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Sharp starts production of 5-inch smartphone displays with 1080p resolution

Raymond Wong
October 1st, 2012 at 10:05 AM

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).

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