2011-05-31 14h15_19

If there's one thing that annoys us all, it's trying to use a device outside in the sunlight - on some devices it's almost impossible to see the contents of the screen without contorting into all sorts of odd positions to create just the right combination of shade and viewing angle.

However, display maker Pixel Qi is looking to change the game with its newly-announced duo of screens: a 7 inch 1024x600 and 10.1 inch 1280x800, both of which are low power and highly readable in outdoor light. Have a looksee at this video of CEO Mary Lou Jespen putting the 10.1 incher head-to-head against the iPad:

Not only are these new displays low power and easily readable, but they're also super thin, with the 10.1 inch coming in at a super slim 3mm, while the 7 inch could get as thin as 2mm. Both models are set to be put into mass production late this summer, so we may start seeing these pop up in devices as early as the holiday season.


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Matt

    Just a reminder Mary Lou was the CTO of the One Laptop per Child before she went to found Pixel Qi. If you every had one of the OLPC devices, you know that the screens were great, especially in bright sunlight and very low power. I am glad to see this technology coming to tablets. If I had a tablet with this screen, I would probably stop using my Kindle.


  • http://thehealingfrequency.com/zeolite Zeolite

    I wonder what the sound is like on these units. What I'm looking for is an Android tablet that can be used outside and also has a decent volume level to play music on the speakers when out.

  • john

    I was just first on scene at a serious highway accident and COULD NOT quickly dial 911 on my xperia android due to sunny conditions. The other person on scene tried to use his iPhone and had the same problem. This is totally unacceptable.