Samsung just held its first Analyst Day event in eight years, offering us a glimpse of its plans for 2014 and beyond. Some of the most interesting tidbits coming out of the event concern the advancements in mobile technology that the Korean conglomerate expects to make starting with next year.
Starting with displays, Samsung revealed that, next year, it will manufacture AMOLED panels with pixel densities of up to 560ppi, beating the current record held by the HTC One, at 469ppi.
If everything goes to plan, Samsung will move from the current high-end resolution standard, Full HD, to WQHD or 2560 x 1440. A bit of speculation: punching these numbers in a DPI calculator suggests that Samsung’s upcoming high-density display would be approximately 5.25 inches across, a size that wouldn’t be out of reach for the Galaxy S5.
Peering further into the future, Samsung hopes to have UHD (also known as 4K) displays on the market sometime in 2015. While the benefits of such a high resolution display are debatable, Samsung and other display manufacturers are clearly going to push the envelope in this area as much as they can.
Another exciting development in display technology is the launch of bendable and, eventually, foldable displays, which Samsung pegs for the 2014-2016 period. The Galaxy Round, the first curved screen smartphone, is just the first step in that direction, and hopefully we’ll see more interesting designs coming soon.
Moving on to the other area where electronics manufacturers are engaged in a resolution war, Samsung revealed that, over the next two years, it will launch 16MP Isocell sensors for smartphones.
Isocell is a technology that reduces the amount of light that “bleeds” to neighboring pixels, thus improving sensitivity and image quality in extreme lighting conditions. The first Isocell sensor, an 8MP model, will hit mass production by the end of the year, said Samsung in September.
Perhaps the most interesting news coming from the slides that Samsung’s executives used during their Analyst Day presentations concerns Samsung’s processor business. The company will launch a 64-bit SoC application processor based on ARM’s core design sometime next year, but will follow up with an in-house CPU core, similar to Qualcomm’s Krait designs.
This is the first time we get official confirmation that Samsung is moving to custom cores for its Exynos line, though we’ve heard rumors before.
Samsung’s hardware timeline is impressive, but the company is also planning to improve its position in software, the area where it’s been lagging until now. To do so, the conglomerate set aside a massive 50 percent of its R&D budget for software development. To improve its software offerings, Samsung has been hiring software experts and establishing R&D centers around the world, to better address the needs of users in target regions.
The Korean company is the biggest Android manufacturer, but it’s also developing its own operating system, Tizen, and is investing heavily in attracting developers to its own platform, including by holding its first Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Obviously, Samsung’s interest is to project an image of confidence and success, but even so, the sheer scale of its technology development efforts is amazing. The company had a $10.6 billion R&D budget in 2012, and, judging from today’s revelations, it’s not going to lose steam anytime soon.
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guys, samsung is the champ.. its creating future, like apple does..
they’ve also been creating the future for apple!
you’re kidding right? or you have that reversed?
wowo kids are dumb.
they’ve supplied apple for years
do you know the difference between design and fab? Do you know how arm versions work? Did you know arm holdings began as a collaboration between apple and british computer company acorn?
there were a number of years, that samsung’s designed mimic’d apples to a T, so your comment was incredibly rich, and short sighted.
yes I do, I know apple design their own processors but they dont design their own LCD’s, DRAM or flash memory
Again your not telling the whole story to make it look like apple don’t get stuff from sharp, LG, etc.
It’s just funny to me it has to be bad cause it’s apple, with kids here. Just like the idiot apple users who think Google are ‘evil’.
what? you have no idea what your talking about. I find it funny how people start commenting as if so clever.
the original comment was being sarcastic to apple
My comment was being sarcastic
something that Sheldon coopers like you don’t seem to understand
so apple don’t source displays from LG? there aren’t other memory providers?
just friendly debate man, i just hate the “i hate anything to do with x company” crew.
why are you making this into a fan boy war?
I have no hatred towards apple. Just saying that Samsung has also created things for apple
(they do currently source displays from LG as well as sammy etc, so your “NO” is wrong)
i’m not, i’m correcting you.
I know they do, I was saying no to your company war thinggy
i love what they’ve done with AMOLED, which is really coming in to it’s own now. I just thought it was rich at first especially considering how much samsung has borrowed from apple.
that’s the sarcasm / irony !!! kinda hard to gather over text. I think the sarcmark needs popularising
Apple recreates the past…nothing futuristic in their current devices…
What about 64 bit processors and fingerprint scaners in mobile ?
Nothing futuristic ?
nope…fingerprint is nothing new and 1GB RAM for 64bit processing…naaah…
but they are the first to do it right!
finger – no, 64bit yes but it is useless…meaning NO
i hope some day in the future people will understand that apples move to 64bit has absolutely, i repeat, absolutely nothing to do with the amount of ram
we understand that Apple is trying to make developers work on a 64bit based apps but RIGHT NOW it does not matter for performance…IN THE FUTURE Apple will have the upperhand when it comes to apps optimised for 64bit cpus but with this phone right now it makes no sense or at least it makes little sense…the performance boost comes from the cpu being based on ARMv8 not becouse it is 64bit
lol, again, you’re wrong. The extra registers are making a considerable dent in benchmarks. Please read said ars articles on the A7, unless your scared of knowledge, or prefer to be ignorant on the chance that apple made a really fast SoC (they did)
kids on this site man.
again…29 year old computer engineer here…little respect woun’t hurt…
you can try to convince yourcellf that buying iPhone 5S i worth the money but you will not convince me! Now when that is out of the way I honestly don’t give a damn abot the tiny improvement that Apple did with the same phone they had last year so quit trying to convince me that Apple are the greatest…as I said it might gain you little performance boost with 64bit apps but it is LITTLE becouse of the RAM and even if they optimise all the apps to run with all of the registers you still can process 1GB of data MAX at a time so keep you 64bit iPhone with 1GB of RAM for yourself and I will look at the 32bit Note with 3GB of RAM or the tousands of devices that have 2GB of RAM and still cost half of the iPhone and ARE RUNNING A CAPABLE OS. Run your benchmarks and don’t get me started on Apple crap…
I’m not trying to convince you of buying anything, please point out to me where i do that. I’m just disputing that the move to 64 bit doesn’t change performance beyond memory addressing, citing multiple benchmarks as proof.
I bought a note 3, it’s about the same price (no where near half) of a 5s, and i’m very happy with it (although i will never purchase anything directly from at&t again, it was a nightmare to get unlocked for overseas, had nothing to do with regional activation lock btw) It’s battery life, (as i’ve mentioned several other times before talking with you) is beast.
But you, a 29 year old man (i’m 32, dev and by day IT worker btw) have to bring it to a pissing contest platform war. Also although i do run my phone rooted, there’s no real functionality loss with iOS. (i do prefer jailbroken iOS though) Keep vomiting up the same tired misconceptions brought up by people insecure about their smartphone? get over it. Google and apple both make awesome shit, and spur each other forward. What a fucking joke.
“The main disadvantage of 64-bit architectures is that, relative to 32-bit architectures, the same data occupies more space in memory (due to longer pointers and possibly other types, and alignment padding). This increases the memory requirements of a given process and can have implications for efficient processor cache utilization.”
I like reading and thank you for making me do it! The only reason I brought up my age was “kids on this site man.”
I am sorry if I insulted you but my point still stands and you can not convice me that 1GB is enough for an actual use of the 64bit computing as it is with 64bit wide addresses it can use a smaller number of them…
Double the data channels.
If I recall correctly the Tegra on MS Surface was slow
Maybe it had only one menory channel
When we move to 64-bit CPU, 8-core 4 x FHD, etc
The memory channels need an upgrade, too.
Very good point on full 64-bit Apps now.
Android and Windows Phone (Sailfish) should do the same immediately. In the future we wouldn’t even notice when the memory goes > 4 GB
no driver problems
no 32/64 bit software
So how would you explain that A7 is faster than 32-bit processors even with less RAM ?
It’s not gimmick, but technological adventage
it is a better chip man…it has nothing to do with it being 64bit…
more optimized. Same reason their puny little batteries do well
it’s more registers. it’s incredibly wide by design. (really) google it, kiddies.
Yep, nothing futuristic. By the time we have iPhones with 4GB+ RAM that actually take advantage of 64-bit, iPhone 5S will be a thing of the past.
As far as fingerprint scanner is concerned, I will agree that Apple did perfect it, but it wasn’t the first one to implement one in phones.
64 bit is for the registers kid. The benchmarks show it too. I don’t get why there’s such an aversion for people on this site to make sure they put down apple. Without apple’s success, android would be incredibly different.
they all push each other forward. Technology is not a team sport, unless you’re technologically retarded.
Technology is a team sport, hence GitHub and all Open Source projects; ie AOSP
No, your just a fanboy. The majority don’t freak out like they are sports franchises
You’re dismissing all Open Source projects? if anything holds back technology its a single OEM with a single OS producing a single device every year and having all the iSheep go bonkers over a subpar device.
where did i write that? Oh that’s you projecting, like some 12 year old. And no, all work together to push technology forward as a whole.
I use a note 3, fanboy. I just don’t irrationally hate apple, or the advances they bring.
Note 3 is the outcome of a lot of teamwork and collaboration homie.
So you really don’t get the difference between team sports and teamwork. Lol.
Github btw, is a pure example of collaboration, nothing like teams. Sigh.
the combined action of a group of people
teamwork =/= team sport.
Yeah I know you still don’t get it lol
It’s not the 64 bit that’s making the phone powerful. The chip itself is faster…
I’m citing from ars, who agrees with me, I’m sure a8 will help tho
64 bit is useless for now
The first 64bit phone was Huwaei Ascend D Quad. It had a 64bit memory inside.
did not know that thak you!
what we really need is more mAh samsung!! not more pixels !
Exactly like they need to focus on a phone that can last all day playing games browsing and messaging without carrying a charger around all day. These stupid specs i have a 720p phone (BB Z30) and my friends has the S4 there really isnt any difference in display really per say that you would say OMG that display is MUCH MUCH better. Samsung has the vision in terms of hardware but we need a battery or technology that can keep up with that much power. Imagine a phone with 4gb of ram and quad core and 4k display that will kill your battery.
totally agreed! higher resolution makes my nexus 7 2013 more beautiful but I dont need it on my phone especially not 4k!
We need them to pour that money into battery development. We keep hearing about graphene and oxygen batteries, they need money so they can come to market!
Those 4K display is not only for phone LOL…Samsung also have TV business and their Galaxy Tab/Note lines
yes but their 4k tv’s arent 5 inches !
4k over 30 inches makes sense, not 5
Exactly anybody with a brain should that higher resolutions screens only really matter with bigger displays. Focus on a phone lasting 2 days or something. Even though the old BB were shit they lasted forever which is something manufacturers need to focus on is battery life. Same concept in taking a stock car (180hp) and making it 700hp and put it on the track and not focus on suspension,handling and other parts to handle that much power. What we need is true innovation and not just building better specs for processors and ram and display.
The very idea is to use your 110″ UHDTV as a display
That’s why I have now Galaxy S4A with Miracast
but only in FHD = 1920 x 1080
with Netgear 3000 Push2TV attached to any FHDTV
You are not sitting 40cms from the TV however. PPI is relative to viewing distance not to screen size.
don’t you guys think CPU might play a big role in the power consumption?…
It does, but what I’ve seen, the newer and faster ones always consume more power, not less(despite the manufacturers’ claims).
lol what have you seen? Unless you have two of the exact same phones, but with different SoC’s, how can you even make that comment?
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How about a display technology that bypasses the human eye’s retina and thereby saves giga-lumens of power? It’s called emperor’s new clothes.
Yeah! They just drill a hole to the back of your skull and insert the SystemOnChip into your brains visual cortex and everything is Virtual Reality. Welcome to Matrix!
Fantastic gaming experience and you won’t even notice the tiny low power NSA chip in the corner of the SoC…
I second THAT! Gimme a mega mAH hour battery that will last two days at least!
the pdf presentation has a slide showing that that is the emphasis in AP going forward. http://aod.teletogether.com/sec/20131106/S.LSI_Namsung%20Woo_Samsung%20System%20LSI%20Business.pdf
Indeed seriously samsung should just come here to read what people really want from them and then give it to them. A lot of their core fans are here.
I couldn’t agree with you more. What’s the point of a crystal clear screen that goes dark for wont of power and constantly irritating you because you have to charge?
My guess is that even though we are now approaching (if not having already arrived at) the boundaries of the human eye’s ability to perceive higher resolution’s benefits, the real deal is that it has become just one more way that all the manufacturers are employing to try to provide some sort of differentiation from their competitors.
Look at Apple’s rush to include finger print scanning – will all the attendant potential security risks involved with it as well as touting the 64 bit processor – when the fact is there are few apps out there that can use it.
They are all their best to “sell the sizzle” irrespective of whether the steak is any good.
When will they understand we want great battery life, not a 4K display…
to be fair, the note 3′s battery life is pretty killer.
yes but for a big battery you need a huge phone. To get a battery that lasts longer you have to make a bigger battery, there is currently no technology that makes a good battery more space-efficient. They need to invest in making phones with great battery life but that are also pocketable and easy to use.
Totally agree, although I’m comparing it to my previous phones (gnex, gs3) and it’s considerably better, (double or more, on average)
I think thats the result of software optimization witch is a good thing but not enough if you ask me.
We need better battery technology to keep up with all this stuff. Crazy high ppi and super fast processors need better batteries to handle it and I don’t necessarily mean bigger I mean more efficient.
fast CPUs are getting more battery efficient actually. They take less time completing a task.
and then people do more with them
and the battery life sucks anyway
Its so hard for them to understand we want innovation on the battery not in the rest!
I don’t get this race for the ultra resolutions in so little screens, after some amount of ppi we don’t see any difference.
We get at one stage we have 5″-6″ phones whit a lot more resolution than our computers screens…
Battery innovation is pretty much stuck at li-polymer and li-ion. If moto can cram 3500mah into a slim phone, cant Sammy do it too?
so you know, my note 3 does have a 3200 mah battery in it. Although it’s fucking massive as well:D
4.7″ on Maxx and 5.5″ on N3 lol
5.7 on the n3 you mean:) your point stands:)
Actually I think it is rather small for the overall size of the phone. I htink they could have fitted a much bigger shaped battery in, but I suspect it would have affected the weight of the phone too much and stepped outside of their stock battery sizes maybe? What I would like to see is them offering larger battery options for all their phones like they did with the Galaxy S2. Then you can choose between lighter weight and slimmer size with the stock battery or sacrifice weight and thickness for a larger battery. This is one of the main benefits of having a replaceable battery.
its because samsung has crammed its sdslot to it. plus, those features’ sensors
AND THE WINNERS ARE THE CUSTOMERS!!! 560PPI WITH AMOLED!!! ONY MY GIRL CAN GIVE ME MORE PLEASURE THAN THAT!!
I disliked solely based of the caps lock insanity.
People are now complaining about Samsung upgrading their Phones because they want battery…WTF? Everybody said the the S4 fail in comparison to the G2 in terms of spec, but now they say specs dont matter after Samsung will most likely launch the best android to date in 2014!…dont understand…
specs do matter, but when your eyes cant detect any more pixels, then specs dont matter
take a look at the power consumption of a SD 600 and SD 800…and think again if we need inproved CPUs…
and about the displays if the CPU can handle it power efficient then who cares…
what are the consumptions?
well that tells me nothing. Processors are always becoming more power efficient and they get smaller, thus less resistance and less heat loss
well it should tell you that you will not need a bigger battery but a more efficient CPU…
the cpu is fairly efficient. the screen and modems are the power suckers. Make a CPU 99.9% efficient and you wont go 2 days with a 2000mAh battery
OK…what I mean is…
Look at the Moto X and it’s battery – 2200mAh it gets thru a normal day right? right…
And it has an older CPU…now if you make it 3000mAh with is not unheard of…and put the Snapdragon 800 on it..and the new Android 4.4 I think it will last 2 days…
possibly, but its hard to call…..so many things effect battery life. These benchmarks are only a rough indicator.
The X8 was built to be efficient though, virtually unused when in your pocket.
It certainly wouldn’t hurt to stick a big battery in then it would give you juice no matter what
Maybe, You are making a good point. Just waiting for KitaKat.
My note 2 after flashing 4.3 rotting it and removing all the Samsung crap apps finally done it 2 days. I have as well S4 and I’m caring one spare battery with me, even conf. to 1.6 Mhz and less power voltage.
we want everything and we want it now
Galaxy F series…
I love everyones responses! Yes more battery power damnit!.. I want a world were I don’t need to carry my damn charger with Me all the time!.. I mean come on..camera? Only iPhone users use the phone camera like crazy.. or ditzy females.. :x. Let’s get real here for a sec..I have the note III.. it’s 12mp ..do I use it? Not really.. do I use split screen feature and play a game while reading online stuff etc Etc.. Yes! That’s what this world is now focused on..multitasking and we want a better battery life.. I mean..look at this massive power cord!?.. do u think I like to lug it around? I Dj..and this cell phone charger cord feels like it’s now as big as the cords I use to hook up my equipment.
Sounds like 2014 is going to be a snoozer. With full Hd displays now, I’m willing to skip a couple years for my next phone. 4k Note 5?
Haha, I agree that 4k on a cell phone display would be kinda pointless. 4k is needed in either really large screens like 60 inch+ or really small screens like 1 inch or less. The large screen is obvious, but 4k on 1 inch becomes a wearable. With a screen that small that close to your eyes, resolution quickly becomes an issue. With wearable displays, we could have a 1 inch screen in front of our eyes which would appear to be a 90 inch TV in front of us.
indeed but 4 microns per pixel! that is a way off….
I have Galaxy S4A and Netgear 3000 Push2TV
FHD screen happily married with any FHDTV
55″ -> 110″ and we can go UHDTV soon
Very nice for 8.3 MPx pictures = 3840 x 2160
yea looks like 2015 is the start of the new era
We’re entering the phase of dubious innovations when it comes to ever higher resolution displays and ppi numbers. They should rather take ideas from Motorola with the Droid Maxx. I don’t think it’s in the best interest of consumers to pursue this endless circle of ever more pixels => need for bigger batteries & more powerful and efficient SoCs and bigger storage (compare the size of a 4K movie and your average flagship’s storage… Yeah not so great).
Meanwhile my computer is stuck with a crappy 1080p resolution for the size (15″) by today’s standards and it doesn’t seem it’s going to change anytime soon. Which doesn’t bother me, really. But certainly I need the manufacturers to cram more pixels on my phone’s 5″ display, so I’ll be able to justify paying more for the more powerful hardware to enjoy not being able to identify individual pixels under a microscope. I can hardly wait, this is going to be such a blast !
So what next ? Implants to improve the human eye’s capacity to distinguish pixels ? I freakin love innovation !
don’t tell them what to do, there is a reason why they are what they have become and why you are sitting at home staring into a small electronic device screen bitching.
yeah because businesses do real well churning out crap that the customer doesn’t want. Probably why BB sold so many Z10′s
We need a bigger battery, non-pentile 1080p, premium-feeling, optimized and not-so-bloated 64-bit phone! Better improve on current technology than moving on to rediculous marketing gimmicks.
non-pentile was in the presentation too. 2k and 4k AMOLED screens will come in a typical RGB layout at >500ppi. but really, at these pixel sizes, you can’t tell the difference.
Meanwhile let me grab my flying dolphin and go visit India for a few hours. You can’t have everything right at the moment you want it, similar concept to my sentence above. Technology always comes out in stages. I hope we see a revolution within battery technology, but until that, I am happy to see what other things they are currently able to improve upon.
“Fast speed” – what xD
Samsung is manufacturing everything yes everything. Kudos Samsung just not to being an assembling company
What’s the bet that Apple will sue Samsung over some of this stuff when it’s released…
I want Samsung to do something really crazy, like getting a license for one of those PLGs or massively parallel APUs like the Adapteva Epiphany.
how about a road map for gs2 / gs3 / note2 / note4 kit kat upgrades.
Everything is crazy good in these releases. They are going to have foldable phone-tablets soon, and all of it so fast. :) Hate to see that they are considering abandoning ARM for some core based on proprietary IP and coldwar mentality. Hopefully they come to their senses.
I’m interested to see if the S5 brings a refresh of TouchWiz. There have been sprinklings of flatter design in the Gear and Note 3…I’m hoping they fully embrace it.
I got breathlessly tired just reading this. Anybody else? So much to do and yet where’s the hiring?
they are overdoing it moto x showed what a smartphone shuold be
what, only available in one country and very poorly received?
Oh snap! :P
Wow Samsung is doing what all the other manufacturing are doing great
Battery is deffinately important in this factor. With power comes more energy use. A battery that can last for 2 days while playing a high end game would be spectacular.
do any of you pee on the side of the toilet bowl cos it makes less sound?
Hey, if you look away from the display, you’ll see even better true-life fidelity images; but you can do that right now – don’t even have to wait till next year. Heh. While there is still room for significant improvement in resolution, I would prefer that the next major improvements be in battery life. Also gaming graphics, and good visibility in direct sunlight would be nice.
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“You cant tell the difference, you can’t tell the difference” That’s what everyone said about 720p vs 1080p and you can definitely tell the difference, comparing a S3 and S4 screen you can see difference, easily.
Personally I can’t wait for more than full HD with a 64bit processor.
I like Samsung Galaxy S
A battery drainer machine…
S4 Active has a very good power management system…I suggest for S5 to be 3m waterproof….and also charges via solar energy…..thanks in advance!
they are trying to tackle every possible area or issue… would they have enough resources and control over them?? I think the company is getting too big to handle.