Another milestone to classic Windows resolutions on mobile phones has been met: Hitachi Displays, Ltd. started mass production of 800 x 480 2.9-inch LCD panels for use in mobile phones, which the company claims is “the industry’s first 800 x 480 product as a mobile phone display panel.” The users can view the entire image without side scrolling when browsing websites designed to match the size of a personal computer monitor or watching VGA (480 x 640) video. The panel employs the company’s proprietary liquid crystal technology called IPS that boasts wide viewing angle and high image quality.
The pixel count is five times that of QVGA (240 x 320), which has been the norm for mobile phone panels. IPS LCD works differently from the general TFT LCD in that a horizontal electric field causes liquid crystal molecules to rotate in a plane parallel to the TFT substrate. This simple movement allows a wider viewing angle, better color reproduction and faster grey-to-grey response time, claims the company. The new product is a transmissive LCD panel that boasts a viewing angle of over 170 degrees in both vertical and horizontal directions, contrast ratio of about 400:1 and luminance of 250 cd/m2. Sweet, isn’t it? I’m only bit afraid of the moment when you will need a magnifying glass to check whether there’s new SMS…
PS. By the way, my notebook HDD is also from Hitachi (Hitachi Travelstar) 🙂