Panasonic Shows Off 20.4-Inch 4K x 2K LCD Panel at 216 DPI at CES 2012; Revives Hopes Of ‘Retina’ MacBook Pro

Panasonic showed off a prototype of its new 20.4″ IPS LCD panel, with a staggering resolution of 3840 x 2160 at CES 2012.

There have been rumors that the next generation of MacBook Pros will feature “HiDPI-supporting” Retina displays. Panasonic seems to be working towards a similar goal, if their newest display is anything to go off of.

Panasonic showed off a 20.4″ IPS LCD panel at CES this year. It has a 4K2K resolution – more specifically, it’s 3840×2160, or quadruple the 1920×1080 standard of today’s HDTVs. For those of you who are counting, that’s a whopping 8.29 million pixels of beauty. Not only that, it’s super slim at only 3.5mm thickness.

Panasonic 4K2K IPS LCD Panel

From Panasonic’s press release:

IPS Alpha panels are suitable for making ultra-high definition displays because of their simple pixel structure – one of the characteristics of the IPS panels – as well as their high contrast ratio, excellent color reproducibility with rich gradation and the industry’s highest-level light transmission rate that were implemented by Panasonic’s unique IPS-Pro technology.

The 4K2K IPS Alpha LCD panel employs two new technologies, “Pixel structure with ultra-high aperture ration structure” and “New liquid-crystal molecular orientation process technology”.

Those Panasonic’s new technologies enable viewers to enjoy, from any angle, ultra-high definition videos that show fine lines and texts crisp and clear on the screen and faithfully reproduce lifelike images with subtle textures and even a sense of depth.

The display has a pixel density of 216 pixels per inch. For comparison, Apple’s Retina display on the iPhone 4S has a 330 ppi density, and Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus has a 316 ppi density. Panasonic’s display, while not as dense, still packs a very high resolution into a very slim display panel, but perhaps high enough to still consider it a “Retina” resolution given the somewhat further distance at which a laptop or LCD monitor is typically viewed.

Now that manufacturers are showing off displays that are definitely in the top tier, it seems Apple’s aims are that much closer.

[via Panasonic, Engadget]