Friday, November 16, 2012

Samsung Bendable Displays

Samsung to Start Making Bendable Displays for Smartphones in First Half of 2013

Samsung May Start Mass Producing Bendable Smartphones Next Year

In a bid to differentiate itself from the rivals, Samsung Electronics, one of the world’s largest consumer electronics conglomerates, may start mass production of bendable smartphones next year as one of its subsidiaries is on the final stages of development of flexible AMOLED [active-matrix organic light emitting diode] displays.

Samsung Display, a producer of display panels that belongs to Samsung, is in the last phase of development of flexible displays for mobile devices, which are expected to be released in the first half of next year, a person familiar with the situation revealed to the Wall Street Journal. Bendable displays are virtually unbreakable and naturally provide a lot of opportunities when it comes to creation of innovation shapes of smartphone.

Even though Samsung has already demonstrated flexible displays and mobile phones at Mobile World Congress trade-show, it does not mean that that the actual devices on their base will be as weird as technology showcases. The main advantage which they will like provide will be added crash-worthiness as well as improved usability. While the screens themselves will be able to bend, other electronics components inside smartphones, such as printed-circuit boards or chips, will not be flexible and can be broken.

In any case, such new breed of smartphones will look and feel dramatically differently from devices on the market today, which will grant Samsung ability to completely differentiate its products from competing offerings of other leading makers of mobile electronics, including arch-rival Apple.

Nokia Corp. has also demonstrated flexible mobile phones in 2011, but there is no information when those might reach production. Asustek Computer has also demonstrated concepts of bendable electronics.
Samsung did not comment on the news-story.

Source: Anton Shilov of

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3: Spec showdown

Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3: Spec showdown

The iPhone 5 is finally here. And if you’ve been paying attention to the rumors over the past few months, then you pretty much already know all the phone has to offer. The rumors were spot on: 4G LTE, bigger battery, A6 system-on-chip, and new “Lighting” dock connector are all there. The question now is: How does the iPhone 5 stack up against its biggest rival, Samsung’s Galaxy S3? Check out our iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S3 spec showdown below for the complete breakdown.

What it means: The Galaxy S3 is the iPhone 5′s biggest competitor and judging from its specs, Apple still might have reason to worry. Like many Android phones, the S3 has a screen bordering on 5 inches. To put that into perspective, Samsung’s screen is about the size of the entire iPhone 4S. It is also an entirely different kind of screen. The S3′s screen uses a technology called AMOLED, which displays vivid color and deep blacks. On the contrary, since the iPhone 5 has a LCD screen, it can display whites much better. It also has a slightly higher pixel density due to its smaller size. Samsung’s front-facing camera is nicer, but only marginally and both devices perform roughly evenly when it comes to battery life (we’re guessing). The S3 has an advantage when it comes to processing power and storage due to its 2GB of RAM and microSD slot, but we’d also wager that Apple’s new rear-facing camera will outperform Samsung’s to a noticeable degree, though both employ 8-megapixel technology. Which is the better bang for your buck? We encourage you to try both phones out, as they are both available on most wireless carriers.


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Apple iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S: Spec showdown

Apple iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S: Spec showdown

A new year, a new iPhone. Apple announced today the latest version of it’s best-selling handset, the iPhone 5. As expected, the device features a number of updates, most notably a larger, 4-inch display, LTE connectivity, a better camera, and an updated A6 system-on-chip, and the new “Lighting” dock connector. So, is it worth throwing down a few hard-earned Benjamins to upgrade from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5? Check out our spec comparison chart below to find out.

What it means: If you have the money, we encourage you to go for the iPhone 5, though please note that we haven’t actually used it yet. The new iPhone is capable of 4G LTE connection speeds (assuming you’re in an area with coverage), which will make your phone connection as fast, if not faster, than your home Wi-Fi — yeah, it’s that fast. Verizon’s LTE network is the most robust, but AT&T and Sprint are building their networks quickly to compete. In the next two years, you should be able to take advantage of 4G LTE, assuming you don’t live in the middle of the woods. The iPhone 5s cameras are also improved from the 4S and it is made of less, and more durable, glass. The screen is also larger and the phone is thinner and lighter than its predecessor. However, the iPhone 4S has one big advantage: it only costs $100. If you’re on a budget, it may be the way to go.


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