The CEO of Qualcomm Paul Jacobs has recently indicated there are plans afoot in the company to come out with brighter screens. The latest smartphones and tablets are using displays based on OLED technology. Qualcomm with their Mirasol technology screens hope to create some competition.
The specialty of the Mirasol display technology pioneered by Qualcomm is that the display does not depend on backlight but instead uses the ambient lighting for it to show text on screen. In this respect the Mirasol display can be considered similar to e-ink screens, though that’s where the similarity ends. While e-ink screens have the advantage of low power requirements, they suffer from the disadvantage of being unable to render color displays or support moving pictures. This is not so with the Mirasol screens, which can handle both.
The Mirasol screen, however, can’t be considered a replacement for regular color LCD displays as yet. The technology just isn’t matured enough to support playback of video files or for playing games. In fact, on the latter aspects, the Mirasol displays can’t be considered extraordinary but rather border about the mediocre. It suffices though as an e-book reader of higher caliber, over the black and white ones based on e-ink technology.
The OLED screens use much more power than the Mirasol screens, as they require a backlight source for their operations. Qualcomm therefore have merely to increase the brightness that their Mirasol technology featured screen gives without affecting to its power consumption much. This would be enough to make it take a lead in the screen business of affairs.
The company as per Jacob has already scrapped the deal to come out with an e-reader due to the lack of finesse in it. Maybe in the future one would get to see more of the Mirasol screens.