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Samsung: 4K phones in 2015, foldable displays in 2016

07 Nov 2013 | Rasmus Larsen |

Samsung hosted its first Analyst Day in years, following its earnings report, and they shared fascinating details about their technical roadmap. Samsung says that we can expect 4K displays in smartphones in 2015 and foldable OLED displays in 2016.

Samsung talks about the future

At the Analyst Day conference Samsung shared a detailed roadmap with anxious investors. Samsung talked about plans for 2014-2017 in components categories such as processors, memory chips, camera sensors, and display technology.

Next year, we can expect to see the first mobile displays with 2560x1440 pixel resolution from Samsung, and in 2015 they expect to start producing 4K displays for smartphones. Going forward, Samsung is mostly focused on OLED technology, but LCD is still a very significant share of the display division. As you already know, Samsung produces displays not only for its own devices, but also for other manufacturers.

Samsung’s 4K mobile displays
Samsung will start making mobile displays with 4K resolution in 2015

When you take a look at Samsung’s component roadmap things look even more interesting. Samsung is already making curved OLED panels, such as those used in its curved OLED TVs. In 2014, we can expect to see bendable OLED displays, and in 2016 Samsung aims to produce the first foldable OLED displays. Samsung expect 40 % of all smartphones in 2016 to feature a flexible OLED display of some kind. They even mention stretchable displays as the next step after foldable displays.

Samsung’s component roadmap
Samsung’s component roadmap includes bendable and foldable displays

Samsung did not share many details about its plans for TVs during the presentations, but they did mention that they see 4K as an intermediate step towards 8K resolution in the near future. Samsung expects 56 % of all TVs sold in 2018 to be larger than 48”, and expects 25 % of TVs sold in 2018 to feature Ultra HD resolution. Samsung says that the “Advanced R&D” division is currently researching in holographic displays.

If you want to know more about Samsung’s plans, see the source link below with all the presentations.

- Source: Samsung Analyst Day via Android Beat

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