Here’s a photo of Samsung’s 4.99 inch 1080p AMOLED panel for the Galaxy S4

by: ŠtefanJanuary 14, 2013

Just about every phone unveiled at CES last week had one thing in common: 1080p. Whether we’re talking about Sony’s new Xperia Z/ZL, Huawei’s D2, or ZTE’s Grand S, this is the year where you’re not allowed to call your phone a flagship device if it doesn’t have a 1080p screen. Many of you, and many of us here at Android Authority, desperately want a 1080p phone, but there’s a giant elephant in the room no one wants to talk about. Samsung. It doesn’t matter how many 1080p phones get announced, unless it’s a Samsung, then we have a hard time paying attention.

Can Samsung make a 1080p phone? According to the photo above, the answer is most definitely yes. What you’re seeing is a 4.99 inch 1080p AMOLED panel that was photographed by Brian Klug from AnandTech. Why have other press outlets failed to get a picture of this panel? We’ll never truly know the answer to that, but thankfully we now have confirmation that Samsung has done the impossible and managed to get AMOLED to hit an insane 440 pixels per inch.

So when will Samsung announce the new Galaxy? Some sites say next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but we have a hard time believing that. Samsung is so big at this point that they could announce an event tomorrow and practically everyone working in the technology industry would hop on the next plane to whatever country Samsung wants them to visit. But to answer the question, we expect there to be a Samsung event in April.

What’s the Galaxy S4 going to have? The 1080p panel you see above, the Exynos 5 Octa that was announced last week, and as for the rest … we have absolutely no idea. Samsung has done an amazing job preventing leaks, which makes our jobs harder, but at the same time we’re kind of happy. It’s boring to go to a keynote when you already know about everything that’s going to be announced.

  • brady

    TOTALLY STOKED. Now, if it would debut with 5.0 Key Lime Pie or something … anything but TouchWiz ..I’d be even more stoked

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      This phone is probably going to be announced before Google announces Key Lime Pie, sadly.

      • brady

        True. I’m cool with it.

        • TechUnity

          I’m not. And that’s why I love my Nexus 4 :D

          • MasterMuffin

            Nexus 4 can’t get 5,0 before the announcement of 5,0 either :D

          • TechUnity

            But when it’s announced, Google will push it out. Whereas samsung will need to skin it and send it to carriers. No doubt it’ll get it but my Nexus 4 will get it faster. Plus It’s $200 cheaper ;)

  • whoknowswhereor

    Why would you want stock anyway? it just sucks… i’d rather have Samsung’s awesome features over boring stock android.

    • Jack

      Word. Stock Android is better than iOS, but I love the functionalities and ease of use Samsung’s personal touch brings. Not to mention it looks nice too.

    • RarestName

      Once again, just because you think/know that something is better doesn’t automatically make the other “suck”.

    • Bo

      Agreed… AOSP android lacks some functionality that I consider “basic”. I mean, it didn’t have a damn stopwatch up until recently. I do however wish TouchWiz had a better design.

  • Samsungs new touchwiz Nature UI that is on the Galaxy S3 & Galaxy Note 2 is great, I absolutley love it. The old touchwiz was terrible yes but definitely not the New touchwiz. If you dont like it then run a launcher anyways.use Nova if tou kije stock

    • MasterMuffin

      I’m hoping for new HD optimized skin that’s faster and cooler and better and has more features and stuff :D

  • ijks

    Samsung keep doing what you are doing with the Galaxy line! SD slot and removable battery is why I like your phones!

    • tortilla

      agree with you bro!

  • Joey Reid

    Please Samsung, no more pentile displays! I found the 720p Pentile display to be a downgrade over the 480p AMOLED Plus display on my old SGS2.

    And, enough with the PPI race. On a 4″ or 5″ display give me 720p and more battery life over 1080p. If the manufacturer does not opt for the top of the line GPU, games suffer too. Apple made this mistake with the iPad 3, which actually performs worse than the iPad 2 in some games because of the higher resolution. This ppi race is starting to look like the megapixel race in cameras. Where a “higher spec” actually gives you a fuzzier screen (pentile), worse battery life, and worse performance in games.

  • Garry DeWitt

    Wonder if it’ll be PenTile. Of course, I doubt we’d be able to tell without a microscope even if it was.

  • Horndoug

    FHD-fuckin high definition

    • MasterMuffin

      Funny horse Dancing

  • andro

    Looks like the writer is a “SAM-FAN” samsung biased! writing about Samsung’s 1080p AMOLED display is completely okay but look at the way he is bragging all about it!!! Funny!

  • Niki

    I think this time the new Galaxy S4 will be far away better than the iphone 5s.

  • AndroidFreud

    Samsung might come out with a crazy amazing display, the best highest end technology in their phone, great battery & expandable storage- all of course very necessary required elements. But they will always have a losing edge until they rework their physical design aesthetic of their phone. Don’t get me wrong, they are king of Android phones, but they can be indisputable champions of ALL smartphones if they also get this right. I pray that they life the round edge design and go for a more industrial sharp edge square design & better material a la Xperia Z / Lenovo K 900 (only the black edition version without the shiny back). THEN they would be ridiculously awesome!!!!