A new rumor has been spreading through some Asian news sources and has started to spread around the globe accusing Samsung of using recycled AMOLED displays in the manufacture of new smartphones. However, Samsung flat out denies this is the case and questions whether the original source was ever an employee and whether the “proof” – videos and images – were even taken in a Samsung facility.
Samsung is continuing its trend of flooding the market with tablets and smartphones. There’s a rumor that Samsung will becoming out with a Galaxy S tablet line known as the Galaxy Tab S. The Tab S will come in an 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch variety. Unlike the company’s other tablets, the Tab S will feature a WQXGA (2560×1600) AMOLED display.
This isn’t Samsung’s first tablet with an AMOLED screen, however. The company first unveiled an AMOLED screen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 in 2011 but the primary focus was in testing the technology itself. For those that don’t know, AMOLED displays are known for their low power consumptions and their high contrast levels. Samsung has been using these displays in most of their smartphones and cameras, most notably in the Galaxy S series.
Samsung has indicated in the past that it was ramping up production of larger AMOLED displays to be used in tablet devices. We are starting to see the results of that appearing in places like the GFXBench benchmark site. Earlier this week an 8.4-inch Samsung tablet equipped with an AMOLED screen running 2560 x 1600 resolution was spotted. Now, a second device with an AMOLED display running at the same 2560 x 1600 resolution has been spotted, but with a larger 10.5-inch screen.
At some point this year, Samsung is going to reveal tablets that feature an AMOLED display. We already reported on at least one such tablet, but we didn’t know the display size. Thanks to GFXBench, we now know that they will at least offer an 8.4-inch version.
It goes under the model number of SM-T700 and will sport an AMOLED 2560 x 1600 display. This is a pixel density of 359ppi, just like the IPS-LCD TabPRO version that is available now.
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.
source: ET News
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.
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.
source: ET News
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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.