Big Things Coming to Android Tablet Displays

June 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.

Stay tuned for the latest developments in everything mobile tech and Android here at Android Authority!

What matters most to you – battery life, high framerates, vibrant colors, or realism? How about all of the above?

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