Present day, high-end Android smartphones are offered in two display resolutions: 800 x 480 (WVGA) and 960 x 540 (qHD). With the upcoming release of Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), we expect the high-end Android phones to embrace even higher resolutions including 1280 x 720.

Samsung already announced a 720p version of the Galaxy S II, and the upcoming ICS launch vehicle is widely expected to boast a 720p display as well. As a prominent LCD panel vendor as well as a player in the smartphone space, LG is hopping on the 720p Android bandwagon with the Optimus LTE.

The Optimus LTE uses what LG is calling its True HD IPS display. The True HD IPS panel measures 4.5-inches diagonally and has a pixel density of 329 ppi courtesy of its 1280 x 720 resolution (slightly higher than Apple's Retina Display at 326 ppi). Todays release doesn't reveal any other panel specs, but we do have a few shots of it below courtesy of LG.

Like the Galaxy S II HD LTE, the Optimus LTE is being introduced first in Korea.

Source: LG (pdf)

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  • cocoviper - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    It all depends how close you're holding the phone to your face.

    Apple's retina display positioning of it being the highest density you can see with your eyes assumes you're going to hold it about 2.5 to 3 ft from your eyes and that your vision is near the median of the statistical population.

    If however your vision is better, or you hold your phone closer, you can easily resolve 430-480 ppi (which is in the range of that 4.8" 1080p screen I linked above).
  • GuinnessKMF - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    That's exactly what I hate about Apple's claim of a retina display on their cell phone, it makes it so people think that's "as good as it can get". 2.5-3' is an absurd distance to hold your phone out, 8" is a bit more reasonable, meaning that there's room to quadruple the density just to meet the median point.
  • sleepeeg3 - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    960 pixel width is the current web-standard. There comes a limit between PPI and screen size, because the phone gets to bulky. I suspect anywhere from 1280x720p to 1700 x 960 and 4.5 - 5" will be the future upper limits of cell phones.
  • sleepeeg3 - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

  • fancarolina - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    I'm betting Apple already has a prototype they will just release it after the iPhone 5 with a 720 screen. Can't give you everything at once you might not keep on spending.
  • ImSpartacus - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    Nah, they will double it again to get 1920x1280, which would be able to hold a 1080p video.

    But that won't be for a few years. You'll see a QXGA (2048x1536) iPad long before a 1080p iPhone.
  • kishorshack - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    The post hasnt been correctly written
    rather pixel density of apple iphone 4 is 329ppi
    and LG Optimus LTE having a resolution of 1280x720 is 326ppi
    Anand you are really weak in maths :P
  • Camikazi - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    Everywhere I am looking says iPhone 4 PPI is 326, I also did the math and came up with 326, so I guess you need to check your math.
  • kishorshack - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    your are weak in maths dude
    i will explain you
    iphone 4 has a resolution of 640x960
    dp=sqrt(Wp^2 + Hp^2) Wp and Hp and width and height resolution in pixels

    PPI=dp/di where di=diagonal size in inches.
    for iphone 4
    dp=sqrt(640^2 + 960^2)
    PPI=1153.77 / 3.5

    Check your maths dude
  • GuinnessKMF - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    Before you go insulting peoples math, maybe you should understand the topic a little bit better.

    Check: 326ppi 326ppi

    You're aware that 3.5" is a marketting number, not the exact screen size. It's also listed as 9cm, or 3.54330709 inches. Or 325.619... ppi

    Check your facts dude

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