Qualcomm demonstrates its future display: 5.1-inch Mirasol 577ppi screen
posted by Victor H. / May 22, 2013, 2:56 AM
And Qualcomm is now showing what one future technology will look like. The company is showing off its Mirasol front-lit power efficient 5.1-inch 2560 x 1440 pixel screen with a density of the whopping 577dpi.
The Mirasol technology differs a lot from the current crop of LCD/OLED displays. Unlike them it actually reflects light that falls on it in a way that is close to what we see in nature. The Mirasol display however does not have the same vibrant colors as on modern displays. It is colorful and not black and white like most e-ink, so it basically holds a middle ground. It is also nearly 6 times more power efficient.
Being close to the way we see things in nature it does not tire the eyes so much and that’s one of its huge benefits, apart from the sharpness.
Bad news is Qualcomm is still a couple of years away from bringing it to mass market. The company however is already showing early prototypes of the screen in a smartwatch and a handset. Take a look at the images below.
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posted on May 22, 2013, 2:59 AM 2
ithink 720p is enough . . . i'm not going to stick my eye near the display anyway
posted on May 22, 2013, 3:39 AM 33
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2560 x 1440!!!!! Now really what is the point of that We've already said the human eye cant detect more than 300 ppi
posted on May 22, 2013, 3:41 AM 25
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I had the S3 with 308ppi and now i have the S4 with 441ppi, and i can notice the difference easily with a naked eye, but i am not sure if i will be able to do that between 441 and 577. But anyway, i guess it will be ridiculous to push pixels density more, a 16x16 icon on a 5" 320x240 screen, will be large enough to be easily clickable, but on a 1920x1080, you need to scale that same icon six times in order to keep it clickable, same for text size.
posted on May 22, 2013, 6:23 AM 4
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Since the GS3 and 4 uses different Pentile setups.....are you sure what you notice isnt that? Cuz looking at my Droid X1 and Rezound....I couldnt tell the difference all that much. At normal viewing distances......maybe 1-2 inches from my face I could.....but thats not normal use for me.
posted on May 22, 2013, 7:08 AM 6
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Mainly that's due to the subpixel count. The techology that Samsung used on there S3 had a lower subpixel (the little light switches that make up a pixel) count than that of competitors; hence some people saw edges of icons.
posted on May 22, 2013, 11:45 AM 1
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Regarding the new display technology - impressive. I'd like to see more. Regarding the "pat ourselves on the back video" that gives a handful of execs their 15 minutes of fame - 2:26 of my time wasted.
posted on May 22, 2013, 10:50 AM 0
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thats ridiculous! I actually like mirasol displays I think they are the next big leap in screens. but 577ppi?!? really?! thats waaay too much. I have very sharp eyes and I actuly can see pixels of HTC One. but I think even 320 ppi of iphone is enough! hech, I think my galaxy note ( original) is okay I guess. this high ppi can do no good, it actuly lay a hell of a procces on gpu to calculate. wich leads to battery drain. its only a marketing move...
posted on May 23, 2013, 9:03 AM 0
R.I.P amoled & retina display
posted on May 22, 2013, 3:01 AM 5
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Hahaha, guys you can keep talking about innovation between OEMs all you want, but this is real innovation that makes an impact.
posted on May 22, 2013, 3:05 AM 6
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They can argue about ppi all they want. PPI's could go high as they want. The real deal here is the display tech. With device screens getting bigger, LCD and OLED efficiency may not get any better. This could be the answer to that. Also, the answer to Samsung's monopoly on AMOLED.
posted on May 22, 2013, 5:05 AM 0
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Also consider color saturation, ppi is ok for resolution but having the right color temperature is important, consider the Xperia z while good res colors dont look right, as well as no viewing angles.
posted on May 22, 2013, 8:42 AM 0
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I agree, you can use software for calibration and so on, but for example talking about OLED, if diode is physically unable to reproduce certain color temperature then you can use any software you want it won't help.
posted on May 22, 2013, 10:04 AM 0
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That's amazing but really if the naked eye can't see the difference between 400ppi and 450ppi say, then how will this help except add extra cost...? Correct me if I'm wrong....
posted on May 22, 2013, 3:21 AM 5
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