Samsung to bring 1080p Super AMOLED HD displays to market by mid 2013: report

Daniel Bader

October 23, 2012 10:19am

Samsung will almost certainly follow suit in bringing 1080p screens to smartphones in the first half of 2013. According to SamMobile, Samsung Display has already started prototype production in one of its manufacturing facilities, and aims to bring it to market as soon as possible, perhaps for the debut of the Galaxy S IV.

HTC and Sony have already shown off their 1080p wares, officially or otherwise, and LG is slated to introduce 108o True IPS displays in the coming months. Indeed, it seems that Samsung may be last to this party, but we have no doubt that they will emerge with a bang. Whether it’s more difficult to make 1080p displays using Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology — or if they’re just ironing out the kinks — remains to be seen, but it will be interesting to see whether they can manage to bring the resolution to devices under five inches in size.

It’s been a constant consideration of mine where Samsung will go after the Galaxy S III. Making the screen size bigger will introduce it to phablet territory, and could disrupt sales of its lucrative Galaxy Note line. It’s possible that Samsung will increase the phone to five inches in size but downsize the bezel around the screen, keeping it roughly the same size as it is currently.

What do you think of this impending 1080p revolution?

Via: SamMobile

  • iphoneee

    When it competes with iPhone 8s 2040p screen – then let’s call it news

    • jjwhitt

      keep waiting bud. the current iPhone still doesn’t even have 720p resolution.

    • vn33

      Maybe you should holdout for a 5″ iPhone first … which based on past iPhone releases, should come in by 2016 or 2017 ?

    • S2x

      That’s ..good hopefully they make them in 4.5″ or 4.7″ I won’t buy the current S3 because I find it too bulky.

      When will we hear about BATTERY development??
      I would gladly keep a lower resolution in exchange for a better battery life.

      How about LTE chips generation 2?
      How about thinner bezels all -the same BIGGER battery?
      The Motorolas are on the same track, but they are a FAIL for releasing with ICS and BELIVING that we will BELIEVE them that the upgrade is coming soon.

      Since Samsung love Re-releasing succesful phones how about re-releasing the Galaxy S2 in 4.5 HD AMOLED with bigger battery and the same size ( or smaller?) than the 4.3″ old model?
      Samsung Galaxy S2PLUS could be the name?

  • Sean

    I think that 720p is enough for mobile devices and 2560×1600 is as high as you need on a 10′ tablet. Until battery technology reaches the point that a battery from a phone like the Razr Maxx is considered small we will never be able to use these devices for long. I have bad enough battery life with a 720p display

  • ak

    I don’t care as long as they improve battery life. Can you really even notice a difference between 720p/1080p? No. Why they don’t work on improving battery life is beyond me.

  • Monkey Face

    Agreed with above statements. I miss those days when having an old school Nokia phone that had a 7 day standby time. Sure IH was a basic phone, but I never worried about charging my phone.

  • TP

    I would much prefer a 2mm thicker phone with the same screen resolution which will last 1.5x than the current one, and which has a camera good enough to replace conventional point-and-shoots. The current ones are still struggling in low-lights.

  • theworldiam

    It is a “necessary evil” of technological progress: As technologies mature and become available they will inevitably be used within more or less current form factors at more or less current prices. So, that means if 1080p is available why not use it?
    Why? People, meaning the masses at large, will always want/demand more as that “more” becomes available. Producers, in their ever-present need to remain “the most” profitable, will climb over each other to make devices with the latest technologies available. We the consumers then benefit – at some price obviously.
    Simple economics (and I am not an economics guru).

  • Thurnis

    This is getting ridiculous. I didn’t need 4.8″, I definitely wont need 5″ regardless of the resolution. If they keep down this path, I’m simply going to get the cheapest $10 Huawei phone and use it instead.

  • rickyb

    I agree with many other people here. a 1080p screen is simply a burden on the devices resources. I think Samsung agrees with this and there are even statements from Samsung reps saying a 1080p screen is unnecessary. They do need to do this however because the mass public will view it as a competitive edge. If HTC has a 1080p screen but Samsung doesn’t, it will be detrimental to Samsungs image of a top shelf brand. I am all for spec wars but how about we trade pixels for mAh’s??

  • Zod

    I think 1080p is overkill on such small screens. I somewhat doubt that you can see the difference on something so small.

    We’re sort of getting to the point where technology is exceeding what we need it to do. There is that temptation to use the latest an greatest, even if the device doesn’t need it.

  • Ryan

    It is pretty cool and insane to imagine that we now have 1920×1080 displays in our hand, but at 440+ ppi and we can’t even discern individual pixels, whats the point of wasting any resources to push that display?

    And honestly, I’d rather see a full RGB subpixel AMOLED+ 720p display from Samsung before worrying about anything else. HTC, Sony and LG still have them beat in that regard.

    Funny, seemed like AMOLED was the future but some amazing LCD’s out recently.

    • fantard

      Never pay attention to Samsung’s claims of PPI numbers. because their use pentile displays, their subpixel count is 1/3 less than every other display. This makes their effective PPI 1/3 than what they actually claim.

    • Brendan

      The Note 2 has a non-pentile AMOLED display, and has the same number of sub-pixels as a traditional RGB array.

  • fantard

    It’s still pentile, so it’s still complete s**t. Wonder why Samsung’s flagships never do better than second place in any professional comparison of their displays? They have great colour and deep blacks but are fuzzier than my hairy a*s.

  • HeeHaw

    What do you mean they don’t improve battery life/technology? They do it all the time. You get the same battery life from your 4yr old phone as you do for today’s quad core, Super Amoled HD screns with 8x the RAM, storage, WiFi, NFC, etc.

    If they didn’t, your current phone would last 8 seconds on batteries of a few years ago.

    • Brendan

      They’ve definitely reduced the amount of power that phone components use: no more CCFL backlit displays, low nm chips that draw less power, and power management features embedded in both hardware and software.

      I think what people are interested in are advances in the battery tech itself. Have batteries really evolved that much in the last decade? When will wireless charging be a mainstream feature in devices?

  • Newbie1

    Are all you guys serious? Complaining that 1080p is useless? SPECS matter to consumers even if they don’t use it. Who would want to buy something that has dated components?

    Apple users boast about 700,000 apps available: do they use all? No but its great to have!

    If the technology exists, people want it.

    Better battery life is a big issue but it is mutually exclusive. I know a screen is a big resource but it does not mean that the only way to improve battery is to use lower resolutions. You might as well ask for a slower CPU or don’t use resource heavy apps.

  • Scott

    I think I wont be buying a Samsung branded product next time around. The SGS3 I purchased in late July (soonest I was able to get it on WIND) has already lost almost half of its resale value.

    Both the CPU and the GPU fail compared to recent Apple products and they are way too slow with their update to JellyBean (on purpose, I would presume).

    CM10 is still buggy on my device and even if I had the Exynos version, Samsung hasn’t been nice about releasing enough code to work on that microprocessor properly. So Exynos version is worse!

    I’ll get a Nexus next time. At least I will get updates. The camera may not be as good but the immediate OS upgrades will outweigh that for me.

    Specs aren’t everything! An iPhone 3GS is smoother than all Gingerbread devices. That goes to show you how poorly Android has been written. Hardware acceleration was no help when Google did an aweful job on the rest of the code.

  • fred

    What’s with all the complaints about battery life? I’m a moderate/heavy user and I get through a 14 hours day without having to recharge my S3

  • Alan

    The point of 1080p mobile screens is consumer demand. Unfortunately for those of us that know better, we are in the vast minority of smartphone consumers. The average middle-class consumer will upgrade their home electronics and mobile devices yearly simply because they perceive newer, bigger numbers as equating to a better user experience (Forget about knowing how to use the technology. That doesn’t even enter into the equation).

    The average consumer, upon buying their new 1080p smartphone, will swear to you that the screen looks twice as sharp as their old 720p smartphone. These are the same people that swore their brand spankin’ new 720p HDTV’s were way sharper than their old tube TV’s before ever getting an HD receiver from their cable or satellite provider, or while connecting them to an HD receiver via composite cables.

    They don’t care that it’s virtually impossible for the human eye to discern the difference beyond 300ppi (not without putting your eyeball to the screen), or that the 1080p display needlessly drives up the cost of their smartphone and lowers the battery life and overall performance.

    All they know is that 1080p is better than 720p, and they want it… they want it now. But hey, look on the bright side. Without these people and their willing wallets, mobile technology would not have advanced as far as it has today.