When we’re talking about different screen configurations, subpixels, and all that, we’re generally still talking about arrangements of tiny little rectangles of various shapes and sizes. There may be three little rectangular subpixels making up an RGB pixel, or slightly fewer than that when we’re talking about shared subpixels in a PenTile design. Samsung could be planning to shake up what we know about this kind of display tech, with rumors that it’s working on new screens using either hexagon- or diamond-shaped pixels.
DigiTimes turns once again to its “industry sources” for this news, which it reports is a consequence of struggles producing 1080p screens at increasing pixel densities. Supposedly, going much beyond the 440ppi we see with five-inch full HD screens is becoming tricky with entirely-rectangular pixel elements, and switching over to using other shapes that can still be densely packed in a pattern may be a tenable solution.
If this is indeed true, Samsung may be planning to showcase this display tech for the Galaxy S IV. We’re not sure how much faith to put in that claim, as from the sound of things Samsung has yet to finalize its work on this new approach to display fabrication, but it will be interesting to see how these stack up to existing 1080p screens, should they ever appear.