Samsung loves to put out infographics about the evolution of their products or specific features on their devices – the last one was on the transformation of the Galaxy Note series from the first Galaxy Note to the Galaxy Note 4. The latest one, released today, is about the progression of the Samsung displays – from the first SH-100 in 1988 all the way through the Galaxy S6 edge, just announced yesterday at the 2015 MWC in Barcelona. Let us take a stroll down this exciting path and see the development of what many believe to be the best display on the smartphone market.
The first Samsung analog phone dates back to 1988 – the SH-100 with that old familiar light green monochrome background with black lettering. It was not until 1994 when the SH-770 model came out that we were treated to a 3-lined display that was sectioned off with dedicated icons, numbers and menus. In 1998, the SCH-800 flip phone was the first Samsung device to allow the user to send and receive SMS text messages. In 2000, the SCH-A2000 was the first Samsung flip phone that had both a 3-line external display and a 5-lined internal display.
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April 2002 saw some big changes in Samsung displays – the SCH-X430 introduced high-resolution COLOR to the internal display. It used the TFT-LCD/LCD technology with 18-bit color (262k color) inside and monochrome on the outside. Just four months later, the SCH-V300 clamshell used a 2.04-inch color display and Video on Demand (VOD) services were launched in Korea. In 2005, the SCH-B250 upped a swivel screen size to 2.2-inches with a QVGA resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, along with DMB and TV streaming capabilities.
The next big evolution occurred in 2009 when Samsung introduced the SCH-W850 candy bar style device with their first 3.5-inch AMOLED display with a WVGA resolution and 800 x 480 pixels and their first touch screen display…and home button. A year later the Samsung Galaxy S was introduced – 4-inches of Super AMOLED display, still keeping the WVGA resolution. We now had YouTube, mobile streaming, video editing, images and documents. The Galaxy SIII arrived in 2012 with a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with 1280 x 700 pixels. In 2013, the Galaxy S4 jumped the display to 5-inches and a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with a faster response time and improved contrast. It was so well received that over 40 million were sold – it was Samsung’s fastest selling smartphone of all time. The Galaxy S5 came out in 2014 with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display – the first models came with the FHD display and later that year the Korean model was bumped to a Quad HD display.
The next real change came in October 2014 when the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge was released beside the Galaxy Note 4 – the Note Edge used a 5.6-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 x 160 pixels. It was their first mass produced device with a revolutionary curved edge screen – both the display and the glass are curved on the right hand side only of the display. Even though it is all one display, the software allows the small curved part to operate independently from the main display and thusly looks like a separate little display.
Just yesterday at the MWC, Samsung unveiled its newest display in the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge – a 5.1-inch Quad HD SUPER AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 pixels and an amazing 577 pixels-per-inch (PPI). The version on the Galaxy S6 has a display that curves down on both the right and the left sides of the device, giving it one of the coolest looks ever, easy and comfortable to hold in your hand.
Who knows what Samsung will do next with their displays – I would expect an amazing Galaxy Note Edge 2 this fall. Please hook up with us on our Google+ Page and let us know what you think of Samsung’s latest displays…as always, we would love to hear from you.