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Samsung shows off Retina beating displays

Samsung Display has a few new goodies to show off at Display Week, including three displays that make Apple’s Retina panels look rather outdated. 

The company has developed a new 4.99-inch AMOLED 1080p panel for smartphones. The resolution is not spectacular, but since going for higher resolutions on such small panels is pointless, Samsung focused its efforts on display quality. It claims the new screen has the world’s broadest colour gamut. Coupled with AMOLED’s exceptional contrast and proper blacks, it sounds promising. 

Next in line is a 10.1-inch 2560×1600 panel for tablets. It’s not a show stopper, as Samsung already uses the same resolution screen in the Nexus 10, which leads us to believe that this is merely an incremental upgrade. 

However, Samsung notebooks might get some very sharp panels indeed. The company has developed a 13.3-inch 3200×1800 panel, which tops Apple’s Retina screens used on 13-inch MacBooks, which top out at 2560×1600. In fact, it trumps even the 2880×1800 display on the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

In addition, Samsung did not simply squeeze more pixels using off-the-shelf technology. The new displays feature fewer driver circuits and improved LED backlighting efficiency, which means they need 30 percent less power than current generation displays. However, GPUs rendering a couple of million more pixels will probably need a lot more juice, offsetting the savings. 

LG Display to ship first flexible panel this year

LG Display is apparently gearing up to ship its first flexible displays later this year. 

The company has already outpaced Samsung in the OLED and 4K space, and now it seems bent on doing the same with bendy panels. Both Samsung and LG have already showcased flexible displays in recent months, but it appears LG will ship them first. 

According to the Korea Times, LG is widening its lead over rivals such as Samsung. It shipped 218 million LCDs over 9.1 inches last year, while Samsung Display shipped 163 million units. Chimei Innolux and AU Optronics came in third and second. 

LG Display’s IPS LCDs are used by a number of global tech brands, including Chinese smartphone makers who are going from strength to strength. The company has stepped up its R&D spending and it is pushing a number of new technologies, such as W-RGB OLED TV panels and IGZO TFT backpanels. It is also betting big on UHD, or 4K panels. 

Flexible displays for phones and tablets are just one cog in the LG juggernaut. LG Display wants to outpace Samsung in all display technologies and so far it seems the approach is working.