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Samsung’s ultra-thin LCD

Samsung’s ultra-thin LCD

Seoul – A small LCD display no thicker than a credit card. To show it was Samsung, the first global giant of liquid crystal displays, which with this prototype showed its latest technologies in the production of displays for small devices.

The screen has a maximum diagonal of 2.2 inches and is thin 0.82mm , about 0.07mm shorter than what Samsung believes to be the world’s thinnest previous LCD display. A thickness of less than 70 microns is not exactly one of those differences that make you cry for a miracle but a record is a record, especially if accompanied by important technological innovations. One of them is i-Lens a technique for integrating a layer of protective material onto the LCD panel.

The Korean company claims that i-Lens allows you to build cell phones up to 2.5mm thinner , and this thanks to the possibility of doing without the classic transparent plastic cover needed today to protect LCD screens from scratches and bumps. This protection, in fact, is generally placed 2-3 mm away from the LCD screen, while with i-Lens the protective layer is directly in contact with the surface of the display.

Samsung claims that i-Lens provides protection from dust and bumps, and at the same time eliminates typical reflections to which screens with traditional protection are subject. Despite the reassurances of Samsung, however, the absence of a gap between the display and the protective shield suggests a lower resistance to blows, especially in the unfortunate case in which the mobile phone escapes from the pocket or hands.

The screen prototype built by Samsung achieves a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA), provides a brightness of 300 nits (candelas per square meter) and has a contrast ratio of 500: 1. Samsung plans to market its new ultra-thin LCD panel starting in the second half of 2007.