Sharp is showing off a bunch of new displays at the CEATEC show in Japan this week, including a 2.87 inch display with 1,008 pixels per inch designed for virtual reality systems and other head-mounted displays and an unusual looking smartphone-sized display with rounded corners that could be used for nearly bezel-free phones.
It’s not clear if or when products with the new display technologies will come to market. But PC Watch has photos and more details about the new screens Sharp is demonstrating.
The round smartphone screen is a 5.2 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display with 425 pixels per inch. The rounded corners are its key claim to fame, but when you consider that most smartphones have bodies with rounded corners, it makes sense that the screen should follow suit (especially if you want to minimize the bezels).
Sharp’s 1,008 PPI screen is a 2.87 inch, 1920 x 2160 pixel display panel. Pack two of them in a headset (one for each eye), and you have a headset that can deliver 4K content.
The HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, by comparison, have twin 1200 x 1080 pixel displays.
Other displays Sharp is showing off include a 2.5 inch circular 824 x 824 pixel display and a 4.5 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel round display. While Sharp is showing them off with watch/clock-like user interfaces, these screens are a bit large for wearable devices. But they could make sense for in-vehicle systems.
Sharp is also showcasing a new 27 inch, 8K IGZO monitor with a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels (or 326 pixels per inch).