LG G3's smartphone display is sharper than your HDTV

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Smartphone displays have come a long way since the fat BlackBerry and Palm Treo days. It's fairly common for most smartphones (sorry iPhone users!) to have 720p or 1080p resolution displays; basically displays that are as clear as our HDTVs. LG's next flagship smartphone, the G3, is going to blow past every other smartphone screen.

LG Display has revealed its 5.5-inch QHD (Quad High Definition) is ready to be put into smartphones. The LCD boasts a resolution of 2560 x 1440, which is four times more pixels than a 720p display and 1.8 times more than a 1080p screen. In other words, it's sharper than your 1080p resolution HDTV, but not quite as crisp as a 4KTV.

In addition to a QHD resolution, the display also has 538 pixels per inch and only measures 1.2mm thick with a bezel of 1.15mm. All this technical mumbo jumbo may not make any sense if don't speak geek, so allow me to explain.

Today's high-end smartphones come with 1080p resolutions usually with a pixel density somewhere in the 400 ppi range. It's virtually impossible to see the pixels on the screen unless you use a magnifying glass; it's just that sharp. LG Display's 5.5-inch QHD screen squeezes in even more pixels onto an LCD, which means it'll be even more impossible to see the individual pixels. You don't see pixels when you look at things in real life. And you won't see any on this screen either.

The 1.2mm thickness and 1.15mm bezel might seem insignificant, but it'll mean smartphones that are even thinner and more frame-less. Last year's LG G2 was an engineering marvel, mostly because it was able to put in a 5.2-inch display into a body normally fit for a 4.7-5.5-inch device. The G3 is expected to be even better.

But screen resolution and pixel density are only two parts to a display that doesn't suck. Brightness and color reproduction also matter too. LG Display says its new screen is improved in those areas:

"The Quad HD display produces images in sharper color and contrast than regular displays because of the greater amount of pixels. This means that high resolution images and videos in the Blu-ray format can be viewed in a fully vivid and realistic manner. The display retains the readability of letters and images without distorting them when they are enlarged while surfing the internet or working on documents."

Of course, the question on everyone's mind is how power efficient will the display be? There's kind of no point to putting a 2560 x 1440 resolution screen into a smartphone if battery life is going to go down the toilet. There needs to be a balance. Hopefully LG has figured out how to use its "step design" batteries to squeeze in even more power.

It won't be long until we can feast our eyes on the LG G3. The G3 is expected to be revealed on May 27. Stay tuned.

Via LG News Room

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