updated 11:45 am EDT, Fri August 25, 2006
Samsung Mobile Displays
Portable displays are rarely given the same attention as computer monitors or televisions. Ghosting, low resolution, and poor color are still realities for most of us who would try to play games or watch video on these screens. Such limitations may soon come to an end if Samsung's two recent demonstrations in Korea bear fruit. First of these is a 2.4-inch display using AMOLED technology (shown here). As with most OLED displays, the AMOLED eliminates almost all of the drawbacks commonly associated with LCDs. Instead of the 262,000 colors found on most small displays, the AMOLED shows a full 16.7 million. It also has a 10000:1 contrast ratio better than any LCD in existence and eliminates ghosting entirely. If detail is more important, Samsung also unveiled a 2-inch LCD (not shown) with an astounding 640x480 resolution at 16.7 million colors - making it capable of standard NTSC video with no loss in quality. Both new screens are likely to appear in cellphones and portable media players sometime next year.