In its first analyst event of the smartphone era, Samsung revealed a few juicy details about the technology behind its future smartphone plans. In slides released in conjunction with the event, the electronics giant confirmed plans to develop its own CPU core technology, as opposed to licensing designs from ARM as it does now. The slide on Samsung's 64-bit CPU plans shows a two-step approach, first developing 64-bit cores based on ARM designs, then moving to its own bespoke designs, similar to the way Qualcomm operates. The plans could be seen as a way for Samsung's phones to become even more vertically-integrated. Some current Samsung phones use Exynos SoCs manufactured in-house, but these use Cortex A15 and A7 designs licensed from ARM.
Samsung also showed where its mobile displays will be heading in 2014, with slides revealing plans for 560ppi AMOLED panels with an RGB subpixel arrangement — a considerable step up from the 440ppi SuperAMOLED used in the Galaxy S4, which features a diamond PenTile subpixel arrangement. Resolution-wise, an additional slide shows Samsung is targeting 1440p (2560x1440) resolution smartphone displays in 2014. A little basic math tells us 1440p with a density of 560ppi points to a screen size of around 5.25 inches. But that's nothing compared to the projection for 2015, which has phone displays reaching the dizzy heights of 2160p (3840x2160 or 4K) the year after next.
On the nascent area of flexible smartphone displays, Samsung boasts that it owns one third of all patents related to the technology. Recently we've seen the Galaxy Round from Samsung and the G Flex from LG kicking off the age of curvy-screened smartphones, and more look certain to follow in the next year.
So it's no surprise to learn that next year's phones will outclass this year's in terms of raw hardware, but it's interesting to get an early hint of the specific numbers involved. The question, however, remains: Do you really need 560ppi on a device you're holding with one hand?
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