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?
Asiae is reporting Samsung will bring a 4.99-inch Full HD AMOLED Display to CES in January 2013. The rumored device is said to have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and massive pixel density around 441 PPI (pixels per inch). Contrast that with the iPhone’s retina display which boasts a PPI of 326. It’s not the flexible display we’ve been hearing about but I’d be pretty happy with this on the Galaxy S IV or Note III.
Full HD displays seem to be the next logical step in mobile device advancement. While HTC is one of the only manufacturers with an upcoming, listed device sporting such high resolution, Samsung and LG look to get in the game soon. Not surprisingly, according to “industry sources,” Samsung and LG will launch devices with full HD AMOLED and LCD displays in the first half of next year. With the boost in resolution comes a nice boost in ppi. We’ll be looking at over 400ppi with these devices. That will obviously yield a gorgeous display. At this point, we can only speculate as to which devices from Samsung and LG will be the first to incorporate the displays. Will we see the Galaxy S IV rocking full HD? The rumored timeline certainly makes sense.
The Samsung Galaxy smartphone series has presumably gotten better over the years, right? Well as far as processing speed, memory and improved UIs are concerned, then absolutely. But what about the AMOLED displays—- has it gotten better over the years? Well, yes and no. As seen in a Galaxy shootout thanks to some curious individuals at DisplayMate, there are some interesting findings about the displays seen over the years. For example, the color gamut across all devices fell between 136 – 139 percent. Typically a color gamut too large is visually worse than a small color gamut and results in what’s considered to be an ‘irregular display’ where the Green is more saturated compared to Red or Blue, as seen in the Galaxy S line of smartphones. In addition, there were additional findings such as each device having an unusual color shift when the displays on each device at an extreme viewing angle. Specifically– DisplayMate highlights the displays of the Galaxy I, II and III “take on a distinctly strong blue color shift and cast” when being viewed at an angle of greater than 45 degrees.
On the flipside— it’s not all negative findings. The running time of the displays on the devices has improved which each passing generation. When running at maximum power in Airplane mode, the Galaxy S I sees a run time of 3.2 hours, the Galaxy S II sees 4.4 hours and the Galaxy S III sees an astounding 5.6 hours.
The study and conclusions are certainly a bit on the technical side, but they’re both nonetheless interesting as heck. If you’re interested in checking out additional or more specific details, make sure to hit the source link which you can find below.
Here at Talk Android, we love to envision what our mobile devices will look like in the future. Imagine if your cell phone wasn’t simply a rectangle, but was bent for you to wear as a watch. This seemingly crazy idea isn’t as far in the future as you might think, according to Samsung. An executive at Samsung has confirmed the mass production of flexible OLED screens in the next year, meaning some time in 2012, or early 2013 at the latest.
These crazy looking displays have quite a few advantages other than their novelty. They do not contain any glass, so shattering your phone would be a thing of the past. Another advantage is the freedom this technology will give to cell phone designers. The possibilities are endless, including phone watches, tablets you can fold and paper thin displays. It is likely, however, that the first devices featuring a flexible display will be the rounded displays that were not otherwise possible. Even if the screen is flexible, though, the battery and CPU will have to be taken into consideration. How would you use a flexible AMOLED screen? Shout out in the comments.
- Photo courtesy of PhoneArena
HTC has been fairly mum to start the new year while quietly working in the background working on devices and not drawing any sort of attention. However, we are now seeing some of its work finally come to fruition in the form of an attactive new Ice Cream Sandwich-based smartphone which has emerged from the wild. This mysterious phone comes fully-loaded too featuring the following:
- 1.2GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor
- 1GB of RAM
- Sense UI 4.0
- 8MP Camera with VGA FF camera
- AMOLED screen
- 4G LTE connectivity
While the identity of the device is a mystery, we may have a hunch of what it will be. First off the specs seems to match up with a few existing HTC phones out there– namely the Rezound smartphone even though the processor is not clocked as fast. Also, The 4G LTE radio stands out in the featured specs as well. While we’re not certain by any means, this device seems to match up with a certain 4G LTE global phone Verizon does have planned for release at some point this year, especially since the phone has a giant 4G LTE logo as well which almost always is a dead giveaway for Verizon Wireless devices. So this could possibly be the HTC Fireball we’re looking at ladies and gentlemen.
There’s one unusual thing to point out about the phone. While ICS devices will generally use on-screen buttons, we see this mysterious device featuring not only the familiar hardware buttons, but four hardware buttons to be exact instead three. Of course this device is a prototype and will likely be modified and have a few changes once its formally released to the masses later in the year. You’d still think however, that the four buttons are still a bit of a head-scratcher even if it is a prototype.
There are no other additional details of this smartphone, but stay tuned with TA for further details or news.
(Photos courtesy of PhoneArena)
Count this as one more phone to be added to Softbank’s fall/winter lineup; the Dell Streak Pro 101DL. This looks to be another higher end device with specs including:
- Android 2.3
- 4.3-inch super AMOLED screen with 540×960 QHD resolution (Gorilla Glass)
- 8MP CMOS camera
- 1.3MP sub camera
- 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8260 CPU
- SyncUp compatible
- Dell Stage 2.0 pre-installed
- Bluetooth 2.1＋EDR
- IEEE802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
- microSDHC card slot
- W-CDMA, GSM
- size: 65×126×10.3mm, weight: 140g
Expect this one on shelves sometime in January 2012. Price is still yet to be dermined.
We’re pretty excited here at TA because we likely have a bit of Nexus Prime news on our hands. The Samsung GT-I9250 has just passed WiFi certification today. If the info on a recently leaked Samsung roadmap holds any truths, this is 99.9% the Nexus Prime. It’s coming people, we’re close. If you’ve been out of the Android loop recently, the new Nexus will have a Super AMOLED 1280×720 HD screen, feature Ice Cream Sandwich, and some sort of TI OMAP4 processor rumored to be a 1.5Ghz dual core. This will be the Android to own. Being a Verizon customer, I’ve been denied a Nexus One and Nexus S, but my hopes are high this time.