Many phablets–or smartphones with a display size of 5-inch–already come with HD displays today, but those screens are limited to a 720p HD resolution. The Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Note, which popularized the category after Dell had released the 5-inch Streak with a WVGA resolution, comes with 720p HD display with 1280 X 800 pixels and the Note II comes with a 1280 X 720-pixel display. However, it looks like Sharp is looking to up the display resolution with a 1080p HD display, or a screen that’s capable of 1920 X 1080 pixels.
The company has announced that it has started production of a 5-inch 1080p panel, according to Phandroid.
Another smartphone with the phablet form factor that has been rumored with a 1080p high resolution screen is one from HTC. That device has been rumored to be called, among many things, the One X 5, the Droid Incredible X for Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network in the U.S. as well as the Nexus 5 if it gets selected by Google for its range of Nexus smartphones and tablets.
Oppo is another company that is coming out with a 1080p HD display in the 5-inch form factor in the form of the Find 5.
While Apple is promoting its Retina Display on a smartphone with a 326 ppi, the 5-inch 1080p HD display would give a massive 443 pixels per inch resolution, which may be overkill as the human eye only really needs about 300 pixels per inch at that distance to have a ‘Retina’-like display quality. Whatever the case, the display will be able to display 1080p movies and recorded videos pixel-for-pixel.
Perhaps in 2013 we can expect to see more devices with 1080p HD resolutions.