Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 4 might swap the signature AMOLED display tech for PLS-LCD panels


Samsung is reportedly considering a switch from the signature AMOLED display panels it uses for its flagship handsets and phablets, to PLS-LCD ones. The move would free up to 20% of a phone's cost structure, with likely negligible difference for the end user in terms of screen quality.

Korean media is reporting that Samsung is evaluating this shift on account of the downward price pressure from rising Chinese stars such as Oppo, Xiaomi and Vivo, not to mention the more established Huawei and Lenovo, which are selling top-notch handsets at rock-bottom prices now, quickly commoditizing the Android smartphone business, which is Samsung's bread and butter.

There have been a couple of rumors already about Samsung presenting a premium F series smartphone line next year, that will include top-shelf specs and design, for a charge. That might end up to be the AMOLED display safe harbor, while the regular Galaxy line switches to PLS-LCD. The plane-to-line-switching LCDs are Samsung's invention, too, and provide higher brightness with lower power consumption and reduced costs to produce compared to conventional IPS-LCD displays, not to mention the ability to give enough yield if Samsung is indeed planning 2K 2560x1440 pixel displays for its Galaxy S5 and Note 4 flagships next year.

source: ETNews via G4Games

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40 Comments

1. kdealltheway

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

"The move would free up to 20% of a phone's cost structure, with likely negligible difference for the end user in terms of screen quality." And negligible difference in the final price for the end user, as usual...

26. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

yup totally agree...not to mention it would be a dumb move altogether.... Samsung flagships are known for may features...one of them being their punchy AMOLED displays...and the loyal Sammy customer base love these displays... In my opinion if they do this they will lose out on a lot of customers...not to mention IPS LCD is better than PLS-LCD...heck I got a note 3 for the awesome features...screen being one of them! And in a time where screen occupies mostly the entire phone front surface I thin it would be a bad move for Sammy to actually change one of its strong points... If it aint broken...dont fix it!

33. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

What?! PLS is pretty much a superior version of IPS. Where did you get IPS LCD is better?

38. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

ips is better? you can tell by the naked eye right? reality is: ips and pls is pretty much are equal

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Oh well. Both screen techs are nice anyways. I just resll want a device with a bit of extra heft to carry a 5000 MaH battery...and would it kill Samsung to strip their UX a bit? I mean there is no reason for the Galaxy Note 3 to be stuttering and hanging...

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Never has happened with mine. Battery runs through a full day with heavy use like a champ.

23. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

still doesnt fix their UX from stuttering and hanging, my note 3 does all the time sadly. 1 more reason touchwiz just sucks, and needs a refresh.

34. wilsong17 unregistered

how many launcher are on google play again tought choice note 3 is the best device well maybe until note 4 lol what do you mean ux hanging

37. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Install Action Launcher Pro (or just the base version now!) and watch your phone take off. Super smooth and tons o battery life. S-Pen still works great. Just no more TouchWhiz ): /s

39. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

The T-Mobile note 3 hangs all the time when multitasking

3. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Awesome, as long as the displays are as eye popping as the incredible SuperAMOLED ones they currently use.

4. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Still, super amoled for me. It's the best screen technology ever made, nothing can defeat it even up till now

16. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

oh PLS

17. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

i see what u did there

30. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

i saw that.....

5. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Whats next 3K? 4K? I think displays are at its limit.

24. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

2k displays supposedly coming next year.

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

This is actually a good move where we can get top-shelf hardware with Chinese phone prices and also brand that has good record of after sales and services.

7. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

This is the dumbest rumor I've ever heard. Samsung is not going to drop their signature AMOLED technology in their signature flagship devices. PLS-LCD is used in their low-end, and most of their mid-ranged devices, as well as their high-end tablets.

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You might want to click on the PLS-LCD link in the article before writing such a silly comment.

9. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

same report from last year. LCD for me any day.

10. taikucing unregistered

Who cares about 2K display? 1080p is enough. Increasing the PPI just waste the processing power. Just give customers the S5 with metal body.

15. Bishop_99

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

1080p is 2k.

18. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Oh you, I bet you enjoyed that, even though you know what taikucing meant....

27. Bishop_99

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

It's not about "enjoying that" but just correcting a common misconception most people will have. This resolution shouldn't be referred to as 2k, since we already have "2k" displays on our current phones.

35. wilsong17 unregistered

/what is wrong with getting more stuff on our phone

11. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Would be a good move in my opinion. But then I never liked the way AMOLED displays tended to be oversaturated, which a lot of people like.

12. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

I don't believe this report. People said something similar when the galaxy s4 was about to launch. I don't think samsung will ever stop using super amoled in the galaxy s series. It's their signature and it's also something that makes the galaxy s series unique. I personally like super amoled. They developed the technology and it really came a long way from the first galaxy s all the way to the note 3. I think super amoled is the best. No other display technology can rival it.

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

YES!!

19. Teja171 unregistered

Again this crap gets very hot , because of the high-res(2k) display and 8-core 64 bit soc. The metal body makes it even more hotter.A plastic body is again recommended :)

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