Oct 20 AT 2:49 PM Dustin Earley 9 Comments

Comparison: Toshiba unveils new high density displays that smash the competition

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During the unveiling of the Galaxy Nexus, Samsung’s Kevin Packingham shared an interesting statistic on smartphone displays. According to Kevin, 80 percent of people who buy smartphones put the display on the top of their “must-have” list. I firmly believe this to be true.

Every time I buy a new smartphone, the display is the one aspect of the device I obsess over. With cloud storage everywhere, internal memory isn’t as much of an issue as it used to be. Processors are now to the point where, despite what the numbers say, there is practically no difference in performance among top manufacturers. Network speed is more of a personal preference than anything else. But the display? Everyone has to look at their device’s display day in and day out. When it comes down to it, the display is your device. Toshiba knows this, which is why they’re working around to clock to deliver the best displays in the industry.

Unveiled today, and expected to be shown off next week, Toshiba has created a photo realistic 6.1-inch display with a whopping 498ppi screen density. In terms of resolution, that’s 2560×1600 stuffed into a mere 6 inches. The rest of the specs on the display are nothing to shrug off either. There’s a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 16.7 million colors and 61 percent coverage of the NTSC color gamut. Viewing angles sit at around 176 degrees horizontally and vertically which make the display ideal for tablets or other handheld devices that are used in both portrait and landscape positions.

On their own, these displays are amazing. But compared to the competition, they’re jaw dropping. If you take a look at the comparison photo in this post, you’ll see just how detailed images appear on a display with a pixel density this high. Compared to a display with 244ppi (which is normally pretty good for a handheld device), Toshiba’s latest offerings are in an entirely different league. Samsung will undoubtedly give Toshiba some fierce competition in overall display quality with HD Super AMOLED, but they still fall well short of Toshiba’s density levels.

No production dates have been announced yet, but a 2D model shouldn’t be far off. Sometime in the near future, Toshiba is looking to manufacturer a 3D photo realistic display as well. We’ll be keeping an eye out for both.

Via: SlashGear

Source: Toshiba

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Ben

    But…but…but… the iPhone’s retina display already shows more resolution than the human eye is capable of perceiving…! How can this possibly be? :-p
    Fanboys, (a.k.a. flamers) flame on!

    • Dustin Earley

      Brace for impact.

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      Jokes aside …

      The retina display only shows more resolution than a normal human eye can perceive at a distance of 12″. Bring it closer, and you will need higher resolution. Also, some people can even perceive higher resolution than 300ppi at a distance of 12″. It’s actually not too uncommon if it’s a printed page. On a display, because there are light actively projecting out, our eyes might not work as well as when reading a paper.

      That said, I rarely see people reading something 6″ big twelve inches away from their face — it’s actually pretty close. Without my eyeglasses, I look at my Nook Color at least 15″ away from my face.

      On the other hand, it may be very useful for reproducing Kanji in small font size.

      • Dustin Earley

        6-inches, yeah. But I hold my phone closer than that in bed. That’s for sure.

        • Edgar Cervantes

          I do too…. And I spend a great deal of time using my phone when laying down in my bed….

          • CactusCat

            You guys using that KamaSutra app or something?

  • rasterX

    That’s a pretty amazing display, but a total mismatch for current mobile GPUs. At this resolution, even SOCs coming out next year do not have the fillrate to animate the UI or games at an acceptable framerate. This display would be more useful as viewfinder for a HD camera like a Red Scarlet.

  • Kevs87

    Shit apple will kill,sue,destroy the world to have this in an iphone

  • Silgrond

    綺麗な漢字 (kirei na kanji)
    means pretty kanji (japanese logographic characters originated from China)