Report: Samsung Codenames Galaxy S9 AMOLED Tech ‘Sunflower’

June 9, 2017 - Written By Dominik Bosnjak

Samsung Electronics codenamed the AMOLED screen tech for the Galaxy S9 series as “Sunflower,” one industry insider said on Friday. The new technology is said to rely on entirely different materials to those used for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus that Samsung released in late April. The exact specifics of the next-generation mobile AMOLED solution are currently unclear, though the South Korean consumer electronics manufacturer is almost certainly looking to improve on the display fidelity of the Galaxy S8 lineup while simultaneously making the new tech more consistent and reliable.

The Infinity Display panels of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have been touted as one of the main┬áselling points of Samsung’s latest flagship duo, though certain units exhibited a number of screen-related issues, including reddish displays that the Seoul-based company attributed to a color calibration error and issued an over-the-air (OTA) update to remedy the situation. The 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch panels of the new flagships feature an unconventional aspect ratio of 18.5:9, with some industry watchers expecting Samsung to continue pursuing that aesthetic in the future. Apart from a relatively tall screen, the Galaxy S8 series is also instantly recognizable due to its nearly bezel-less design, another characteristic that the Galaxy S9 lineup is likely to succeed.

According to recent reports, the Galaxy S9 devices will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip (SoC) in the United States, while the international variants of the handsets will likely feature a successor to the Exynos 8895, Samsung’s proprietary piece of 10nm silicon present in the Galaxy S8 family that’s also expected to be integrated into the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. The Galaxy S9 is reportedly codenamed “Star” and has been in development for several months now, though details on the upcoming Android flagship are still scarce, with the device being almost a year away from a commercial release. Still, with screens being one of the main selling points of Samsung’s previously released premium mobile devices, whatever Sunflower ends up being, the technology will likely be advertised as a hallmark of the Galaxy S9 lineup. More information on Samsung’s hardware efforts will likely follow in the coming months.