Samsung will begin manufacturing its new full HD AMOLED smartphone panel later this month, adding weight to rumours it is gearing up for an imminent launch of the Galaxy S4.
Citing unnamed “industry sources”, Korean news site DDaily reports that the five-inch display, which it teased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas last month, will be mass produced from the end of February and shipped for commercial release in early March.
The display is a dead cert to debut on the much-anticipated Galaxy S4, which a recent spate of forecasts and conjecture suggests will be launched sometime after mid-April.
While popular panel-makers in Japan and Korea, namely Japan Display, Sharp and LG Display, have already begun large-scale manufacturing of LCD panels boasting a full HD resolution, Chinese manufacturer are reportedly struggling to reach stable yield to cope with demand.
According to sources, only a small amount of full-HD panels for premium smartphone products will be shipped from China this year, which could potentially lead to an initial shortage of the year’s biggest flagship releases, including Apple’s iPhone 5S.
Aside from a five-inch 1080p display, the Galaxy S4 is also mooted to feature an eight-core Exynos processor, also showcased at CES – plus a 13-megapixel camera and built-in wireless charging capabilities.
Samsung is tipped to officially raise the curtain on the S4 sometime between March 15th and 22nd in a location supposed right on “Apple’s doorstep”.