Qualcomm demonstrates its future display: 5.1-inch Mirasol 577ppi screen

Qualcomm demonstrates its future display: 5.1-inch Mirasol 577ppi screen
The time of super high-resolution displays has already come with pixel densities of over 440ppi on most high-end smartphones today, but at the quick pace technology advances with soon we might see even sharper screens arrive.

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.

source: Engadget



1. Omar-BHR95

Posts: 184; Member since: Dec 23, 2012


12. Kurai unregistered

ithink 720p is enough . . . i'm not going to stick my eye near the display anyway

56. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i need 1000ppi because my eyes work like microscope......bring it on....LOL

60. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

who raises these retard haters?.. every comment has a thumbs down. It must be rooming around here

13. atsamman

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

2560 x 1440!!!!! Now really what is the point of that We've already said the human eye cant detect more than 300 ppi

26. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

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.

33. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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.

55. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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.

32. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I think that you should watch this video: "Japan Display develops world's heighest resolution LCD panel - 651ppi in a 3.2" display" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuBevxQG6eo

19. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

This is not about the ppi..


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Looks like 8 people don't like this? They live in the past, with last years or 2 years old Tech! Pathetic™

54. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

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.

61. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

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...

2. taikucing unregistered

R.I.P amoled & retina display

5. 8logic

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

what if there no light source????? LMFAO

7. red_fox unregistered

You mean R.I.P battery?

21. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Power comsumption is precisely one of the good points for Mirasol "It is also nearly 6 times more power efficient." Please read before commenting.

57. 8logic

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Because it works on reflection of outside light source, it'll never replace oled or lcd........

59. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Don't be so sure, what if that will be improved!?

3. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Hahaha, guys you can keep talking about innovation between OEMs all you want, but this is real innovation that makes an impact.

20. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

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.

41. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

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.

48. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Software can change color warmth... I use an application on my work computer to adjust color temperature based on light levels and the degree of my hangover.

51. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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.

4. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

It's awesome but too much overkill. We still need more power from the mobile GPUs. Even full-fledged discrete graphics cards on PCs struggle on that resolution.

6. 8logic

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

future e-ink

9. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

E-ink!!! Hahaha enjoy your future kindle!

8. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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....

14. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Who the hell feels the need to thumb down every comment on this post i mean look....

10. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

This will prove a good display in book readers. Not in media devices though.

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