Samsung has gained a 3% stake in Sharp for 10.4 million yen or $112 million USD. With this deal, Samsung has gained access to Sharp’s IGZO technology. What does this mean for you?
Not only has Sammy become the absolute smartphone king in 2012 based on total device sales, but it has also managed to find a high-end identity and steal the spotlight from Apple’s iPhones, even if for just a little bit.
While the Fall 2012 lineup of flagship Android smartphones mostly uses displays that measure 4.7 inches across the diagonal, it looks like 2013 will bring us an avalanche of Android smartphones with a 5 inch display.
Long gone are the days of tiny 3 inch or 3.5 inch displays, even Apple have moved to bigger displays after years of trying to convince everyone that they aren’t needed. Samsung are leading this push to bigger, brighter and higher resolution panels and it looks like it has something special planned for the future. Somewhere in its product mix (probably the Galaxy S4 or maybe the Note 3) Samsung are trying to use a 4.99 inch display with a huge 441 pixel per inch density. According to my calculations that means an almost 5 inch display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Impressive! Well it would be if Samsung could actually mass produce them!
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. Now a new report says that Samsung will continue fitting its flagship smartphones with AMOLED screens.
Korea Times reports that, according to an anonymous executive, Samsung Display will no longer make display panels for Apple, starting next year. The Koreans have already reduced the deliveries of displays to Apple, from 15 million LCDs in the first half of 2012, to 3 million in the third quarter, with an estimated 1.8 million units to be shipped by the end of the year.