Engadget have reported on LG’s introduction of a stunning new 5-inch LCD display for the consumer market that could challenge the reign of the retina display. It boasts a substantial 440 ppi pixel density, which is 140 more than that found on the iPhone. It provides a full 16 x 9 aspect ratio and the LCD technology being used here is also of note. It comes from the AH-IPS family, which stands for Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching. This provides for wide and expansive viewing angles, better brightness and contrast and significantly increased response times.
This new display from LG is expected to debut some time in quarter 3 or 4 of this year. There is no word yet as to which manufacturers will implement this 5-inch display but it would of course be ideal for existing large smartphones like LG’s own 5-inch handset the Optimus VU, which currently sports a pixel density of 256 ppi. It’s worth remembering that the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note currently only utilizes a 285 ppi display. User expectations in the consumer devices industry continue to evolve and more and more they require their smartphones to function as quasi-tablets. This new 440 ppi display could be instrumental in the continued development of the new device category the ‘Phablet’.