 panel is practically an extinct species with 1920x1080 becoming the standard. Something is seriously screwed up when your 5" cellphone has the same or better resolution than 99% of desktop LCD panels under 27".


    Could not agree more! I'm in the market for a 27" 1440p screen and nothing decent under $600!

    Mr Samsung and Mr LG, slow down with the mobile displays and get your 1440p+ HD screens out of the factories!
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    zulutech , October 25, 2012 4:55 AM
    That 26 ppi iPhone display...
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    teknic111 , October 25, 2012 5:27 AM
    assasin32On a sort of related note, why on earth are mobile device resolutions continuing to increase at these absurd rates while desktop monitors seem to be going in the other direction? My 3 year old 1920x1200 panel is practically an extinct species with 1920x1080 becoming the standard. Something is seriously screwed up when your 5" cellphone has the same or better resolution than 99% of desktop LCD panels under 27".


    This is so on point and monitor manufactures need to address it!

    I have been rocking the same 24" Dell LCD with 1920x1200 resolution for nearly 7 years!!! Have LCD manufactures digressed over this time? Is there even any reason for me to upgrade???
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    panini , October 25, 2012 5:30 AM
    Anything above 350ppi is a waste imo. When your eyes stop distinguishing the pixels, the resolution stops mattering. It's like saying you can watch 720p video or 1080p video on a 1" display. Both will look identical without a magnifying glass.

    IMO, Galaxy Nexus and iPhone are at the sweet spot.
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    tomfreak , October 25, 2012 5:32 AM
    kinggremlinwhy on earth are mobile device resolutions continuing to increase at these absurd rates while desktop monitors seem to be going in the other direction? My 3 year old 1920x1200 panel is practically an extinct species with 1920x1080 becoming the standard. Something is seriously screwed up when your 5" cellphone has the same or better resolution than 99% of desktop LCD panels under 27".
    its because of Microsoft, if u adjust the screen resolution, the default setting of the windows makes the font size tooo small to be able to read.

    There is no pre-set setting in windows for u to choose screen size + viewing distance + resolution then the windows take care of it. NO SUCH thing exist.

    then we have AntiAliasing = makes high resolution much less useful.
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    christarp , October 25, 2012 5:48 AM
    livebriandNow if only desktop screen resolutions would start budging...

    Apple is doing just that. Unfortunately windows isn't designed with high resolutions in mind and makes it impossible to use at higher PPIs. Windows 8 doesn't even fix this afaik. Until windows 9 we're unfortunately going to be stuck with macs as the only computers with super high resolutions.
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    echondo , October 25, 2012 6:04 AM
    christarpApple is doing just that. Unfortunately windows isn't designed with high resolutions in mind and makes it impossible to use at higher PPIs. Windows 8 doesn't even fix this afaik. Until windows 9 we're unfortunately going to be stuck with macs as the only computers with super high resolutions.


    You've got to be fucking kidding me.

    DISPLAYS DO NOT CARE WHAT OS THEY ARE USED FOR. There are gaming machines running 5760x1080 eyefinity/surround monitors! There are single 2560x1600 monitors for sale that run more than fine on ANY OS OUT THERE.

    Get your head out of your ass, Apple hasn't done shit for the monitor industry.
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    kinggremlin , October 25, 2012 6:22 AM
    Tomfreakits because of Microsoft, if u adjust the screen resolution, the default setting of the windows makes the font size tooo small to be able to read. There is no pre-set setting in windows for u to choose screen size + viewing distance + resolution then the windows take care of it. NO SUCH thing exist.then we have AntiAliasing = makes high resolution much less useful.


    Bull. This has nothing to do with MS. I have a 15.6" Thinkpad with a 1920x1080 resolution screen and it looks great to me. The equivalent ppi for a pretty common 24" desktop monitor would 2880x1800. You can't even buy a 30" with that resolution.
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    kinggremlin , October 25, 2012 6:28 AM
    The current standard for 30" monitors is 2560x1600. Newegg has one monitor listed with a higher resolution (3840x2160). Few problems with it.
    1) It's not available for sale yet
    2) It's 56", so not exactly going to fit on a typical desk
    3) It costs a bit over $35,000.
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    freggo , October 25, 2012 6:59 AM
    To keep prices down all Monitor manufactures simply use TV resolution screens.
    That way the electronics to drive the display etc can all be standardized.

    There are only a handful of 1200/1440 and 1600 line Monitors out there, at a premium price due to the small quantities of course.
    One 4k TVs become more mainstream that will most likely change. Unfortunately not any time soon of course; also in Japan and Korea 4K cameras and Monitors are already shipping.
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    Anonymous , October 25, 2012 7:31 AM
    27" worth of screen is a whole different cost to manufacture than 5".

    The reason why we are stuck on 1920x1080 is that it is the standard 16:9 Format and it is what the public are happy to purchase due to the cost!

    Far Far more people will buy the cheap 24" 1920 "HD" resolution monitor for £110 than the better £500 2560 resolution monitor!

    Its called supply and demand! Besides, for £330, you can get three 24" 1920x1080 monitors and rock out with Eyefinity!
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    silliconcrayon , October 25, 2012 7:37 AM
    nice
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