Pixel Qi promises “better than iPad 3 displays” at a fraction of the power consumption

April 24, 2012
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Try using your LCD tablet in full sunlight!

The Adam tablet from Notion Ink is probably the only (sort of) well-known device on the market today that sports a Pixel Qi screen. Nevertheless, we’ve been having the feeling for a while that the California-based startup is preparing something big. That something big has just been revealed to be its next generation of displays, which the company claims are “better than iPad 3 displays”. That is a truly bold statement, considering the fact that Apple’s latest tablet sports a pretty phenomenal 9.7-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology, an impressive 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution, and a pixel density of 264 ppi.

The future Pixel Qi screens should come with the exact same resolution as the iPad 3 Retina displays, while consuming significantly less power. The guys at Pixel Qi have posted a very interesting (and once again bold) chart on their official blog, comparing the power usage of the iPad 2, the iPad 3, the Pixel Qi current-gen display, and the “proposed” next-gen Pixel Qi.

If the projections prove accurate (and, of course, if the next-gen display is more than vaporware), the Pixel Qi screens will consume (in the ultra low power mode) up to 100 times less energy than Apple’s new iPad. That’s a huge difference, no matter how you look at it, and Mary Lou Jepsen, Pixel Qi’s founder, claims that these upcoming displays will match the performance of the Retina display.

The iPad 3’s contrast, color saturation, and viewing angles (which amazed even Android geeks a while back) should all be “matched or exceeded” by the quality of these future Pixel Qi screens, if everything goes according to plan.

Hmm, that sounds just a tad too good to be true, so I, for one, am not going to believe it until I’ll see it with my own eyes. When will that happen (or if it will ever happen) is hard to tell, but Pixel Qi  claims it’s already in the process of finalizing development partnerships.

Of course, Jepsen kept hush about the identity of these development partners, but we sure hope to see Android-based products sporting Pixel Qi displays, sometimes soon. Hopefully, that Android partner would be a player with more clout than Notion Ink.

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