Super Thin HD Display May Arrive in Nexus 5, Optimus G2 (Photos)

LG announced a new screen technology today that is incredibly thin, works with super small bezels and delivers a full HD experience. This new screen will almost certainly appear in the LG Optimus G2, and could also show up in an LG Nexus 5.

According to LG, this is the “world’s slimmest full HD LCD,” which should allow more flexibility in design, leading to thinner phones, or possibly larger displays in smaller phones thanks to a very small bezel. LG boasts this means better “grip-ability” and lighter smartphones.

The new LG screen is especially interesting as the latest Nexus 5 rumors claim LG is not only making the Nexus 5, but that the company plans to mirror the LG Optimus G2 specs in the new Nexus smartphone.

This thin LG display could make it's way to the LG Optimus G2 and the Nexus 5.

This thin LG display could make it’s way to the LG Optimus G2 and the Nexus 5.

The new panel is a 5.2-inch display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, which will allow LG to place a 1080P display in upcoming smartphones.

Even though screen specs aren’t incredibly exciting to most users, aside from looking good, this advancement is big news. At 2.2mm thin and with a bezel of just 2.3mm, this opens up the door to thinner phones or bigger batteries.

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If this display is headed to the LG Optimus G2 and the Nexus 5, it should mean vastly improved readability in outdoor settings thanks to a very high brightness rating. This display should deliver a 535 nits brightness at full blast. The Samsung Galaxy S4 tops out at around 300 nits and the HTC One at 500. Brighter screens are easier to read in outdoor settings.

side view of LG's new super thin HD display.

Side view of LG’s new super thin HD display.

The LG Optimus G2 leaks show off a phone that is too thin for buttons on the sides of the device, pushing the volume control to the back of the device where a fingerprint reader also sits.

The video below shows what is likely the LG Optimus G2, which is reportedly so thin LG moved the buttons to the back.

LG is holding an event on August 7th, which should mark the unveiling of the Optimus G2 and will likely be the first time we see this new screen technology in a smartphone.

If the rumors of a LG Nexus 5 that closely matches the Optimus G2 specs are correct, we could also see the Nexus 5 with a 5.2 inch 1080P super thin display. The latest rumor points to an October Nexus 5 launch alongside a new version of Android known as Android 5.0.

This super-thin display should be a star of upcoming LG smartphones with 1080P, high brightness ratings and a super-thin design.

This super-thin display should be a star of upcoming LG smartphones with 1080P, high brightness ratings and a super-thin design.

While LG also makes displays for Apple and other companies, it is unlikely that this display will show up in the rumored iPhone 5S which we expect in the next several months.

Comments

  1. chazzmatt says

    ” it is unlikely that this display will show up in the rumored iPhone 5S which we expect in the next several months.”

    Apple doesn’t even have an HD display for their iPhones. They are still stuck at 640p, while minimum for HD is 720p. Top tier Androids started having 720p in 2011 and now in 2013 most top tier Androids have 1080p. No Apple iPhone ever sold has HD at all.

    • John Zampier says

      Some might disagree, like myself. Even though it’s only 640p, it’s a 4 inch screen and provides high definition in the eye of the beholder. Pixel density is more of a deciding factor to whether a device is high-definition at all. If you’re not seeing pixels, it’s pretty much high-definition.

      No, I am not an iPhone user.

      • chazzmatt says

        If you disagree, then you are ignorant of what HD – high definition is. 720p is the minimum. 640p can be called “high resolution”, but HD is a well-defined technical term for displays of all types. 720p is minimum for HD. Best Buy can’t legally sell a tablet, phone, computer monitor or TV as “HD”, “high definition” unless it’s at leat 720p. Period.

        “Full HD” is 1080p. “Ultra HD” is 2160. (Sony is making Ultra HD TVs, but there’s no smartphones with them yet). Point is Apple has many HD devices — Macbook displays, ipad mini, etc — but the iPhone is not one of them. No iPhone ever sold has an HD display.

        • ciph3ro says

          They will release one with 720p or probably 1080p next and call it a revolutionary product, just like their new features that were “borrowed” from WP7 and Android 4.0. Hahahaha

      • chazzmatt says

        “High Definition” display is not in the eye of the beholder. It’s a technically defined term. 720p is minimum, full HD 1080p. Anything less is not HD. 480p and less is “SD” or Standard Definition, like your old CRT TVs. Anything over 480p is “high resolution”, and anything 720p and higher is “high definition”. 640p is “high resolution” but NOT HD.

        If you like 640p, fine. But you can’t call it HD.

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