Earlier today we reported that Samsung had been reconsidering everything about itself as a device manufacturer, from the way it uses information technology to the way it merges and acquires other companies to the definition in its AMOLED screens. The latter point may be the most interesting in this case, especially since the term Super AMOLED HD, that being one better than Super AMOLED Plus is one that’s been spoken in regards to the next generation in the brightest display on the planet. With this news comes word that Samsung will be shrinking down the size of full high-definition screens to fit inside larger smartphones – brightness awaits!
I remember a few years ago when Apple really started cranking up the brightness and the clarity with which one was able to see content on a laptop or desktop computer. I swore I’d always take the average mid-range device at the time because I was working in web publishing from a site designer perspective and I always wanted to be able to see things through the average viewer’s eyes. Since then I’ve come to know the glory of the truth: the biggest and the best is indeed the biggest and the best. I’m currently using a newest-generation MacBook Pro with non-glare cover and WOW we are living in the future. Just a glimpse over at any of my family member’s computers from just a couple years ago and the yellowness of reality brings me back out of the cloud of bright, happy wonderfulness.
The same is true about using the Samsung Infuse 4G, the smartphone with the largest and brightest display on the planet right this moment. The Infuse 4G utilizes a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display right now at 480 x 800 pixels resolution. The amount of pixels per inch is therefor smaller than the Galaxy S II, but since we’re talking about big screens at the moment, let’s stay on topic with the Infuse.
What Samsung is talking about doing now, according to OLED-Info which we also quoted this morning in the Samsung Competitiveness post, is 720p 1280 x 720 resolution displays jammed into tiny 5- to 7-inch displays. The same “industry insiders” responsible for that info, one of them supposedly a Samsung supplier, say that 720p displays are possible at that size because of new PenTile matrix technologies and “a refinement in the production process that has also seen Super AMOLED HD become cheaper than previous versions.” Numbers they’re presenting show the cost of a Super AMOLED HD panel to be around 20 percent less than a comparative S-LCD screen.
The original source for the Super Amoled HD screen says thusly:
We can expect 5″ to 6″ smartphones in fall 2011 (the first will probably be the GT-I9220 with a 5.3″ display) and 7″ tablets by the end of 2011.
But then there’s some decent. There are those of the public that maintain 4-inches to be the maximum size for a smartphone device to be optimum, that anything larger should be called a tablet. I’ve got an old college buddy named Frank who says that any device with a display larger than 4 inches shouldn’t ever have a cellular bands. I certainly disagree as I’ve used the Infuse 4G more than once in my travels to different events to see new phones because it’s big enough to watch a movie on whilst flying home in the night on the plane. Coupled with some nice earbuds, this phone is utterly optimum for such an activity.
On the other hand, there’s the pocket space factor, and the fact that if you bring such a giant phone out in public while you’re traveling, you run the chance of getting mugged for it because you cannot hide the brightness. You decide! The war rages on!
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