Will Samsung turn its back on OLED panels for the Galaxy S 5?
If you love a smartphone that’s capable of inspiring a whole lot of pre-launch rumors, you must be head-over-heels with all the talk surrounding Samsung’s Galaxy S 5. While there’s very little hard info on the phone yet available, the rumor mill has been working around the clock for months now, suggesting all manner of possibilities for the upcoming Android flagship. Some of that’s focused on what the phone might get (like a metal body) while other rumors have concentrated on features that might be suspiciously absent (like an optically stabilized camera). We’re in the latter boat today, as we check out a rumor that the GS5 could abandon Samsung’s favored OLED screen tech.
Now, we’d heard before that we might be looking at a couple main variants of the GS5: a premium metal version and a regular plastic edition. While that possibility remains, instead of Samsung sticking with an OLED display (above) for at least the premium model, a new report suggest that the company could go all-in on LCDs, and that even the premium Galaxy S 5 could use a PLS LCD screen.
OLED displays are beautiful, sure, and abandoning them for the GS5 could cost Samsung some sales. So why do it? The LCDs would be much less expensive, either contributing to higher margins or letting Samsung lower the phone’s base price – and that one, at least, could be more than enough to offset losses caused by the move away from OLED.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Samsung ditching OLED screens, and a similar rumor preceded the GS4’s launch.