One of the most important specifications we look for on a new phone – right after the Processor, Memory (both RAM and Internal Storage), and Camera – is the Display. The Display had been placed higher up on the list, but let’s face it, displays on high-end phones are now at a Full HD with resolutions of 1920×1080 – long past the days of even Apple’s once famous “retina displays” – so we are at the point where we “assume” that any high-end display will be gorgeous…but they were not always that way. Samsung has done one of their infamous Infographics – a historical pictorial view – of the history of their displays from their “Mono” to their famous AMOLED Displays.
Many people forget that Mono displays dominated the market until the early 2000’s, in fact, the first cellphones were only able to display about three lines of text on the entire display! Cellphones were first and foremost a mobile telephone – simply a way to make a phone call from a unattached headset and as long it could show the user a name and phone number, the display had done its job. It could even store a few contacts to make your dialing easier.
In the late nineties, when Samsung introduced their flip-phones, we now had two displays – a smaller one (3 lines) on the outside and a slightly larger (5 lines), inside display – and text messaging was born. In about 2000, Samsung introduced their first colored screen, called “high-resolution color display,” and this is when the real fun began.
The internal screen grew larger and with more resolution – up to QVGA of 320×240 resolution) and they even had a rotating screen to make it easier to text and watch the screen. However, it was in 2009 when Samsung introduced their famous AMOLED screen technology, with a full 3.5-inch WVGA with 800×480 resolution in a candy bar style device…it was also their first screen to use a touch screen display!
In one year Samsung jumped from a 3.5-inch display to a 4-inch Super AMOLED, but still at the 800×480 resolution as they launched their infamous Galaxy S series devices. In 2012, they introduced the Samsung Galaxy S3 with a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with 1600×1200 resolution and only a year later, the Galaxy S4 sported a 5-inch display that was Full HD with 1920×1080 resolution. During this time Samsung also introduced their Galaxy Note series and the latest, the Note 3 released in 2013, had a 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED Display!
Where is this display technology all leading to – some of the most exciting displays to come, with curved screens, flexible displays, possibly even “foldable” displays. They will almost certainly hit us with the Quad-HD display with a 2560×1440 displays on certain models. 2014 and beyond will offer some amazing Samsung displays and I am excited be a part of it. Let us know on our Google+ Page what you think of the new displays coming – do we need more resolution or do you think it is overkill, and what about flexible or bendable displays – looking forward to them or just a gimmick?