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LG Aims To Beat Apple's Retina Display 333

angry tapir writes "LG Display has introduced a 5-inch full HD LCD panel for smartphone displays — the highest resolution mobile panel to date. The widescreen panel is based on AH-IPS (Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching) technology and has a 1920-by-1080 pixel resolution or 440 pixels per inch (ppi), according to LG. That compares well to Apple's Retina display, which has 264 ppi on the new iPad and 326 ppi on the iPhone 4S."
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LG Aims To Beat Apple's Retina Display

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  • Cool tech, but (Score:5, Insightful)

    by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Tuesday May 29, 2012 @06:47PM (#40149587)

    If the Apple Retina display is already beyond the point a human eye can resolve - what's more resolution going to get you?

  • Apple's display? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 29, 2012 @06:48PM (#40149607)

    Apple doesn't make their own displays.

  • by torkus ( 1133985 ) on Tuesday May 29, 2012 @06:52PM (#40149661)

    Seriously, phones and tablets are getting ~1080P screens but most of the laptops on the market are stuck with the crappy 1366x768 even though they're MUCH larger and it would make a visible and FUNCTIONAL difference.

  • Re:Cool tech, but (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 29, 2012 @06:56PM (#40149699)

    Two things:

    1) It gives them a "higher number" spec to shout about, because Android manufacturers consistently mistake "bigger" specs for "better" experience.
    2) More justification for a higher price tag to bolster the sagging profit margins of most Android manufacturers.

    Once again, they're getting it wrong, because these numbers aren't anything anybody but a slim portion of the market (e.g., Slashdot trolls) will care much about. But they seem to think it will help them sell more phones.

  • Re:Cool tech, but (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Bill, Shooter of Bul ( 629286 ) on Tuesday May 29, 2012 @07:19PM (#40149935) Journal

    1a) Yes its a spec
    1b) Yes Android Manufactorers compete on specs
    1c) No, some bigger specs do make better phones within reason. I'd gladdly take a 4 inch screen over a 3 inch. I'd gladdly take two cores for one. Apple increases specs ever version of the iphone, that doesn't make them idiots, does it?
    2) No, Competition is fierce, so they must make a better product. Why is that a bad thing? The phone will be foreced to be sold at the same price point as last years best phone due to competition. Who loses in that scenario? Not the consumer.

  • by Chirs ( 87576 ) on Tuesday May 29, 2012 @07:22PM (#40149963)

    I don't care about the rest. An i3 is fine for a cpu, I only need a couple gig of RAM. A full 1900x1200 screen would be awesome though, and currently there are only two laptops on the planet that I know of that still have them available.

  • Re:Cool tech, but (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Fluffeh ( 1273756 ) on Tuesday May 29, 2012 @07:23PM (#40149975)

    If the Apple Retina display is already beyond the point a human eye can resolve - what's more resolution going to get you?

    The Apple display is "Beyond what the human eye can resolve" while holding it at a certain distance. That means if you hold it closer, you will start to see the pixels. This makes the LG display able to be held closer to the eyes while still not being able to see the pixels. Does it mean much for the average user who always holds their phone at a distance of two feet from their eyes? Nope, but it is still bragging rights.
    Now if only the folks that make monitors started playing this game, I would finally be able to get a monitor that has a higher resolution than my phone. Seriously, what's with the huge drop in screen resolution on both laptops (unless you buy the $5k model) and run-of-the-mill desktop screens? 1366x768? The nineties called, (Yes, I did warn them about the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan) they want their resolution back!

  • 20/20 vision acuity can actually perceive something as small as roughly 30 microns across when it is only 12 inches away. That is roughly half the size of the pixels on the Retina display. In practice, the eye can discern even smaller variations than this, however... and so a pixel spacing of 15 microns or better is required to surpass the nyquist limit in any case where adjacent pixels can have potentially very high contrast. To cover all cases, including being equal to what even people with superior vision can detect, the Retina display should increase its resolution by a factor of about 5.
  • Re:Cool tech, but (Score:5, Insightful)

    by oxdas ( 2447598 ) on Tuesday May 29, 2012 @07:45PM (#40150169)

    Nearly all the current retina displays are made by Samsung (with a small percentage made by Sharp). Do you really believe that Samsung (which shipped nearly 25% more smartphones than Apple last quarter) could not simply switch to the display they sell to Apple if they so chose? Samsung has chosen to go with their AMOLED displays because they offer more contrast and lower power consumption than the "retina display." AMOLED displays currently can not be produced at the pixel density desired by Apple, however, so Samsung is using more conventional technology on the display they sell to Apple.

  • Re:Cool tech, but (Score:5, Insightful)

    by squiggleslash ( 241428 ) on Tuesday May 29, 2012 @08:00PM (#40150303) Homepage Journal

    Here's an idea, rather than letting the manufacturers get away with making the dick waving contest be about screen resolution, why not force them to fix the fucking smartphone battery life problem?

  • by Osgeld ( 1900440 ) on Tuesday May 29, 2012 @09:04PM (#40150889)

    "(although I'm sure someone will reply and whine about aspect ratios and vertical pixels)"

    yea like those asshats who write stuff for a living and those extra pixels is just enough to show a full page while editing full screen


  • Vernier acuity (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 29, 2012 @09:25PM (#40151041)

    Just because you can't resolve a single pixel doesn't mean you can't detect jaggies.

  • Re:Cool tech, but (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Svartormr ( 692822 ) on Wednesday May 30, 2012 @12:44AM (#40152119)
    Until those battery lives are measured in days and not hours, there's still a lot of work to be done.
  • Re:Cool tech, but (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Joce640k ( 829181 ) on Wednesday May 30, 2012 @02:01AM (#40152415) Homepage

    My Android phone lasts a week with light use, 12 days if it's just in standby. I can drain it in a couple of hours if I turn everything on (eg. GPS navigation).

    The worst culprit for draining the battery was the screen auto-rotate. You'd think they'd turn it off when it's in standby, but, nooooo....

  • Re:Cool tech, but (Score:5, Insightful)

    by psiclops ( 1011105 ) on Wednesday May 30, 2012 @04:51AM (#40153033)

    You get 6 hours out of a +1GHz multicore computer with +1GB of RAM and a screen bright enough to overpower the sun? I completely fail to see how battery life needs addressing.

    He gets 6 hours use out of a device that would be a lot more useful to him if it had longer battery life. As it would be a better device with longer battery life then battery life is something to be addressed.

    Increasing display will further reduce battery life (possibly quite drastically) while probably providing zero benefit as human eyes are unlikely to be able to discern the difference.

  • Re:Cool tech, but (Score:4, Insightful)

    by coinreturn ( 617535 ) on Wednesday May 30, 2012 @08:18AM (#40153893)

    no.. it's like buying a sports car to drive down your 200ft driveway and get your mail. if you're going to use car analogies, at least have them make sense.

    Why is it called a driveway if you are using it as a parking lot?

    I'm so tired of this particular "observational" humor, that I will explain.

    There are two ways to your house: the WALKWAY (you walk to your house) and the DRIVEWAY (you drive to your house) Simple enough for you?

    And while I'm at it, the PARKWAY is typically called that because it goes through a PARK (or once did), not because you park your car there.

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