Samsung flexible display promo (image 001)

One of the thrills of writing about technology is that more often than not one gets to blog about the next big thing always lurking just around the corner. Fans of technology have been living in the future forever and today Samsung spoke to the technophiles, sharing some of the upcoming technologies its mobile display unit is aiming to bring to market in 2014 and 2015.

We’ll be living in the post-Retina world next year as Samsung preps to double the pixel count on smartphone and tablet screens, we’re being told. And by 2015, your mobile devices will have full 4K resolution displays – that’s a whopping 3,840-by-2,160 pixels normally found on Ultra HD TV sets, or four times the pixels of the full HD (1,920-by-1,080) Blu-ray movies.

By comparison, the iPad’s Retina display maxes out at 2,048-by-1,536 pixels. But that’s just scratching the surface…

On the iPhone 5/5s/5c’s four-inch screen, Retina means 1,136-by-640 pixel resolution, enough for the 326 pixels per inch density. But Samsung is now developing 560ppi AMOLED panels for smartphones that will be a reality as early as next year.

According to slides shown at Samsung’s Analyst Day gathering today, this is 78 percent more pixels on a typical five-inch smartphone at a whopping 1,440p resolution (there’s your new buzzword).

And just like that, Apple’s Retina display suddenly feels a bit long in the tooth.

Samsung Analyst Day (display roadmap 001)

The Verge explains:

The display category was highlighted by the promise of 560ppi AMOLED panels for phones. Combine that with the 1440p resolution and you get a 5.2-inch handset — the same dimensions as on LG’s 1080p G2, but with 78 percent more pixels. And if that’s not enough, we’re told to look forward to 4K resolutions — also known as Ultra HD or 3840 x 2160 — in 2015.

I thought bendable screens were a 2013 thing.

Samsung flexible display promo (image 002)

They’re also promising foldable mobile displays with twice as many pixels by 2015.

Anyhow, check out this video from the future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3x-bAWZWPM

You have to give it to Samsung’s marketing department for putting together this vid.

For what it’s worth, Samsung at CES 2013 back in January showed off prototypes of bendable displays. At the time, the company aimed to create devices with flexible screens by year’s end, but plans have been scrapped as the technology obviously isn’t feasible enough for commercialization (yet).

Samsung Analyst Day (tech roadmap 001)

Other stuff on the horizon: a Samsung-built 16-megapixel smartphone camera sensor in 2014 and 64-bit mobile processors with a customized ARM core.

We of course recently heard about 64-bit Samsung chips in the works.

One thing the company didn’t talk about today: its own fingerprint-reading solution. From what I understand, Samsung’s Touch ID is at least a year away, and that’s on the conservative side.

This is all very high tech, but you’d be hard-pressed to bet against Samsung.

Samsung Display is the world’s top mobile screen maker – even Apple up until recently has been sourcing the vast majority of iPhone and iPad screens from Samsung. Just to illustrate how strong the business is, Samsung Display president Kim Ki-nam today said that cumulative AMOLED panel sales volume will surpass 500 million units by year-end.

He also said Samsung Display will enter the wearable device and education markets with AMOLED panels and added that future investments will focus on AMOLED tech.

The South Korean conglomerate has recently rolled out a phone with a curved display (shown below) and has been working for some time to commercialize bendable screens.

4K smartphones, you say?

Over in China, a company called Vivo recently teased the future with its Xplay3S smartphone that boasts a 2K (1,440-by-2,560 pixels) screen, matching the pixels on my 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display.

Galaxy Round (image 001)
Samsung’s Galaxy Round smartphone.

But you have to love Samsung for trying: recently, they introduced the Galaxy Round smartphone with a curved screen that doesn’t seem to serve any real-life purpose other than show off its technological prowess.

As for Apple, the patents, big media reports and early iPhone prototypes have all but proven that the firm is no stranger to foldable and curved display technology. In fact, Apple is apparently researching a wearable device with a curved screen, probably the iWatch project we’ve been hearing a lot about for a fairly long time now.

Whether or not bendable screens take off or simply end up being a 2015 buzzword is anyone’s guess.

One thing’s certain: flat glass screens are so 2012.

By the way, Samsung said during the conference it shipped over a hundred million Galaxy S and Note units during 2013.

Thoughts?

  • n0ahcruz3

    Flamewar starts in 3.. 2..1..

  • n0ahcruz3

    Buh buh buh but it doesnt have a 64bit and fingerprint sensor! And specs dont matter! Apple FTW!

    • chumawumba

      It will next year

      • Tech Guru

        along with 4GB of RAM and the ability to actually make use of a 64 bit processor.

      • Maxim∑

        WRONG.

        64 bit architecture allows the processor to handle encryption and decryption up to 300% faster compared to A6 (on anandtech) iOS is encrypted by default unlike android. 64 bit registers directly benefit graphic intensive applications and data execution times. 64x allows larger virtual memory and the A7’s virtual memory is larger than the new Intel Atom Baytrail CPU’s so much higher I/O on A7 compared to qualcomms snapdragon 800 and most intel chips

        Anything else?

      • Mika Salakka

        I don’t like the kind of cheese that has the holes.

      • Alex Goldsmith

        Lol and good luck with that. I need more than a consumption device.

    • Hwang Lee

      If specs don’t matter then how come Apple pushed into the 64 architecture? Even Apple is slowly starting to see that specs do matter.

      • TesticularFortitude

        You think Apple switched to 64 bit for the sake of a spec race?

      • Hwang Lee

        Why else? The thing is, in their presentation they focused really intensively on the hardware, at least, compared to previous keynotes. It’s counter intuitive to “specs don’t matter”, but they’re really proud of this feat. However, I may be totally wrong. Just what I got from the keynote.

      • TesticularFortitude

        Wow!!

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe the reason Apple has made the jump to 64 bit is due to the processors increased efficiency which allows for longer battery life…

      • Hwang Lee

        Doesn’t the iPhone 5S have similar battery to the 5C, which uses the A6? I’m not so positive.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        It’s the same battery life yes however more things are being done in the same amount of time e.g the background update feature in iOS 7 that allows apps to do a specific thing in the background for example a podcast app checking for podcasts or an email client checking for emails.

      • Hwang Lee

        In my opinion the improvement isn’t drastic enough to convince me that smartphones are ready for 64 bit. This upgrade just seems like upgrades they have done in previous generations.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Well it is an ‘S’ model so what do you expect? All the cool stuff gets added in the ‘S’ models and then these features and more get added, improved and bugs generally fixed on the next incremental iPhone (3,4,5,etc). I think in the smartphone market overall though its getting to the point where so much has been done there’s nothing else that can be done other than improving software or just adding a new camera or a better display or battery.

      • Hwang Lee

        No in terms of the chip performance. I understand it’s an “S” model. I’m just saying in my opinion the A6 to A7 is too overated, it feels just the same as the amount of improvement as the A5 to A6.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I think that’s more to do with iOS 7 still needing work. The processor at least on paper (benchmarks) is more than adequate I’d have to use it myself to know if any of what your saying is true. Like I said though with it being an ‘S’ model I could understand that what your saying makes sense. I myself am an iPhone 4S user and can see how much better the iPhone 5 is in comparison to my phone so I can only imagine that the iPhone 6 will be better still and address any issues with the 64 but processor and maybe include a better battery…

      • Hwang Lee

        I think that tablets need the 64 bit processor more than smartphones at the moment.

      • Saeed Ghattas

        The iphone 5c has a slightly bigger batter. Has no fingerprint, and no better camera sensor

      • Saeed Ghattas

        Absolutely right! That too..

      • James

        It was an ‘S’ release.

      • Tech Guru

        you’re not the only one that noticed that. there was a lot of articles on the subject all over the web.

      • BoardDWorld

        Wasn’t this post about bendable high density displays? More on topic arguments would be what’s the point of anymore pixel density vs the extra battery life

        Another would argument is how annoying it is to use a curved device on a flat surface.(original iPad is a testament to that). Then incorporating it into a TV? What’s the point? It’s only going to take more space.

      • Tech Guru

        no, as but as a gimmick. period.

      • CollegiateLad

        This place is overflowing with idiots. And you’re one of ’em.

      • RarestName

        It’s sarcasm.

      • Tech Guru

        hey man what’s up. didn’t know you visit here.

      • RarestName

        I’d been visiting this site for years 😛

      • Saeed Ghattas

        That was a LOL sentence… Yes 64 bits with only 2 cores that is faster than any 8 core phones anywhere on this planet. Oh and only 1gb of RAM… Hmmm

    • felixtaf

      You jus said this to start a flame war!

      • n0ahcruz3

        😉 hahaha i know.

    • Tech Guru

      apple was not the first to put a 64 bit CPU into a phone., that honor goes to The Huawei Ascend D Quad.

      apple also was not the first to make a phone with a Finger Print Scanner. that honor goes to the Motorola Atrix.

      not sure what point (if any) you’re trying to make here but usually the people who claim specs dont matter say so because their phone lacks them.

  • kenzie t

    obligatory post about how bad samsung is, apple is the best, yada yada

    • appleyay

      samsung does suck tho

      • TesticularFortitude

        They get some things right just like Apple gets some things wrong.

      • Maxim∑

        4K display on a phone?. Maybe everyone should start focusing on battery technology first. Instead of making bigger displays and high pixel density’s

      • TesticularFortitude

        How do you know they aren’t?

      • @dongiuj

        Because this is mainly an apple fanatic blog which means all the diehard apple fans know everything there is to know about everything.

      • Beta382

        Back when everyone had Commodore 64’s, 320 pixels across the entire screen was enough. Standards evolve as time passes. In 4 years, your comment will have changed to “retina display is awful resolution”, and 4K will be the norm.

      • Tech Guru

        the marketing term known as retina is already old. its 2010 tech on a 2013 phone. even 720p is sub standard.

        whenever someone’s phone doesn’t have something they bash and criticize it.

      • gittlopctbi

        Just a thought…wouldn’t the bigger and higher density displays drive the need for better battery tech? But in actuality, I’m sure there are battery tech firms that are feverishly trying to develop smaller, longer batteries.

      • Tech Guru

        the S3 has a huge display and lots of RAM and a fast processor and the battery is phenomenal.

      • Maxim∑

        S3 has a crappy pentile display, Lots of RAM used by touchwiz and is pretty slow thanks to touchwiz

      • gittlopctbi

        That’s what I’ve heard. That’s good technology.

      • euthenia

        true that, unless ppl at samsung has superman’s eyes and the viewing distance is very close. sometime more doesn’t equal good.

      • Tech Guru

        maybe but hold my HTC One next to your iPhone and you’ll change your mind in an instant.

      • Maxim∑

        Doubt that, if you exclude display size HTC One and 5S are on par for most things in terms of display. HTC One has better black levels and it pretty much ends there

      • euthenia

        I did that and it never change my mind not even after weeks of looking at htc one because the colors aren’t well calibrated. Hence more doesn’t equal better nor good. Do some research before passing your opinion as you are tech guru. Right?

        P/s: Hint. Check out displaymate site

      • Tech Guru

        a few years back I can imagine some idiot saying the same thing about 720p displays or pixel density of 300+

        technology waits for no one, keep up or get left behind.

      • Maxim∑

        Our eyes will not evolve in the next few years though unless you gain the vision of a eagle no one will be left behind. Next up for display tech might be new color calibration techniques or holograms so far 3D has failed. A company that wants to surpass 1080p resolution on a 5in display is wasting there time

      • @dongiuj

        Car petrol tanks don’t change. The technology of the parts that allow it to run more efficiently are what makes it last longer before refuelling.

      • @dongiuj

        Car petrol tanks don’t improve. The engineering becomes more efficient which allows it to run longer.

  • appleyay

    samsung sucks and they are just waiting to see what apple does so they can copy it..

    • TesticularFortitude

      Being a fast follower is a smart practice. Just look at what has happened to Palm and Blackberry.

    • Hwang Lee

      But Samsung pretty much does everything first..?

      • chumawumba

        U sir are a dumbass

      • gittlopctbi

        Wow, thank you for your intelligent and insightful comment.

      • Daniel Eliasson

        tell me one thing they did first

      • Hwang Lee

        I’m not saying that they’re good products, but they generally push many things to the market at once. The phablet (Note), curved display, gold phones (I guess), first flip smartphone, and now first bendable display. I read in an article once on the cycle of technology, and it went : Samsung to create something, Google to take it to a crazy level, and Apple to refine (souce: TechCrunch (?)). I mean in all honesty Apple has done anything first, they have brought ideas back to life though.

      • TesticularFortitude

        Apple hasn’t done anything first?

      • Hwang Lee

        If you define first as inventing, no. If you define first as trending, yes.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        They came up with the first real smartphone so give credit where credit is due.

      • Rowan09

        The iPhone was the first of its kind.

      • Tech Guru

        name some?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Didn’t LG make the first phone with a bendable display?

      • Hwang Lee

        Bendable as in the picture up above.

      • Guest

        It was Samsung. LG came after.

      • onebyone_

        the ugly smartwatch LOL!

      • Joseph

        Well, let’s see. They made a TV! They made refrigerators (that you can store apples in! Take that!)!

        …Oh, and they also made these concept designs for something that Apple isn’t even predicted to do yet. Now if Apple ends up doing this, we can look back here and say that Samsung didn’t copy this one.

      • Tech Guru

        smart phones and tablets. they also had 4″ screens before apple, they also had 4G/LTE phones before apple just to name a few.

        FYI

        NOTHING ,ABSOLUTELY NOTHING apple has done with its iDevices is original and wasn’t already done by other companies….and please, spare me the “apple made it better/popular” BS.

    • gittlopctbi

      I am so tired of this highly predictable Fanboy response. *Yawn*

    • Tech Guru

      every piece of tech an any flag ship phone from any OEM had things that the iPhone is only just now getting or got late last year. take 4G/LTE for example.

      Samsung has a phablet, a watch and will soon release a tablet larger than 10.1″ apple currently have none of these but will in 2014.

      the Samsung copies argument shows true ignorance hence the number of down votes you have.

  • Matthew Cooper

    I have never had the desire to fold or bend a screen. I dont see the use. Maybe its more resistant to cracking but if i can be cracked some idiot can and will crack it. If it can be folded 9000 times someone will do it 9001 times

    • TesticularFortitude

      Samsung’s job is to build it and convince you that you need it. Maybe it will be great but we won’t truly know until we get our hands on it.

      • Kurt

        apple and samsung need to get with the program and get OIS cameras in their devices

      • Daniel Eliasson

        iPhone 5S cameras are the best on the market atm (phone-wise).

      • Tech Guru

        lmfao. even you don’t believe that.

      • Tech Guru

        supposedly the Galaxy S5 will have it.

      • Daniel Eliasson

        Convince us? Nah thats Apple’s job. Samsung will just make something similar that is cheaper after that.

    • Taf Khan

      Maybe it can bend, but the real question is… Will it Blend!

    • gittlopctbi

      The video showed why–you can have a larger screen with the feature of folding it down to fit in your pocket. For me, it’s not the desire to bend or fold anything, it’s the desire to have a large display but yet carry it around.

    • Tech Guru

      a wearable device that wraps around your wrist sounds pretty awesome to me.

      how about 7″ tablet you can use with one hand while on the subway then unfold to 10.1″+ when you get to your desk (school or work)

      people who carry clipboards all day long

      a sales person who does presentations.

      the list goes on and on.

  • Cameron Chao

    4k screens on 5 inch phones, wow Samsung. Most of the laptop industry hasnt even been able to adopt 1080p on 15 inch screens, including your laptops.

    • At

      Actually, Samsung does make 1080p laptops. The only 2 that come to mind that go over 1080 is the retina MacBooks and google’s pixel. I still don’t get the curved phone or bendable displays in mobile devices, I really don’t want to carry around that thick awkward folding phone in the video, but it bet some people will love it though.

      • Kash Gummaraju

        lots of laptops go over 1080p, my dell xps 15 is 1080p

  • Cameron Chao

    If Samsung can match their 4k screens and battery life with their current 1080p screens and battery life then i rather them leave out the 4k screens and have a much improved battery life.

    • Kurt

      same here. 4K is need on tablets and the larger tablets that will come out later this year and next year.

      • Hyr3m

        Now when do we get the 4K content to display ? 😀

      • s0me

        When the 4k hardware(camera’s included) will be available and at a reasonable price !

      • Hyr3m

        Which is to say “not later this year, nor next year”.
        I knew the answer, I was just pointing out the irony of getting such awesome screens and still having crappy content to display on them…

      • Kurt

        Note 3 can record in 4K, and Netflix will begin streaming in 4K next year. But I’ll stick with 1080p for sometime.

      • Hyr3m

        Huh ^^

        I guess “they” do want to sell new TVs to everyone after all 😀

      • Kurt

        what’s up brotha man

      • Hyr3m

        Well in the past few weeks I’ve witnessed the boundaries of stupidity being expanded tenfold by people at my office and on here (I’m looking at you Rowan09). Apart from that everything is great ^^

        What about you ?

    • True, however, imagine outputting your phone screen to a 4K screen instead. 1080P is enough for smartphone screens, but now consider outputting to a 4K screen; as the phones get more powerful and more peripherals, they’ll eventually replace big game consoles like the PS3 for serious gaming.

      • Cameron Chao

        that is exactly what we need. Although i do believe phones these days already have the power to output video to 4k screens.

  • Dao Sasone

    Nice! Cant wait to get 1.

  • Question

    I just want an ios 7 jailbreak 🙁

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Here here!!!!!!!

  • Micaiah Martin

    i’ve only seen girls drool over Apple tech….

    • Cameron Chao

      is that a joke? girls just dont drool over tech.

      • Micaiah Martin

        Some girls do. 🙂

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    4k resolution is a battery killer. No? Yes?

    • Disssqusss

      With that face. Im dead. You’re so beautiful

  • Khan Rulzz

    it will be kind of galaxy round #fail

  • Matthew Cooper

    Just watched the vid and i agree. I cant tell u how many times my phone alone has gotten me top notch vag. Anyway its basically the return of the flip phone. Remember those?

  • Aric Bolf

    FUD war 2

  • Rhys Grimshaw

    I really don’t see why 560ppi is necessary, when the human eye can’t see much more detail past around 300…

    • Kash Gummaraju

      Who told you that? Apple’s Tim Cook? Or was it Steve Jobs? Scientists now say that there is no limit to how many pixels we can see, they suggest a limit at 900ppi. CultofMac posted an article on this a while back. The article also speaks of how Apple’s method of testing the max number pixels was wrong and that their methods were specific to a certain age group and flawed. I forgot the name, but it’s there.

      • Rhys Grimshaw

        Sorry, did I mention Apple in that? If apple tried 560ppi I’d say the same thing.
        900ppi is not the limit for visibility, its a triple of the 300 in such a way it still acts like 300, but instead of 300 pixels per inch it becomes 300 “pixel clusters” where each cluster is made of 3 “sub pixels”, each of which is 16-bit individually, but as a cluster act as 48-bit true color.
        In addition, my source is and was not Apple or any member of it.

  • Guest

    Probably another move to counter attacks from LG’s G Flex’s literal flexibility. Who cares about future technologies? All I know is it’ll have infinite amount of possibilities. The Galaxy Gear is just another example of overhyped products when rumoured. However, expectedly, its just an expensive useless piece of shit. I could go on and on, like with the S4’s eye scrolling feature(or should I say face scrolling) or even the air gestures. Do you even see anyone with a S4 doing those shit? Just another one of my overthought opinions.

  • KNS

    Probably another move to counter attacks from LG’s G Flex’s literal flexibility. 4K resolution on smartphones? Why not wait a few more years for 8K resolution? Foldable displays? What dafuq would that accomplish that firm and solid phones can’t? And I know some you you guys would be bashing me with ridiculous answers like it can unfold to form a tablet. Dude, its a phone. Having a larger display only drains the battery and with the 4K resolution, I hope another nobel prize laureate invents some crazy ass battery structure that can power them phones up. Also, lets hope Samsung don’t engineer the same way sony did with their Tablet P. Anyhow, who cares about future technologies? All I know is it’ll have infinite amount of possibilities. The Galaxy Gear is just another example of overhyped products when rumoured. However, expectedly, its just an expensive useless piece of shit. I could go on and on, like with the S4’s eye scrolling feature(or should I say face scrolling) or even the air gestures. Do you even see anyone with a S4 doing those shit? Just another one of my overthought opinions.

  • Hyr3m

    Samsung’s Galaxy Round’s curved screen would make the thing fit very comfortably in your pockets… whether in your jacket or in your pants it curves around your body instead of having a flat thing push in the middle front against your leg and stretch the pocket’s fabric on the sides of the back.

    • KNS

      Sounds to me like you’re typing out a summary for porn. Just sayin..

      • Hyr3m

        Please don’t relate your flaccidity with something that could be used for porn… ^^

      • KNS

        Too bad you don’t seem to know how to use English words properly. :<

  • Matt

    If Samsung really made the ones that are in the ad, apple would really have to step up for me not to switch. And yes I’m a big fan of Apple.

  • s0me

    Ok now… just imagine you replacing the word Apple to the word Samsung in this article. Byeee

  • blastingbigairs

    I think I might pick up the Note 3 since the sun visor in my truck just broke.

  • Pankaj Rana

    Can anybody tell me, How the hell this 4K is fckin useful for smartphone displays? I just dont get this sh*t, used HTC One n other 400ppi + devices but i didnt noticed anything special regarding their resolution. Wo the hell needs a 4K phone n Y?

  • Tech Guru

    +1 for Samsung. its amazing that if in say 2006 or even 2007 somebody said that someday phones will have 1080p displays you would have been skeptical to say the least.

    there’s already at least one Android phone with a 4k display.

    Seagate’s new Ultra Mobile HDDs will also make its way into Android devices by mid 2014 if everything goes accordingly. so Android phones with 4k video recording will have 500GB of storage on their devices.

    impressive.

    • CollegiateLad

      No one will care until Apple adopts it – like NFC.

  • James

    What’s so great about Apple these days – no innovation nothing

    Tim crook has ruined apple

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