Are you ready for 4K 12-inch tablets? Japan Display is!

by: Chris SmithOctober 23, 2013

Japan Display 12-inch 4K display

Overkill or not, 4K-ready mobile devices are most likely going to arrive in the coming months/years, with Japan Display already showcasing a 12-inch tablet LCD panel ready to offer such a high-resolution.

The company is showing off this “monstrosity” at the FPD International 2013 trade show (Pacifico Yokohama – October 23-25), although this is just a demo display so far, as OEMs are yet to announce such 12-inch tablet models.

In addition to sporting 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) and 365ppi, the 12-inch LCD display also offers a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 160 degrees viewing angle and 500cd brightness. The display measures 273.67 x 164.40 x 1.96 mm, has a 2mm bezel on the sides and 6.8mm on top and bottom.

It’s not clear though when such panels will go into mass production.

This isn’t the first 4K display we see for mobile devices, and it’s certainly not going to be the last one, as smartphone and tablet makers will certainly push the boundaries to offer an even better viewing experience on mobile devices. After all, some mobile devices already offer 4K-recording capabilities, so it’s only natural to see some future smartphones and tablets pack 4K screens.

As for 12-inch tablets, this isn’t the first time we hear this particular tablet size tossed around, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see device makers come up with such models in the future.

The good news is that display technology can’t advance on its own, as such high-resolution panels will require plenty of processing power, not to mention improved batteries ready to handle it all.

Do we really need such high-resolution displays on mobile devices? There is no right answer here, because to OEMs it won’t really matter, especially for companies that are building Android-based devices, as the specs race is far from over. What do you think?

  • RanRu

    On a 12-inch panel? This might just be worthwhile. Color me tentatively intrigued.

  • Bradley Uffner

    And yet it’s nearly impossible to find a 1920×1200 resolution monitor under $1100 for my desktop.

    • MasterMuffin

      Because logic right? >_<

    • Caleb Englund

      ViewSonic VX2260WM, $200, there ya go.

  • joejoe5709

    On a tablet? Especially a larger one (10’12”)? I’m actually okay with 4K resolution. It might be somewhat overkill, but it makes sense. Or a larger laptop/computer monitor? Sure!

    On a phone that is 5-6″ or less, it really is overkill. But I don’t want the market to stagnate either… I mean as long as battery and graphic performance wasn’t affected, why not? For a phone, I think I’d much rather have a simpler universal way to cast to a larger screen with a higher resolution such as an advanced version of Chromecast.

  • MasterMuffin

    Meanwhile my 23″ new 2012 computer monitor is still 1080p and cost a lot more than any phone or tablet….

    • Tuấn Ankh

      1080p 23″ and costs more than any phone or tablet? You must have some really special monitor. ;)

      • YoloMcSwaggerDawg

        Really?? I paid 500 dollars for my LG 1080 23″ pc screen (didnt even have HDMI input) and after a lot of search it was one of the cheapest and best monitors i could find despite the lacking hdmi :)

        Perhaps you have a shitty monitor? no offense

        • YoloMcSwaggerDawg

          i bought it a couple of years ago btw, sorry i forgot to mention that

          • Tuấn Ankh

            A couple years ago may be why.
            I bought my monitor 14 months ago and it was $130. It’s Acer brand, so it may be a little shitty? Haha. But well, I looked around a lot back then to find a good deal, and LG monitors didn’t cost more than $200 either.

  • KK

    Max screen resolution for 5inches should be 1080p, for 20 inches should be 4 k, for 80 inches 8k

  • Sunny

    4K display still new, not worth the price because all other hardware must be upgraded ,just like 4K TV at the moment cost 5 times more than a 2K TV.

  • bkeniry

    I’m not too fussed about the 4k, but a 12 inch tablet sounds great. I love my 10.1 but since I don’t really carry it around with me all the time I have no need for it to be small. Personally, I like small phones and big tablets

  • Michael

    Time would be better spent to make sure displays don’t cause problems with people’s vision before developing other characteristics.

  • jjordan

    I think as long as chipsets continue to become more efficient and battery technology does the same the sky is the limit…I would love to look at my 6 inch smartphone screen and feel like I’m looking thru a window

  • Dimitar Gospodinov

    as soon as you start playing something and the battery is dead…or in flames…

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