Sources say Samsung and LG will launch 1080p smartphones during H1 2013

October 23, 2012

HTC may have been the first handset maker to announce a smartphone with a 1080p screen (pictured above), but according to a report from the Korean website MK News, Samsung and LG aren’t too far behind. Now just to recap, the screen in HTC’s 1080p phone, the J Butterfly, is manufactured by Sharp. This new report says Samsung has figured out how to take AMOLED technology to the insane 400+ pixel per inch densities required to display a full 1080p image on a smartphone sized device. They also say LG has figured out how to do the same with their LCD panels. Both companies will launch phones using their respective screen technologies during the first half of 2013.

Should you not buy a smartphone now and just wait? That’s a very hard question to answer since we have no idea what you currently use. Let’s say you purchased a Galaxy S III when it launched in May/June. Your phone is barely half a year old. It makes sense to wait. If on the other hand you’re patiently waiting for your ancient Samsung Galaxy S II to get Jelly Bean, then it might be a good idea to just pony up whatever money you have saved into the new Nexus set to be announced next week.

Do we need 1080p displays? Some of you will argue that human eyes can’t tell the difference between 720p and 1080p. To those people we ask that you stop complaining about the march of progress. Smartphones from 2008 were thought to be ground breaking when they were first launched. Today they’re just toys. Why do we think they’re toys? Because people made better smartphones. The same thing is happening to screen technology. Just you watch, by June 2013 anything that doesn’t have a quad core processor, a 1080p display, 2 GB of RAM, and a 12 megapixel camera will be considered a “midrange” device.

Comments

  • I actually know grammar

    Spelling error, first paragraph. “This new report says Samsung has figured out hot to take”.

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      Oh man, you caught that right before I fixed it. Noticed it < 30 seconds after I hit publish. Apologies for the typo!

      • Aamir Kapasi

        Why are you apologizing lol..its just a typo.

        • Stefan Constantinescu

          Because I make it my duty to deliver amazing content, free of any errors. If I fail to do that, I’ve failed my readers. So I’m apologizing.

          • zak

            i think you should apologize for insulting your readers. when i see your name.. i just give up and would rather skip reading what you write and go to the source

          • Stefan Constantinescu

            Great!

  • Renjith

    Just you watch, by June 2013 anything that doesn’t have a quad core processor, a 1080p display, 2 GB of RAM, and a 12 megapixel camera will be considered a “midrange” device.

    This is a bit too much to ask for, may b you could have said “will be considered a flagship device”

  • Renjith

    Just you watch, by June 2013 anything that doesn’t have a quad core processor, a 1080p display, 2 GB of RAM, and a 12 megapixel camera will be considered a “midrange” device.

    This is a bit too much to ask for, may be you could have said “will be considered the flagship device”

    • MasterMuffin

      No, he’s right.

  • Helgast

    This is the reason why i do buy iPhones. I have sold my Galaxy S3 last week and i really wanted to see how the Android Devices feel. First of all its the biggest mistake. Samsung and Android do suck. The Galaxy S3 is such a bad designed device. With little Ram (1GB is not enough), plastic design, Pen Tile Matrix etc.
    The Home button lag is frustrating and all in all the device sucks…and dont speak of the update policy of Samsung. It sucks.
    The reason why i did buy an iPhone 5. Samsung will throw a half assed Galaxy S4 in march on the market and they will againg make a cheap commercial against Apple and try to persuade the customer. But you have to see it foryourself and to make the experience by yourself. Like i did.
    The iPhone is almost a perfect device, sure iTunes can lick my ass,but still a superb devic, which is unbeated. The performance is so good that a Galaxy S3 even with Jelly bean seems like a device from the past 5 years…

    And news like Samsung bringing fullhd devices…who cares really…buy an iphone and stop being inferior.

    • http://twitter.com/russ781227 Russell Torres

      Tried an iPhone, loved it until I found android. :) To me, iPhone itself is really good, but when Android came out, I used to be an Apple Fanboy, but that changed when Android developed. Say all you want about android and samsung. But in the end, it doesnt matter, because it depends on the users wants and needs….

  • Nessim

    Stefan Constantinescu

    I TOTALLY disagree with your last part. Your argumentation is useless in the present context and it is even insulting.
    1080p is NOT perceivable by human eye on such a little smartphone screen and it’s A FACT!
    Your are pushing forward an iPhonisation of our wonderful Android world coz we users don’t wanna pay for some R&D or so called innovation that bring us NOTHING.
    If you want to argue and if you feel strong enough for convincing us try to argue on that particular fact (1080p on a 4 inch smartphone display) and not speaking about a stupid story about a 2008 smartphone.
    1080p on a smartphone screen!
    Don’t wanna be a moron that have to pay for some useless innovations.
    I’m waiting!

    • Nessim

      “To those people we ask that you stop complaining about the march of progress.”
      It’s not a matter of marketing and a matter of getting a bit more of our money for NOTHING, but im not a fool for thinking it’s about “progress” lol

      • David Kerkes

        I don’t know if you read the Verge article about the 1080 screen but even they said they could tell a big difference between it and the iPhone5. So yeah, you can tell a difference.

        • Nessim

          @google-f8d3fc0a869eae8c02a7d30ab908574d:disqus
          Could you please gimme the link?
          Here it’s not a matter of technology, it’s a matter of biology limit, so I really want to find a good reason to be satisfied with such foolness

        • Nessim
          • David Kerkes

            Actually there should be another article when the news broke. there’s a video and all, and the guy says that even though you shouldn’t be able to tell a difference, he can.

    • Nessim

      plus ->
      Bigger (useless) resolution = more CPU and GPU needed for keeping everything smooth.
      The same tasks on the UI would have been performed EQUALLY with :
      much less calculating,
      much less battery consumption,
      much less MONEY.

      I don’t get your way of thinking really! :S

  • Justin Quang

    I really feel sorry for those stupid ass who buys a phone that hasn’t changed much since its first release.
    Fyi, I hate that fruit phone not because I side with Android. Because of the way that fruit company and moronic sheeps act. It’s so sad that every time I see someone uses a fruit phone, I automatically assume that he or she is a moron, a sheep that fully and blindly supports such an evil company.