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  • Toshiba To Provide New iPhone With 4" Retina Display?



    Earlier this year Toshiba and Apple struck a deal to build a $1.19 billion production facility to manufacture LCDs for Apple's iPhones. The facility was supposed to begin manufacturing LCD's in the second half of 2011.

    Fast forward to today. Toshiba confirmed in a press release a number of technologies it would be show casing at the Society for Information Display Conference running May 17 to 19. One of those technologies? A 4-inch 720p retina display.

    Displays for Mobile Phones and Portable Electronics
    The mobile section of the booth will feature high-resolution LTPS displays, up to 367ppi (pixels per inch) resolution density, in sizes ranging from 3.3-inch to 4.0-inch with resolution formats ranging from Wide VGA (480 x 864) to HD (720 x 1280). In addition, these displays will demonstrate advanced technologies such as high-contrast (up to 1,500:1), high-color (up to 92% NTSC), and wide viewing angle (up to H/V 176/176). The displays are just a few representative examples of TMD's broad line of thin and light displays for mobile smartphones and other portable electronic devices.
    The startup date for the plant, coupled with the ability to produce a 720p retina display in form factors ranging from 3.3" to 4" makes for a mighty coincidence. Especially with the number of rumors pointing at an edge to edge 4" display (pictured in a mockup above) being used in the next iPhone. Like mentioned yesterday, look to the supply chain if you want to know what a product may look like before its release.

    That being said, until Apple decides to unveil the next addition to the iPhone family we're all just drawing conclusions from crap we think we know. I wish someone would just leak photos of the final device already.

    Source: Toshiba
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Toshiba To Provide New iPhone With 4" Retina Display? started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. ICydiaify's Avatar
      ICydiaify -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      1280x720 in a 4" display would be so sick
      But do you think they would do that
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      I can't imagine the phone being called '4S' if it has a bigger screen, aluminum back, separated flash, as well as a chip/camera upgrade. In the past, that's always been more than enough new features to qualify as a complete next gen model. I'm banking on iPhone 5 this summer.

      Quote Originally Posted by ICydiaify View Post
      But do you think they would do that
      They won't do that. The current retina display is already as crisp as can be, and upgrading it would only hurt battery life and performance. Apple wouldn't make that sacrifice.

      Quote Originally Posted by gunzla View Post
      Dont know why people think this is any good! I'm an avid iPhone supporter, had them all. But if this is the future they'll lose me..
      Samsung have released a phone already with a 4inch 1080i or p, not exact on spec. & a dual core chip with the Galaxy S 2.
      What will they have by the time apple gets around to releasing the inferior iPhone 5. This doesnt make sense. Why would they let Samsung take back the market.
      Come on Apple... Get in the Game...
      Specs, specs, specs. C'mon man. These things always show off their numbers and claim to be beasts, but they NEVER work nearly as well regardless. That's really their only defense. It's a shame it's somewhat working, because in reality it's meaningless.
    1. lyoko network's Avatar
      lyoko network -
      They need to double the current display resolution (1920x1280) )
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gunzla View Post
      Dont know why people think this is any good! I'm an avid iPhone supporter, had them all. But if this is the future they'll lose me..
      Samsung have released a phone already with a 4inch 1080i or p, not exact on spec. & a dual core chip with the Galaxy S 2.
      What will they have by the time apple gets around to releasing the inferior iPhone 5. This doesnt make sense. Why would they let Samsung take back the market.
      Come on Apple... Get in the Game...
      Galaxy S II has the same 800x480 resolution that many Android smart phones currently have, in a 4.27" display. The iPhone has a 960x640 resolution in a 3.5" display. I would take the sharper iPhone display any day.

      There is no phone yet that has 1080 resolution, yet. I'm sure there will be some day.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      That picture looks too awkward to be close to what the next iphone will look like. the earpiece and home button are too close to the screen and I do 2nd Dirty on the "4S" being the same body as the 4 but with slightly beefed up hardware or called the 5 if it has some significant(see: screen size) changes.
    1. theskygod's Avatar
      theskygod -
      A nice idea, but definetly not going to happen as the suggested 4" screen has an aspect ratio of 16:9 while all generations of iPhones have been 3:2.

      A very good article explaining why it's highly unlikely:
      The 4-inch iPhone display: Doing the math
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      At least icons will be closer up as suppose to iph 4 =P