Smartphone AMOLED Panels Said to be Cheaper than LCD in Two Years

LCD panels have been previously used in smartphones and are still being used in most smartphones today. However, the newest display technology on the market is the AMOLED panel, used in smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 or Note 3, providing improved image quality, but at a much higher price than the LCD panels.

Manufacturers still use the LCD panels in order to bring smartphones at a much cheaper price, having the AMOLED panel’s price at 10-20% higher than the LCD. In an example, it is said that a 5-inch 1080 x 1920 pixels AMOLED panel is said to be 16% more expensive than the LCD counterpart. The good news is that as time passes, new technology becomes more demanding and prices drop. This is said to be the case for the AMOLED panel as well, having said that it will even out or be even cheaper than a LCD panel within two years.

“Until recently there have been few breakthroughs in the production of AMOLED displays, and the OLED industry seemed to be facing hard times,” said DisplaySearch’s Jimmy Kim. “If AMOLED costs fall below LCDs, as expected, it would lead to more opportunities for the OLED display industry, greater competition with LCD, and more choices for consumers.”

It is said that AMOLED production has recently started in China as well as Korea, with expectations for higher demand in the near future. Also, Korean manufacturer, Samsung, is said to have made significant achievements with its Quad HD 1440 x 2560 pixels screen by improving its grayscale and color accuracy, along with its brightness.

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Chrome for Android Gets Updated

Google is busy pushing out another wave of updates for some of their most popular mobile apps, the first being Chrome for Android, which is now capable of supporting multi-window devices. There aren’t many multi-window compatible devices out there, but we do know that the new feature is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy S5.

Full-screen video playback is now included too thanks to HTML5, with added controls and subtitle options to boot. Other little additions bring the undo function, which desktop users will be familiar with as it allows you to re-open an accidentally closed tab.

Of course the update will also bring the usual way of bug fixes, stability improvements, etc. Not the biggest of updates, but you can read the full change lot below.

  • Undo Tab Close.
  • Fullscreen video with subtitles and HTML5 controls.
  • Support for some multi-window devices.
  • Support for casting some videos with Chromecast.
  • Other bug fixes.

Have you had a chance to try out the multi-window functionality yet? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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SanDisk Introduces the World’s First 128 GB microSD Memory Card

Mobile World Congress brings news from SanDisk as well, having announced the world’s first 128 GB microSD memory card suitable for 4K video recordings as well as having all the storage space a user would want to keep all his files, music and data in one place on a storage solution the size of a fingernail.

“The new SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card again demonstrates how SanDisk continues to expand the possibilities of storage so that consumers can benefit from our latest technology advancements,” said Susan Park, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk. “With 128GB of removable storage, consumers will enjoy the freedom to capture and save whatever they want on a smartphone or tablet, without worrying about running out of storage space.”

The microSD is configured with Class 10 UHS-I having reading speeds of up to 30 MB/s and 10 MB/s write speeds, being compatible with all handsets and devices which support SDXC, including most Android devices launched within the last few years. SanDisk also took the liberty of announcing a 64 GB embedded NAND mobile made specifically for Android devices, although it is still currently being sampled by SanDisk partners.

The microSD in question can also be a nice addition to the Samsung Galaxy S5 handset which is stated to support such a card, though a smartphone with over 128 GB storage space is likely to be filled up anytime soon, especially when manually managing the handset’s data.

No price tag has been specifically revealed for the 128 GB microSD ‘giant’, having SanDisk memory cards from 8 GB to 128 GB available from $29.99 all the way to $199.99. To be noted is that the SanDisk 128 GB memory card will be exclusively sold at BestBuy.com and Amazon.com .

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Leaked Images Reveal Upcoming Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo Smartwatches

Having MWC right at our doorstep, a lot of rumors coming from Samsung are mainly focused on the Galaxy S5 handset. Even so, it looks like @evleaks shifts the focus to a more wearable trend, the Galaxy Gear.

Two leaked images have been posted by @evleaks which appear to represent the upcoming ‘Gear 2’ and ‘Gear 2 Neo’, having posted later on some information about the smartwatches dropping the Galaxy brand.

There have been some changes made to the smartwatch design, having an additional button on the front and changing the camera position slightly upwards compared to the original Galaxy Gear. However, the design still looks like Samsung’s near-universal phone and tablet layout.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have slight differences as well, noticeable in the screen frame and camera. Other than that, both appear to have the same similar functional sense. The leaked images present only two versions, in copper-gold and black, however there are bound to be more diversity in terms of colors before they will hit the market.

Looking at the notifications, the UI seems slightly different from its predecessor, both displaying shortcut notifications on the home screen. What is interesting though is the fact that the Gear 2 displays a camera notification icon while the Gear 2 Neo displays only a general notification icon, despite both having cameras at the top of their screen.

If we are to consider that the leaked images are true, the Gear 2 Neo is said to be a cheaper option for customers, presumably due to lower specs and/or feature variety. Looking at the date on their screen, 24th of February, clearly states an official announcement is taking place at the Unpacked 5 event on Monday, having expecting the Galaxy S5 handset to be there as well.

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Rumors of Second-Generation Galaxy Gear Emerge, To Launch Alongside Galaxy S5

There are rumors that Samsung is looking to launch another ‘redesigned’ Galaxy Gear 2. The first attempt to release a wearable device, aka. the Galaxy Gear, was not as successful as Samsung thought, having encountered numerous issues with their first design.

There were flaws such as poor battery life, not-so user interface, and a bunch of other features were not working properly, leaving many users wonder of Samsung is a good choice for a wearable device. But the South Korean giant is not about to give up on the wearable tech just yet, having set to bring another smartwatch along with the Galaxy S5 handset and the Note.

According to the recent rumors, Samsung Galaxy S5 will be released this year with a different and improved Galaxy Gear 2. While the original duo of the popular Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and not-so-popular Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch did not go that well on the consumer market, Samsung is hoping that this one might just do what its predecessor failed.

Tech Radar reportedly even started on looking into how the wearable gadget might look like. They came up with a OLED curved screen, draped in steel, and neat design. But will it be a game changer for Samsung, or will it just turn out to be another failure as before? Given the strong competition announced on the wearable devices market, another failure could knock Samsung off the wearable market for good.

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Upcoming Galaxy S5 Specs Rumors Leaked, To Include Fingerprint And 3D Tour View

A series of tweets from the well-known reliable source, @evleaks, has revealed several details about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5, apparently confirming the official name of the product as well as some of its specs that have been previously included in many other reports – the fingerprint scanner and the 2K resolution display.

“They’re sticking with a winner, name-wise,” @evleaks wrote, posting a wallpaper image that has “Galaxy S5” written on it. It doesn’t come as a surprise considering the popularity of the Galaxy S5′s predecessors. Additional images show names of purported applications “from Samsung Galaxy S5” including “FingerprintService.apk” and “3DTourViewer_WQHD_K.apk.”

The Fingerprint Service app indicates that the phone will have a fingerprint scanner complete with related functionality, a feature that some Samsung execs hinted to. The second app reveals that the resolution of the phone’s display will be WQHD at 2560 x 1440 pixels, or 2K, something many reports have also pointed to.

However, KGI Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has recently said that the Galaxy S5 will come in two versions with different screen resolutions, including a WQHD “Premium” model and a Full HD (1920 x 1080) “Standard” version – a new leak has also revealed that some Galaxy S5 versions will have Full HD displays. According to Kuo, both versions will have a fingerprint scanner as well.

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Metal Chassis Spotted On Upcoming Samsung (Galaxy S5 ?) Handset In Leaked Pic

According to a report from ZDNet Korea (via BGR), Samsung is reportedly in the process of launching a “killer” handset in February, and based on previous reports, all points out to one smartphone, the Galaxy S5.

Of course, not even ZDNet Korea names the Galaxy S5 specifically by name when talking about the handset featuring the metal chassis. But it does describe the phone’s specifications, and they most likely match a high-end handset, such as the upcoming Galaxy S5. It is said that the smartphone will feature a quad HD display boasting a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and an integrated iris scanner, offering enhanced security to users. Given that the previously mentioned features are new to Samsung, it does strongly support the theory of implementing them in a device such as the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Other features mentioned consist of a new 64-bit Octa-Core Exynos processor or a Quad-Core Snapdraggon processor (depending on the model), a 16-megapixels camera with new low-light photo quality technology, 3GB of Ram and a 4,000 mAh battery, all powering the Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

The metal feature will be seen, as rumored, only on one version of the upcoming Galaxy S5. Given the above mentioned specs, it would probably not be the one featuring the Quad-Core Snapdragon since Qualcomm announced that the first 64-bit processors will be more low-end oriented. It would only be logical to put a plastic body on a lower-end spec handset. But it could however be the other way round, since at this point we can only speculate.

Based on numerous reports, the Galaxy S5 could launch as early as next month. But taking ZDNet’s report into account, the handset’s launch date would most likely be somewhere in March, one month ahead of the Galaxy S4’s one-year anniversary.

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Samsung Could Be Working On Another Windows Phone 8 Smartphone

Samsung had a few attempts at making an entry in the Windows Phone sphere, first being with the Ativ S I8750, an S3 imitation having running the Windows Phone OS, and afterwards two more in the shape of the Ativ Odyssey and the Ativ Neo S. It seems that they were not so interested in leaving their already vast ground gained with the Galaxy series running on Android. Yet there may still be a new Samsung Windows Phone in the works for next year.

Rumor has it that the new flashgrip appeared under the name of SM-W750V, a 5 inch smartphone that’s been listed recently by Zauba, the “home to India’s import and export data.” Sadly, there aren’t too many details about the SM-W750V, but Blog of Mobile (in Japanese) says it’s running Windows Phone 8. Could it be another attempt for Samsung to expand their perspective and really try to gain some ground in the Windows Phone area? We don’t know yet.

When the first Windows Phone was released, the Ativ S I8750 and the Galaxy S III were identical in design, so it would make sense that the SM-W750V could be a Windows Phone version of the upcoming Galaxy S5. If that’s the case, we can expect it to have a Full HD display and a Quad-Core processor, given the recent Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update that features supports for Quad-Core processors.

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 should be officially announced somewhere in the Q1 or Q2 2014 timespan, and maybe the SM-W750V will be unveiled at around the same time.

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Galaxy Note 4 To Feature A 20-Megapixels Camera

It is getting harder to keep pace with new tech coming out on the market so fast. Galaxy Note 3 has just been released a few months back and there is already news regarding its successor, the Galaxy Note 4. The news gives us an insight about the camera that Samsung is developing for its upcoming phablet. Cameras have increasingly become more and more important in smartphones, which is why manufacturers are trying new ways to improve the optics.

Rumor has it that Samsung has already started working on the camera for the Galaxy Note 4, which will be a new 20-megapixels monster. This 20-megapixels camera should be better than the 16-megapixels that is expected to find its way in the Galaxy S5. It is widely reported that the camera on the Galaxy S5 will not have optical image stabilisation, something that many OEMs have begun to incorporate. There is no word on OIS feature on the Galaxy Note 4’s camera, but we can assume it should have it since Samsung is focusing so much on the handset’s camera unit.

The camera is due to ship around mid 2014, the same time as we are to expect the Galaxy Note 4 to hit the market. We also hope that Samsung works on the overall optics quality rather than just increase megapixel count.

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Galaxy S5 To Begin Production in January With Next-Gen Galaxy Gear Not Far Behind

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 news have been picking up lately, meaning that the S4 will soon have a new upgrade as early as next year. Rumor has it that Samsung will start getting busy as soon as we pass into the next year.

It appears that Samsung is on-track to begin mass production of the smartphone as early as January, and could even consider starting shipping in March or April release. This means we could see the phone announced as early as CES in January 2014 or Mobile World Congress the month afterward.

The Galaxy S5 is rumored to be similar to the Galaxy Note 3 in terms of specs, as Samsung will look to at least match the Note 3′s Snapdragon 800 processor, alongside a possible Exynos Octa-Core variant capable of 64-bit computing, 3GB of RAM and more.

It is also said that Samsung will unveil the next generation of the Galaxy Gear smart watch alongside the Samsung Galaxy S5. It has been reported that Samsung’s first Galaxy Gear smart watch was released too early on the market to try and beat a possible Apple competitor (the iWatch).

The Galaxy Gear’s depreciation can be seen in its sales, with only 50,000 sales and over 800,000 units shipped to retail stores. We’ll just have to wait and see what the next version has to bring.

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Samsung to Launch Curved OLED Smartphone in October

Samsung is preparing to launch a revolutionary curved OLED screen device, codenamed “Youm” this October. This news comes after Samsung announcing the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 3 model with curved display.

According to The Inquirer, DJ Lee, head of strategic marketing for Samsung Mobile spilled word of the announcement to Reuters, saying, “We plan to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea in October.”

The “Youm” device is rumored to feature a 5.5 inch display and given its curved surface, the size in 2D could appear compact and closer to a 5-inch displays. Since Samsung is looking to score big on the aesthetics front by releasing a cutting-edge display, maybe it could even be enough to change user perspective away from the iPhone 5S and HTC One. The  manufacturing of the curved OLED panel for the device has solely been done by Samsung, and even demonstrated its prototypes at this year’s International CES.

In the meantime, the Galaxy S5 development codenamed Project Design 3.0 is still in progress.

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