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AUO announces new displays for smartphones,wearables,touch solutions

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

It’s not just OEMs that are busy announcing their brand new smartphones, tablets, wearables, etc. Even the folks behind some of the components of those gadgets are also unveiling their new products and offerings, so that maybe next year, they will also appear on the newest devices that will be announced. One such company is AU Optronics Corp or AUO, who announced all their newest display offerings for various kinds of consumer gadgets, including smartphones, wearables and touch solutions for styluses.

First off, for wearables, they have a 1.5-inch and 1.6-inch square AMOLED displays with panel thickness at 0.45mm due to the glass thinning method and helps make the wearables look stylish. The 1.4-inch circle AMOLED display is also ultra slim and light but with high resolution and a wide range of colors. The 1.3-inch transflective LTPS display is to allow images to still be intelligible under the glare of sunlight and at the same time is power-saving. All these new wearable displays are actually slim, trendy, and have low power consumption.

For mobile devices, their 6-inch UHD 4K ultra high resolution display can be used for the high-end mobile devices (we assume it is expensive). It has high brightness, a wide array of colors, and because it is hi-res, images can be shown with extremely sharp details and depth. Although why you would need that on a 6-inch screen is still up for debate.

Finally, AUO also has integrated touch solutions for mobile devices, including a 14-inch oT-Lite that can support a professional graphic stylus that can make the drawing or writing experience more intuitive. They also have in-cell touch panels, specifically a 5-inch self-capacitance one with an a-Si TFT-LCD and a 5.2-inch Full HD in-cell touch panel with LTPS process technology. Let’s see which devices will soon sport any of these new products from AUO.

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SOURCE: AUO

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 display is the best in any smartphone

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off
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We can complain about many Samsung shortcomings, but there is one thing the Korean manufacturer will never fail at. Their displays are stunning, and they keep getting better every single time (twice a year, to be exact)! In fact, multiple DisplayMate studies show Samsung has been offering the top screens in the market for quite some time. The Note 4 had the best smartphone panel last year, and the Galaxy S6 took that title more recently. In addition, the Galaxy Tab S series touted the best tablet displays for a while. What’s next?

You guessed it. It’s time for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to triumph, and they have taken the DisplayMate title for the best smartphone screen around. And these are no simple tests; DisplayMate makes complex studies and uses advanced tools to measure screen brightness, accuracy, color gamut and many other factors. These guys go all out.

“Based on our extensive Lab tests and measurements listed below, the Galaxy Note 5 is the Best performing Smartphone display that we have ever tested. It takes over from the Galaxy Note 4, which was the previous record holder for mobile display performance.” – DisplayMate

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 still sports a QHD (2560x1440p) Super AMOLED display measuring 5.7 inches, which sounds identical to the Galaxy Note 4. The truth is these displays are quite different, though. DisplayMate’s analysis proves the newer phone increases screen performance heavily when compared to the predecessors.

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For starters, peak brightness has been significantly improved, making it easier to read outdoors (in direct sunlight). And though the screen is brighter, it actually uses less power than the one in the Note 4, as energy optimizations are outstanding. To make matters even more interesting, the Galaxy Note 5 panel broke records in color accuracy, making this the best smartphone screen DisplayMate has ever tested. Now, that is definitely saying something!

Does this mean the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is also a winner? Pretty much. DisplayMate doesn’t go too much into detail on the edged handset, but they do mention performance is nearly identical. The only main difference is the fact that it uses a flexible panel, which is what allows the screen to bend on each side.

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With multiple wins in a row, we say it’s time for the competition to really improve its game. Meanwhile, Samsung keeps dominating the display game (and sales). I will have to say I have seen no better screens coming from other manufacturers in a while. I am not exactly a Samsung fan, but I must accept they know how to make a gorgeous display.

What do you guys think? Will Samsung continue making the best displays in the market, or is it time for someone else to step in?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ displays bring impressive performance to users

Posted by wicked August - 18 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Over the years, smartphone manufacturers have been pushing pixel counts and density for their screens to higher and higher levels as they introduced higher resolution displays to the market. As the numbers got higher, some users noted that these improvements were meaningless as the human eye could not detect the improvements. In a review of the new screens for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, DisplayMate points out some benefits of pushing on resolution specs beyond what the human eye can detect and also praises Samsung for turning their attention to other features that impact a user’s perception of how good the screen is. The end result are two devices that are described as having the “crown jewel” of displays for Samsung smartphones.

One of the areas that DisplayMate examined and tested was Peak Brightness and how the displays function in high ambient lighting situations. DisplayMate notes that consumers trying to use a phone in situations where there is a lot of ambient light, like on a sunny afternoon outside, lose the sense of vibrancy their devices normally seem to have. The displays that Samsung uses in their new devices were designed to try to overcome this challenge and it appears Samsung was successful as DisplayMate measured the highest color saturation for any screen in a high ambient lighting setting. Samsung also improved the performance of the screen by reducing reflectance in order to improve contrast.

Along with appearing better in high ambient light situations, DisplayMate found the Galaxy Note 5 screen produced the most accurate colors for consumer content of any smartphone or tablet display they have tested. According to DisplayMate, the measure of Absolute Color Accuracy was so high that they described it as “visually indistinguishable from perfect.”

DisplayMate also points out the fact that Samsung included some features to help consumers get the most out of their displays. One is an Adaptive Display feature that will adjust the screen’s color gamut and brightness based on both the level of ambient lighting as well as the color of the ambient lighting, a value Samsung is able to get from the ambient light sensor. The Samsung displays include four preset modes that users can select compared to many other devices that do not even offer a setting. Samsung also included a Super Dimming Mode that works at the other end of the lighting scale, night-time conditions, where it helps to not be faced with a super bright screen.

Against all of these improvements in how the display looks, DisplayMate notes that Samsung managed to improve power efficiency compared to previous generation screens. These new OLED displays were measured at 21 percent more power efficient than last year’s Galaxy Note 4.

source: DisplayMate
via: SamMobile

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Sony Xperia Z5+ may be first device to have 4k display as per UAP

Posted by wicked August - 13 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

While 4K resolution is already a common thing in the field of television and film, it is yet unheard of when it comes to mobile devices. But a user-agent profile for the upcoming Sony Xperia Z5+ shows that it may very well be the first smartphone or phablet to sport the 4k resolution on that small a screen. Called the Sony E68XX (E6833, E6853 E6883), the handset and its variants may very well sport an unprecedented 2160 x 3480 resolution.

While the UAP may not be the final word on the specs of upcoming smartphones, having the devices there almost always confirms the rumors and leaks that go around. So this time, what it is saying about the Xperia Z5+ is that it will have a 4K Ultra HD display when it is released later this year. What it doesn’t say though is the screen size, which will determine the actual pixel density.

If it is 5.5 inches or bigger, it will have 801 PPI, which will most likely probably have some kind of effect on the performance of the smartphone and its battery life of course. The UAP also shows that the Xperia Z5+ will be running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, which will probably be similar to the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact.

Having 4K display and playing 4K resolution videos may seem like a great stretch for a mobile device, but Sony may very well pull it off. Their past devices have only had FHD 1080p resolution, although their Xperia Z4 Tablet does have a WQXGA 2560 x 1600 display. Let’s see if a 4K display will have adverse or good effects on mobile screens.

VIA: Xperia Blog

LG Thinks Flexible Displays Are the Future, Do You?

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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LG enjoyed moderate success with its flexible 6-inch G Flex, enough to invest in this year’s successor, the G Flex 2. This confidence has been reflected in the company’s insistence that flexible smartphones will make up 40% of the market share in 2018, and now more firmly in its newly announced flexible display factory.

Despite the phone itself initially suffering from issues with performance due to poorly optimized software and its now infamous processor, the design principles of the Flex 2 are logical and have some distinct advantages. These include ergonomic improvements like making the top of a large display slightly easier to reach and having the phone fit the face and hand more naturally, as well as physical gains in the durability of the screen and handset as a whole (see The State of Smartphone Design for more details). As much as curved screens are becoming more popular however, fully flexible devices are yet to fully hit the mainstream.

LG has made its intentions clear in this respect; they still agree with their previous projections, and have put 1.05 trillion Won ($907 million) towards the construction of a new plant dedicated to the production of flexible displays. This outlay is set to begin in the third quarter of this year, for over two years, and is specifically funded by LG’s ‘LG Display’ off-shoot, who are one of the world’s top two screen manufacturers along with Samsung Display Co. Of course there is more to a flexible phone than the display, like ensuring circuit boards and batteries have room to move over one another, but considering that the average user’s attention is almost wholly focussed on the screen, poor quality in this department can affect the experience hugely and cripple a device’s chance at success.

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It looks as if this investment is also geared in the direction of the introduction of foldable (or rollable) displays which is good for driving innovation within the industry as a whole, especially considering that LG Display provides hardware for other OEMS. However, an important part of owning a dedicated production line for flexible displays is increasing the yield and quality of said components. This could contribute greatly to the uptake of this kind of device, as consumers of previous examples have experienced issues in this area, with threads here at XDA dedicated to the evidence. Ultimately though, this move from LG should inspire confidence amongst fans of the form factor, and leaves us hopeful for what we’ll see over the coming years from the South Korean giant.

Do you think flexible displays are the future of the mobile world? Let us know in the comments below.

Samsung reportedly working on bringing 11K display to mobile devices

Posted by wicked July - 13 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

If your head and your eyes are still adjusting to the idea of 4k display on your mobile devices, then in a few years, you will probably have to wrap your head around something even bigger (although not necessarily better). A Korean news outfit is reporting that Samsung is now hard at work to bring 11k (yes, that’s not a typo, it really is 11) display to smartphones and tablets, planning to give us more pixels than we ever could have imagined.

According to the news report, the OEM is teaming up with more than 13 companies, both local and foreign, in order to bring about this technology to mobile devices. What’s more, the Korean government is actually very much invested in this, giving the project $26.5 million, spread over 5 years. Samsung Display executive Chu Hye Yong has been quoted as saying they’re aiming to showcase the technology by the time of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and are looking at it as a basis for “Korean display industry [to] take another leap if related materials and parts improve through this.”

Human eyes only able to handle individual pixels up to a certain point, some say at 600 pixels per inch for those with 20/20 vision. An 11k display would give us as much as 2250 PPI, which is way, way more than what our eyes can actually detect, let alone on a smaller screen like a smartphone. According to the report, this extremely high resolution would actually give you a 3D effect, which isn’t necessarily something people would get excited about, given how many 3D products have failed (and are still failing) in the market.

So while we commend Samsung for thinking that far ahead, even while 4K is still struggling, but maybe it isn’t such a wise investment, if they’re thinking about it commercially. As a research initiative and a study into future display technologies, then maybe that could be a good move for them.

VIA: Engadget

Samsung gets granted patent on foldable tablet displays, invisible buttons

Posted by wicked July - 11 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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Another day, another patent. Last year, Samsung filed a patent on a flexible screen technology. Nearly a year later, on July 7, Samsung was granted this patent. This patent not only supports OLED flexible displays but also LCD ones. The size is near the same as Samsung’s Galaxy tablets. This is remarkable as it seems like just yesterday when the first smartphones where taking off. It will be interesting to see how Samsung brings these displays to the market and when and if they ever integrate them into its their future lineups. However, don’t take this to seriously, the technology of a fully fold-able and bendable tablet could still be a ways off.

Samsung was also granted a patent by the USPTO that involves near invisible virtual buttons. Samsung thinks this could be used in a variety of ways. For example, the sensor pad could activate say the camera app to open. It could also carry out some independent functions like taking a picture, and this could all be done without taking up physical space below the screen or on the side of the device.

Samsung definitely has some ideas that haven’t been tossed around very much in the market yet and that is not a bad thing. It’s great to see the company still looking for new enhancements to improve its devices and innovate. It would be great if we could see these advancements make it to upcoming devices, but don’t get your hopes up.

Source: Patently Apple (1) (2)

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Infographic: How much of your smartphone is screen

Posted by wicked May - 27 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

We love infographics. It seems that as the years progress, people have become better and better at doing this – that is, communicate a complicated issue with visuals so much better than just mere words would. Today we have a particularly telling one from the guys over at Mobilsiden.dk, one that shows you just how much of your phone is screen real estate in relation to bezels and other non-screen elements.

Of course, we don’t have to tell you that the bigger the percentage, this is normally better for users. This would mean that users will have more real estate for their touchscreens, and more space for icons on the screen, and better size for HD screens as well. At this point, would you hazard a guess at which phones will be on top and which ones at the bottom? See the infographic below.

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It’s no surprise that Sharp’s Aquos Crystal (2014) and Aquos Crystal 2 (2015) sit at the top of the list, they pioneered this “no bezel” trend last year – with 78.5% and 77.2% respectively. Right there at the top also is OPPO’s R7 Plus, another bezel-less device, at 76.6% screen. I smile particularly as I see the LG G2 up there (my current phone), still a winner in screen ratio at 76.1%.

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At the far end of the line, we will see something that is not really a surprise – Apple’s iPhones are really not designed well when screen ration is considered. The lowly Moto G (69% screen), Motorola’s budget phone, beats the iPhone 5S (60.9%), the iPhone 6 (65.3%), and the iPhone 6 Plus (67.9%). Apple seems to be improving these days, but their phones still have too much bezel. Mind you, bezels are not necessarily bad things – for instance, they keep your display from shattering when you drop it. But given the premium price you pay for iPhones, consumers should start demanding for better screen ratios from Apple.

VIA: Mobilsiden.dk

Dual-screen YotaPhone 2 launches in North America via Indiegogo

Posted by wicked May - 19 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

If you saw the first YotaPhone, you would probably remember it – one AMOLED screen in front and an e-Ink on the back, certainly a novel design and techy enough to win “Best of CES” awards in that particular trade show. The YotaPhone 2 shows everything better than the first iteration, already available in Europe and now ready to launch in the US and Canada via an Indiegogo campaign.

We’ll talk about the campaign in just a bit, but let’s take a look at what you will be getting in the device. First up, you will still get the 5-inch AMOLED screen up front as the standard display, while the 4.7-inch e-Ink display will be the “always on” screen. The phone is powered by a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor supported by 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. You also get wireless charging, Qualcomm’s “fast charge” protocol, an 8MP main shooter, and 4G/LTE capability for GSM networks in North America. Everything runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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The Indiegogo campaign has a USD$50,000 goal to be used for all the regulatory fees and certifications the phone needs to be sold normally on the market in the US. There will be USD$500 “early backer” slots for the first 100 backers, that’s a full $100 off the retail price of USD$600. There will also be a USD$75 off period for the first 48 hours. So if this is something that you want, better get it at a discount already.

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The “second screen” – which is the “always on” e-Ink one on the back – does take some getting used to. But the logic of the YotaPhone 2 is, rather than pick up your phone, turn on the display, check for notifications – and doing this routine for over a hundred times during the day, the e-Ink display provides you with all the details you need for notifications and stuff without having to turn on your main display, and therefore save on battery power. It changes the way you use your phone, but it does present a good argument. Check out the Indiegogo campaign at the source link below.

SOURCE: Indiegogo

This is a crowdfunded project, and as such may not deliver what its creators initially promise. Most crowdfunding sites, like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, have policies about what happens to your money if the project fails to deliver on its goals, but choosing to back a project is inevitably a risk. Android Community’s reporting on crowdfunded projects should in no way be seen as an endorsement, unless specifically stated, and we recommend closely examining the terms and conditions to understand your individual rights as a backer before making a pledge.

Samsung used Diamond Pixels display matrix on S6 edge’s curved display

Posted by wicked May - 7 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

No doubt the Samsung Galaxy S6‘s display is crisp and clear. Thanks to the Super AMOLED display used. But for the Galaxy S6 edge, some people are left wondering if the curved edge still features the Diamond Pixels matrix arrangement of Samsung. It’s the technology that the South Korean giant uses to make sure resolution is higher than usual. It’s the PenTile matrix that Samsung has been using to achieve super clear display.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge display was recently placed under the microscope to see if it lives up to the promise. Aside from the screen, the two cameras, LED flash, volume button, SIM card slot, and biometric sensor combo were also checked.

Looking closely at the 5.1-inch QHD S6 edge screen, you can see that Diamond Pixels arrangement was used to achieve the high pixel density. However, the light-emitting diodes are not layered on a glass substrate but on a plastic. This way, Samsung was able to bend the screen on both sides. The pixels look clear and living as ever when edges are curved.

Tech website Napidroid.hu did the test and below are images of the result:

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Pretty impressive, right? These photos prove that Samsung has worked hard on the details on its latest flagship phone. The curved edge display is still a new technology but the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge doesn’t disappoint.

VIA: PhoneArena

SOURCE: NapiDro

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