Nov 14 AT 2:40 PM Dustin Earley 16 Comments

LG Nitro True HD IPS display goes head-to-head with the iPhone

optimus lte press nitro

Say what you will about iOS and how Apple manages their ecosystem, but there’s no denying the quality of the display on the iPhone 4/4S. Coming in at only 3.5-inches, the iPhone utilizes a 960×640 resolution, giving the device a screen density of 326 ppi. But not everyone wants a screen that small (or likes iOS for that matter). LG has just the solution.

For quite some time now, the LG Optimus LTE has been available in Korea, making its fair share of noise. Soon enough, the device will be coming to the US under the name Nitro with AT&T LTE on board. But that’s not the big story here. The big story is the display on the Nitro and what it finally brings to Android. The LG Optimus LTE/Nitro will be one of the first globally available Android phones with a display that can go head-to-head with the iPhone.

The LG Nitro uses a 4.5-inch “True HD IPS” display. In other words, it’s the same technology Apple offers in the iPhone’s display (LG actually manufacturers displays for the iPhone), but bigger and with a higher resolution. With the display on the Nitro, you’re looking at a 1280×720 display packed into 4.5-inches, which equates to a screen density of 329 ppi. The 3 pixels the Nitro has over the iPhone aren’t going to make a difference when both devices sit next to each other on AT&T shelves, but the fact that a 4.5-inch Android phone’s display looks just as good as the iPhone’s will.

Of course there are other Android phones coming out with HD displays that also rock monster screen densities. The HTC Rezound with its SLCD display and the Galaxy Nexus with its Super AMOLED display will undoubtedly be the Nitro’s biggest competition. Going by display alone, which device sounds best to you? I’ve always loved the accuracy of IPS displays and the PenTile sub-pixel layout on the Galaxy Nexus may have a negative affect, so I can’t wait to get my hand on the Nitro.

Source: Android Life

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  • triangle

    I hope LG can come up with a competitive product because they are just lagging badly right now. It sounds like this screen will help, but it’s going to be a question whether they can launch this with ICS or at least come up with timely updates. I think LG has a lot to prove.

  • AppleFUD

    I believe LG makes the display for the iphone. . . why they haven’t bothered with their own phones??

    • xallies

      They sold exclusivity to apple. Old news though.

  • crickerman

    I hope LG plans on providing better support for their devices in the future… they might as well go with stock android to help them differentiate themselves from samsung and htc as well as make it easier for them to do updates faster.

  • BigCiX

    Just bring me gingerbread LG like yesterday for my Thrill!!!

  • curtisas

    I believe that the display in the iPhone is an E-IPS display, whereas this one is an AH-IPS display. the AH-IPS is a much newer technology:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TFT_LCD#In-Plane_Switching_.28IPS.29

  • Paul

    You say 3.5 inch But not everyone wants a screen that small, what I say is not everyone wants a screen that big 4.5 inch, 4 or 4.2 inch is the best screen size for a phone, & currently there is no choice as no new phones in the UK come with a 4 or 4.2 inch screen

    • Dustin Earley

      I’m with you. My Nexus S feels like just about the perfect size. But going a little bigger may not be terrible.

  • Nathan

    I would still go for a nexus

  • charliethesuperturtle

    LG kicks ass
    sampled HD is going to have a real competition this year

  • metafor

    The girl looks uncomfortable; like someone’s holding a gun to her back to be there.

    • joe

      If thats the case with the girl…..then the trying to look happy dude on the left of her, looks as if he been holding a dump in for about an hour now….dude to her right, looks as if someone is tickling his grundle….

      • PGrGr

        What the hell’s a grundle?!

        More to the point, no-one seems to be commenting on merits or otherwise of “pentile” displays. It’s something which bloggers seem to get in a fuss about, but I’ve not heard any “real” people have any concerns and it sounds like one of those storms in a teacup that only the kind of people who have a point to prove over iphone owners care about!

        If pentile displays were really that bad, would Samsung/Google have really gone for one in their new phone? Or could it be the case that the new pentile screens are better than the original ones, so what was once a valid concern should be no more?

  • Panatella

    You guys think this was LG’s version they produced for the Google Nexus pitch?

  • BOB

    to bad their phones suck, all this for an extra 3 ppi?
    go big or go home.

  • pritams

    go go go….

  1. I hope LG can come up with a competitive product because they are just lagging badly right now. It sounds like this screen will help, but it’s going to be a question whether they can launch this with ICS or at least come up with timely updates. I think LG has a lot to prove.

  2. AppleFUDGuest 4 years ago

    I believe LG makes the display for the iphone. . . why they haven’t bothered with their own phones??

    • xalliesGuest 4 years ago

      They sold exclusivity to apple. Old news though.

  3. crickermanGuest 4 years ago

    I hope LG plans on providing better support for their devices in the future… they might as well go with stock android to help them differentiate themselves from samsung and htc as well as make it easier for them to do updates faster.

  4. BigCiXGuest 4 years ago

    Just bring me gingerbread LG like yesterday for my Thrill!!!

  5. I believe that the display in the iPhone is an E-IPS display, whereas this one is an AH-IPS display. the AH-IPS is a much newer technology:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TFT_LCD#In-Plane_Switching_.28IPS.29

  6. PaulGuest 4 years ago

    You say 3.5 inch But not everyone wants a screen that small, what I say is not everyone wants a screen that big 4.5 inch, 4 or 4.2 inch is the best screen size for a phone, & currently there is no choice as no new phones in the UK come with a 4 or 4.2 inch screen

    • I’m with you. My Nexus S feels like just about the perfect size. But going a little bigger may not be terrible.

  7. I would still go for a nexus

  8. LG kicks ass
    sampled HD is going to have a real competition this year

  9. metaforGuest 4 years ago

    The girl looks uncomfortable; like someone’s holding a gun to her back to be there.

    • joeGuest 4 years ago

      If thats the case with the girl…..then the trying to look happy dude on the left of her, looks as if he been holding a dump in for about an hour now….dude to her right, looks as if someone is tickling his grundle….

      • PGrGrGuest 4 years ago

        What the hell’s a grundle?!

        More to the point, no-one seems to be commenting on merits or otherwise of “pentile” displays. It’s something which bloggers seem to get in a fuss about, but I’ve not heard any “real” people have any concerns and it sounds like one of those storms in a teacup that only the kind of people who have a point to prove over iphone owners care about!

        If pentile displays were really that bad, would Samsung/Google have really gone for one in their new phone? Or could it be the case that the new pentile screens are better than the original ones, so what was once a valid concern should be no more?

  10. You guys think this was LG’s version they produced for the Google Nexus pitch?

  11. BOBGuest 4 years ago

    to bad their phones suck, all this for an extra 3 ppi?
    go big or go home.

  12. go go go….