Since Apple first introduced its Retina Display to the iPhone, it's been an arms race to equip as many mobile devices with ultra-high-resolution screens, whether it's Apple's own or other companies using competing technologies. Don't expect that trend to stop in 2013, as LG Display has indicated in a press release announcing its latest innovations to be displayed at the upcoming CES trade show.
The white-label arm of the Korean electronics giant is mostly touting its new 4K resolution HDTVs, but it hasn't forgotten computer displays as part of next year's rollout. While some 10-inch tablets now match the pixel density of the latest iPads with Retina Display (such as the Google Nexus 10), it hasn't really shown up in 7-inch slates. But LG Display will exhibit a 7-inch display that packs a resolution of 1,920x1,200, which works out to 324 pixels per inch. (In comparison, the new Kindle Fire HD has a resolution of only 1,280×800, and iPad mini has a resolution of 1,024x768.)
With the arrival of the Retina Display to Apple's MacBook laptops, Windows notebooks will continue to get higher-res screens as well. LG Display hopes to oblige with a 12.9-inch laptop display that features a resolution of 2,560x1,700 -- or QSXGA -- which the company points out has previously only been available in 20-inch or larger monitors.
Speaking of desktop monitors, LG Display is also announcing a 23.8-inch monitor panel (under the Neo-Blade code name) with an "ultra narrow" bezel. It will offer a 13.3-inch laptop panel with a bezel that's narrower than 2mm.
While LG Display's announcements are all well and good, consumers will only get really excited when these new displays show up on real products. Given the rush to compete against Retina Display technology, they might not have long to wait.