SID 2013: Samsung Display

BusinessWire: Here’s the list of what Samsung Display showcased during SID 2013:

  • 4.99-inch Full HD OLED with 94% Adobe RGB color gamut
  • Diamond Pixel technology that improves text reproduction with less jaggies
  • 85-inch Ultra HD TV LCD panel with local dimming and direct LED backlight resulting in 30% lower power consumption
  • 10.1-inch 2560×1600 LCD for tablets: 30% less power consumption compared to typical tablet LCDs due to reduced number of driver ICs and increased LED BLU efficiency
  • 13.3-inch 3200×1800 LCD for notebooks
  • 23-inch 10-point multitouch LCD

What is most interesting to me is the 13.3-inch LCD with a 3200×1800 pixel format for a total of 5.8 million pixels (MP) and a resolution of 276 ppi. If Samsung puts this LCD into a notebook it would best the best:

Higher resolution equals smoother text, but without a powerful CPU and/or GPU more pixels generally means laggy performance and more power consumption. Perhaps Samsung Display reduced the number of driver ICs, improved the efficiency of the LED BLU, and lowered power consumption by 30% on the 13.3-inch LCD as it did with the 10.1-inch 2560×1600 LCD for tablets.

The Convoluted State of iCloud Photo Management

Peter Nixey:

So Apple, I think you’ve got a bit confused. Don’t worry about sharing, we don’t need you for that. Your job is to take photos, organise them and make sure they don’t get lost. So let’s talk about how you can do that.

Nixey shares some good ideas.

The Hard Part of Being a Good Photographer

Randall Armor, PetaPixel:

The hard part is admitting that maybe I missed the shot and need to try harder next time. The hard part is trying to continually hone my wits and reflexes in order to better capture moments the way they actually happen instead of relying on software skills to manufacture more perfect ones after the fact.

Pegatron CEO: Weak iPad mini Demand in Q2’13?

Tim Culpan, Bloomberg:

A decline in revenue from the iPad Mini “is more on demand, while price has been stable,” Pegatron Chief Executive Officer Jason Cheng said. “Not just tablets, also e-books and games consoles, almost every item is moving in a negative direction.”

No CEO of an Apple supplier talks specifics, so Philip Elmer-Dewitt asked Pegatron CEO Jason Cheng for clarification:

“After the meeting, one reporter from Bloomberg approached me, trying to dig out detail numbers about some specific product. I clearly refused to comment on specific products, nor customers, even though he continued with other questions. I did say those words that he quotes me in the article “more on demand, while price has been stable”…, “almost every item is moving in a negative direction”…; “Not just tablets, also e-books and games consoles”. But I did not say anything associated with any specific products.

Pegatron CEO Jason Cheng did not say demand for the iPad mini is down.

Nokia DC-18

Nokia: The Nokia DC-18 is a universal portable USB charger with a retractable micro USB connector. Nicely designed.

Rumor: Retina iPad Mini

Jay Yarow, Business Insider:

The iPad Mini is going to get its Retina display in the second half of the year, according to NPD analyst Richard Shim.

He tells us that his supply chain checks say Apple should start mass production of an iPad Mini with Retina in the third quarter of this year.

Cool, if true.

Shim says this older chip is going to have to “light up twice as many pixels” for the Retina iPad Mini […]

Twice as many pixels? Not quadruple as many pixels? If the number pixels are merely doubled, we’re looking at a pixel format of 1536×1152, which points to a resolution of 243 ppi. The full-size iPad sports a resolution of 264 ppi. Since the iPad mini is smaller we hold it closer than we do with the iPad, so the resolution of the iPad mini should be higher than the iPad’s, not lower.

There’s another problem: An additional pixel format of 1536×1152 would make it more difficult than it already is to develop apps for the iOS platform. Right now we have 960×640 (iPhone 4 and 4S), 1136×640 (iPhone 5), 1024×768 (iPad 2 and iPad mini), and 2048×1536 (iPad 3 and 4).

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a 2048×1536 iPad mini, but I’m not certain Apple will equip the iPad mini with a real retina display. With the iPhone 5 Apple made life more difficult for iOS developers by introducing a non-standard 16:9 pixel format of 1136×640. After touting retina displays on both iOS and OS X devices the 162-ppi iPad mini was a step back in terms of resolution. I waited until the iPad (3) because I couldn’t stand having to stare at pixels on the iPad 2. If Apple decided to come out with a whacky 1536×1152 iPad mini for battery life reasons or to hit a certain price point, I wouldn’t be surprised.

Vertu Ti

The Ti is Vertu’s first Android smartphone, and handmade in England. I don’t know of any other smartphone that is made by hand, so it’s unique, but it’ll cost you: €7900+.

Android Peaked?

Horace Dediu:

However, the data from comScore has already begun to show that Android may have peaked around 54% share. Android share is now at the same level it was in July while iPhone share has grown by more than 6 points since then.

With all the news reporting the rapid sales of Android smartphones this is somewhat surprising.