Samsung Galaxy S5 might have a 2K LTPS display made by Sharp, AMOLED on the backburner

Samsung Galaxy S5 might have a 2K LTPS display made by Sharp, AMOLED on the backburner
We heard a few times before that AMOLED display tech might not make it into the new Samsung Galaxy S5 due to various reasons, but chiefly the troubles with producing a small OLED panel with 2K resolution - something that all flagship smartphones this year seem to be poised to have.

Samsung had problems producing 1080p AMOLED for this year's Galaxy S4, but it ultimately delivered, yet 2K might be a much tougher nut to crack with enough yield to produce tens of millions of such panels, as the sales expectations for a Samsung flagship would be. Instead, a report from China claims that Samsung will go for LTPS (low-temperature polisilicon) panels with 2K resolution, which will be produced by Sharp in Taiwan.

Now, it doesn't become clear if these will be for all S5 units, only to supplement the AMOLED production, or for the rumored F (as in "fashion") version of the flagship, but Samsung got a $110 million stake in Sharp's business not long ago, so securing some return on that investment is not out of the question. Sharp already makes IGZO panels for its and Apple's phones and tablets, which have proved to be excellent in terms of power consumption and peak brightness, so we might not miss the AMOLED tech much if a Galaxy S5 lands with screens made on the basis of Sharp's promising technology.

source: IT168 via

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1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Apple gets a lot of crap because they use tech/parts from other manufacturers. Now let's see if Samsung gets the same treatment because they're going to use displays from another manufacturer.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Bait comment, but I agree with you. Time to sit back and enjoy the popcorn.

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Sharp makes the best displays in every department, so I don't think so.

9. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Mostly accurate, forgot part where them same parts cost three times more to the consumer. Glitter tax I guess.

15. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

What other manufactures? Apple is not an manufacture, They make nothing, just design, They don't even assemble their devices, it is completely different from samsung...

2. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Forget about the display, this concept is damn cool. If Sammy brings Note4 with this design language i will definitely go for it.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I love AMOLED, but if Samsung wows me, I'm definitely buying.

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Me too, I hope that they especially concentrate on software. Touchwiz is very good already, but there is lot of improvement still to do. I'd like to see bit flatter UI and closer to vanilla Android.

8. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Leaks of the the galaxy tab pro shows a new tw ui, which seems much cleaner so chances are the phones will have a new tw too

13. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

tw is good and functional. but i dont mind sammy updating it for the better

6. twens

Posts: 1184; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Yeah I love amoled too but right now because of how high resolutions are getting I don't think I will miss it that much. But all the same, a 2k amoled screen would have been mind blowing. OMG!! I think I still love Sticking to my note 3.

19. star3098

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

Have you ever seen the screen on a Samsung S4 active? It's the best display I've ever seen thus far except plasmas. I have a note 3 and a Samsung 7.7 tablet with amoleds. For sure, they got great displays but displays have blue tint too it, colors are too cold for my taste and colors don't look very natural. On the other hand LCD display on a S4 active have perfect untainted colors way way way better readability in sunlight and more importantly NO MATTER AT WHICH ANGLE YOU LOOK AT IT BLACK STAYS BLACK AND WHITE STAYS WHITE which MAKES IT THE FIRST MOBILE PHONE SCREEN TO EVER HAVE PLASMA GOOD VIEWING ANGLES it has no purple glow at any angles unlike SONY smartphones and iphones do and almost AMOLED good blacks it can boast, too. They, blacks, don't look so inky, though, but they look BLACK however due to perfect uniformity of the screen( something I've only seen on plasma TVs) and NO SCREEN BLEEDING. I'd say it is a plasma good display and if you google the best tvs of 2013 you'll find that plasma TVs are the best TVs ever. If Samsung will use the same kind on S5 it'd feel a breath of fresh air belee dat, man!

10. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

If it's going to be based on Sharp's efficient, tru-color IGZO technology, it's superb news. I don't mind AMOLED one way or another, but maybe it's better for tablets since both are great for movies, while IPS and IGZO are good for mobile where you take and edit photos before sharing, and it's important to have colors and saturation natural.

11. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I can't wait to see in person

12. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I'm sorry but a 2K display is absolutely ridiculous in a 5" display. That sounds like a gimmick to me. Why can't there be a crazy push for a new battery technology or something that is actually useful. All a 2K display does is eat battery and a put an unnecessary strain on hardware-not even mentioning the issues developers will have optimizing their software for something like that.

14. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

I'm not buying this story. I'm not saying its not possible but i think samsung will give us a 2k super amoled HD display. When the s4 rumors started they're similar rumors about samsung dumping super amoled. I won't believe it until it happens.

18. romeo1

Posts: 823; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

If they ditch the amoled it would be a big step forward in my book. Never liked the hd amoleds.

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