The Chinese company TCL announced two tiny new LCD displays featuring impressive resolutions and striking pixel density per inch. If the displays are equal to their description these LCD panels will enable smaller and higher-resolution standalone VR headsets.
The first is a 2.1-inch LCD panel. Incidentally, the same size as HTC Vive FLOW, currently acting as the smallest display size on the market. However, where the FLOW delivers a resolution of 1600×1600, the new display prototype from TCL features a 2280×2280 resolution with a 120 Hz refresh rate.
Even more impressive, TCL showcased this first display in a standalone VR HMD: illustrating that such a small-sized LCD panel could enable powerful standalone virtual reality headsets to be created.
The second display that TCL teased as a prototype is only 1.77 inches, making it the smallest display engine for a VR headset on the market. This display has a resolution of 2160×2160, meaning it is lower than the other display, however, the loss of resolution compared to the reduction in size makes it very attractive.
TCL plans to make a big splash in the virtual reality industry with its upcoming LCD displays. Both TCL displays have impressive resolution densities and sizes, enabling crystal clear VR HMDs to be developed for a lower price than if OLED display engines are employed. All in all, with such high resolutions and pixel densities, cramped into such small form factors, TCL may power the next generation of stand-alone virtual reality headsets.