Samsung Mobile Displays (SMD) has announced that it is working on improving the performance of AMOLED panels and the efficiency of the panels significantly. The improvements will take the white efficiency of the displays from the 20cd/A level currently to 40cd/A.
If you haven't read the review of the Droid Incredible, or the HTC Desire, then we'll add the main draw of those phones right here (even though you should go read them, anyway): Their 3.7-inch AMOLED displays are amazing. Unless you plan on using your device in direct sunlight all the time, AMOLED is definitely one of the best displays out there (yes, Super AMOLED is better). But, it's been rough for HTC to keep their latest AMOLED-toting device in stock, and a lot of that has to do with that screen. Changes are afoot, though, which may help people out there aching to get their hands on the Droid Incredible they've purchased before the end of July.
Samsung's brilliant Super AMOLED displays are on their way to becoming more broadly available for rival manufacturers to use, with the company announcing they are planning a 5.5 generation plant scheduled to open in July 2011. The new facility will boost Samsung's potential output to a healthy 70,000 13 x 15 cm sheets per month, which works out to roughly 30 million 3-inch mobile device displays.
AUO has announced that it will be showing off some very cool screen technologies at Display Taiwan 2010 starting on June 9. The company will be showing off the world's largest projected multi-touch display at 32-inches in size. The display is capable of interpreting up to ten points of touch at the same time. The company will also show off a new 58-inch CinemaScope LED HDTV with a 2560 x 1080 resolution and a 55-inch full HD panel with ultra-wide viewing angles and a static contrast ratio of 16,000:1.
From its confusing launch back in December 2009, to its feature-packed handset debut at Mobile World Congress and then all the way to the SlashGear test bench today, Samsung's bada OS has had a rocky journey. Showing up for the first time on the Samsung Wave S8500, the new platform promises the flexibility of a smartphone OS with the easy usability of a feature-phone. That makes this a double review, perhaps: new platform, new phone. Does bada really have a future in the competitive cellphone market?
It's been a while since we've seen a new Samsung YEPP PMP, but according to a new listing at the Bluetooth SIG the company have something quite interesting up their sleeve. The Samsung YEPP YP-MB2 is described as a "multi-functional MID" that comes with Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, GPS and a 4-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, and runs the Android OS.
Samsung's Galaxy S GT-I9000 has finally launched, with the 4-inch Super AMOLED Android 2.1 smartphone hitting Europe first before rolling out to the rest of the world - the US included - later in 2010. Toting a Samsung 1GHz Hummingbird processor, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0, along with 3G/UMTS, TouchWiz 3.0 and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera, we've been waiting for the Galaxy S for quite some time.
AMOLED screens have once again come in for attention over concerns regarding image quality, as Tweakers took two HTC Legends into the lab to demonstrate the issues they have displaying grayscale correctly. The Legend - shown here snuggling with an Apple iPod touch and an HTC Hero - apparently proved unable to show regular grayscale, instead offering up a range of muted pinks, grays, greens and browns.
Samsung's first bada phone, the Samsung Wave S8500, has landed on our desk, and we're still not quite certain whether the new OS has a future in the mobile market. Designed to bridge the (fast-shrinking) gap between feature-phones and smartphones, bada is envisaged as the Samsung's way to corner a new generation of handset upgraders tempted by the flexibility of a full smartphone but shy of either their price, complexity or both. Read on for our Samsung Wave S8500 unboxing and some first-impressions.
Acer have officially announced their latest Android smartphone, the Acer Stream, a Nexus One rivalling Android 2.1 Eclair device with a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen. The Stream is based around Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor, along with 512MB of RAM and 2GB of internal storage, and has HSDPA, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth.
There's also GPS, a 5-megapixel camera that can apparently capture 720p HD video and a microSD card slot. Acer have also customized the standard Android UI, adding various spinning panels, app history shortcuts and other tweaks, but the most interesting addition is UPnP and DLNA streaming media support, just like their new LumiRead ereader.