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Samsung develops AMOLED notebook prototype

updated 11:10 am EDT, Fri May 16, 2008

Samsung AMOLED Notebook

Samsung's SDI division today unveiled a demonstration computer it says represents the future of notebooks. The system uses a newly-developed 12-inch AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode) display that would match the resolution of a same-size LCD at 1280x768 but produce a much better picture: the inherent nature of the technology produces a contrast ratio about "20 times" higher than that of an LCD, Samsung claims.

Besides the improved picture quality, the self-illuminating screen's lack of any need for a backlight also allows for an extremely thin display. A new silicon oxide manufacturing process should also make actual production AMOLED screens much more affordable at similar sizes than earlier AMOLED and regular OLED displays, which are often used for much smaller devices for cost reasons.

Samsung's example notebook also sports a unique design that emphasizes the thickness of the display, including a touch-sensitive keyboard and a unique portfolio-like design.

The demonstration unit isn't planned to represent a future Samsung portable but rather what the Korean company's AMOLED screens will do for notebooks as a whole, including both Samsung's own as well as from other computer makers that use its panels. Samsung already uses AMOLEDs on a handful of cellphones and cameras but has alluded to bringing the technology out to computer displays and other larger products sometime during 2009.

by MacNN Staff



  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MacNN Cross-Post

    Please stop cross-posting every Electronista article to the MacNN front page. People who bookmark MacNN want to read news about Apple products, and things that affect Mac users directly. We don't need to read every electronics or computing press release that comes out.

  1. MeandmyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I thought...

    'touch' anything was considered bad because you dont have that "tactile" feel of an actual keyboard and yet Samsung comes out with a notebook, "including a touch-sensitive keyboard".

    What will MS's Ballmer say???

  1. milhouse

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Looks pretty sweet to me

    If this was produced by Apple, you guys would be soiling your pants. ;-)

    If samsung can do something like this, imagine what Apple will do.

    Very cool technology demo.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Very nice!

    This looks very nice. Apple should totally rip these guys off. The nice thing with a virtual keyboard is that you can render any custom interface you want for various apps, including tablet support and handwriting recognition, or k**** and dials for sound editing software, or a piano keyboard if you want, etc.

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