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Next generation Pixel Qi screen said to have Retina display-like resolution, significant power savings

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In a new blog post founder Mary Lou Jepsen teases that the next generation Pixel Qi screen has "new architecture" that has the same 2048 x 1536 resolution as the new iPad's Retina display and yet uses much less power. According to the chart below, it looks like the power savings are still just "proposed" at this point, but the target is for it to use 100 times less power in a battery-saving mode than the iPad at max power usage.

Pixel Qi Screen
Pixel Qi Screen

We've yet to see Pixel Qi's unique, transflective, and outdoor-readable color displays make a big impact in the market — only about a dozen consumer devices use the company's screens — but the company isn't standing still. In a new blog post founder Mary Lou Jepsen teases that Pixel Qi has "new architecture" that has the same 2048 x 1536 resolution as the new iPad's Retina display and yet uses much less power. According to the chart below, it looks like the power savings are still just "proposed" at this point, but it's still good to hear the company's at least trying to make a screen that uses far less less power than the iPad's. All those power savings might lead you to believe that the screen would look nothing like the iPad's, but Jespen says that its contrast, color saturation, and viewing angle are all better than the Retina display. We'll have to see it to believe it, but that might not be as far off as you think: the company is apparently already in the process of finalizing development partners for the new display.

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