Behold, the iPhone 6. Nah, we're only joking -- what you see above is a diagram lifted from an Apple patent application that popped up at the USPTO today, which describes a "consumer electronic product" that's nothing but screen. The patent involves building a device from an open-ended transparent body (of glass, for example) that becomes a full wrap-around display when a flexible AMOLED screen is unfurled within it. It doesn't imagine all that real-estate will necessarily be used at once, though, and includes details of a "detection mechanism," such as a camera and facial recognition software, which would determine how much of the screen you can see, so that power is only sent to the parts that are in view. It's important to note that, apart from mentioning some real-world applications, the concept and method of constructing a wrap-around display are all the application covers. In other words, this patent does not describe anything close to a complete device. Apologies if we've killed your buzz, but we're just managing expectations before we move onto some interesting spitballing from Apple about what other design features such a device could carry -- read on after the break for more.
Filed under: Cellphones, Displays, Mobile, Apple
Source: USPTO (1), (2)
Nokia's revealing the secrets behind ClearBlack: its display technology that, even under the brightest sunlight, renders black as black as blackest night during a dark spell. Wedged above the E7
, Lumia 800
displays are three thin layers, a linear polarizer, a quarter-wave retardation film and a reflecting surface. When light enters the first layer, it vertically aligns the "wave vibration" of the light so when it hits the retardation layer, it begins to rotate towards the right. Hitting the reflecting surface causes it to reverse, becoming left-circularly polarized before passing through the retardation later again, where it polarizes horizontally. This enables the polarizing filter up top to screen out horizontally polarized light, meaning it doesn't reflect back in your face. Why (we hear you ask) then doesn't it happen with the light from the display itself? Because it only passes through the second half of the process, it doesn't become horizontally aligned, leading to that beautifully dark display reaching your peepers. It's a clever and elegant solution that we can't help but be impressed at, even if we've used up the world's supply of the word 'polarize' in order to explain to you.
Nokia reveals polarizing secrets of ClearBlack display originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 06 Feb 2012 17:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink OLED-Info
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The first two Nokia
phones that come with Symbian Anna
, Nokia E6
and Nokia X7
have been launched commercially. Fortunately, both phones will be available on the European market.
continues to break records. After announcing a few days ago that it had sold 120,000 copies of the super-phone Galaxy S II
only in South Korea, now Samsung makes public the real number of the preorders. According to the company, we are talking about 3 million people worldwide who had reserved the Galaxy S II.
have just announced the commercial launch of the world's first 4G LTE
-enabled, multi-mode, CDMA
handset, the Samsung Craft
(SCH-r900). Samsung Mobile also supplied the LTE infrastructure for MetroPCS' commercial launch of 4G LTE service in Las Vegas, the first in the United States.
Rapidly rising sales of smartphones and tablet PCs in 2010 will cause the global market for small- and medium-sized TFT LCD
panels to expand at its fastest pace in three years, according to iSuppli
Cost remains a key factor in ensuring LCD
is the display of choice for most handsets.
But a report from ABI Research
suggests a number of new and not-so-new display technologies are vying for a chunk of LCD’s vast market share.
Filed under: Handsets, Samsung
If our hunches are correct, Samsung's snazzy little SCH-W690 flip phone is actually destined
for arrival in the US as well, but at least for now, we're forced to be content with a South Korean debut. Reportedly, the handset packs a swank 2.6-inch AMOLED display (320 x 240) underneath the classic black (or silver) exterior, and it also touts GSM / HSDPA connectivity, GPS, a 1.5-inch external OLED, multimedia player, Bluetooth, a 2-megapixel camera and an 800mAh battery. There's no mention of price just yet, but we'd expect to pay a small premium for the pixels.
Samsung's AMOLED-packin' SCH-W690 clamshell heads for South Korea originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Thu, 18 Dec 2008 19:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Read
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