If yesterday’s revelation about Samsung‘s plans for bended and foldable displays for 2014 and onwards had you a wee bit curious, then these latest tidbits will probably make you intrigued even more. At its second Analyst Day, the Korean electronics manufacturer is spilling the beans on how it plans to keep itself on top of the competition in the years to come.
Samsung has implied that it will be slapping 64-bit processors on its future smartphones, riding the wave that was started by Apple with its iPhone 5s. However, Samsung plans to eventually take this one step further. The company may be known for producing its own Exynos brand of chips, but these processors use chip designs licensed from ARM Holdings, unlike Qualcomm and, just recently, Apple, who design their own ARM chips. Samsung is now telling its investors that it is planning to cut out the middle man and design its own 64-bit chips eventually. The technical details and benefits of this Samsung-designed application processor (AP) are still unknown at this point.
As you may already have read, Samsung plans to produce bended screens in 2014 and, if it manages to overcome technical barriers, foldable displays starting 2015. The company also has big plans for the more conventional type of smartphone displays and wants to push the limits of just how much they can cram into a smartphone-sized screen. In 2014, Samsung envisions displays that will boast pixel densities of 560 ppi. For reference, the Nexus 5, which was just launched last week, already touts 445 ppi. But Samsung doesn’t plan to stop there. It wants to put out smartphone screens with 4K resolutions by 2015. That’s 3840×2160 pixels, something that Vivo, whose upcoming Xplay3S wants to be the world’s first 2K display smartphone, will probably be drooling about.
These are definitely very ambitious goals, even for someone who probably has the muscle to pull it off. But Samsung doesn’t really have much of a choice. In a overly saturated mobile technology market that has almost all but peaked, the company has to assure its investors and partners that it can still innovate, or at least put out some rather interesting products in the future.