We all know Samsung is the king when it comes to Super AMOLED displays, but they've been pretty quiet when it comes to super high-resolution panels destined for smartphones. While the word on the street is that Samsung is waiting for the Galaxy Note 4 to announce such a densely packed AMOLED display, a Taiwanese competitor of theirs has beaten them to it. AU Optronics, as many of you might know, is one of the biggest display manufacturers in the world and they count pretty much everyone who's anyone as customers of theirs. More of a company that sells components to other manufacturers, AU Optronics has recently shown off a 5.7-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440, which amounts to a whopping 513 ppi density.
The WQHD display was announced in a press release from the Taiwanese company along with other new displays and of course, it's destined for smartphones. The panel is what AU Optronics is calling "the world's highest resolution 5.7-inch smartphone application WQHD AMOLED panel" and we're inclined to believe them. While not "Super" like the AMOLED that Samsung ships in its high-end devices, it should feature some of the same qualities we've come to expect from Samsung devices. While not the absolute first display on the planet to feature resolution at this size, it is the first AMOLED panel. The 5.5-inch display in the Oppo Find 7 is an LCD panel, and so too is the 6-inch panel in Vivo's XPlay 3S. Little else is known about the panel right now, but we'd guess that Chinese smartphones will start to appear with the panel later on in the year.
In the press release, AU Optronics also announced a 1.6-inch AMOLED display destined for smartwatches and wearable technology, as well as a 6-inch version of this monstrously dense display. With an announcement of many other smartphone displays as well some standard TV tech, it would seem that one of Samsung's competitors has taken the lead a little bit, and the new 5.7-inch panel should start to appear in competing devices later this year. The display has only just been announced, so there's no telling when and where this guy will turn up. We doubt that Samsung will be using a display from AU Optronics however, and we'd be shocked if we didn't hear something from Samsung soon on this front, either.