We had previously heard rumors about HTC planning to make a 5 inch 1080p Android flagship device, but we were skeptical about the news. Nevertheless, both Sharp and Japan Display (JDI) confirmed the fact that they have begun mass producing ultra sharp panels and soon later HTC unveiled the HTC J Butterfly in Japan. HTC J Butterfly is no fantasy and it actually boasts a 5 inch 1080p display with a whopping pixel density of 440 pixels per inch, which makes it the most clearest display to be ever shoved into a mass produced device. The device is using a new screen technology called as “Super LCD 3”, which is the next generation of “Super LCD 2″ display that is used on HTC One X.
Now that HTC has unveiled their 1080p device, other smartphone manufacturers would like to join the bandwagon by launching their own. Now, Samsung and LG are said to be planning to release 1080p smartphones of their own in the first half of 2013. According to the latest report published by Korean daily, MK News, Samsung will join HTC with its own iteration of a smartphone featuring a display supporting 1080p resolution. They also say that LG has also figured out the technology and will be launching their iteration soon.
The phones that these two Korean companies will be launching will boast 1080p displays using both, AMOLED and LCD display technology. The resolution of such displays is expected to top 400 pixels per inch. If numbers don’t make sense to you, the Retina Display which Apple boasts on the new iPhone 5 has a pixel density of 326ppi, so you get an idea what kind of display these new devices will have.
LG had previously showcased the world’s first 5 inch Full HD LCD Smartphone panel, but it didn’t make into mass manufactured devices yet for some reason. The display that LG showcased back in May offers 1080p resolution with a very high pixel density of 440ppi. The LCD technology that it is using is called Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS) and apparently facilitates wider viewing angles, improved brightness and fast response times when touched. According to LG, the display is made in such a way that it will deliver smartphone viewers with the same viewing experience as HD television or computer monitors.
Sony is said to be launching its 5 inch C650X phablet in December and it will be coming with a high resolution 1080p display. If Sony does launch the device in question by December, seems like Samsung and LG will be outpaced by Sony.
Screen manufacturers such as Renesas have reported certain difficulties in the manufacturing process of HD displays, so that may result in shortage of supply. Whatever the case is, we can expect to see a lot of smartphone devices with HD sweetness to break out in H1 2013. What are your thoughts on these HD devices? Would you wait until one of these devices launch in order to upgrade? Let us know in the comment section below.