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Engadget posted a review of samsung’s Gear Fit smartwatch, with its flexible (curved) 1.84″ (432◊128) Super AMOLED display. And they really love that display – it’s beautiful, the curve feels natural and it’s aesthetically pleasing. The colors are vibrant – and the only problem is that it’s barely readable in sunlight unless you set it to “outdoor brightness mode”. But eventually the reviewer is not happy with this hybrid smartwatch and fitness band, due to the weak software and awkward UI. And they say that the $199 price †is too much for this device. Read more about Engadget reviews the Gear Fit, says the display is beautiful but the software is messy
Samsung launched the GS5 last week, and it seems that the company’s new flagship phone is off to a good start. Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team says that the new phone is selling faster than the GS4 , and they said that while the GS4 sold 10 million units in 27 days , the GS5 will do “significantly better”. The first-day GS5 sales in the US were up 30% compared to the GS4. The GS5 uses a 5.1″ FHD (432 PPI, Diamond Pixel ) Super AMOLED display which at first seemed quite similar to the 5″ FHD display on the GS4, but according to DisplayMate, the display is far superior in many aspects, and it’s actually the best mobile display ever . Read more about Samsung sees the GS5 outselling the GS4, says the Note 4 will have a "new form factor"
In the past week (while I was skiing in France with my 2 daughters), several tech blogs reported that Samsung “pulled out of the OLED game altogether” as LG is set to lead the OLED TV market. While I agree that LG is currently leading the OLED TV market (I have already posted on this in January ), it hardly seems as if Samsung abandoned OLED TVs. In fact, the original Korea Herald article (which spurred all those other posts) said that “Samsung is not scheduled to unveil curved OLED TVs this year because of its continued focus on UHD TVs and its low yield rate”. While this may be true, it does not mean that the company completely stopped developing OLED TVs. Read more about Samsung is unlikely to abandon the OLED TV market
Samsung is unlikely to abandon the OLED TV market
Samsung Display ramp up new flexible OLED production line – Samsung Display plans a flexible OLED smartphone with their new capacity.
Wearable devices are a new market for the future, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Fit with a 1,84 inch curved Super AMOLED display. The Galaxy Round was the first smartphone with a flexible OLED Display from Samsung. Samsung Display is the leader in the small/mid range AMOLED market for smartphones. The korean company plans to invest 6 Trillion Won in to a new production line for flexible/bendable/rollable OLED DIsplays. The A3 plant with Phase1 will be in Asan A3 Tangjeong 6G (1500◊1800). The investement in the A3 production line is now confirmed, but Samsung want to realize also Phase3 and more. The whole investement will be around 6 trillion won. Samsung Display plans¬†a flexible OLED smartphone with their new capacity. We think that Samsung will be ready to introduce a flexible smartphone in Q1 2015
Today Samsung is launching the Galaxy S5 worldwide.†In the US, both† AT&T †and† Sprint †offer it for $189 (with a plan) or† $699 unlocked . The GS5 features a 5.1″ FHD (432 PPI, Diamond Pixel †) Super AMOLED display, a 2.5 Ghz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16MP camera (4K video support). The GS5 is dust and water resistant, and it packs a finger scanner and a heart rate sensor. The 5.1″ Super AMOLED display was tested by DisplayMate, who found it to be the best mobile display on the market – outperforming all other OLED and LCD displays as it features the highest brightness, the lowest reflectance, the highest color accuracy, the highest contrast rating in ambient light and the smallest brightness variation with viewing angle. Read more about Samsung's Galaxy S5 is now shipping worldwide
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is now shipping worldwide
Samsung’s Gear Fit is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com for $199 . The smart wearable fitness band will ship on April 11th. The Gear Fit uses a flexible (curved) 1.84″ (432◊128) Super AMOLED display. The Gear Fit is currently #7 in Amazon’s Cell Phone Accessory Kits best selling list . Most of the items in this list cost 2 or 3 dollars, so it may mean that the Galaxy Fit has already been ordered by many people (I’m not sure how popular are those items really int hat list). Read more about Samsung's Galaxy Gear Fit lands on Amazon.com for $199
It’s highly likely that Samsung will soon release a Galaxy S5 mini device (after all, there was a GS4 mini and GS3 mini ). According to SamMobile, the GS5 mini will sport a 4.5″ 720p Super AMOLED display. Other features include a 8mp camera, 1.5Gb of RAM, 16GB storage and Android 4.4 Kitkat. SamMobile says that their insider did not reveal the launch date, but previous leaks say Samsung will release the GS5 mini (with a model number SM-G800) in June. Read more about Samsung's Galaxy S5 Mini to sport a 4.5" 720p Super AMOLED?
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Earlier this week, a fire broke out in a factory that produces PCBs for the Galaxy S5 . It 287 firefighters to finally stop the fire after 6 hours – and it is estimated that over $1 billion in equipment and components has been destroyed. The factory was contacted by Samsung to manufacture PCBs for the GS5, and this may delay Samsung’s launch or hinder the initial production volumes. Samsung announced that it uses several sources for the PCBs and that the fire will not effect the production by a huge margin. Hopefully the company will be able to launch their new flagship on April 11 as promised. Read more about Samsung may have to delay the GS5 due to a PCB factory fire
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Samsung may have to delay the GS5 due to a PCB factory fire
When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 , some people (yes, including me) were a bit disappointing by the display. It seems that it’s basically the display used in the GS4 , only slightly larger (5.1″ vs 4.99″). But it turns out that Samsung does include a couple of new display related technologies in the GS5. According to PC Magazine , the GS5 includes a custom image chip that dynamically adjusts the color gamut and contrast based on ambient light. This makes the colors much better under different lighting conditions. And it’s bound to make DisplayMate’s Raymond Soneira really happy – he’s been long talking about how OLED’s wide color gamut can be used in ambient light conditions to improve the image quality . Read more about The Galaxy S5's display related innovations
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The Galaxy S5’s display related innovations
Samsung announced that it has sold over 200 million Galaxy S smartphones – including the GS1 , GS2 , GS3 and GS4 . It probably also includes all the variants (such as the GS4 zoom and the GS4 mini ). Virtually all of those phones use Super AMOLED displays. In January 2013, Samsung said it sold 100 million Galaxy S devices . This means that it took them a little over a year to sell 100 million more. In 2013, by the way, the company produced over 200 million AMOLED panels. This means that the company’s most popular phones actually account to less then 50% of SDC’s OLED production. The rest are mostly used in other Samsung phones (like the Galaxy Notes †family), phones for other companies (such as Nokia and Motorola ) and digital cameras .