Flip phones sure to benefit.
While Riyad and Wil are bringing you a raft of exciting announcements from CES back in Blighty I’m mopping up what happens elsewhere and if you’re a fan of clamshell mobile phones there has just been a breakthrough you’ll love.
Samsung – currently monopolising early 2007 news – is once again the source having come up with the world’s first double-sided LCD. In short: a screen from which you can view content on both sides.
Now this isn’t particularly helpful for your average LCD or television since the rear tends to be backed up against a wall, but for a flip phone it is heaven sent. Furthermore, Samsung has revealed the new screen can show different content on each side and battery life isn’t harmed because the screen(s) only requires a single backlight between them. Phones can also be slimmer since only one display needs to be squashed in, not two.
At just 2.6mm thick and a tasty 2.22 inches wide the dual side display will already have technophiles drooling and a native resolution(s) of 240 x 320 with 256k colours will do little to stem the saliva flow. Brightness will differ slightly on the two sides with 250 nits on one and 100 nits on the other but this should suit clamshells perfectly as the external screen needs to be dimmer in order to work better in sunlight.
Sammy was good enough to knock up a prototype handset based on this technology – which you can see top right – and with mass production scheduled for the first half of this year we’re going to see big smiles on faces from Q3 onwards…