We all dearly love a decent looking smartphone. More than the exterior elements of the smartphone, it’s the internal components that make the smartphone desirable and pleasing to own. The Samsung Galaxy S III and the Note II are a fine example of that. And as the industry evolves with every passing day, so does technology and hardware. The display panels in particular have seen a remarkable evolution since the past few years, all thanks to Apple and Android OEMs. Today we live in the 1080p era, where smartphones with 720p display panels aren’t considered all that fancy. And according to a new report cited by Digitimes, we might not see that many 1080p display panels in 2013, due to limited supply as mentioned by Sharp. Most of us do not know this, but Japanese manufacturer Sharp is one of the very few suppliers of the 1080p display panels. Its panels are used in its own Sharp Aquos smartphones, which has been claimed to be one of the reasons for the limited supply estimated for 2013. Whatever the reason, we would certainly not want this to be the case. Especially when 1080p display panels on smartphones is still an alien concept to most of the world. The shortage is believed to be of the 5-inch 1080p display panels and there’s no word on supply status of panels with different dimensions.
Sharp however is believed to have evolved a bit when it comes to display tech as it plans to implement the new IGZO technology into its 2013 smartphone display panels. This means that the company is capable of mass producing the display panels for third party manufacturers. As of now, mass production of the 5-inch 1080p panel seems to be doubtful, but it is hoped that it picks up pace soon. There are manufacturers like LG specializing in displays, but there would be conflict of interest there as the company would give more precedence to its smartphones.
The pixel density race was started by Apple with the iPhone 4 and its 330ppi Retina Display. It then took Android manufacturers over a year and a half to understand that displays are also an integral part of a smartphone and not just the processor and its clock speed. After that, the likes of the HTC Rezound and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus came along which introduced HD displays to the world of Android. And that trend continued into 2012 when the HTC One X, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the LG Optimus 4X HD were all launched with 720p display panels, although with different display technologies. But today, as we step into 2013, things are different. We’re speaking of 1080p display panels now, which was first teased by HTC in the form of the J Butterfly and then with the Verizon Droid DNA. Other manufacturers like Oppo and Huawei also have their very own 1080p smartphones prepping launch. So there’s a clear evolution in display tech since the past year or so. Let’s hope that’s not dented with limited supplies.