The Nexus 7: Google ships a tablet
Posted Aug 2, 2012 21:11 UTC (Thu) by khim
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In the long term, I'm sure there will be a display technology that's strictly better than today's e-ink and LCDs.
Oh, sure. But eInk will be long dead by then.
I'd bet it would be a transparent OLED layer over e-ink, maybe even with a color LCD front layer.
Why? OLED works just fine by itself. LCDs in today's tablets are not transflective not because it's impossible to do! Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 and iPaq H3900 had transflective color LCD display ten years ago—and they both were replaced with models which had a backlight. The real advantage of eInk devices is their capability to last for weeks on one charge - and as fate of Palms/Handsprings (as well as dumbphones) shows this is not something general public will prefer over “pretty pictures”.
If the display technology isn't good enough, you haven't waited long enough for it to be "long-term" yet.
In the long run we are all dead thus it's not all that interesting case to discuss.
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