You’re going to see a ton of 1080p smartphones get announced during the next few months. CES is next week, Mobile World Congress is next month, and rumors say Samsung will probably host their own event in April. The thing is, will there be enough 1080p screens to satisfy demand? In 2012 we saw Qualcomm’s inability to make enough Snapdragon S4 chips impact the availability of numerous handsets. It looks like the same thing might happen in 2013, but for screens. According to DigiTimes, Sharp is facing some serious issues making enough 5 inch 1080p panels. Their exact quote:
“Sharp is already behind on shipments for the panel due to high demand in the Taiwan market and it is unclear as to when Sharp will be able to catch up.”
Who else makes smartphone sized 1080p panels? Three other companies come to mind. There’s JDI, the joint venture between Sony, Hitachi, and Toshiba, there’s Innolux, and last up is LG. There are strong rumors suggesting that LG will launch a 5.5 inch 1080p device either at CES or MWC, Sony will obviously use JDI panels for the Xperia Z, and as for Innolux … we have no idea who their customers are yet.
Then there’s Samsung. They know that the next Galaxy S has to have a 1080p screen, but we have yet to hear if they’ve figured out how to make AMOLED panels that can deliver such an insane DPI level. We’ll probably hear more about the GS4 as we get closer to the launch date. Leaks have a habit of occurring at just about every company.
Back to Sharp, there is some good news we’d like to share. That DigiTimes piece says that most of the kinks related to mass producing IGZO panels have been ironed out. What exactly is IGZO? It’s a type of LCD technology that’s said to deliver ridiculously low power levels and ultra high screen resolutions.