updated 03:05 pm EDT, Mon September 20, 2010
E-readers and tablets inbound from partners
Pixel Qi have issued a status update stating that they are currently ready a seven-inch screen for tablets and e-readers set for mass production in the first half of 2011. Blaming tight supply, 100 per cent factory usage, and the "disruptive" effect of the iPad, the company stated that the situation has "eased" and that they in a position to ramp up production of their new displays.
According to Pixel Qi, partners having been using the delay in the planned arrival of the seven-inch screen to refine their tablets and e-readers to better differentiate them from the iPad. They company has also taken the opportunity to take a swipe at Apple's tight partnership with AT&T by stating that their partners would also offer a wider range of carriers than currently offered by Apple, further differentiating them.
They claim that the advantages of their screens include dramatic power savings (although not stating when compared with what) as well as lighter devices by saving on battery weight. They also purport that their screens are readable in any lighting conditions, since they behave more like e-paper and don't need a backlight.
The seven-inch screen will follow Pixel Qi's 10.1-inch 3Qi screen that is due to feature in shipping products before the end of 2010.