According to reports from Korean web site ET News, Samsung is ready to ramp up production of AMOLED displays in the 8- to 10-inch size for use in tablet devices. The technology, used primarily by Samsung and LG, has found its way into small devices like smartphones and large devices like televisions. However, the cost to produce the screens apparently made it prohibitive to produce them for tablet devices. With the tablet market growing by leaps and bounds and projected to continue and Samsung focusing on tablets during the coming year, it makes sense that the company is finally ready to crank up production of AMOLED displays for their tablets. ET News also notes that TV sales have been sagging a bit, so the addition of tablet production will help Samsung optimize utilization of the production lines in what may be some fortuitous timing.
Reports from Korean web side DDaily indicate Samsung has commenced production of their new 5.25-inch AMOLED displays to be used in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5. The screen is expected to be a 2560×1440 2K display. Similar to the technology used for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3, the new display uses a diamond pixel arrangement. Each of the red and blue pixels is shaped like a diamond, with normal green pixels interleaved throughout, which is supposed to increase sharpness and pixel density. For the size and resolution, the Galaxy S5 screen will be running at 560 ppi.
The Galaxy S5 is expected to also come equipped with 3GB of RAM, a 16MP camera and will have Android KitKat 4.4 installed. Like other Samsung devices, the processor will likely vary by market with Snapdragon 800, Snapdragon 805 and 64-bit Exynos processors all believed to be candidates.
Just as the competition to manufacture the best television display was booming just a few years ago, the same is now happening with smartphones. Samsung is reportedly planning to release phones next year that have a pixel density as high as 560 ppi on screen sizes as low as 5-inches. That’s 2560 x 1440 resolution.
The AMOLED panels may first show up on the Galaxy S5. Samsung Display CEO Kinam Kim confirmed the rumors, and it wouldn’t be wild to guess that this resolution will come to tablets soon enough as well.
Sure, you might argue that that’s way too small for the human eye to tell the difference, but the numbers will be where it’s all at.
Samsung has released a new app, OLED World, to the Google Play store. Samsung hopes users will use the app to show off the capabilities of the AMOLED screens on devices like the Galaxy S 4 or the Galaxy Note 3. To do this, Samsung partnered with photographers Kwon O Chul, Ashley Vincent, Satoshi Kuribayashi and Hougaard Malan to produce a series of HD images of astronomical object, wildlife, insects, and landscapes. According to Samsung, their AMOLED screens are able to display 97% of the Adobe RGB color gamut, which is much larger than the standard sRGB. This produces more vibrant images. » Read the rest
This past summer, rumors from web site ET News indicated Samsung was planning to produce and release several versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at the same time in a bit of a twist to their marketing strategy. As we know, just the single, high-end Galaxy Note 3 was announced by Samsung earlier this month with only the normal differences of processors and SIM card slots varying due to the requirements of different markets. If you are wondering what happened to the “entry level” version of the Galaxy Note 3, it appears it is still in the works with the release date shifted to later in the year.
According to sources, Samsung eventually decided the release of a low-end Galaxy Note 3 brought along too high a risk that the “premier” status of the device might be tarnished. Rather than burden their flagship in that manner, Samsung is just pushing back the release date of the plastic-bodied, LCD screen, 8MP camera version of the device until sometime in November. The hardware changes will allegedly save Samsung 20-30% in costs which will enable them to market the device at a lower price point.
Samsung has not yet confirmed any of this plan to produce a low end Galaxy Note 3. Even if they do and manage to get it out to market before the end of the year, it will probably be confined to emerging markets where the normal Galaxy Note 3 is out of reach cost-wise.
One of the best new features on the Moto X is its Active Display Functionality, which periodically displays critical notifications on the lock screen without any user input. If you’re not planning on getting your hands on a Moto X, you’ll still get a chance to try out the new feature thanks to developer niko001 from XDA-Developers, who has developed “ActiveNotifications,” which simulates the Moto X feature on Android 4.3 devices.
Here’s what niko001 had to say about his app:
It uses the new “Notification Listener” service introduced in 4.3 and therefore has minimal impact on your battery. If you own an AMOLED-phone, the “battery saving” feature should work automatically, since black pixels are simply not turned on. The app comes with similar features as the Moto X Active Display (such as not turning on when the device is inside your pocket, purse, or lying face down). Unfortunately, relying on the 4.3 Notification Listener also means that you need a device running Android 4.3 (which are pretty scarce at the moment)…I’ll think about creating a version for older versions of Android if there is enough interest.
So basically the application will currently only run on the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play Edition and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but if you’re using custom firmware you can make use of “ActiveNotifications” as well. Check out the link to the app in the Play Store after the break as well as a gallery of screenshots. » Read the rest
The HTC One has been a great success thus far for the struggling company with more than 5 million units sold to date. While it’s a great number, HTC claims it could have sold even more if it wasn’t for supply shortages. It’s not new news that the HTC One did suffer some serious supply shortages upon its release earlier this quarter. What’s interesting about this comment by HTC is that they’re not blaming the lack of supplies via production, but yet they’re blaming other companies like Samsung claiming they use it as a “strategy” to essentially bottleneck other companies such as HTC in selling more of their devices.
HTC’s own Jack Tong used the HTC Desire as a prime example of this. 2 years ago when the Desire was selling quite well for the company, they had to halt the production and ultimately affected some of its sales because Samsung stopped supplying the company with the AMOLED screens that were being used on the device. HTC was forced to slightly redesign the phone and supply it with an LCD screen instead. It was then that Tong mentioned,“We found that key component supply can be used as a competitive weapon.”
source: Focus Taiwan
Not too long ago we heard rumors that Samsung would implement touchless gestures for screen navigation on the Galaxy S IV. Well, the latest rumors from SamMobile say that we’re definitely going to see that floating technology on March 14th. This won’t be a first for Samsung, as we’ve seen Sony dabble with floating screen tech, and Samsung even uses it for Air View with the S-Pen in the Galaxy Note 2, but rest assured, it’s going to be an awesome feature. » Read the rest
DigiTImes is citing unnamed industry sources as saying Samsung will incorporate new pixel layouts with increased resolution for AMOLED panels. The new design layout uses a hexagon and diamond-shaped pixel layout allowing for resolutions above 440 pixels per inch. The iPhone 5′s Retina Display is 326PPI. The same sources said the new panels would be used in Samsung’s Galaxy S IV. Although we’re excited to see Sammi’s new flagship sport a top of the line display, we should point out the HTC Droid DNA already has a 440PPI display so it’s not exactly an industry first.
Quick recap of recent Galaxy S IV rumors: It could be unveiled in March, with an Exynos 5 Octa processor, 5-inch 1080p display and an S Pen! I’d like to say to take these rumors with a grain of salt but I’m too damn excited and not-so-secretly wishing for them to all be true!
We typically caution against getting overly excited about rumors so it’s only fair to advise against getting too down about them as well. The Samsung 4.99-inch full HD AMOLED screens that seemed like a sure thing just a few days ago don’t feel quite so certain today. The latest round of Samsung super-screen rumors, courtesy of DigiTimes, suggest the company is having a hard go of producing 441 PPI (pixels per inch) screens for its handsets. They cite an industry insider as attributing the problem to “lacking high-end technology.” The unnamed source said Samsung had even sought help from 3M with LITI (Laser Induced Thermal Imaging) technology to no avail.
As most tech blog readers will tell you, you probably shouldn’t take a DigiTimes rumor to the bank but they have nailed a few early rumors in the past. And no, I’m not making a broken clock is right twice a day joke either… or am I?