Japan Display teases super crisp 432 ppi 7-inch panel for next year

October 18, 2013
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Japan Display Inc (JDI), one of the world’s top manufacturers of LCD displays, announced today its Innovation Vehicles for 2013, demonstrating new technologies that will make it into consumer products in 2014 and beyond.

The most interesting new prototype from Japan Display is a 7-inch tablet display that shatters current pixel density records. The 1,600 x 2,560 (Wide-QXGA) resolution of the new 7-inch LCD TFT panel translates to an amazing pixel density of 432 ppi.

Thanks to JDI’s WhiteMagic technology, the panel consumes 60 percent less power than conventional RGB displays, offering comparable brightness. The 1.17mm thick panel integrates touch and accepts stylus input, thanks to the Pixel Eyes technology.

Currently, the highest density tablet displays on the market reach 323ppi (Nexus 7 2013, Kindle Fire HDX). Another notable contender is the 10.1-inch Transformer Pad TF701T from Asus, which clocks in 299ppi.

Upcoming high-density displays from JDI and other manufactuers will put tablets on par with current generation smartphones when it comes to pixel density. However, 2560 x 1440 smartphones are already in the pipeline. Back in August, LG Display teased a 5.5-inch panel that reaches an impressive 538 ppi, and Chinese manufacturer Vivo looks to be the first phone maker to use it in a product.

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