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LG Shows Off 5-inch 1080p LCD Screen


LG 5in 1080p Display
LG 5in 1080p Display

LG has unveiled a 5-inch mobile display with a 1080p (yes, that's 1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution, giving it a eye-boggling pixels per inch rating of 440ppi. This eclipses the iPhone 4 and 4S' Retina Display, which stands at 326ppi, and means that the pixels will be so small that you can't make out individual ones with the naked eye.

The 16:9 aspect ratio panel uses a variation on the high quality IPS (In-Plane Switching) LCD panel technology, called Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching (AP-IPS), so should have great viewing angles and colour reproduction too.

The most famous 5in-screened device to date, the Samsung Galaxy Note, packs a 1,280 x 800 pixels for a pixel density of 284ppi so this new panel will be a big step up.

LG 5in 1080p Display

This isn't a pipe dream, either. LG said the screen will be available for use in products by the second half of this year. This is in contrast to a number of other ridiculously high-resolution panels that have been demonstrated recently but have never come to light, including Toshiba's 6.1in, 2,560 x 1,600 pixel panel with 498ppi.

Of course, the question remains as to what the point of such a high-resolution screen is. With the iPhone's Retina Display already surpassing the point of visibly pixels, the extra ones offered here seem genuinely pointless for general use.

Think this is the future of big screen mobiles or tech pushed pointlessly far? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


May 28, 2012, 6:47 pm

Possibly pushing the boundaries of the absurd, but it's always nice to see this sort of thing being done!

Martin Daler

May 28, 2012, 9:21 pm

If you sit at a normal viewing distance from a 40" TV, and simultaneously hold a 5" screen device at its normal viewing distance, you will find that the 5" screen will just about perfectly eclipse the TV screen.

In other words, at their respective normal viewing distances, each device subtends approximately the same angle to the eye. So if full HD is overkill on a 5" handheld device then it is likewise overkill on a 40" TV screen - but I don't hear any complaints about the latter.

I think this could be a fantastic device - a smidge smaller than the Galaxy Note, with fantastic clarity of image. Maybe Sammy could use it in the Note II ?


May 29, 2012, 12:01 am

Basically this will make resolution a non-issue and we can get on with considering other aspects.

The same goes for having more CPU or GPU power than we could ever use, or storage. Bring it on!

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