I filmed some Super AMOLED videos last month at the Mobile World Congress:
Super AMOLED is spectacular, that's for sure. Blacks are incredibly black and vivid colors and brightness is super. The Super AMOLED is officially 20% birghter and reflects 80% less light than the first generation AMOLED screens, it removes some kind of layer that was covering the screen so devices can be thinner and the angle of vision is incredible.
Yet, my question is how much more does Super AMOLED cost compared to LCD, especially at sizes larger than 4" in diagonal. I guess this is a matter of Samsung having invested huge amounts of billions of dollars into developing the AMOLED technology, that they have to try to mass manufacture those screens in quantities of millions for them to get down in cost. I wonder though, what is the difference in cost between AMOLED and LCD in those screen sizes? Anyone who knows the bill of material, please post in the comments.
I probably don't really like Samsung's attempt at making a different UI layer on top of Android which they call "S Life UI". With the bit that I played with it on the Samsung Beam, I would probably prefer to disable that and somehow enable a normal standard Google Experience user interface.
This video was released at: IntoMobile.com
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IDTI, which I filmed their early prototypes at last year's Computex, is now showing this finalized implementation of their technology in this touch screen product which is a 21,5" 1080p screen that integrates their specific stylus based touch screen technology. IDTI's touch screen technology claims to provide same visibility as capacitive screens but for a price closer to resistive screens, though it only works using their stylus.
Liquavista is demonstrating a new type of screen technology which could provide very low power black and white and color screens based on the LCD manufacturing process, though where the screen refresh rates can be automatically turned down below 1hz. Together with Pixel Qi http://armdevices.net/2010/01/08/charbax-tests-pixel-qi-at-ces-2010/ or as an alternative, this type of LCD screen technology will enable all Tablets and Laptops to also become full e-readers and could in theory have 50-100 hours battery runtime or longer.
Aiptek is showing probably one of the cheapest 3D camcorders on the market so far. It films 3D at VGA resolution, to then watch on any TV using polarized auto-shutter 3D glasses (or however they are called).
Imagine walking around with a head-mounted 15" display to view informations available to you at all times. This system features a pretty cool six-axis position tracker from Hillcrest Labs that allows you to operate a cursor with nearly pixel-for-pixel accuracy by just moving around your head when for example panning around a large image or a map. There is a highly targetted microphone that understands voice-commands where you can for example zoom in on maps or images, you can exit back to the programs menu, launch specific applications and open specific files.
Here are the specs of this Second Generation Kopin Golden-i Motorola-branded Head-mounted Computer system:
Processor -- TI OMAP3530 clocked at 600MHz
Display -- Kopin SVGA (800 x 600) liquid crystal micro display (LCD)
WiFi -- "Will be offered soon"
User interface -- Includes speech recognition and motion sensing
Other I/O -- 1 x USB
Expansion -- microSD slot
Power -- 1200 mAh battery provides more than eight hours of operation
Weight -- 3 oz (85g)
Operating system -- Windows CE
More coverage of this device from Mobile World Congress:
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Interview with a Samsung Super AMOLED representative at the Mobile World Congress 2010, explaining why Super AMOLED is better than first generation AMOLED by Samsung. Samsung is probably the first to mass manufacture AMOLED screens.
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