Qualcomm was showing off some really pretty new demo screens today at SID Display Week, and if you check out The Verge you'll see that the shiny-shiny succeeded in distracting some bloggers from Qualcomm's worsening situation with their (in)ability to actually make the screens they had on display.
But not me.
There was a new 5.7" model, new 1.5" model, and a new never before seen 4.3" smartphone sized demo unit. All were quite pretty, but Qualcomm had no comment on when they'd hit the market. That 4.3" screen had a resolution of 1280x720, or about 343ppi, and you can see it in the following video.
As much as I'd love to have it on a phone I don't see it ever happening. Qualcomm wouldn't commit to a release date because they couldn't.
Do you know that new factory which Qualcomm is building in Taiwan, the one which was going to produce Mirasol screens and was supposed to be up and running by now? Yeah, that one. I was told yesterday by Bruce Lidl that the factory is not due to start operation until sometime in 2013, and that means we won't see consumer products using screens made there until late in 2013 at best.
Right now Qualcomm is making the Mirasol screens on a smaller production line, and from what I've heard it doesn't have the capacity to make enough screens for a major partner. The last info I got from my source at Pocketbook, Qualcomm's still unconfirmed European partner, was that Pocketbook's Mirasol based device was on hold because they couldn't get enough screens.
Until Qualcomm gets that new factory up and running we're probably not going to see any major new releases of the Mirasol screen. While I am expecting to see it on a niche product, I continue to believe that Mirasol has no chance on the consumer market. And that is because by the time Qualcomm does get Mirasol into production, LCD screens will have gotten good enough that there won't be much of a demand for this overpriced gadget.