While Sharp’s smartphone division isn’t as booming as other players, the company is known for its ability to release devices with impressive displays. The company is also reputed for its TVs with crystal clear screens, as well. Now, fresh out of Sharp’s labs comes a 4.1-inch display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600, which means it gets a whopping 736ppi. Even if the trend now is to buy big-display smartphones, it’s still an impressive achievement for the Japanese company.
Sharp says that the new display has the same pixels-per-inch density as that of a 4K display that measures 6 inches. Sharp also said that it’s planning to provide companies with sample panels sometime in 2015 with mass production to start in 2016. We wonder how will they manage to address battery woes, because this is definitely going to be a massive power sucker.
This is the highest-resolution LCD panel of its size that the company has so far by using a low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) technology. Sharp is also said be working on a 5.5-inch 4K IGZO LCD display with a resolution of 2160 x 4096 pixels, which translates into a mind-blowing pixel density of 842ppi.
Consumers associate great displays with bigger devices, so it’s pretty hard to see who will choose to buy a 2K smartphone with what is considered to be already a small screen. But who knows, maybe Sharp isn’t making this panel for smartphones but for VR headsets, where it could prove to be really useful.
Or, who knows, maybe Sharp is planning to provide similar high-resolution panels to companies that are producing smartwatch devices? We know that they come with tiny screens, so a high resolution will be most welcome. Sharp never ceases to amaze us with its crazy innovations when it comes to display panels. Remember the cray bezel-less Aquos Crystal smartphone? Keep surprising and inspiring us, Sharp!