Japan Display: New Screens for Low Power Smartwatch
Japan Display presents their new screens specially designed for minimum consumption smartwatch. The autonomy of the smartwatch remains one of the major impediments for many people when you take the step of entering into this new technological category. Unable to incorporate larger battery because of the small space that have the devices, the screens is one of the main centers to tackle if we get devices to last more than a day. Japan Display Could be the solution?
The company recently introduced its new screens for smartwatch with minimum power consumption, which could debut at next Android Wear devices. Japan Display is one of the largest manufacturers of screens worldwide and experience in this sector accounted for warranty seal. Not surprisingly, the company is owned by three giants like Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi.
The new screen would be a circle of 1.34 inches with a resolution of 320 × 320 pixels, a standard in most current smartwatch LCD panel. Its main difference from traditional screens that have been implemented so far is that it consumes less than 0.5% energy than their predecessors, ie, its consumption is very minimal.
Of course, Japan Display has had to sacrifice some aspects of the way to get this type of display. First, their visibility in low light conditions worsen, the opposite happens with current smartwatch. Also this is because image quality drops when using reflective LCDs technology, ie require no backlighting so harness ambient light.
Minimum consumption in exchange for sacrificing image quality, are we ready for it?
Given that the smartwatch are not the best platform for long time reading, we are confident that many users prefer sacrificing image quality to achieve autonomy may even exceed two days. When might we see this type of display implemented in smart watches? Japan Display unveiled their plans are to begin production in July, so we could see the first models later this year.
As reported from Android Authority, some devices like the Pebble have already shown that the quality of the screen is not a prerequisite for a successful smartwatch, so there is still room to innovate and not stay anchored to the prototype intelligent clock display LCD / OLED traditional. What do you think? Would you be willing to sacrifice image quality for greater autonomy?
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