Samsung tipped prepping a 6" 4K AMOLED display with 700+ppi for next August, just in time for the Note 5


Rejoice, 4K lovers, as that's the resolution you might be getting with the next edition of Samsung's Galaxy Note series. We got tipped that Samsung will start mass-producing a 5.9" Ultra HD Super AMOLED display with 700+ppi next August, which puts manufacturing plans just in the timeframe for the Note 5 release, if everything goes according to traditions.

Granted, it is just a uncorroborated tip from one source, but Samsung itself confirmed in its Analyst Days presentation slides last year that it has UHD 2160x3840 pixels AMOLED displays for mobile in the works for 2015. Also, at the Semiconductor and Display Technology Roadmap workshop in January, Samsung presenters hinted again at higher-resolution UHD smartphone displays in the pipeline. These resolutions, however, were mentioned then together with the "diamond pixel" term, which is a fancy way to say a non-standard pixel matrix arrangement, that is closer to PenTile, than the standard RGB stripe matrix. In any case, at 700+ ppi, nobody would notice the individual pixels anyway, so we can't wait to see what Samsung is prepping for us in future phones.

Back in May, the head of LG Display sat down for an interview, too, and mentioned that 600ppi, and even 700ppi smartphone panels are within reach, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Samsung is also striving for those record pixel densities. Sharp was recently rumored to work on a 4K mobile display as well, in the 5.5"-6" diagonal range, so 2015 is again shaping up to be an exciting year in terms of resolution count.

Our own calculations return 746ppi for a 5.9" panel with 2160 x 3840 pixels of UHD resolution, so there you have it - production timeframe in August means it will be ready to go into an eventual Note 5, which should be announced at the IFA expo in September 2015. As for the rest of the specs, we surely hope that the screen-to-phone ratio will be improved, as using a larger display would make the next Note even bigger than it is now. We can also reasonably expect a Snapdragon 810 chipset, which will be ready for prime time then, and a higher resolution camera with optical image stabilisation. The rest we will leave for the rumor mill to fill in, but we have no doubts in Samsung's abilities to produce a monster Note phablet for next year, too.

Thanks for the tip!

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99 Comments

1. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

I only have one question: why??!!! Quad HD isnt enough? its a funny world we live in.

3. bendgate unregistered

For people, nothing is enough.

22. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

And charge it with what? A nuclear powered battery?

24. smarttechbadworld

Posts: 74; Member since: May 07, 2014

Omg such a retarded article, we can expect snapdragon 810 ?? Are you kidding me that chip will be used in flaghsops in the first half of 2015 the note 5 will have a new more powerful chip.

34. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also so far everyone is assuming Samsung will render everything at 4K, but they may not Maybe the Note 5 will have a 120 Hz 4K display But actually 1080p is rendered instead to get 120 fps IMO 120 Hz 1080p > 60 Hz 1440p Especially since Lollipop has so many aminations

44. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

My thoughts exactly; an improvement in resolution that's not discernible with normal vision, and at four times the battery consumption of todays quad hd displays...

81. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yet my Note with Quad HD outlasts an iPhone with FHD. Hmmmm! See where I'm going? Plus with a 5.9" display, that means a bigger phone which means room for a 3400mAH battery. Also even if it sucks more juice, Samsung phones charge up very fast. My Note 4 gets 50% added charge in just 30 mins. So far I haven't even need to use it. Yesterday I pulled the phone off the charger at 100%. I don't get many calls which eat up battery. On my way home at 630, it still has 70% of its charge. But again, I don't use it all day long like some people who displays never turns off. My display is off more until I get home. When I get home I use it even then very sparingly because I use my Tab S

73. untouchable

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 04, 2010

You made me laugh. We have gone a long way in terms of screen size, processor power but we are far away from perfecting the battery or optimizing it to last longer than average.

75. Chunkyspudface

Posts: 65; Member since: May 31, 2013

There's a post on the grumpytechman.com that pretty much sums this up, 4K phones can't work for a while yet...

5. ChrisK_5434

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

It will benefit the VR functionality. Handsets are no longer only phones!

6. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Didn't think about that. Great use case scenario.

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

YES! Oculus signed a deal with Samsung This is great as the Note 4's QHD display isn't dense enough yet for VR Also what the refresh rate? If its 120 Hz it be great for VR

19. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Oh my...this just brings tears to my eyes :) Tears of Joy....I held up on my Note 3 and didnt go for Note 4 just for the Note 5!

32. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Idea Maybe the Note 5 will have a 120 Hz 4K display But is actually 1080p is rendered instead to get 120 fps IMO 120 Hz 1080p > 60 Hz 1440p Especially since Lollipop has so many aminations

27. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That's exactly what I was going to say. Why? I thought the point of HD screens was to make them photorealistic and eliminate pixelation entirely. Once we hit 400 ppi, mission accomplished, right? Even with PenTile, that should be more than enough.

28. Mikele

Posts: 152; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Human wants are unlimited!!!!!!!!!

29. Mikele

Posts: 152; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Human wants are unlimited!!!!!!!!!

42. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

For Gear VR/Oculus Rift. When you have a display sitting about one inch from your eyeball even qhd is not enough.

45. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

But that's interesting for, what, 0.000001 % of users...!

49. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Stop talking crap. You need to visithttp://www.oculus.com/ and head to the forums. People are dying for Oculus Rift to release the consumer version. Oculus Rift development kits are so hot right now there going for more than double on ebay. Even used models are fetching more that what people paid for. http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Oculus-Rift-2-DK2-Development-Kit-2-Video-Game-Glasses-/281425869642?pt=US_Video_Glasses&hash=item418649fb4a Not only will Samsung be selling phones but they will have their display tech in every Oculus Rift headset sold. This is why Samsung is in the business of producing 4K and higher displays; their branching out their business.

61. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Talking crap? Who do you think constitutes the vast majority of smartphone users? Tech geeks or completely ordinary people? Did you see the statistic that showed that around 60% of US smartphone users download 0(!) apps after purchasing their phone? Out of the remaining 40%, how many do you think have an interest in VR?

86. jsobotka

Posts: 54; Member since: Aug 21, 2009

Unless you were just born yesterday, you know how much tech and people's interest in tech has changed over the past 15 years. About 15 years ago, someone literally said to me that accessing the web on a phone was dumb and only tech geeks would ever want to do that. It's hard to put that in perspective nowadays.... I understand. But VR is about to explode starting next year when the consumer version of Oculus Rift comes out. Facebook bought Oculus for a reason... a very good one. It's not just about games... social media is about to become more immersive. You can resist it and say that only tech geeks would ever use VR, but it won't change the future. Mark my words.

43. jopancy

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

how else would they empty your pocket?

51. DBounce

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

I have one answer... VR Gear. QHD may be all fine and good when you are using your phone as a phone, but with VR Gear you can use your phone as a 150" home theater. Understand?

60. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Gotta keep moving.

71. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Have you heard anything about the Gear VR and VR Hedsets in generel? Even 4K resolution is not enough by a long shot for virtual reality headsets.

74. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Apparently some people are blind. 720p on a 4 to 5 inch display is very sharp and clear. Do we really need the same screen resolution on a phone that we get on a 60 inch tv?

88. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The Note series are becoming the Pad series.

94. soldier1969

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Stick with 1080p and 2010 tech, seems like thats what you prefer.

2. bendgate unregistered

Damn!

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