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LG unveils 5-inch HD LCD screen

Designed for "smart devices," the new panel will feature a 440ppi pixel density, beating out the 330ppi Retina display found on Apple's iPhone.

LG's new 5-inch HD LCD screen. LG

LG has announced it will release a new 5-inch LCD screen later this year that boasts a 1080p resolution.

Designed for "smart devices," the new panel also features a 440ppi pixel density -- handily beating the 330ppi Retina display found on Apple's iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. "The naked eye is unable to distinguish between individual pixels," LG said in a statement announcing the new screen.

The 5-inch display will have a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1920x1080 resolution, a combination more associated with HDTVs and high-definition monitors. The display is built on AH-IPS (Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching) technology, which provides wider viewing angles, improved color palette, and faster touch-response times, LG said.

News of LG's new screen emerges as Apple is reportedly gearing up to outfit the next-generation iPhone with screens that are at least 4 inches wide, a marked increase over the 3.5-inch 960x640-pixel Retina display the iPhone currently sports.

The new LG screen, which will be released in the second half of 2012, will be on display in June at the SID 2012 Display Week trade show in Boston.