LG’s New 5-Inch Smartphone Display Makes The iPhone’s Retina Display Look Like An Old CRT

LG’s New 5-Inch Smartphone Display Makes The iPhone’s Retina Display Look Like An Old CRT

Not enough pixels in your iPhone? LG has you covered.

Okay, the headline may be a little exaggerated, but LG has finally given the iPhone’s Retina display a real competitor. Its new, 5-inch smartphone panel boasts a 1920 x 1080 resolution with a staggering 440 pixels per inch and promises to provide incredibly crisp images with full, high-definition video.

In comparison, the iPhone’s 3.5-inch Retina display boasts just 326 pixels per inch at a 960 x 640 resolution.

The display is built upon Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS) technology, which, according to LG, means high color fidelity, wide viewing angles, stable images, and a “rapid response speed when touched.” It features a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio that’ll make viewing those high-definition movies even more enjoyable.

It’s not the first display to beat the iPhone’s Retina display on specifications, but its one of a small few that really exceeds them by a great margin. Of course, recent rumors have claimed that Apple will improve upon that display for the sixth-generation iPhone by adding an additional 0.45 inches, increasing its resolution, and switching to a 16:9 aspect ratio.

But if incredibly high resolution displays are what you look for in a smartphone, look out for those featuring LG’s new display during the second half of this year.

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  • Andre Rowe

    …what the heck if the eye can’t distinguish more pixel than its retina can? Cannot be crisper than what the eye can see, right?…

  • DavoteK

    Shouldn’t it be compared to an iPad at that size?

  • lwdesign1

    Killian: Cut out the completely nonsensical and purposely lying headlines just designed to get hits. It’s insulting to your readers. I can’t see my iPhone 4S’s pixels with my naked eyes, so LG’s higher resolution is supposed to do what? Oh boy, there are more pixels per inch that I can’t see. Gee, what a technological triumph!

    How about giving us a reason for the increased number of pixels, if it exists? How about some technology news instead of a variation on the schoolyard taunt of “my screen has more pixels than your screen, nya, nya.” Is there a point to LG’s new higher resolution screen, or is it a blunder that will cost users in terms of shortened battery life? Is it a pointless attempt at technological one-upmanship on LG’s part or is it designed for a purpose? Give us news, not fluff.
  • Steve Pender

    If it’s light enough, you could wear it mounted in front of your face to replace a laptop screen, or to flip down from a baseball hat. Either way, it’s awesome how dense they’re packing pixels onto small screens. The future looks great!

  • Eric

    I’d be interested to see what it actually looks like.  Many have claimed to get close or even comparable to the iPhone 4(S)’s retina display on paper, but not even close when looked at side by side.  But apart from actual color reproduction, I really can’t see it terms of resolution (ppi) being better than the iPhone.  As others have already stated, I can’t even see pixels anymore on the retina display.

  • Todd Murphy

    These comments have me belly laughing.  It’s as though no further progress can be made towards screen sizes and resolution because Apple already has a retina level display (and since you can’t already see the pixels, why go higher?).  It’s called progress, folks.

  • Max Walker

    CRTs are actually great quality screens, it’s just that you can’t fit them into today’s smartphones.

  • technochick

    With digital cameras there actually comes a point where increasing the megapixels for the same output is just spec wanking. Unless you are planning to blow up the image for like a poster or billboard or such the extra megapixels don’t go any good. 

    Something tells me that the same happens with these kinds of screens and this one might have entered wanking territory and it’s really that much better than Apple’s Retina Display. 

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a freelance writer based in the UK. He has an interest in all things tech, but most enjoys covering Apple, anything mobile, and gaming. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell, or through his website.

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