Toshiba Creates a 498 ppi – 2,560 x 1,600 pixel Display – Take that iPhone “Retina”!

October 24, 2011
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Do you remember 720p smartphone displays?

Chances are that the sentence above does not really make sense to you because the first 720p smart phones are just in the process of being released. Only having about a month in the spotlight, these displays are already being kicked to the sideline by Toshiba. Earlier this year, Toshiba promised a 4 inch smartphone that would feature a 367 ppi display. However, they have now upped the ante with a 6.1 inch tablet phone “thingy”.

It is unclear whether or not the device will be a phone or a tablet, but we do know that the 6.1 inch display will have an incredible 2,560 x 1,600 pixels. That translates to 498 pixels per inch (pixel density). In addition, Toshiba says that it will “boast a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 16.7 million colors, 61 percent coverage of the NTSC color gamut, and viewing angles of 176 degrees both horizontally and vertically.

If you are still not satisfied by what looks to be the most incredible and un-believable smartphone display, Toshiba has added one last feature – 3D capabilities – that do not require glasses. With a display like this one, users can now watch movies in full HD (1080p) and also in 3D without those pesky glasses. The question is, can we do both at the same time?

And just for perspective, look how this upcoming display from Toshiba literally dominates every single display on the market – including the iPhone 4S and Galaxy Nexus. Remember, we are talking about a display with 498 PPI – a huge improvement!

There is no information on when, where,  or how this will hit the market, but we are sure that Toshiba has leaked this information to try to keep people from buying into 720p displays when mobile devices with displays better than  1080p are right around the corner. Also, if you’re wondering about the 6.1 inch size, and are thinking what kind of device would that go in, then worry not. Much like Samsung was able to reduce the size of the 1280×720 Super HD AMOLED panel from 5.3 inches in the one used in the Galaxy Note to the 4.65 inch variant for the Galaxy Nexus, so too will Toshiba be able to make this one smaller for use in smartphones! And you know it’s coming to Android first!

Any thoughts? 720p enough to seal the deal for you like on the LG Optimus LTE, or the Galaxy Nexus?

Source: Engadget, Chart via Anandtech

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