Now that we have our first 4K smartphone, surely it’s time to begin talking about even crazier display numbers. Japan Display is already pushing resolutions even higher, as the company has just announced the world’s first 17.3-inch LCD panel that packs in an 8K pixel resolution.
8K makes use of 7,680 columns and 4,320 rows, resulting in a total of 33,177,600 individual pixels. This works out to a density of 510 pixels per inch, which doesn’t actually touch the 806ppi offered by the Xperia Z5 Premium’s 4K screen. Still, the display is also capable of playing back content with a 120Hz refresh rate, a feature usual found in high-quality gaming monitors and displays used in video image production. This is pretty much the target markets that Japan Display will be after with this panel, along with monitors for medical situations.
Due to the very high pixel density, wide viewing angle and high contrast of the display, the manufacturer insists that it can reproduce very life-like images with an added sense of depth.
Although clearly too large for our mobile devices at this point, Japan Display’s announcement of a super high resolution display in a small(ish) form factor suggests that high resolution compact screens are here to stay. This 17.3-inch display will be on show between October 7th and 10th during CEATEC JAPAN 2015, which is to be held at Makuhari Messe in Japan.