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Samsung Galaxy S3 to have 4.6-inch display, report says

March 28, 2012

After a wild leak-fest (fake-leak-fest?) over the last weeks, it seems that the whole Samsung Galaxy S3 craziness has subdued for a while. For a while, that is.

Anonymous manufacturing sources cited by Digitimes (who else) have confirmed today something that previous rumors have suggested several months ago. However, if Digitimes’ sources are to be trusted (the Taiwanese site has a mixed record when it comes to stuff like this), the rumor mill, while in the ballpark, was slightly off about the display size of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3.

Previous reports indicated that the Galaxy S3 will have a 4.8-inch screen, although others pegged a 4.7-inch touchscreen. The new report, supposedly coming from someone inside Samsung’s AMOLED panel supply chain, claims that the Galaxy S3 will come with a 4.6-inch display. That would be just 0.3 inch larger, (7.62 mm) larger than the Galaxy S2, if you’re counting.

Moreover, the same sources say that Galaxy S3 will use a Super AMOLED HD Plus panel, with a presumed pixel density of 319 ppi. That’s very close to the iPhone 4S’ 326ppi, albeit in a larger size and different form factor. Nevertheless, a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED HD Plus screen should provide sweet eye candy, no matter how you look at it.

Although, this latest report brings little new knowledge about the Galaxy S3 (release date in Q2 or Q3 – gee, thanks for letting us know), it’s always good to receive confirmation on rumors that are often founded on nothing more than “anonymous sources”. But hey, this is an anonymous report too, so we still don’t know anything for sure.

Digitimes’ report also informs us that Samsung is planning to upgrade the displays of its products across the board, with many models reaching an impressive 285ppi. The Taiwanese outlet also predicts AMOLED device sales to reach 90 million units this year, in spite of the relatively hefty price of AMOLED panels. Talking about prices, the cost of AMOLED displays is expected to drop in 2013-2014, as Chinese makers such as Tianma (whose products we showed you yesterday) and Visionox ramp up production.

What do you think? Is 4.6-inch enough to satisfy your pixel hunger? Will the Galaxy S3 disappoint in this matter?