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Samsung demos laptop with transparent LCD display

14” transparent screen could find its way into products as soon as this year

Although Samsung has previously showed off laptops with transparent screens, their previous models were OLED screens compared to the LCD display that is now being demoed. The display was up for preview at the International Flat Panel Display Show in China and could be featured in products later this year.

While having a transparent screen is pretty nifty, it’s even niftier when the screen comes with a Full HD resolution. The 14” screen that was on hand featured a 1680x1080 pixel resolution and had a transmittance of 14-15% according to Samsung.  The display works through the use of 4 white LED lights that are found on the side panels of the screen. The light of the outside environment is used as backlight and as a result the power requirements of the display are vastly reduced.

Samsung also displayed larger screens, 22” and 46” models, that could find their way into signs, windows and various other products. While some may find transparent screens to be more of a hindrance than a help, the resulting extended battery life could make them interesting options in the future. Samsung‘s representatives at the show stated that commercial products could be released “in or after the 3rd quarter of 2011”, and we’ll have to wait and see what devices their engineers can come up with.

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Omar Qudsi, 2011-03-20 (Update: 2012-05-26)