Samsung has made a major breakthrough in OLED technology. Electronista reports that the company has just announced that it can now mass-produce the world's first active matrix OLED screens with built-in touch functions. Normally, touch is added to an OLED/AMOLED screen by putting a second touch input layer on top of the original screen. This obscures the image somewhat, dimming it a bit and stopping users from getting a perfect picture.
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Now Samsung knows how to add touch sensors to each of the organic cells in the AMOLED screen. It adds a tiny amount of thickness to the screen, but does not require a second layer equipped with sensors in order to work. The first 3.3" screens to make use of this technology should be in full production by March. Impressive!
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The Nexus One is the first AMOLED device I've owned and, so far, I cannot imagine ever going back to a lesser screen. This is great news for the whole mobile industry. The next generation of AMOLED screens will be that much better than the last. Now, if only the cost would go down so we could get an affordable 10" AMOLED tablet.