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1080p HD Displays Coming to Phablets Soon Thanks to Sharp Displays



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.

sharp-logoThe 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.



  1. hotelS

    10/02/2012 at 7:59 am

    from tablets to phablets.Is this a cross between a smartphone and a tablet? 1080p HD display should be fantastic.

  2. Oollyoumn

    10/02/2012 at 12:14 pm

    “…as the human eye only really needs about 300 pixels per inch at that distance…”

    I doubt this is true. I guess we could discuss the meaning of “needs”. Laser printer moved beyond 300dpi many years ago. Many lasers print at 1200dpi, the resolution that claimed to be needed to makes printer generated pages look indistinguishable from pages off a printing press. Just because Apple said it, doesn’t mean it’s fact. I have seen Apple retina displays, and I have seen displays that look better. Bring on 1080p!

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