Samsung CES 2013 roadmap shows 4.99-inch 1080p displayAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
There wasn't a ton of mobile news from Samsung last week at CES 2013, with the only announcements relating to the Exynos 5 Octa and the ATIV Odyssey's impending launch. However, the folks at AnandTech did manage to spot an AMOLED display roadmap at Samsung's CES booth that shows a feature that we could see in a future handset, like the Galaxy S IV.
Included in the roadmap are 4.8-inch and 5.55-inch 720p screens, which are found on the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. Next to those is a 4.99-inch display with a full HD 1080p resolution. Samsung has said that its new AMOLED displays feature 25 percent power savings over their predecessors, as well as a low power mode that promises 47 percent power savings. The roadmap lists this new 4.99-inch 1080p screen as arriving in the first quarter of 2013.
While Samsung obviously isn't going to straight-up say at CES whether or not this new display is headed for a new device like the Galaxy S IV, a previous report has suggested that Samsung is planning to bump the resolution of the next Galaxy S phone up to 1080p from the 720p screen found on the S III. We're already seeing quite a few 5-inch 1080p displays from other Android manufacturers, and so a 4.99-inch 1080p screen would make since in the Galaxy S IV, especially since it'll be a flagship phone for Samsung. Plus, if Samsung were to do a display that's much larger than 4.99 inches, it'd be getting close to Galaxy Note territory.
Obviously all of this is speculation for now, as there's very little information about what Samsung may have up its sleeve for the next Galaxy S device. That includes the possible introduction date, though I wouldn't be surprised if Samsung asked us to save a date that's around the same time that the Galaxy S III's debut, which took place in early May. Until then, all we can do is wonder. What do you all think of the possibility of a Galaxy S IV with a 4.99-inch 1080p display? Does that sound like a device that you'd hurl money at a cashier for?