The next flagship smartphone from Samsung may rock a cutting-edge OLED panel that resists cracks and scratches more easily, an analyst has forecast.
Unofficially dubbed the Galaxy S4, Sammy’s Next Big Thing could benefit from major advances in screen technology whereby the glass substrate protecting the display can be replaced with a more shatter-resistant plastic material. It would also be lighter, thus further reducing the chance of breaking the screen.
Samsung is already one of the pioneers of OLED technology and is hotly tipped to be the first to introduce it to mobile devices, as it was previously too expensive and experimental to do so. Naturally, the Galaxy S4 or at least its successor, would be a very likely to debut it.
Mark Newman, an analyst at Stanford Bernstein in Hong Kong, said: "Eventually, they'll have unbreakable and flexible displays. Either the Galaxy S IV or S V will have unbreakable and even possibly flexible and foldable displays by 2014. That's going to be a game-changer.”
A sturdier screen would be certainly a big selling point for the handset, which has not fared too well in stress tests when pitted against the Apple iPhone 5.
Codenamed ‘Project J’ in honour of Samsung Mobile chief JK Shin, the Galaxy S4 could land much sooner than May, reckons UBS analyst Nicolas Gaudois.
"Looking to the first half of 2013, we see evidence of Samsung likely accelerating the release of the Galaxy S4 - compared with May (this year) for the Galaxy S3," he noted.
"We believe preparations for volume manufacturing of unbreakable plastic substrate displays continue. All in all, we could see a strong products push in the high-end in the first half, followed by other releases."
While details are still sketchy, as far as rumours are concerned, the S4 will be home to a slightly bigger 4.99-inch display with full HD resolution, a quad-core Exynos 5 series processor potentially based on the ARM Cortex-A15 architecture, and a 13-megapixel snapper that was apparently left out of the Galaxy S3 due to supply constraints.
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