Samsung been talking a lot about the future lately; we only just looked at where the company’s heading in terms of device resolution. Of course, resolution is only one of many factors we look at when evaluating displays, and it can be just as important to talk about the underlying technology. While there are plenty of different ways you can implement things, it often boils down to LCD versus OLED. We love the rich saturation and outstanding contrast OLED displays afford, but they’ve largely been constrained to smaller screens; we saw Samsung deliver the Galaxy Tab 7.7 with an OLED display, but ever since, rumors of the company returning to OLED for a future tablet have failed to yield results. It may finally be time for that to change, as we get word of an increased focus on OLED for next year’s Samsung tablets.
The company’s interested in the power consumption and thinness benefits of OLED displays (not requiring a separate backlight), and considering how underwhelmed we’ve found ourselves with a number of Samsung tablets as of late, a premium feature like a big, bright, OLED screen could really help future models feel more like higher-end gear.
There’s no word yet on any specific devices that may see the OLED treatment, but we wouldn’t be surprised to learn about a candidate or two as we get into the early 2014 expo season.