Present day, high-end Android smartphones are offered in two display resolutions: 800 x 480 (WVGA) and 960 x 540 (qHD). With the upcoming release of Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), we expect the high-end Android phones to embrace even higher resolutions including 1280 x 720.

Samsung already announced a 720p version of the Galaxy S II, and the upcoming ICS launch vehicle is widely expected to boast a 720p display as well. As a prominent LCD panel vendor as well as a player in the smartphone space, LG is hopping on the 720p Android bandwagon with the Optimus LTE.

The Optimus LTE uses what LG is calling its True HD IPS display. The True HD IPS panel measures 4.5-inches diagonally and has a pixel density of 329 ppi courtesy of its 1280 x 720 resolution (slightly higher than Apple's Retina Display at 326 ppi). Todays release doesn't reveal any other panel specs, but we do have a few shots of it below courtesy of LG.

Like the Galaxy S II HD LTE, the Optimus LTE is being introduced first in Korea.

Source: LG (pdf)

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  • SilthDraeth - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    I wonder how long it will take to get 1080p in a screen this size. Not that I believe it is truly needed, as my Samsung Epic (Galaxy S) screen looks damn good showing any video I play on it. Reply
  • Deleted - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    1080p would be pretty useless in anything less than a 7" screen. I'm waiting to see larger-scale implementation of these mobile display technologies. Oh, the things I would do for a 23" 5760x3240 SAMOLED+ display. Reply
  • sleepeeg3 - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    Go blind? Reply
  • CharonPDX - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    Hey, that's just an old wives' tale! Reply
  • kishorshack - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    I have 15inch dell xps laptop that is full hd 1080p
    even after using it i feel the resolution is tooo much for a 15 incher
    and i feel that any screen less than 14 or 15 inch having a full hd screen would be superfluous
    and anyways playing a full hd 1080p video on a 7 inch or any screen less than 15 is not going to get you the actual quality of that video
    you are surely gonna miss out on the viewing experience
    .
    What i feel is
    lets not get into the rat race
    which the recent digital and phone camera's have been in
    just increasing the megapixels in camera's doesnt gets you the best quality
    optics are much more important than just megapixels
    .
    Same should be the approach for displays too
    just increasing the resolution is not a solution to it
    we should also give more importance to the display technology tooo
    n i feel anything above hd in a 4 inch phone would be just waste of pixels
    and GPU power tooo
    .
    Hope soo these manufacturer get my point :)
    Reply
  • Exodite - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    The display resolution situation is not comparable to camera sensor resolution, as increasing the former is always preferable.

    There's no situation where a higher resolution isn't better, even if you have poor eyesight you can always scale text and UI elements as appropriate.
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  • kishorshack - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    That phone camera was just for comparison
    I never meant it exactly the same way
    .
    The point here is will you benefit with Full HD resolution on a 4 inch or even 5 inch screen??????
    what i meant here is higher resolution will be more gpu hungry for sure
    and plus you wont even notice the difference
    and also no benefits because with that high resolution you surely will miss out the quality which was on a 15 incher
    Even our eyes have some limitation isnt it ?
    i suggest rather the display technology should be given more preference than just the resolution
    Reply
  • GuinnessKMF - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    Trying to hamstring progress by saying that "you won't notice the difference" is pretty shortsighted. Individual users eyes are different, it's not my fault your incapable of discerning the difference.

    Human eyes average the ability to detect at around 500ppi from a 20" distance. This only gets higher as you get closer to the screen, as you would with a cell phone.

    People complaining about laptops having too high of resolution on small screens are really complaining about their OS or browser/applications not properly scaling to use the resolution.

    I love seeing high resolution screens come out, and I hope they continue to increase the pixel density, and more OS/Web/Application developers will use vector graphics to take advantage of them.
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  • Grandal - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    "People complaining about laptops having too high of resolution on small screens are really complaining about their OS or browser/applications not properly scaling to use the resolution."

    ^^^^ THIS

    Pop in an Ubuntu or other Linux LiveCD and be amazed at how awesome that 14/15" display looks at 1080P or 1200P.
    Reply
  • cptcolo - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    I second:
    "People complaining about laptops having too high of resolution on small screens are really complaining about their OS or browser/applications not properly scaling to use the resolution."
    Reply

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