Samsung denies accusations that it's using recycled AMOLED displays with new smartphones
posted by Chris P. / Dec 05, 2014, 8:20 AM
We'll be blunt and admit that the language barrier precluded us from reaching a conclusion, especially since the supposed evidence we received was vague to say the least. As it turns out, however, the allegation became a hot topic in South Korea, at least enough for Samsung to take to its official corporate blog in order to dispel the rumors and deny such a practice exists within the company. According to the piece, (translation by BusinessKorea), nothing of this kind is happening at all at its manufacturing plants:
Indeed, according to Samsung, recycled AMOLED displays are only offered to consenting customers, who are in need of a repair, in order to lower the bill. Moreover, Samsung says that the aforementioned whistle-blower is not employed by the company and that it isn't clear if the plant seen in the video (below), where an employee is allegedly outfitting a Note 4 unit with a recycled AMOLED display, is actually a Samsung factory.
So who's right? Quite frankly, until we can see some tangible evidence, we're inclined to believe Samsung, but we'll keep our ear to the ground in case this goes any further than it has so far.
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i call bs, the reason why samsung has so many variants of the galaxy line is because they are recycling/repackaging all the components from the unsold units it's not secret all the android oems are doing the same, htc, lg, sony
posted on Dec 05, 2014, 8:30 AM 11
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Yes we need some solid proof. This video looks staged in my opinion.
posted on Dec 05, 2014, 8:47 AM 8
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Here is an extremely detailed description what Samsung has been doing since GS3, if you don't mind Google translation. (With evidence photos.)
The AMOLED OCTAS that got defective during the manufacturing process or taken from returned Galaxies get sorted for the Korean domestic market. They cause gaps, S-pen malfunctioning, etc, and Samsung has been charging consumers for the eventual repairs. ev=_t&hl=ko&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fryueyes11.tis tory.com%2F3989&edit-text=
posted on Dec 06, 2014, 2:49 AM 0
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Well i would belive this rumor if they said that for some other model than Note 4. They never had 5,7" qhd screen before. So from witch previous model they take that screen and put it in Note 4? Bs, if you ask me...
posted on Dec 05, 2014, 9:35 AM 23
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Beat me to it. How do you recycle a display size and screen density that they've never used before? I could totally see it if they were talking about S4/S5/Note3 screens, but not the Note 4. That's just BS.
posted on Dec 05, 2014, 10:42 AM 8
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The phone just came out, how many broken Note 4's are there that they are doing this to actually make a difference. How can they prove this? That video looks crazy shady... Also, I think the recycled screen is going into a refurbished Note 4, NOT a brand new one. Their refurbishing operation is not with their brand new Note 4 factory.
posted on Dec 05, 2014, 12:57 PM 3
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Enough that i do exchanges on them at least 1-5 times a week for various issues. And i am one agent. It happens though, part of my job is to replace, so i see many issues that other agents do not.
posted on Dec 05, 2014, 1:25 PM 1
Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010
Honestly I don't see a problem with this. As long as its in "solid" great "new" like working condition then why not. Ofcourse when you buy something "new" you expect "new" components. But what if you have a batch of unsused or "barely" used components which are perfectly fine. Then by al means recycle. Its better for the environment.
posted on Dec 05, 2014, 8:57 AM 5
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AMOLED screens have a short lifespan. If the recycled screen comes from an unsold phone, then I'll accept. But not if it comes from second-hand ones.
posted on Dec 05, 2014, 9:28 AM 1
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Could be differing opinions, not necessarily being two faced. And BTW, two different people with two different opinions on the same thing isn't being two faced. ONE person having conflicting opinions on topic is being two faced. As far as being superior but also having a short lifespan, that's definitely possible to be both. An AMOLED screen has much better contrast ratios than LCDs, but it also possible that it may have a shorter lifespan. I don't know for certain on the lifespan, so don't take it as gospel.
posted on Dec 05, 2014, 10:02 AM 0
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DOOM!!! lets see how samsung's sheep gona defend
posted on Dec 05, 2014, 9:04 AM 3
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