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Impressed by the Galaxy S6? Even better displays could arrive as soon as this year

Published Mar 9th, 2015 10:45PM EDT
Smartphone Displays: WQHD and IGZO
Image: Japan Display

We’ve already seen a bunch of phones this year that should be launched in the upcoming weeks and months, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t surprises left for the remainder of the year. In fact, at least two component manufacturers have interesting new products that may significantly improve upcoming handsets.

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Both Japan Display (JDI) and Sharp have announced they’re mass-producing new in-cell smartphone displays that could be used in upcoming devices.

JDI revealed it’s mass producing high-resolution WQHD displays — that’s a 2560 x 1440 resolution — with in-cell touch technology. According to the company, in-cell touch integration in displays with higher resolutions is more difficult, but JDI managed to manufacture the world’s first WQHD in-cell touch LCD module.

The display packs the same in-cell technology used in “Pixel Eyes,” and it has 1.8 more pixels than a Full HD display (1920 x 1080 resolution).

On the other hand, Sharp will start mass-producing in-cell IGZO displays in June, which will be used in a variety of unnamed devices later this year. Sharp is also expected to be the main provider of 12-inch energy-efficient IGZO screens for the rumored iPad Pro.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.