Samsung having problems producing 441ppi displays, possibly for the Samsung Galaxy S IV

Samsung having problems producing 441ppi displays, possibly for the Samsung Galaxy S IV
The other day, we passed along the rumor that Samsung was planning on using a 5 inch screen for the Samsung Galaxy S IV with resolution of 1080p. If that sounds familiar, that is because it is the same specs as the screen used on the HTC DROID DNA. That means it will have an outrageous 441ppi pixel density, more than 100ppi above the pixel density on the Apple iPhone 5 and nearly 100ppi above the 342ppi on the HTC 8X.

According to a report out of Korea, Samsung has been struggling to mass produce these displays because of the evaporation process technology that it uses. Samsung Display is trying to obtain advanced LITI technology from 3M that allows OLED material to be more smoothly printed on glass. Those with knowledge of the situation say that Samsung is still having difficulties with the technology. Blue-colored materials are slowing down Samsung's mass production of the displays.

The source says that due to these problems, Samsung might not be able to release the device using the panel (purportedly the Samsung Galaxy S IV) on time. Speculation is that the next Galaxy S smartphone will be launched sometime in the second quarter of 2013.

source: Digitimes

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1. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1254; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Hey Samsung, take your time then! I'd die for a 1080p amoled screen and anything less would be disappointing.

6. Retro-touch unregistered

Totally agree they should aim for third quarter or longer to get a great product rather than rushing things

22. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 561; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

One day we are definitely going to get smartphones with 6 inch with 2560*1440 resolution..

24. KParks23

Posts: 748; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

SLCD looks better

43. phljcnth

Posts: 567; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It's all about preferences. Some may prefer the vivid ones over the more natural-looking displays, and vice versa.

50. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree, someone may prefere short lifespan, Burn-In effect, not natural colors, not clear and not sharp images... It's all about preferences... (sarcasm)

52. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

aww... you sound mad. believe it or not, most people don't edit photos professionally on their phone, and prefer the vivid colours.

53. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

No, not mad just sarcastic. :) I agree that not all people care about natural colours, clear and sharp images on their phones but it still doesn't change the fact that not natural colours and not sharp images are more disadvantage than advantage or I'm wrong? Also why would anyone should prefer display which has shorter life span and easily gets Burn-In effect? Should it be somehow useful for user? I don't think so! :)

59. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

shorter life span? I'm not gonna be using my phone for more than 1.5 years max, like most people. Burn-In effect? I have't seen that happen with any current gen SAMOLED HD

56. SleepingOz unregistered

Some people prefer lower power comsumption, higher contrast, higher refresh rate, more saturated and more vivid colours. Although I've never experienced burn-in effect since I'm using AMOLED screen(N8, GSII now the GNOTE II), it is not much of an issue since most of us don't keep a phone for more than 2years.

58. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

yep and i love amoled cuz natural colors i see all day long lol

26. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

later, samsung will send 1080p in 5.5". super amoled screen can not be above 350ppi

38. AbhiD

Posts: 891; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

it would be better if you die for a 5 inch 1080p IPS screen with OptiContrast panel+PixelEyes+WhiteMagic+MobileBraviaEngine2+pur​e RGB matrix, which would feature in upcoming Sony ODIN/YUGA. i humbly request you not to die for a fake and oversaturated screen as it's not worth ur life...!!!

48. darkkjedii

Posts: 31780; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lmaooo wowwwwwww man really!???

64. bipinm

Posts: 124; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

This is Good news for Sony...When Yuga lauches there will be nothing to compete with in Display...

42. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

No samsung is probably going to use OLED screen soon...

44. phljcnth

Posts: 567; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I just hope they fix the screen burn-in issues of AMOLEDs. Mine's already showing little disparities of blue subpixels in just three months.

60. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

You'd die for that? Your expectations are too low. I'd have a heart attack for a 8K screen with all-day battery life in the same-size body

2. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

well said

3. blackspot

Posts: 102; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

A possible 5 inch screen on the Galaxy S4? I wonder what the screen size for the Galaxy S5 will be & if Samsung will keep going bigger.

9. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

As long as the bezel shrinks at an equal rate I'm totally fine with that.

14. Mr_Hyde

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

4.8 inches is my stopping point. Above that I have problems with the ergonomics of my phone. 4.3 - 4.5 inches is my minimum - Preferable sizes & best for my hands.

37. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

5 inch is the maximum screen size i will have on a smartphone !

4. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

I'm keeping my S3. If production problem persists, looks like we have an S3s to look forward to smh.

5. dilse

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

Great products require great efforts....

7. refreak

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

samsung logic - human hands and there pockets get big each year, by 2015 human hands will be large enough to use samsung galaxy s6 7 inch and note 5 8 inches perfectly

11. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

They are actually "training" us unconsciously with bigger screens. Have you ever tried using Galaxy S3 after using Galaxy Note? It feels small as hell! lol If they keep on increasing screen sizes in conjunction with narrower bezels, it's all good I reckon.

40. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

then by their logic we will be holding 15" phones or what ever by 2020 i find it funny that they still increasing the sizes although Koreans have small hands compared to their phones

49. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

How do you deduce to that conclusion? 15" phones? Now you are being ridiculous.

62. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

by the rate of increase in size every year if this stupid over sizing doesnt stop 15" is no joke i think 4.7 is massive enough for human hands for a moblie that we have to make call from

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