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LG Display brings ultra-HD to 7-inch tablets

Challenges RetinaDisplay in new device sizes, its mobile sister firm will soon tap into the technology


Published: 3 January, 2013

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One of the key areas of differentiation in 2013's battle for smartphone and tablet profile will be super-high resolution screens. Samsung traditionally has the edge here, but smaller rival LG also has a display sister firm to tap into. LG Display will show off ultra hi-res screens for 7-inch tablets and Windows laptops at next week's CES (Consumer Electronics Show), and its handset sister firm is already hinting at models which will implement the technology.

LG Mobile has recently harnessed eye-catching screen technology, including 3D and full HD, to help its Optimus smartphones stand out from the crowd and to promote them from the midrange category to the high end. Now it will do the same for tablets and notebooks, segments where it has not shone beside Apple and Samsung.

It plans to match the density of the iPad RetinaDisplay not just in 10-inch models, where there are several Apple rivals at this resolution, but in 7-iunch tablets, where ultra-high resolution is hardly seen. This could help lift the 7-inch form factor out of the budget category into which the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 have placed it, ushering in a premium but fully portable slate.

At CES, LG Display will show off a 7-inch screen with resolution of 1920 x 1200 (324 pixels per inch) which compares to 1280 x 800 for the Kindle Fire HD and 1024 x 768 for the iPad mini. The first customer for this product will almost certainly be the unit's handset stablemate.

The closely related divisions will also go up against the recently announced MacBook with RetinaDisplay, debuting a 12.9-inch laptop screen with resolution of 2560 x 1700, or QSXGA, previously available only on monitors of 20-inches or above.

At the handset end, LG will demo full HD (at least 1920 x 1,080) on a 5.5-inch smartphone display with 403ppi.

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