Sharp (SHCAY) announced on Monday it has begun production for the next generation of smartphone LCD panels. Measuring at 5-inch in diagonal width with a 443 pixel per inch (PPI) density, Sharp’s new LCDs will sport a whopping full-HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. Sharp says the new display uses “CG-Silicon technology” to fit “the same number of pixels in a smartphone-size screen as there are in a full-HD LCD TV.” Google (GOOG) is rumored to be partnering up with HTC (2498) to build the 5-inch Nexus smartphone with a 1080p resolution display. Aside from the Oppo Find 5 that uses a 5-inch 1080p LCD, most smartphones and “phablets” usually top out at 720p (1280 x 720 resolution). Sharp’s new LCDs will usher in a new age of visual clarity on smartphones.

Sharp Begins Production of 5-Inch Full-HD LCD Panels

Sharp Corporation has started production of 5-inch full-HD (1,080 x 1,920 pixels) LCD panels for smartphones with a pixel density among the highest in the world. Production began at the end of September at Mie Plant No. 3 and full-scale production will begin in October.

This LCD panel employs CG-Silicon technology*2, a new pixel design, and an innovative production process to achieve the same number of pixels in a smartphone-size screen as there are in a full-HD LCD TV. The panel, which has approximately 1.3 times the pixel density of conventional LCD panels*3, can display crisp text, super-clear maps, and amazingly real HD images.

By providing ultra-detailed LCD panels to support the growing worldwide demand for smartphones, Sharp will contribute to smartphones with increasingly higher quality images.

LCD Panel Specifications

Display size 5 inches
Number of pixels 1,080 x 1,920 (full HD)
Pixel density 443 ppi
Application Smartphones

This product will be displayed in the Sharp booth at CEATEC Japan 2012
(Tuesday, October 2 to Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Makuhari Messe convention center, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture).

  • *1 As of October 1, 2012 (based on Sharp research).
  • *2 Developed jointly by Sharp and Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    (Head office: Atsugi City, Kanagawa Prefecture; President: Shunpei Yamazaki).
  • *3 Sharp’s 4.3-inch HD LCD (1,280 x 720 pixels, 342 ppi).
Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. He first realized his love for technology when he burned through so many AA batteries on the original Game Boy that scraping battery acid off it became the norm.