Big Things Coming to Android Tablet Displays

by: Darcy LaCouveeJune 6, 2011
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Pixel Qi is a relatively small player in the display technology space, but that’s set to change. Makers of a particular novel screen technology that combines the best of LCD (full color, power-hungry) and e-ink (outdoor visibility and low power consumption) display technologies, Pixel Qi is in active discussions with several major OEM’s to get their tech on board the latest generation of Android tablets. Currently, their displays are only on Notion Ink Adam Android tablets.

Pixel Qi is currently working with ZTE to re-release the ZTE Light, a 7-inch Android tablet that was released last year, with a Pixel Qi display. While we aren’t necessarily talking about quad core Tegra 3 cutting edge tablets, it’s still an encouraging sign to see manufacturers work hard to offer us – the consumers – with the diversity of choice. The upcoming re-release of the ZTE Light will be sold in Asian markets, with a Pixel Qi display, and it will come in in both 10- and 7-inch form factors. Additionally, it will will run on Samsung’s Hummingbird processor, which runs at a healthy 1 GHz, with a single-core.

What’s impressive is that Pixel Qi has been able to create a display that measures in at 10 inches and is equipped with a resolution we are all used to seeing – 1280 X 800 resolution. Sounds like it will be receiving some Honeycomb love too.

Ask anyone that owns an iPad, a Xoom, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, or an Asus Eee Pad Transformer – they are all terrible to use in direct sunlight. Pixel Qi displays have a huge advantage when it comes to this, as their high-contrast brilliance produces a striking image that is viewable in unyielding, direct, high-noon sunlight. Additionally, Pixel Qi is looking to distinguish itself further with other key benefits, and will be taking a stab at the eco-conscious market, with a fresh design that incorporates solar panels into the bezel surrounding the Pixel Qi display. With the panels only consuming 1 watt of power ,it will be easy to keep the tablet topped off with some solar goodness courtesy of mother nature. Just don’t forget the sunscreen guys. Displays are the primary consumer of battery life on any mobile device, and with this unique approach, it appears likely that tablets with this on-board would have no problem staying powered all day long, and then some.
Check out the videos for an idea of what we are talking about. The enormity of competition in the tablet space is resulting in some seriously cool innovations, and we’re just getting started!

With newer display technologies on the horizon, it would seem that Pixel Qi is well positioned to secure placement in a decent amount of tablets, and soon. We have heard whispers through the tech-grapevine of a Super AMOLED PLus HD display destined for future premium tablets, but for now, it has yet to surface.

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  • I’ve been watching these hybrid display technologies for the past couple of years and while Pixel Qi has a decent hybrid it really is only beneficial when in bright light–that means in your living room where a tablet lives it isn’t any help. Liquavista, recently purchased by Samsung, has, from what I’ve seen, the best all around technology. Nonetheless, it would be great to see a high resolution screen with fast refresh rates that is “e-inkish” in normal living room light. I know I could use it 90+% of the time and save my eyes a lot of suffering :)

    • Darcy Alexander

      Yes, you’re absolutely right. There is still little known about some of the best upcoming display technologies, but we are talking about micrometers, and realistically, a smart company should create the ultimate hybrid.

      As I said in the post though, I’m hooked on AMOLED. Really, really, really want to see a tablet with a Super AMOLED Plus display, but it’s looking like we will have to wait for Samsung to perfect their manufacturing process. Speaking with some in the industry, they say Sammy will have things prepped up and ready sometime in early-mid 2012.

      I don’t think it’s technically possible, as of yet, to have a AMOLED/LED display with E-ink type technology. Still, exciting stuff to come. I’m also curious to see what Apple gets their hands on, because they’ve got a ton of loot in the bank, and they acquired the lions share of tablet displays for their iPads.

      Thanks for visiting Android Authority “acupuncture”.