One minute it seems you’ve just been reading about some new innovation and the next it’s already on a device on display at your favorite gadget store. It seems that advancements in Android mobile technology just keep picking up steam. Here’s another notable example of that exponential growth: a preview of seven future generation displays for mobile phones and tablets. I’m hoping that these get their way into Android tablets and phones soon.
1. Transparent LCD
Samsung, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge displays, has done it again. Its latest creation is the BLU LCD, the first transparent display intended for release in the consumer market supposedly by the third quarter of this year. The BLU LCD is a 22-inch eye-catcher and features a 500:1 contrast ratio, a powerful WQXGA 1680 x 1050 resolution, and consumes only a tenth of the energy that conventional liquid crystal displays use. Definitely a lifesaver in terms of battery.
2. PenTile RGBW Display
PenTile RGBW displays have been getting a lot of buzz lately as well. But just how different are these displays from the traditional liquid crystal displays anyway? The PenTile technology, instead of using just the usual red, green, and blue, has added white to its color striping system.
Through the new technology, blurry black and white and color images and texts will be a thing of the past. Plus these displays utilize 40% less power so they’re the best to use for tablets right now. PenTile Trademark owner Samsung along with the technology’s designer Nuovoyance are said to be in the process of creating a 32-inch prototype though there isn’t much news as to when this will be released in the consumer market. Definitely some tech that we need for clearer text on phones.
3. Plastic LCD
Plastic LCD screens on laptops might just be what the clumsy lot among us needs. Such a technology might sound impossible, but hey, the developer’s Samsung, so we shouldn’t really be at all surprised. This 10.1-inch display made of hard plastic renders 1024 x 600 megapixels and is practically shatter-proof. And since it’s made in plastic, then it’s lighter and slimmer as well. Something for that new Android toughphone we all want to have.
4. LTPS Display
Toshiba has recently unveiled some of its breakthrough LCD designs and worth noting are the ones made from low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS). These have wide VGA and high definition resolutions of 480 x 864 and 720 x 1280 megapixels respectively. Sizes range from 3.3. inches to 4 inches. These slim and light displays have been designed for use in portable electronic gadgets such as smartphones and tablets. Low heat displays are definitely something to watch out for on newer dessert-themed phones from Google.
5. Time Sequential 3D Display
Another Toshiba creation is a 3D 8-inch display technology featuring a wide VGA resolution of 800 x 480 megapixels. The display works by synchronizing the switching of the LEDs with the right- and left-eye images so as to bring out that three dimensional glassless illusion of depth. I’m still skeptical about the 3D but having one on a future tablet would make gaming much more immersive.
6. Flexible E-Paper
This 150 microns-thin color screen weighs a mere 20 grams thanks to its all-plastic material. The screen is highly flexible and is aptly called e-paper by its creator Sony. While this is not quite as new as you would think, it’s getting easier to manufacturer and I’d love to be able to run Android from a sheet in my back pocket.
7. In-Cell Touch Display
Yet another of Toshiba’s high tech designs is this 7-inch wide VGA display that’s capable of rendering 1024 x 600 megapixels. What’s special about this gadget is that it’s embedded with a handful of electrodes within its screen’s substrate. These electrodes detect simultaneous movements to allow convenient multitouch operation. This should pave the way for more accurate touch displays, maybe even allow true handwriting on screens without the need for a stylus.
Any of these display technologies get you excited?