Smaller, 7-inch backlit LCD/transflective displays are on their way next year claims Pixel Qi, for use in mini-tablets and ereaders. They'll be available to manufacturers early next year, and could be in our hands late 2011, if all goes well.

Rumors persist of a smaller iPad, with many people believing that 9-inches (or in the Notion Ink Adam's case, 10-inches) is just too much for a tablet. A 7-incher, like Samsung's Galaxy S, just feels a lot more portable, and a 7-incher with one of these gorgeous screens, capable of switching between backlit-LCD to transflective for outdoors use? No contest. Especially when compared with the iPad's screen. [Pixel Qi via E-Ink Info via SlashGear]