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Competition in the market for mobile display technology intensified Thursday with news that manufacturer Everdisplay showed off the world’s first six-inch AMOLED screen boasting an unprecedented density of 734 pixels per inch.

To put that in context, the iPhone 6 Plus’s 5.5-inch full HD screen has a pixel density of 401 pixels per inch (PPI) while the rest of Apple’s iPhone lineup has 326 PPI Retina screens.

By comparison, Sharp’s 5.5-inch IGZO LCD display with a 4K resolution of 2,160-by-3,840 pixels at a whopping 806 PPI is currently the world’s highest-density display.

Another comparison: the highest density AMOLED display in mass production is Samsung’s 5.1-inch panel featured on the Samsung Galaxy S6, which boasts a pixel density of 577 pixels per inch.

But the technology isn’t standing still: last November, Japan’s SEL showed off a 2.8-inch 2,560-by-1,440 pixel resolution screen with a cray pixel density of 1,058 PPI though the panel hasn’t moved beyond the prototype stage since.

And let’s not forget Samsung Display, which has embarked on a project to engineer the world’s first “super dimension” mobile display with an 11K resolution at an astounding 2,250 PPI sharpness. The South Korean firm expect to show the first prototype by the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 5 phablet, due for unveiling later this month, is rumored to rock a 5.9-inch ultra high-definition screen with a pixel density of 746 PPI.

First devices with Everdisplay’s new screen are expected next year.

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Everdisplay ins’t an Apple supplier: the Cupertino firm sources the vast majority of mobile displays from Samsung Display, LG Display, Japan Display and Sharp.

Everdisplay also makes 5.5 and 6-inch smartphone displays and eight-inch panels for the automotive market. In addition, the company is currently developing a 1.4-inch circular AMOLED screen for wearables with a resolution of 400-by-400 pixels. The 42mm Apple Watch, for example, has a 1.5 inch 312-by-390 pixel resolution screen.

Whether or not smartphones and tablets require such an ultra-high resolution display has yet to be seen, but technology marches forward and I have no doubt in my mind that these types of screen will make it into mobile products as soon as mobile processors and graphics chips are powerful enough to handle 8K resolution.

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While the human eye may not be able to discern the difference between today’s Retina screens and an 8K smartphone screen, having more pixels will be useful for enjoying 4K video on the go, editing documents, browsing panoramic images and for virtual reality applications and devices such as Facebook-owned Oculus Rift, to name just a few.

In fact, Everdisplay’s new screen should prove especially suitable for virtual reality googles as AMOLED technology provides great picture quality, color saturation and sharpness without inducing a sense of vertigo.

Source: Everdisplay (Google Translate)

  • Dan

    pretty impressive, although an overkill

    • My thoughts exactly. The specs alone make it look expensive to replace if it gets damaged lol..

      • Dan

        probably did it just to say they could, kudos to them, all for the advancement of tech

      • Bugs Bunnay

        Well I’d rather see 8 gigs of ram on ANY phone over pixel density.

      • Dan

        Ditto

      • Mr. Right

        Ehhhhhh not really… having more ram wouldn’t change that much it depends on the OS and what you are doing with it. I rather have 2k screen and 4 gb ram.

    • James G

      I think the applications are beyond mobile phones. The VR example makes more sense; especially if it cuts down on vertigo.

      • Dan

        Good point, didn’t think about that

    • Gary McPherson

      I have S7 Edge 4K display 577 PPI. Screen looks amazing.

      Use it with VR goggles, and instantly the need for much higher screen densities is realized.

      With a much higher (at least 3 to 4 times) PPI, VR and 3D video could look amazing!

      Of course, then comes more powerful processor and better batteries. Maybe a couple of years yet, definitely exciting technology.
      Ahhh, the posibilities. 3D video, gaming, virtual museums, etc!

      • Mikey FTL

        I wish the S7 had a 4k display, but sadly your screen is only 2k.

      • Gary McPherson

        Ah, thank you for the clarification, I do stand corrected.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Battery life: 1 hour. Although I gotta admit I’d probably stare at it for a good 5 minutes. lol

  • Lucus Bendzsa

    Past a certain point you can’t tell.

    • ericesque

      But my iPhone 6+ isn’t there yet…

  • Jonathan

    dat bezel

  • deepdvd

    Make sure you put a screen protector on that. It will serve a dual purpose. 1) Protect that expensive screen. 2) Completely negate any advantage of the High PPI

    • guille9215

      Use tempered glass screen protector, like Zagg’s or Spigen’s

  • James G

    I see what you did there…

  • Shams

    Overkill. Too extreme.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      I wanna see 18k resolution.

  • Joey_Z

    try running a game in 4k on a phone’s GPU….

  • PA Nard

    Correct me if I’m wrong but, more pixels = more power consumption? Storage wise you’ll need more as well… And there might be a point where the human eye has its limits to perceive details?

    • This is true too, graphical assets of apps would have to be enlarged in order to take advantage of the full pixel density, and that means packing more and more different size variations for each asset.

  • Skoven

    Awesome! Now give me a standard video cable that works with this display, and let me make that 4k DIY projector 😛

  • Battery life is going to be 30 mins lol

  • Tim

    I said it already, note 5 will have a 4k display.

  • AAPL.To.Break.$130.Soon>:-)

    Overkill. How much do consumers really need such a display even on a smartphone? What’s the point of driving more pixels to eat into battery life? It’s time companies put more effort into building longer-lasting batteries than tech that simply puts more strain on current battery technology. Tech needs to stay balanced without one component being far more advanced than all rest of the components. Battery tech is falling too far behind and it would seem there isn’t enough effort going into building longer-lasting batteries. Maybe it’s not glamorous enough of a business or doesn’t give back the financial returns other components do.

    Admittedly, I’m quite satisfied with 1080p for my home TV, so I’ve no desire to go beyond that. The limitation is MY old eyes, so I’ll never need a display with a higher resolution. It just won’t make a difference (to me).

    • Ansky01

      You can manually lower the resolution and PPI to get more performance and battery life, like I did 🙂

  • Ansky01

    I have a samsung galaxy S4 and it has a default resolution of
    1080×1920 at 480 PPI. After lowering it down to 540×960 at 240 PPI, I
    did not notice any difference in image quality. I did notice that the
    phone is MUCH faster and that the battery lasts longer.

  • Don Karam

    High pixel density is not really necessary for anything except VR headset screens, even then it might not be so necessary if they can reduce the pixel dead-space or make spherical screens.