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Hitachi Demos Cheap Retina Display For iPhone 5 Rivals

Hitachi has announced the availability of a more affordable technology that will make HD ready IPS panels more widely available, and demoed a 4.5-inch LCD panel with a 1280x720 pixel resolution.

The Japanese company has used amorphous silicon-based TFT technology rather than the more expensive low temperature polysilicon or LTPS which requires extra wiring, making it bulkier and more fragile.

The new panel is also less power hungry as Hitachi has managed to tweak the amount of backlight needed, which means better battery life on larger screen devices.

What's more Hitachi's prototype managed a pixel density of up to 329ppi, which is slightly higher than that of the iPhone 4 display and good enough to earn it a Retina Display sticker.

Expect the new display, which follows up from the one showcased back in February, to offer up to 500 cd/m2 brightness and support 24-bit colour, a 1000:1 contrast ratio and a massive 160-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angle.

There have been only a few models on the market with an HD ready display, both of them from Samsung; the Note and the Samsung Galaxy S2 II HD LTE have a 5.3-inch and a 4.65-inch screen respectively.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.