Category: Displays

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Sharp’s big move into Android phones and tablets

Posted by Charbax – January 24, 2011

At CES 2011, Sharp showed their 3.8" parallax barrier 3D screen in their Android powered 3D phone on the Softbank network. Sharp is making the 3D screen that is in the upcoming Nintendo 3DS, it allows for amazing 3D screen without the need for 3D glasses. Thus as Sharp is ramping up mass production of that "parallax barrier" 3.8" WVGA 3D screen, they are able to put it in Smart phones as well, which is how they are now shipping in Japan the Sharp 003SH and 005SH (with slide-out keyboard). Sharp is also entering the Tablet market with their new Tablet optimized screens at 5.5" and 10.8" super sharp high resolution LCD screens in the Galapagos Tablets now released in the Japanese market.

Will iPad2 use Pixel Qi 9.7″ Matte to achieve Retina pixel density?

Posted by Charbax – January 20, 2011

There has been weird rumors going around some blogs that iPad2 would use a 2048×1536 display.

As Pixel Qi provides 3x higher resolution in reflective black and white mode, that should basically serve the marketing tag line of a pixel density that is "Retina display".

iPad is very heavy at 680 grams. They could significantly reduce the battery weight using a lower power Pixel Qi display, thus saving on the weight of the whole device.

At CES 2011, Pixel Qi announced that they have a manufacturing partner making 9.7" Pixel Qi screen. If that means Apple may be using it, and if Apple only wants to work with LG to make their iPad2 screen, that could mean that the new manufacturing partner would in fact be LG, and that would mean Pixel Qi may have reached out of Taiwan into South Korea as well.

Some bloggers complain about the quality of colors on Pixel Qi screens, describing them to be "washed out". I didn't ask Pixel Qi about their color mode quality, but I believe this is only because the screen coating is anti-glare Matte type which is the only correct way to use this screen 100% outdoors and for e-reading. While iPad1 and most other devices use Glossy type screen those have lots of glare and reflections when used outdoors.

Apple has the opportunity to make of Pixel Qi a mass market screen technology, they have the opportunity to use it for allowing their customers true use reading e-books without the eye straining of a back light, they have an opportunity to launch an iPad2 with 20 hours or longer battery runtime and a significantly thinner design and lower weight.

But if they decide not to, it wouldn't be the first time Apple disappoint. Then Android Tablet makers will have that opportunity but uptake of the technology may not be as fast especially if Apple's marketing continue to make it sound ok for e-reading and mobile computing use to have a regular backlit LCD that is unreadable for ebooks and unusable outdoors.

Liquavista acquired by Samsung

Posted by Charbax – January 20, 2011

Does that mean Samsung will not manufacture Pixel Qi LCD screens and feel they need something to compete with those who will?

Watch my video of prototype Liquavista screens filmed outdoors:

NEC LT-W Android Dual-Screen Tablet

Posted by Charbax – January 10, 2011

Comes with two 7 inch resistive screens, to use with finger or stylus (productivity), 530 grams, it runs an ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 384MB RAM, USB host, SD card slot and more. The concept is pretty awesome.

JVC 4K2K Camcorder and TV

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2011

This is still awesomely cool, now they call it Falconbird, and now they have a prototype camcorder (that requires 4 HDMI outputs to output the 4K2K video, but they still don't want to mass manufacture it.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2011

Here's a new sleek, super slim, super light, 117gr, Android Super Phone by Sony Ericsson using the new 4.2" Sony Bravia Reality Display technology which is a very bright, vivid colors, sharper image high end LED backlit LCD.

Super AMOLED Plus

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2011

Samsung has spent the last year to even improve the quality of Super AMOLED screen further, releasing the new Plus version in 4.3" and 4.5" sized new Android Super Phones powered by a new faster 1.2Ghz Hummingbird processor.

Jetbook mini LCD based $99 e-reader

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2011

Jetbook mini is a 5" LCD e-reader, works 50 hours on normal triple a batteries and 90 hours on rechargeable lithium ion batteries.

Mary-Lou Jepsen gives an update on Pixel Qi at CES 2011

Posted by Charbax – January 7, 2011

Will it be in iPad2? Will it be in Kindle4? Of course she can't say anything about it, but I really hope so. Was Pixel Qi delayed a bit because of the success of the iPad slowing down potential investments in Netbook screens? How did they manage financing their startup through the economic turmoils of the past couple of years? Pixel Qi introduces a 7" model that is going to be mass manufactured by CPT after February, after the Chinese new year celebrations. The 10.1" 16/9 and the 9.7" 4:3 screens also are due to be mass manufactured soon.

Pixel Qi in the Genesi ARM Powered Laptop

Posted by Charbax – January 7, 2011

This is the ultimate combination for the future of laptops, ARM Power and Pixel Qi display for 40-50 hours battery runtime. This Genesi laptop uses the Freescale i.MX51 processor.