Samsung’s High-End Smartphones in 2014 May Use Cheaper PLS LCD Display
It has been reported quite recently that the cheaper PLS (Plane to Line Switching) LCD panels will be used on Samsung’s future flagships instead of the AMOLED ones. This could help the company cuts down the overall cost of display production by about 20 percent. Sources in South Korea revealed that the decision is taken to make upcoming devices more competitive.
Major device manufacturers are currently being challenged by new smartphone makers from China, including Oppo and Xiaomi. Owing to its lower production costs, the PLS LCD has been used in Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Nexus 10. Compared to its AMOLED counterpart, PLS-based display offers a number of inherent benefits including better image clarity, lower power consumption, higher brightness level and more natural colors.
PLS LCD could also be more appealing to Galaxy Note fans, since it delivers better S-Pen experience. Obviously, the cheaper technology isn’t completely superior, since it delivers worse true black compared to AMOLED panels. We also heard recently that Samsung will deliver premium phones with 2K Super AMOLED displays and we couldn’t be certain which models will be equipped with such component. AMOLED display has become Samsung’s major selling point and it’s unclear if the company has a plan to ditch it.