The LG Optimus LTE might be the first smartphone to sport a 1280×720 pixel format. The 8-bit 4.5-inch Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS) LCD with 1280×720 pixels is good for a resolution of 326 ppi*. Which coincidentally is the same 326 ppi found on the current reigning champ the 3.5-inch IPS LCD Retina Display on the iPhone 4.
AH-IPS recently beat out Super AMOLED Plus. As reported by GSM Arena, the LG Display-built 4.5-inch AH-IPS with 1280×720 had better color accuracy, lower power consumption (624 mW v. 1130 mW), and higher brightness (600 nits v. 300+ nits) receiving the prestigious Quality & Performance Mark from Intertek.
LG is branding the 4.5-inch 1280×720 AH-IPS LCD as True HD. Rightly so. Even with an equivalent 326 ppi resolution the LG Optimus LTE trumps the iPhone 4 Retina Display in one very important aspect: 720p HD content is viewed without any scaling. You get pure 720p.
The LG Optimus LTE will be available on September 26 on South Korea’s LG U+ LTE network.
* Many news outlets are indicating the resolution at 329 ppi, which might mean the AH-IPS LCD is slightly smaller in the range of 4.46 – 4.47 inches.