Sharp Announces 5.5-inch 4K IGZO Display

A display that has a higher resolution than the Nexus 6!
A display that has a higher resolution than the Nexus 6!

Mind-blowing 806ppi!

We’ve seen several flagships bust out QHD displays before (like the Nexus 6 above), but Sharp has just announced their new 5.5-inch IGZO panel that can go even higher. How high? Well, Sharp’s new display panel has the equivalent resolution of a 4K UHD TV – that’s 3840 × 2160 resolution for a mind-blowing 806ppi (pixels-per-inch).


In sharp contrast Samsung’s Galaxy S6, LG’s G3 and the Nexus 6 have ppi of 577,538 and 493 respectively. The panel is based off indium gallium zinc oxide, which has a higher electron mobility compared to traditional technology. This means that Sharp can push pixel density over its competitors, though there’s still a question of usabilty – most people can barely see the difference between a full HD and a QHD display, let alone a UHD display that’s squeezed in a panel that’s only 5.5-inches big.

There’s also a question of battery life – UHD equipped phones like the Galaxy Note 4, S6 and the LG G3 use considerably more juice to power their high resolution displays. Regardless of real-life applications, Sharp is going ahead and producing the new displays next year, 2016.


John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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