While the colour and contrast ratios of AMOLED displays are still unmatched by even the best LCD technology in mobile devices, the former still lags behind in terms of pixel density. Now, IGNIS, a Canada-based company, has developed a new AMOLED screen with the pixel density of 300ppi and over based on the traditional RGB matrix. This technique will finally bring AMOLEDs closer to Apple’s Retina Display. IGNIS will not be manufacturing the display themselves, but will merely license this technology to display manufacturers. We bet Samsung will be the first in line for this, as they’ve been heavily using AMOLED displays in their mobile products.
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This is a big deal, because it is the first time that AMOLED displays will be introduced to high pixel densities, just like their LCD cousins. Today, we have high resolution AMOLED displays, like the one on the Galaxy Note, but although it has a 1280 x 720 resolution, the display size is also much larger, which keeps the pixel count way below 300ppi. If the Galaxy Note had to have a ‘Retina Display’ then it would have to rock a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels, which is simply not possible or rather commercially viable. Even 1280 x 800 pixels on a 4-inch display will require a lot of power and would be too expensive to produce on a large scale. Hopefully, this new technology will lead the way to cheaper higher ppi AMOLED displays in the near future.