AUO to begin mass production of 4.3" qHD AMOLED panels this quarter, rumored for Sony smartphones

AUO to begin mass production of 4.3
Samsung might be the largest OLED display maker, but it's not the only one. Seeing what competitive advantage the Koreans have before the competition by utilizing the thin and with high contrast screen technology, it was a matter of time before someone tried to replicate it.

That someone is rumored to be Sony for a while, when we first learned that it has ordered AU Optronics to make an AMOLED smartphone screen for them. Now we learn that AUO will start mass production of such screens, with characteristics like 4.3" diagonal, and 540x960 qHD resolution, resulting in a pretty decent 257ppi pixel density.

What handset is this planned for remains a mystery, but we keep our hopes high we could see it in the Mint flagship, or maybe something totally out of whack that will be on shelves in times for the holiday shopping craze.

source: Digitimes



1. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

PLEASE dont send it too verizon and please let it have a S4 krait chip with a removable battery please sony

2. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

MINT will have s4..

3. wendygarett unregistered

i hope its not pentile screen...

4. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

what is qHD, is it like some type of HD resolution ?

5. shikhar

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 14, 2011

Yeap, quarter of an HD resolution. 960X540 pixels.

6. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

257 ppi for a flagship a little bit low...don't u guyz think that???

7. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

I highly doubt this will be a flagship phone given the fact that its has a qHD screen....

10. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Lol it's obviously for a future midrange phone. Since the 4.3" Xperia S has a 720p screen they won't put such a low resolution in a flagship.

8. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

LT30 Mint unveiled full photos see Xperia blog 720p screen 13mpx.

11. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

I checked out the Xperia blog for Mint and seen this.... "The author of the preview says that the phone is both smaller and lighter than the Sony Xperia S, which makes it much easier to use in one hand." Then it goes on to say, "The Sony LT30p Mint has a 4.6-inch (720 x 1280) display with on-screen buttons" ????? The Sony Xperia S has a 4.3 in display!! What the hell are they talking about??....But any way this phone looks reeeeely good and im hoping to see it soon, lets hope it is as light and easy to hold as they say it is....

17. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Well, if you take a close look at XS and Mint, you'lll see mint has smaller bezel (especially on the top). Probably that's what they meant.

9. farhanmohdyousaf

Posts: 16; Member since: May 21, 2012

samsung already makes 4.3 inch qHD screens in the form of super AMOLED advance.. which is present in motorola droid razr/maxx, also htc one S and i believe its the same screen in asus padfone and huwaei ascend P1/P1 S

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

S4 check 13mp camera check AMOLED PURE AWESOMENESS. Waiting paitently for the MINT

13. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

That screen size, is too small ... 4.5" and up :-)

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Apple is worried about other phones being rectangles and suing the world over it... all the while there is ACTUAL espionage going on at Samsung plants. The tech used in these screens were samsung made and patented and it took them years to get it right. This is an ACTUAL loss of income, unlike Apple's BS claims about how they should be the only smartphone in existence.

16. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

Easy - no need to bring Apple and Samsung here. AUO made AMOLED panels for Sony TVs in 2007 - it's an old story. They got it right back then while it took Samsung years to put it in production. OLED's been around for a long time.

15. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

Looks good!

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