Samsung is ready to produce full HD AMOLED displays, won’t switch to LCD

by: Bogdan PetrovanNovember 12, 2012

Rumors emerged recently about Samsung considering a switch to LCD technology for its top of the line smartphones, due to the limited resolution that AMOLED displays can achieve.

According to a ZDNet Korea report, Samsung would have trouble manufacturing full HD (1920 x 1080) AMOLED displays, which prompted the Korean conglomerate to consider using LCD panels, which don’t suffer from the same limitations. The local rivals from LG Display, as well as Japan Display (a consortium between Sony, Hitachi, and Toshiba) have recently showed off previews of full HD panels.

Now, claims that Samsung Electronics was courted by Japan Display, which offered samples of its 5-inch full HD LCD panels, but SE preferred to stick with using AMOLED displays provided by its sister company Samsung Display.

After considering elements like price, yield rates, and production capabilities, Samsung Electronics decided that it can continue fitting its flagship smartphones with AMOLED screens. To ensure the required production capacity, Samsung Display will use a modified version of its FMM (fine metal mask) manufacturing process.

The perspective of 1920 x 1080 AMOLED displays is mouthwatering. On the flip side, if Samsung Display will face problems in ramping up the production, it might cause delays or setbacks in the release of next year’s Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3.

Would you prefer a full HD display over a similar AMOLED one?

  • Samsung is so popular for its amoled display. Therefore they need to improve the amoled screen to 1080p

    • yes… and no. more pixels = less battery and less performance. first, Samsung need to make a battery that will last a few days on extremely heavy usage. 2 Samsung need to make a CPU that can push those pixels without loosing performance.

      • Jose Hernandez

        A few days on extremely heave usage? what are you doing with your phone? I am all for them making a battery that will last a full day on extremely heave use, but days? that’s just being silly. You are making it sound like you need a nuclear generator strapped to your back.

        • DaSithLord

          Well if you’re sporting a Galaxy Note aka Phablet then longer battery life is a must have, to really take of advantage of the tablet capabilities without having to plug in everywhere you go. Those 5.3 and 5.5 inch displays are battery eaters!

        • man tech exists already that more than triples a smartphones battery life. a few days on max usage isn’t optimistic- rather we will be using it in 3-5 years

  • well as long as the screen does not consume much power.. and still produce great output.. it will be fine.. been using samsung’s amoled since the galaxy s firstly introduced and quite fond with the brilliant display.. but the power consumption was far too heavy and still need to set the brightness as low as possible to make it through the day..

    • MasterMuffin

      Depends on what you do with your phone: apps and web pages that have dark ui don’t consume much energy but light apps and web pages do

      • hahaha only in full brightness. i only every run my phone on half or so and max outside! but battery drain in minimal even with MIUI which has a white ui

        • MasterMuffin

          Well that’s true, 1-0 for AMOLED :)

  • WestIndiesKING

    I prefer what ever provides the best quality. Right now i feel its LCD screens. I have been using AMOLED displays since the first nexus and as much as i love the deep blacks with the vibrant colors. The new LCD screens just seem to be much more sharp. Warranted all of the displays i have had have been using pen-tile displays thou.

    • MasterMuffin

      I don’t like LCD (no huge reason for that, I’m just weird) but I love AMOLED because of the colors :)

      • Jared Persinger

        Same here

    • Same here. I am jonesing for one of these top tier SLCDs with an accurate white point and no grainy texture on light colored backgrounds (which are all over the place on Android 4.1).

      Instead of 1080p, I’d prefer a full RGB 720p AMOLED panel with better color calibration and an accurate white.

  • About F time Sammy…


  • IncCo

    I do love those deep blacks. They do need to keep improving them though.

  • Bervick

    As long as it can maintain it’s strength in superior contrast over the :LCD BUT improve on 2 areas
    1. Much better brightness (while not compromising on battery life)
    2. Providing saturation control where you can get natural accurate colors as an option

    I am in favor of it.

    • Exactly. The reflectance and black levels on AMOLED are excellent, but the brightness and color calibration leave a lot to be desired.

      AMOLED screens are the best for watching video in a dark room, not so much for getting Google Maps directions outside on a sunny day or accurately assessing the pictures you just took.

  • Tatsuya

    I’d rather go for a 720p amoled (not pentile).
    Not really interested in 1080p for a phone, I think it will slow it for nothing visible.

  • William

    Love Samsung’s AMOLED. HD version would be killer sexy.

  • DubelBoom

    Great, more pixels that will burn in..
    Also, its probably PenTile.

  • DroidDoes17All

    I love the colors in the AMOLED displays.

  • badmikiev

    Samsung should keep the AMOLED display, above all. The ‘inky’ blacks and vibrant colors are so
    far away from all competition that they are indescribable. When I try to tell people about an AMOLED
    display, I have to say. Well just take
    you phone out and go to a page with pictures, and I will go to the same on my
    gs2. Now just look, and see? Indescribable, I tried to tell you.

    I will give up a little of the ‘higher end’ resolution to
    keep AMOLED. AMOLED is already good, and
    with technology increasing ever so fast.
    We will see ‘retnia’ like resolution with AMOLED, soon. Don’t bench the AMOLED. For me, it is an absolutatly great selling
    gimik. After I show off the screen,
    people gravitate toward the Samsung side of life. I just want to make my vote toward the AMOLED