According to a report from Korean media, Samsung has started mass producing 5.25-inch AMOLED panels with 2,560×1,440 resolution for the upcoming Galaxy S5.
These will use the ‘diamond’ pixel arrangement, first seen in the Galaxy S4′s display and then used again in the Galaxy Note 3. This is better than the much-hated ‘pentile’ arrangement that we saw in the Galaxy S3, but it’s still not as pure as the RGB layout that LCD screens employ.
However, at the insane pixel densities we’re at right now, these things are going to be way less noticeable to the average user than they were even last year. Using the diamond pattern allows Samsung to make the panels cheaper, and it also helps with brightness and alleviates some possible aging effects.
The Galaxy S5′s screen will have a pixel density of 559 ppi. That’s… crazy. So fret not, you really won’t be able to tell the pixels apart, and you’ll have all the added benefits of using OLEDs – true blacks, infinite contrast ratio, and low power consumption when displaying dark or black images.
Samsung is sticking to AMOLED as a differentiating factor for its flagships, and so far this strategy seems to have worked very well. The new touchscreens aren’t expected to be much more expensive than the units produced for the Galaxy S4.
The Galaxy S5 has been rumored a few times to come sooner than we may have expected, possibly even early next year. And if this report is true, and Samsung has already started mass producing the displays for its next flagship, that may just pan out.
The sales growth at the high-end of the smartphone space is slowing down, so manufacturers need to do anything they can to stand out. Refreshing their products ever faster is one way to achieve that.
Although its screen will be bigger than the Galaxy S4′s, don’t think that the Galaxy S5 will be necessarily bigger. In the past year ever slimmer bezels have been used by smartphone makers, and Samsung could go that route to make the S5 the same size as the S4, basically, while increasing the screen size.
The 5.25″ size itself makes sense if you consider that LG’s current flagship, the G2, features a 5.2″ panel. And the competition between Samsung and LG on all fronts is well known, so we assume that Samsung didn’t want its device to feel inferior in any way to LG’s.
2014 is indeed shaping up to be the year of 2,560×1,440 resolution in ultra high-end handsets. One wonders where we’ll be at in a couple of years’ time.