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All eyes on 2014: what's next for mobile displays

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All eyes on 2014: what's next for mobile displays
Did you know that the screen of your phone or tablet is actually the part that eats the most battery in daily use? While battery breakthroughs are hard to come by and seem to happen once in a century rather than a decade, there are a few technologies coming on a larger scale in 2014 that will help our phones and tablets last longer and look better. How do we know? We already got a taste of the future in 2013, and all chances are that small bite will finally turn into a feast in 2014.

The biggest advancement in screen technology is something we don't talk about that often - power consumption. Just a couple of years ago, nearly all mobile displays were made using amorphous silicon (a-Si) technology. Even the state of the art 2012 Nexus 10 with its extremely sharp screen uses it. In 2013, we finally got a bite of IGZO and LTPS. The cryptic acronyms (we explain them in more depth in the slideshow below) bring us huge power savings. IGZO is used in the iPad Air and draws just nearly 75% of the power a Nexus 10 display uses, while LTPS in tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tops that and uses just a fraction of the power.

Along with that huge innovation come the now usual advancements in screen resolution as we move to QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels on a smartphone), a more resilient Gorilla Glass and more. Take a look at what this year will bring right below.

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posted on 02 Jan 2014, 10:45 13

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Any news about battery technology ?

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 11:33 1

4. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 225; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)

all high end smart phones giving battery life of 4hours screen on time and total of usage of one day,thats enough for now.
using mobiles more than 3 hours in a day itself is not good .
so yeah todays smartphones are capable of our needs..

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 11:51

5. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)

Development in screen technology will lead to progress in lower power consumption. In the battery stats of all recent Android devices, the screen uses up the most power, by a large margin. Hopefully, this will cease in the near future.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 17:14 2

15. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

wait a little more than a hundred years I guarantee you that

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 20:17

16. jasrockett (Posts: 104; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Yer, expect some news on battery technology within the next century as the article says. Stop asking are we there yet, it's a long drive and there are no shortcuts on the horizon, ok. Hard ware efficiency is where it's at. So leave your sister alone, look out the window and enjoy the view.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 10:46 11

2. gamblor77 (Posts: 116; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Brilliant! Bring on the QHD and Gorilla glass 4 and lower power consumption and all the sexy things mentioned.... Except maybe the curved display... Still don't know how I feel about those.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 11:15 2

3. Bishop_99 (Posts: 75; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)

I'm not too much into the curve displays either, I can live without that. But bring on the QHD displays and all the other features for 2014.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 12:02 3

7. Amir1 (unregistered)

flexible display these days are half baked. in 10 years maybe they will bring true benefits.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 12:01

6. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

how about an advancement in screen durability.CAUSE GORILLA GLASS SUCKS!!!

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 12:40 1

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Never had a problem with Gorilla Glass 2 and now 3 on my Note 3. You should be more protective of your phone more.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 14:10 2

11. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Gorilla Glass doesn't mean that glass is unbreakable, it means it is stronger and more scratch resistant than normal glass.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 12:37 2

8. Warenward (Posts: 13; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)

Like the Nexus 10, I skipped this past year for buying new technology. It just wasn't there for me. I really wanted companies to address the elephant in the room, battery life. Everyone said that there is a clear difference between 720p and 1080p phones and I definitely agreed with that statement, but it wasn't enough to warrant an upgrade from my Nexus 4. I truly am excited about this shift in display technology which will finally address battery life. Like this article states, there really hasn't been much innovation in the battery life department in mobile devices hardware wise. With this new LTPS display technology being incorporated into mobile devices at the end of 2013 and throughout 2014, I won't hesitate to make the jump to a 2K phone(Nexus 6 anybody?).

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 13:52 2

10. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

Flexible Penetration... *giggle*

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 14:50 2

14. hellonerds (Posts: 334; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

64gb is the new 16gb.. higher resolution we need more memory. .

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 20:17

17. mike2959 (Posts: 578; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

That year of 2010.....the orginal Galaxy S, the EVO, THE first Android SUPER PHONES..less than 4years ago and compare to to the G2, how about more than 3 times the battery life. 10 x's the processing power. 20 times the storage.
I think the battery is just fine on my G2.

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