Jan 142013
 

Rumours that Samsung would unveil either a 4.99-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display or even the Galaxy S IV at CES 2013 did not pan out. But a product roadmap on display at CES 2013 has confirmed that the display in question is coming. Spotted by AnandTech, it shows the evolution of displays over the last couple of years. It culminates with the aforementioned 4.99-inch FHD display with a 440 PPI.

Samsung Display roadmap

Samsung boasts that this new display will have a low power mode and significant power savings (up to 47% with that new mode) over current generation displays.

The roadmap also shows a launch scheduled for Q1 2013. And which device has been rumoured to sport a 5-inch Full HD display for a while now? None other than the Samsung Galaxy S IV.

Could Samsung unveil its new display at MWC 2013 with the Galaxy S IV to have its own launch event afterwards (perhaps with Samsung’s new 8-core Exynos 5 Octa SoC in tow as well)?

Read more: AnandTech

Jan 092013
 
Samsung Youm

Samsung today showed off its OLED Youm flexible displays at its second CES keynote. Brian Berkeley, Samsung Electronics senior vice president of their display lab, took to the stage to talk about the company’s Youm technology which allows displays to be able to be bent, rolled and even folded. Underlying how far this technology still has to go before we see it in our devices, there was more talk of concepts and the promise of what flexible displays can offer than actual devices.

Samsung did show off a smartphone prototype with a 5-inch display that wrapped around the sides. The idea is that short messages (like an SMS) and notifications could be displayed on the side. Nokia also presented a similar concept, the Nokia GEM, last year.

Samsung flexible display
Credit: CNET

Other screens were on display, further emphasizing the promise of this technology:

Samsung flexible display
Credit: CNET

Samsung has been working on flexible displays for at least a couple of years now. Samsung introduced the Youm brand name last year. Back in December 2011, it released a video showing its vision for the technology:

We may have to be patient a while longer but flexible displays do look to be on their way to a variety of devices.

Read more: CNET

Dec 292012
 
LG

It appears that Samsung will not be the only company showing off new smartphone displays at CES 2013. LG also looks set to unveil its next generation of mobile device displays (and perhaps new devices sporting these as well).

At the smaller end of the scale, LG will show off a new 5.5-inch HD (1280×720) display and a pixel density of 403 PPI. It will also unveil a 7-inch tablet display offering a WUXGA (1920×1200) resolution and a 324 PPI pixel density (besting the PPI found on either the Apple iPad or Google Nexus 7).

If these are too large for you, LG will also unveil a new 4.7-inch display. Unlike the one on the recently launched LG Optimus G and Google Nexus 4, this one will reportedly feature a bezel only one millimeter thick, making an edge-to-edge display a very near reality.

For larger devices, LG will show off a 12.9-inch QSXGA (2560×1700) AH-IPS display aimed at ultrabooks and a 13.3-inch laptop display with a two millimeter bezel. Larger monitors and TV displays will also be shown off.

Read more: PhoneArena

Dec 192012
 

Samsung has been teasing us about flexible displays for a while now, having shownoff a 4.5-inch WVGA display as far back as CES 2011. It has now confirmed to CNET that it will again have flexible screens on display at CES 2013. Don’t expect something quite as far out as this video promises:

In fact Samsung Display, a Samsung spin-off, will have two prototypes to show off. One will be a 5.5-inch display aimed at smartphones. It will have an HD (1280×720) resolution and a density of 267 pixels-per-inch. If somewhat larger is more your thing, it will also show off a 55-inch one.

There is no word yet on which products the 5.5-inch display could make its way into. The rumoured Samsung Galaxy S IV has been tipped as possible candidates but maybe the honour will fall to the Samsung Galaxy Note III instead if it keeps the same size display as the Galaxy Note II rather than the rumoured 6.3-inch AMOLED one.

It is also not clear whether these displays will carry the Youm brand name Samsung Display announced earlier this year.

Read more: CNET

Dec 162012
 

SamsungRumours earlier this month suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S IV, the successor to the very successful Galaxy S III, would come with a “unbreakable glass” display. Now comes word that this will not be the case. “Flexible screens are still a while off,” a source told The Verge earlier this week. But the source confirmed that it will come with a 1080p display.

As for a release date, the report indicates that it will not take place at CES 2013. MWC in late February has not been ruled out but Samsung could again used a dedicated event as it did for the Galaxy S III last May. Perhaps in April as suggested by earlier this month?

As for rumours of a 6.3-inch Galaxy Note III (perhaps an eight-tenth of an inch larger than the Galaxy Note II), the source indicated that “At some point in the next year, and it could be very late in the year, we might fill in the largest gap in our screen size lineup.” It would appear that those rumours may not be as farfetched as many think…

Read more: The Verge

Dec 062012
 

SamsungThe Samsung Galaxy Note II was to have been the first Samsung device with an unbreakable display. That honour now could instead now fall to the Samsung Galaxy S IV. According to Reuters, the latest smartphone is already in development as “Project J”

The report does not provide any details about this unbreakable display. Could it be Samsung’s own UBP (Unbreakable Plane) display? Or could it be Corning’s upcoming Willow Glass? UBS analyst Nicolas Gaudois indicates it could be a UBP display. Stanford Bernstein analyst Mark Newman goes even further: “Either the Galaxy S IV or S V will have unbreakable and even possibly flexible and foldable displays by 2014.”

Other rumoured specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S IV include a quad-core processor, a larger display offering 441 PPI, likely a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, and a 13MP camera.

Reuters also suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S IV could be out as early as April 2013, about a month earlier than the Galaxy S III’s international release.

Read more: Reuters

Nov 212012
 

SamsungThe launch of the rumoured Samsung Galaxy S IV may not happen as quickly as we all want. Rumours last week suggested that it could launch as early as Q2 2013 but warned that Samsung was facing production challenges. A report today also suggests that Samsung Display is having a hard time ramping up mass production of the display intended for Samsung’s next flagship smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy S IV could launch with a new 4.99-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display. Samsung is looking to unveil the display at CES 2013 but mass production is hampered by a lack of sufficient high-end technology. According to Digitimes, it has turned to 3M for help but challenges remain despite the more advanced LITI technology now used. For some reason, blue-colored materials are especially difficult to work with.

Given that Samsung has yet to announce the Samsung Galaxy S IV, let alone release dates, it remains to be seen how these challenges could affect its plans. At risk are its own internal timelines but how that affects us remains to be seen.

At this time, it would appear that the Samsung Galaxy S III may remain king of Samsung’s smartphone hill for a while longer.

Read more: Digitimes

Nov 162012
 

SamsungThe next generation of flagship smartphones looks set to come with 1080p displays in the 5-inch range. HTC kicked things off with the HTC J Butterfly and Verizon DROID DNA but it will not be alone for long. Sharp already offers such a model in Japan and more devices are on the way. According to Korea’s Asia Economics, Samsung could unveil a 4.99-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display at CES 2013, likely for its upcoming Galaxy S IV.

Samsung’s AMOLED display promises to be thinner and use less power while offering better contrast than similar LCD-based displays. It will offer a comparable pixel density of 441ppi (pixels per inch).

Mass production of the display could start in early 2013. The Google translation of the article is rough but suggests that the process is not without its challenges. If Samsung can work out the kinks, the display will make its way onto the Samsung Galaxy S IV which could be unveiled sometime in Q2 2013 (roughly a year after the Samsung Galaxy S III). Rumours (quickly denied by the company) earlier this fall have already suggested that Samsung could unveil its next Galasy S flagship as early as MWC 2013 with a 5-inch OLED display in tow.

Anyone up for a Samsung Galaxy S IV with 5-inch full HD display?

Read more: Asia Economics (in Korean) [Google translation] (Source: PhoneArena)

Sep 102012
 

AppleApple brought its Retina Display to the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro earlier this summer. It is now gearing up to offer it on the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro as well as iMac All-in-One desktop models. Digitimes reports that Apple’s partners have already begun shipping new MacBook Pro and iMac models in preparation for a launch later this month or in October.

Display supply challenges have forced Apple to delay a high-end iMac model but mid- and entry-level models will be available.

Rumours have suggested that Apple could unveil new Macs at its September 12th event. It might quickly announce them before the expected main event, the new iPhone. There are also rumours of a second event in October so Apple certainly has options.

Any takers for a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a display offering a resolution of 2880 by 1800 pixels

Read more: Digitimes

Sep 012012
 

Motorola MobilityMotorola and Verizon are likely to introduce a new smartphone (or perhaps more than one) at their upcoming event on September 5th. Bloomberg has learned that this handset could come with an edge-to-edge display. Unlike most devices, it would have either very thin bezels or none at all with the screen effectively taking up the entire front of the device. There is no word on how large the display will be.

The edge-to-edge display could well be a differentiating characteristic that would allow this Motorola device to stand out from the crowd of devices, including the newest iPhone and a number of Windows Phone devices, expected to be announced this month.

As for other details revealed, the handset will be powered by Google Android and come with LTE connectivity.

It remains to be seen if this device is none other than the Motorola Droid RAZR M 4G LTE which was leaked late last month. If so, it could sport a 4.3-inch qHD (540×960) Super AMOLED Advanced display with Gorilla Glass 2.

Read more: Bloomberg

Aug 312012
 

AppleSharp has reportedly fallen behind schedule in delivering displays to Apple for its upcoming iPhone 5. Reuters reports that the supplier is struggling with manufacturing difficulties and high costs and is not able to meet production targets. Just how far behind schedule Sharp is is not not clear though.

For its part, Sharp would only confirm that its Kameyama LCD plant which produces the displays in question “is operational.” It did not provide output or shipment level details.

The report adds that Apple could provide “financial incentives” to speed up production. With Apple also using both Japan Display and South Korea’s LG Display Co as suppliers, it could also turn to them to see if they can increase production.

Apple is widely expected to announce the iPhone 5 at an event scheduled for September 12th. It could then hit the street as early as September 21st. Apple could limit what countries see the launch on that day if it is facing supply issues.

Read more: Reuters

Aug 152012
 

BlackBerry 10Confirming earlier rumours, Research In Motion today announced that it will standardize on two screen resolutions for BlackBerry 10 devices. Full touch devices will come with a display offering a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (16:9) while keyboard devices will sport a 720 x 720 pixel (1:1) display.

The fact that we are standardizing on two main screen resolutions going forward has been largely influenced by you, our community of developers. We are committed to making the BlackBerry platform the absolute best – and easiest – application platform for you develop on in order to innovate and grow your business.

Unfortunately, the very first BlackBerry 10 device that RIM will unveil will come with the slightly different resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, the same as that of the BlackBerry Dev Alpha device. RIM explains that this is due to the fact that the device “has been in the works for quite some time now with lots of supply chain management and manufacturing tooling to bring it to launch.” It does offer some suggestions to developers on how to manage this first device.

The first BlackBerry 10 smartphones are expected to launch in Q1 2013.

Read more: Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog

Aug 082012
 

SamsungRumours that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will use a UBP (Unbreakable Plane) display have resurfaced. In an article that looks at recent and upcoming AMOLED display development, the Korea IT Times reports that Samsung’s upcoming ‘phablet’ will not only use a 5.5-inch AMOLED flexible display but that it will incorporate the UBP technology to reduce the thickness by 0.4 millimeters. The saved space could be used for a larger battery.

The use of a flexible display suggests that the Galaxy Note 2 could come with a curved display. It would not be the first time that Samsung offers a curved display on a device. It has already done so in devices such as the Google Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, albeit without UBP.

Samsung had earlier this year indicated that flexible display production would start this year. Branded as Youm, these promise to be “thinner, lighter, and unbreakable.”

Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 2 at its next Unpacked 2012 event on August 29th.

Read more: Korea IT Times (Source: AndroidCentral)

Aug 062012
 

HTCThe HTC PM63100 with its 1.7GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 720p display may not be HTC’s next flagship device. That honour may be reserved to a different device according to a report by Digitimes. They report that HTC is readying a device with a 5-inch 1080p display for launch in the September or October time frame.

The report adds that the display will have the rather odd resolution of 1794 by 1080 pixels. If you add in 126 additional vertical lines that Android now reserves for its onscreen navigation buttons, you end up with a display running at 1920 by 1080 or full HD.

Rumours of such a device go back a number of months back to a leaked Verizon product roadmap. If accurate, this device could also come with HTC Sense 5 and a Scribe pen. Could this device be none other than the rumoured HTC dlx (also known as the HTC6435LVW)?

Read more: Digitimes

Jul 302012
 

SamsungThe court documents filed in the legal battle between Apple and Samsung have revealed yet another device. On the heels of a roadmap showing two upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices, another document has been found to indicate that Samsung is working on a tablet codenamed “P10″.

The Samsung P10 sports an 11.8-inch WQXGA (2560×1600) display. That would give it a pixel density of 256 PPI, enough to put it in ‘Retina’ display territory. It also comes with LTE connectivity.

Samsung 11.8-inch tablet
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Rumours of such a tablet first surfaced late last year with some expectations that Samsung would unveil it at Mobile World Congress. Could that launch simply have slipped to that August 15th Samsung event?

Read more: The Verge