Qualcomm Mirasol displays sound amazing on paper. They’re low-power screens which can display color and black and white images with or without a backlight. Like E Ink screens, that means Mirasol displays are easily visible even in direct sunlight.
But up until recently, there’s been a trade-off: Mirasol displays have suffered from washed-out looking colors.
Now Qualcomm is showing off new and improved screens designed to offer better color reproduction.
Nikkei Technology reports the new displays use Single Mirror IMOD, or SMI technology which still offers a reflective screen which can be used in direct sunlight, but which can reproduce just about any color while still using little power.
The company is showing off a sample 5.1 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display with 577 pixels per inch, which means we could eventually see Qualcomm’s new displays in smartphone-sized devices.
Judging from the sample photos, colors still don’t look as vivid as on an AMOLED or even a traditional LCD display. But phones (or smartwatches) with these SMI screens will probably be a lot easier to use outdoors or in other bright environments.