iPhone 6, AMOLED tablets cited in 2014 display forecast

DisplaySearch has released a forecast covering new display tech in 2014, which includes speculation about screens that may arrive on the iPhone 6, iWatch, large iPad, and Android tablets.

The researcher sees at least two iPhone 6 possibilities as upgrades from the iPhone 5S' 4-inch 1,136x640-pixel resolution (see chart below).

At the high end would be a 5.5-inch 1,920x1,080 display based on LTPS (low-temperature polysilicon) LCD -- the same technology used in the 5S.

If accurate, that means Apple would get closer to the resolution on the Samsung Galaxy S4 -- which is a 5-inch, 1,920x1,080 display. That's where any similarities would end, though. The S4 uses Samsung's radically different Super AMOLED tech. … Read more

Samsung could intro 10.5-inch tablet at CES, report says

Samsung could introduce a 10.5-inch AMOLED tablet in early January, according to a new report from Korea's ETNews.

Details recently found in a shipping manifest point to at least one of Samsung's next Galaxy Tabs coming with a premium price tag.

Factor in earlier rumors of a high-end line of tablets designed to compete with Apple's iPad and iPad Mini and things line up nicely. It stands to reason that the SM-T331 described in the manifest could be a variant of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.

Rumors have been spinning over the last few weeks … Read more

Samsung to challenge Apple with AMOLED tablets -- report

Samsung is cooking up a couple of new high-end tablets outfitted with AMOLED displays. At least, that's the scuttlebutt from a story at South Korean Web portal Naver.

Citing an unnamed industry source, Naver said on Friday that Samsung is prepping two tablets, one with an 8-inch screen and the other with a 10-inch screen. Both will come with AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) displays, which are designed to be are faster, thinner, and brighter than their LCD counterparts. As such, the tablets will be part of Samsung's premium lineup, which likely means they won't be cheap. … Read more

Samsung's OLED display push poses challenge to Apple

Samsung is throwing its formidable weight behind AMOLED display tech -- which could be seen as a challenge to Apple.

The South Korean electronics giant, maker of the Galaxy line of smartphones, made it clear Wednesday that active-matrix organic LED (AMOLED) displays are its future.

"We were the first to commercialize AMOLED back in 2007. This year we successfully produced 440 ppi [pixels per inch] high-resolution AMOLED....we also launched the first curved AMOLED displays," said Kinam Kim, CEO of Samsung Display, during a presentation at the company's analyst day in Seoul, South Korea.

That presentation had … Read more

Moto X takes Round 2 against iPhone 5S

The Moto X and its gorgeous display take Round 2 against the iPhone 5S.

A couple of weeks back, I wrote that the iPhone 5S bested the Moto X on physical design.

This week I'm writing about the display. Mostly because I'm wondering why Apple hasn't switched to AMOLED displays.

After using the X's AMOLED display for the last few weeks and comparing it with the 5S' LCD, I think it may be time for Apple to consider AMOLED, as the technology has improved a lot over the last 12 months or so.

The colors on … Read more

Display on Moto X called groundbreaking by researcher

The Moto X display exhibits the best power efficiency and beats Apple's iPhone 5S, according to two recent research notes from ABI Research.

One, released Tuesday, trumpeted the display, supplementing a note released last week.

"After Google acquired Motorola, we now have the first Google-influenced phone with some very innovative engineering," Jim Mielke, VP of engineering at ABI Research, said in a phone interview.

Today's note said that the Moto X may be leading the way toward displays that don't have to constantly dim to save power.

The display found in the Moto X...has … Read more

ABCs of smartphone screens: 1080p and more (Smartphones Unlocked)

The smartphone industry tosses around a whole bucket of names and numbers to describe the viewing experience on your smartphone screen: ClearBlack, 1080p, Retina, AMOLED, supersensitive. And the list goes on.

Some designations are marketing monikers cooked up to give one company an edge; others are more scientific. That isn't to say that flashy names like Apple's Retina Display are worthless and empty. Sometimes the trademarked name masks a unique process too technical to quickly explain.

To make things simpler, here are some common terms you might see attached to smartphone screens, and some factors that actually go … Read more

Samsung Galaxy S4 rocks the best phone OLED yet, says report

The Samsung Galaxy S4 may have a 5-inch screen with a killer 1080p HD resolution, but that doesn't tell you as much about its display quality as you might think.

That's because, as any display guru (like CNET's David Katzmaier) will tell you, a screen's ultimate rating spans resolution and pixel density, sure, but also color reproduction and accuracy, total brightness, viewing angles, and reflectance.

The screen material technology also plays a huge role; when it comes to smartphones, LCD displays make up the lion's share of manufacturers' choice, with Samsung at the forefront of … Read more

Samsung hit by OLED patent lawsuit from LG Display

Already reeling from legal battles with Apple, Samsung is the target of yet another patent lawsuit.

LG Display said today that it has filed a patent infringement suit against the handset maker, alleging that Samsung violated seven of its OLED (organic light-emitting diode) patents.

The lawsuit specifically claims that Samsung infringed on the design of LG's OLED panels, driver circuitry and device design, reported the Wall Street Journal. LG is looking for an unspecified amount in damages and a permanent injunction of five infringing products, including the Galaxy S3 phone, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet, and the Galaxy … Read more

Samsung Galaxy S III to sport 1280x720 resolution?

Consumers awaiting the next Galaxy S smartphone could be treated to an eye-catching resolution.

Rumors from Korean news site Digital Daily (English translation) claim that the Galaxy S III will come with a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a resolution soaring to 1280x720.

If true, this would represent a healthy bump up from the Galaxy S II, which offers a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 800x480 pixels.

As noted by The Verge, the Galaxy S III be the first non-Pentile OLED phone display to offer HD resolution.

Samsung has already indicated that … Read more