There’s a huge push on at the moment to make phones as thin as possible (think Huawei Ascend P6) and LG looks as though it’s helping the concept along by launching a new Full HD (1920×1080-pixel) LCD panel, the world’s thinnest at just 2.2mm thick.
According to LG’s press release, the panel features a new one-piece glass fabrication called Advanced One-Glass-Solution (OGS). It features two flexible printed circuit boards sandwiched by the LCD panel and the touchscreen capacitive film. This is said to reduce the number of etched lines on the glass by 30% so it looks clearer, particularly on games and video.
The whole thing is dunked in a new optically clear resin that allows more light out while still retaining clear visibility in strong sunlight. LG claims the light output at full backlight is 535nits. Some are praising the fact that it features full RGB pixels, but there’s no reason for an LCD-based panel to use anything else. Samsung uses Pentile in its AMOLED panels because Blue subpixel AMOLEDs have a lower lifespan compared with green and red, so there’s a special reason for using it that situation.
AndroidCentral has a thought that the new panel could first appear in LG’s own up-coming G2 smartphone (we’re inclined to agree with them). Engadget (and others) have been showing off claimed leaked photos of the new phone with what’s said to be a 5.2-inch Full HD screen with very little bezel. LG reportedly has a news event on August 7 – pounds to peanuts it’ll launch this phone.
While thin is great, you don’t want a smartphone that’s too thin to hold when making phone calls, so eventually, we’ll have to get to a happy medium between ‘thin’ and ‘comfortable’. Still, if they can turn ‘thin’ into ‘light’, I can’t see too many of us complaining.
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