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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  • steven75 - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    The problem with your argument is nearly all devices haven't reached 300 dpi except for one notable example.

    So sure, I agree once everything else is at that level, it won't be a big deal to improve on it.
  • kenyee - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    I stand a better chance getting lucky w/ one of those models in that photo than us being able to buy one of these in the US this year :-)
    The LG Optimus 3D took forever....the Optimus Black took forever....something like 6 months to get to the US IIRC...
  • vtohthree - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    People here are trying to compare ppi in a notebook/laptop to a tablet.

    In a tablet PPI is critical, you have the device upfront and closer to your face, in addition, the ppi makes the text much more crisp/sharper and easier on the eyes, we could most certainly use 1080p in say... a 10.1" tablet.

    I agree, 1080p is just fine in a 15" notebook that is 1-2' a way from your eyes, and the text may even seem too small, but move your face close to the text and you will see that text is not sharp enough if it was say..less than a foot away. Having said that, I enjoy/prefer/welcome desktop real estate anyways.
  • Mugur - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    Phone resolution is getting higher, while notebooks seem stuck at 1366*768 more and more, if you don't pay a premium...

    Anyway, 720p is just about right for 4-7". Bring them on!
  • Mugur - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    Posted from my Nook Color with CM7. :-)
  • aliasfox - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    At some point, the general populace just won't care. sure, CD sounds better than 128 Kbps mp3, and DVD audio sounds better still, but the % of consumers who can tell the difference goes down with each step up in quality, and the percentage that's willing to pay goes down even faster still.

    I for one will be happy to see 600dpi screens everywhere just so no matter how I look at it, everything will be smooth as silk. But if what's given away (free with contract!) is the minimum acceptable level (think iPhone 3GS), then that's the standard we'll get to live with, and the standard most OS and app developers will be targeting.

    There's one good thing to be said about the iPhone ecosystem - once the 3GS gets dropped (next year?) the minimum experience Apple will have to code for will be 960 x 640, allowing all customers of newer hardware to experience this difference. I'll bet there will be plenty of Android phones at 800 x 480 or even 480 x 360 still for sale.

    Lastly, resolution independence support in the mobile space (pinch to zoom) is much, much more prevalent and easier for people to understand at the moment. Every time I see someone with an ultra high res laptop display surfing the web, I see people squinting at their laptops. Ultra high resolution in the laptop space will become more useful once a) laptop makers start incorporating high res panels and b) windows and Mac OS make it just as easy for the novice to understand scaling on their laptops as on their phones. B has to come before A though, I think.
  • sheh - Monday, October 10, 2011 - link

    Like other people above, I'm waiting for 300dpi desktop monitors at 22-24". And 16:10 please. And move already to OLED and no backlight.
  • Iketh - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - link

    I'll write the definition of "impulsive buying" the first time I see a 22" Viewsonic OLED on sale...

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