Samsung to Use Diamond-Shaped Pixels in Galaxy S IV's Full HD Display

That's right folks, more rumors surrounding Samsung's latest and upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S IV. However, there's nothing too crazy to report in this one, which is a bit of a relief, really. This time around the focus is on the underlying technology that is going to bring all those pixels to Samsung's 1080p Display they're going to be using in the Galaxy S IV. It's pretty much all but confirmed that Samsung are going to be using a 1080p display in the Galaxy S IV and at CES there was a product slide that confirmed the 4.99" size of it as well.

What with this being Samsung and all you'd expect that this is going to be an AMOLED display and that's just what we're hearing out of the rumor mill. At 4.99", with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 it'll pack an impressive 440 ppi density that bests the iPhone's "retina" density of 326 ppi. AMOLED displays have always had a stigma surrounding their sub-pixel arrangement and the Galaxy S III was criticized for using a PenTile arrangement but, the screen has since been praised as one of the best out there. Now, there is talk of this 4.99" display to utilize hexagonal and diamond-shaped pixels in order to push all those pixels into an AMOLED display.

Samsung are able to do this through the use of their Laser-Induced Thermal Imaging (LITI) as opposed to the older Fine Metal Mask (FMM) process that was used in previous displays. There were rumors that Samsung were struggling to get mass-production of the panel all worked out but now it looks like everything is a-okay for the Galaxy S IV's display. The use of hexagonal and diamond-shaped pixels is said to help AMOLED displays squeeze in more pixels than the traditional side-by-side layout of older displays. I'm not the biggest fan of AMOLED displays and much prefer IPS panels but there's no denying that the S III's display is vivid and bright, Super AMOLED displays are one of Samsung's biggest differentiators in the smartphone game and they're hoping that their display will come out on top of the Super LCD IPS that HTC and Sony seem to be using.

[Source: Digitimes]

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