Samsung currently has fabs to build smaller AMOLED screens for smartphone models like the Samsung Galaxy S III
and the Samsung GALAXY Note II
. It also has fabs that produce larger sized OLED screens for televisions. What the Korean manufacturer is looking to build a fab for is the middle-sized
AMOLED screens that would be used on tablets and laptops. So far, Samsung uses an AMOLED screen on just one of its models. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
uses a Super AMOLED Plus screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution.The Toshiba Excite 7.7 tablet and some professional monitors also use the same screen, which Samsung is producing in low volume
Sammy is said to be more open toward using AMOLED screens on its tablets after seeing more market acceptance toward the technology. One of the major complaints about AMOLED screens is that colors are oversaturated
. But if Samsung is right, they will need to build a fab larger than the 5.5-Gen (1300 x 1500mm) and the 8-Gen (2200 x 2500mm) lines that it currently uses. A size of 6.5-Gen (1500 x 1800mm) is expected to produce the tablet sized AMOLED screens.
The new line would be the A3 line in Tang jeong, Chungcheongnam-do in South Korea. Originally, the tech titan thought about adding another 5,5-Gen line, but is now weighing the possibility of building the medium sized AMOLED display. The final decision will be sometime later this year which means production probably wouldn't start until next year.