LG hit a new milestone today with the announcement of the world’s highest resolution display for smartphones. The 5.5-inch LG Quad HD AH-IPS LCD panel has a resolution of 2560×1440 and packs a pixel density of 538ppi — the highest resolution and ppi mobile panel to date. The Quad HD panel packs 4 times more pixels than a 720p display.
LG says with the new display users can expect more delicate colour reproduction and improved contrast and vividness when compared to current mobile displays. Beyond that, the Quad HD panel will allow user to view PC-version of web pages at a single glance sacrificing sharpness or detail.
At only 1.21mm thin with a 1.2mm bezel, the Quad HD panel is also the world’s slimmest and narrowest panel. Screen brightness is not sacrificed in the pursuit of higher pixel density as well with the Quad HD display pushing a respectable 430nits.
There’s no mention of when Quad HD panels will make it into smartphones but its a pretty safe bet to expect seeing the new display panels in 2014 phone.
The invites are out and we’re set. Sony has confirmed that it will be holding at event in Malaysia this September 5 presumably to announce its latest mobile offerings. And judging by the many leaks are rumours, you can expect to see the Honami (aka Xperia i1) together with what we think is the most innovative mobile product to be released this year, the Sony G series lens camera.
Here’s what we know so far. Sony wants to dominate smartphone photography and its working on a number of devices to achieve this. First, we have the Honami, a devices that’s expected to feature a 5-inch Full HD Triluminous display with X-Reality and a Quadcore Snapdragon 800 processor. The device’s calling card is its purported 20.7MP sensor with a large — for a smartphone — 1/2.3″ sensor mated to a new lens element bearing the same name as Sony’s top-line G Lens series.
Next, Sony is working on something that we’re really excited about and something that could very well create a new market for smartphone peripherals — the Sony G series lens camera.
The lens camera has all the imaging power of a prosumer camera housed in a compact lens body that can be bolted on to your existing smartphone. When taking a picture of video, the lens camera does all the heavy lifting while the smartphone acts as a viewfinder, shutter and storage. Expected specs include Sony’s Bionz imaging processor along with WiFi and NFC connectivity to interface with the host smartphone.
Sony is rumoured to be working on two models – DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100. The QX10 lens is said to house a 1-inch sensor that is reportedly similar to the one used in the Nikon 1 while the second model QX100 comes with a 10X Zoom lens and a 1/2.3-inch sensor.
Those are pretty impressive specs for a lens that you’re going to stick on a phone and were very excited with the possibility. Essentially, with the lens camera, almost any smartphone can be an awesome camera phone. It’s an amazing prospect and if Sony can price this attractively, they will have another amazing product in their hands.
We’re approaching the holiday and shopping season and understandably, manufacturers are scrambling to release devices in time for the buying frenzy.
Latest to hit the rumour scene is HTC with not one but two unconfirmed devices — one, a large format smartphone with a 6-inch (thereabouts) display and the other is this one, the HTC Zara.
Obviously, the name and existence of this device is unconfirmed by HTC but judging from the measured response from the Senior Global Online Communications Manager in HTC, Jeff Gordon, the Zara may just be real.
Earlier, the same Gordon dismissed alleged leaked images of a rumoured large format HTC device, dubbed the HTC Max, as fake but when he was showed the image of the Zara on Twitter, his response was “HTC doesn’t comment or rumors and speculations.” which leaves a lot of room for interpretation.
The HTC Zara looks to carry much of the awesomeness of the HTC One and bring it down to a more value-oriented price point. The body of the HTC Zara is said to be made of plastic instead of aluminum. Rumoured specs include a 4.5-inch qHD (960×540, approx 204ppi) display, an 8MP rear camera, a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 1GB RAM, MicroSD expansion and a 2,100mAh battery. You can also expect HTC Sense 5.5 and Android 4.3.
In terms of availability, the HTC Zara — if real — is expected to make its debut within this year.