I have a serious crush on Pixel Qi’s transflective display. It may only be 10 inches across and offer 1024×600 pixels of display resolution, but you can see all of those pixels in direct sunlight. That’s really quite a remarkable attribute for a screen that’s fit for notebook and tablet use.
Pixel Qi put a standalone screen kit on sale earlier this year and it quickly sold out. Supply shouldn’t be an issue now that the company has signed on with Chunghwa Picture Tubes, which is capable of producing close to 40 million screens per month. We won’t see nearly that many transflective displays rolling off the production line, but I suspect we’ll be hearing quite a lot more from Pixel Qi as a result of the manufacturing deal.
In that vein, the blog post announcing the partnership reveals that three new Pixel Qi screens are coming next year. The first will be shown at CES and offers 1024×600 pixels spread across a 7" panel. That model seems to be designed explicitly for tablets, and there’s no word on what form the others might take. Since Pixel Qi already has a 10" screen at 1024×600, we could be in store for a larger panels with higher resolutions. Pixel Qi may take things in the opposite direction with screens sized for smart phones, or it could do one of each. I’d love to see the company produce an 11-12" panel with at least a 720p or 1366×768 display resolution. 1024×600 is a heck of a squeeze, although it may prove to be a perfect fit for that 7-incher.