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Samsung Galaxy S4 to Feature New Green PHOLED Display and Floating Touch Technology

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According to the newest leaks from inside sources at Samsung, the Galaxy S4 may by shying away from their traditional AMOLED displays. Instead, sources state that Samsung is to incorporate a Green PHOLED display in their next flagship device. PHOLED stands for phosphorescent organic light-emitting diode, which works on the basis that organic materials give off their own light when an electric current is applied. As for “Green PHOLED,” it is reported that these new displays can save power consumption up to 25%, using a type of yellow-green color combination. 

To top it off, wouldn’t it be nice not to have to touch that gorgeous display? Apparently, Samsung is also going to introduce some type of floating touch software, which will work to turn your finger into an S-Pen of sorts. Much like an S-Pen, say you were in your device’s gallery and instead of tapping on a folder of pictures and videos to open and view them, you could simple hover your finger above the folder and be shown previews for each file inside. The applications for such a feature go way beyond that, but you get the idea.

This phone is going to be unveiled next week in NYC on Thursday. Finally.

Via: SamMobile

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  • SamXp

    Seriously? Galaxy S STILL has a physical home button? When are they going to finally go to a capacitive button, or even better – softkeys like the Galaxy Nexus?

  • Let’s see how Moogle responds.

  • YYC

    What about brightness in sunlight???? biggest problem of them all. if you cant see the screen how can you use it?

  • Dwight

    apple new feature will be call iscroll not eye scroll. I am definitely switching over when the S4 comes out.

  • Richard Yarrell

    The GALAXY S4 will also have a FLEXIBLE DISPLAY which will be an industry first and TOTAL SURPRISE…The Galaxy S4 will be the BEST DEVICE IN 2013. Till the GALAXY NOTE 3 arrives..

    • squiddy20

      1. It’s not much of a “total surprise” if you know about it and are spreading this unfounded, baseless rumor that is nothing more than your pitiful fanboy wishlist. Moron.

      2. Considering the tech was unveiled not even 2 months ago, and was labeled “experimental” at that, have fun saying it’ll be in every phone Samsung makes from here on out for at least another 6 months. Just like how you “knew” the Galaxy Nexus would be released on Verizon in early November, then mid November, then late November, then finally early December, simply because the *rumors* were saying so.

  • iLuvKush

    Are those reflections of trees blurred out, on the screen? >=)

  • After having a Droid Razr with the OLED type display I’m not too sure if I want my next phone to have any sort of OLED composition. I mean the color saturation in my opinion makes a lot of images really pop in a way that looks good but it sacrifices the color accuracy (not a big deal to me as long as the resulting image looks good. However when in low lighting situations (brightness all the way down) there is very uneven lighting of the display and what seems to be “ink” smeared on the inside of the screen!

  • All I want is better battery life. Is that too much to ask? Apparently so

  • Michael Javier

    This is not going to look pretty under a microscope. Haters are going to have a party… Reminds me of another Samsung technology that Motorola used in the Bionic. Haters loved to point out how the RGBW pentile looked ugly under magnification but conveniently ignored how it made the screen really bright(thanks to the clear or white pixel) even at minimum backlight settings, and at max backlight (600+ nits), it was the most usable outdoors.

    • Lakerzz

      To me, there is nothing worse than having a 720p screen and still being able to see pixelated status bar icons on the Galaxy Nexus, and Galaxy S3.

      • Not a doctor

        and what we have here folk is the proud owner of some HTC garbage. there is nothing pixelated on the s3’s noti bar you fool.

        • Lakerzz

          Awesome movie!! And if seeing pentile makes me a fool, then a fool I am. You think I *LIKE* seeing it??? Calmite…sheesh.

  • NexusMan

    A touchscreen that you never touch…hmmmm

  • Pentiile 2.0.

  • AnyName

    now that’s what i call innovation hope the rumors are true about the screen to consume less power that means longer battery life

  • TheWenger

    Dare I ask for another X Phone rumor?

  • chris125

    Anything that will help with battery life is welcomed, and hopefully this new screen wont make everything look so unrealistic.

    • Tim242

      You can change the colors to realistic in settings. That was the first thing I did on the Note II.

      • chris125

        couldn’t on the s3

        • Tim242

          Hmmm…You can on the Sprint S III, all S II’s, and all Note II’s.

          • You certainly cannot change the color settings on the Sprint GS3 in the way that you’re talking about.

  • bogy25

    I think this is great news – my hope is for this phone to completely crush the iphone and be as functional as could be – I really hate apple and their users so my hope is the GS4 will piss them off enough to make them hate apple too. Also, I need to get rid of my Razr Maxx HD and this phone will be the reason I hope.

  • AMOLED was what brought me (and most folks I know) to Samsung. Those screens are/were phenomenal, and the contrast is amazing. If this new tech doesn’t match it, I’ll be looking at Sony and HTC.

    • Aliveon2legs

      The Samsung Viagra screens have been the only thing keeping me from using them, so far. I’m currently planning to purchase the HTC One, but this could change my mind.

  • DJyoSNOW

    So with the ability not to touch the screen and eye ball gestures FTW #hotmess

  • Tom

    I like the virtual mouse hover. Missed that ever since I had arrow keys or a trackball. Too bad this will only be useful when it becomes standard on Android so devs will actually program for it.

    • Mike T.

      Definitely missed hover actions on websites when I had the trackball. Too bad there’s no more Flash updates since many Flash content have mouse hover elements.

      • michael arazan

        The rate processors and ram is in phones today, by next year at this pace you will be able to put desktop flash on a mobile device. basic PC’s use 2.5 gh processors with 2 gb ram which is almost to where new phones are today.

        • Ionut Costica

          But ARM processors can’t really be directly compared with x86/x64 desktop processors. The ARM architecture is built for low power consumption and the desktop architectures are built for performance. So even if they have the same clock speeds and number of cores, ARM processors would test badly performance-wise, comparatively speaking.

  • kynyrd synyrd

    i’ve never used an s-pen, but the ability to “hover” seems interesting. do mobile browsers support hover effects/animations/transitions?

    • Justin Winker

      I’d imagine it would be used just as an actual touch within the display, though I’m guessing Samsung’s browser will be customized to work with it.

      • kynyrd synyrd

        yeah, but what i’m talking about is…if you scroll to the top of this page using your computer browser and hover your cursor over where it says ACCESSORIES, APPS, EXTRAS, etc the buttons turn grey and the menu pops out…. that is an effect that is lost in a mobile browser. you have click or no click. hover isn’t an option. how cool would that be on your phone or tablet? i’m leaning towards pretty cool.

        • TheFirstUniverseKing

          My Galaxy Note II already does that with its S-Pen, so I’d imagine if the Galaxy S4 gets a floating touch feature it’ll also support the hover animations you are talking about.

  • ChrisI

    To be honest, I want all these stupid software tricks to be hogwash. I want awesome hardware specs: a killer battery, killer screen display, killer camera, killer memory options, etc. Let me decide if I want my phone to do things without me touching the screen or looking at my eye movement or thinking for me. Make my phone be an awesome piece of TECH, not A.I.

    • Kenny Hunter

      Its about selling phones. Honestly how much more memory or processor does an android phone really need. Personally i want as much as possible, but the average consumer doesn’t even consider it. They want to know what the phone can do with the features it has, not what it has under the hood. Samsung is definitely leading the charge on innovation when it comes to these technologies, and look at their success with the S3.

      Edit: I will agree wit hone thing, CAMERA! Camera’s have been in limbo for some years now, 8mp phone cameras are how old now? Putting better sensors in cameras should be a priority, given everyone takes pictures and share everyone.

  • ConCal

    I’d rather have front facing speakers than either one if those technologies.

    • Liderc

      I have to say I really think front facing speakers are a great idea and I’m curious if other phones will take HTC’s lead. Rear speakers are probably one of the most obviously idiotic ideas ever heh.

      • you are so right, so much good engineering for stupid rear speakers which low the sound when on a table when radio listening, radio alarm, phone call, etc

  • tyler

    ill probly be better obviously but if it comes with there chooses

    • ChrisI

      Jesus. Proofread before hitting Post plz.

      • Futbolrunner

        I think he did. lol

    • That’s deep

    • gp126904

      Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

      • ChrisI

        OMG, in tears. +100. Comment of the year =)

  • tyler

    Nice I got dropped d bionic and terrible that’s why I’m switching to the Samsung Galaxy S 4 do not pick up a Motorola phone I’m done with Motorola

    • JoshGroff

      IIRC all manufacturer’s gen 1 LTE phones sucked. (Thunderbolt, Bionic, Charge, Revolution)

      • Brent Cooper

        Very true! I think they’re all a lot better now

      • Justin Winker

        IMO, I disagree with you – the Bionic was a great phone (less the display and camera), but at this time, most displays weren’t great. It was the first dual-core LTE phone, and it would have done well, had Moto not eclipsed it with the Razr line (or had released it when it should have been, i.e. 3-6 months earlier).

        • JoshGroff

          True, but the Bionic did also have it’s fair share of data problems and bugs.

          • Justin Winker

            Can’t argue with that – the software update to ICS fixed most of those (at least, in my case).

  • Master O’Disaster

    Give Apple 2 more years, and then they’ll take all the credit for these cool features.

  • viewthis66

    i just want to see what the heck this bad boy looks like! officially that is. this will be replacing my S3 for sure.

  • Weird. When I read the subject line I thought about soup. Some sort of a souped up display?

    • hkklife

      Yes, this device will definitely be a huge hit in the Vietnamese market!

  • I think we’re putting wayyyyyyyy too much faith in ol’ sammy…

    Not to say this tech won’t be real in a few years, but we just saw their flexible displays… now we’re going straight to gesture based displays?

    • EvanTheGamer

      Okay Mr. Skeptic.

    • justincase_2008

      Go away Mr. Negative!

    • ConCal

      Sony had the floating touch input on one of their devices a while ago. I think it was the xeperia sola or something like that. So Its not like its new tech or anything.

      • I was completely unaware of this… thank you @ConCal:disqus.
        I redact my previous statement.

    • chris125

      the tech has already been real didn’t you read the article? Sony had this display in one of their phones last year…..

  • Am I the only one that checked today’s date upon reading the headline? Not saying it’s impossible, but the headline sounds like something you’d see on April Fools…

  • microdot

    The floating screen thing sounds cool in theory but i wonder if its going to cause issues in term of being to sensitive and then you end up hitting and “activating” stuff you did not intend too. Should be interesting to see how it really works. What’s next…thinking of commands?

  • roberthenderson

    desired upgrades from my galaxy s 3 from Verizon.
    -quad core processor
    -better camera and video quality, especially in low light
    -better battery life
    -high definition screenwithout any blue tint or any other color for that matterand better outdoor visibility
    if all of these are accomplished, then I will find a way to buy it.

    • EvanTheGamer

      I second that! If the SGS4 does in fact outshine the SGS3 then we’re all looking at 2013’s best phone…AGAIN!

    • Butters619

      I think every phone manufacturer needs to improve on battery and low light camera this year. Moto had the only acceptable battery last year, and nobody had an acceptable low light camera IMO. My Atrix camera took better low light pictures than the SGS3 and One X.

      • The best battery is in the Note 2 I would say. Manufacturer should learn that smaller and thinner isn’t really better – make the phones a bit larger again but give us way bigger batteries. 3.000mah+ should be the new standard..

        • Butters619

          Oh yeah the Note 2 had an acceptable battery as well.

          • Jon

            It’s far more than acceptable. I get 6.5 hrs of screen on time, with all day battery life. It’s actually amazing. That’s nearly twice the battery life I got out of My Galaxy S3.

          • Butters619

            Amazing compared to the craptastic batteries of years passed. 6+ hours of on screen time and the ability to make it through a day should no longer be amazing, but standard. That is what I would consider acceptable going forward.

          • Big_EZ

            The Note 2 and the RAZR MAXX HD are the only two phones right now that are capable of those screen times (with stock battery) . I had the original RAZR MAXX and got about 4-4.5 hour of screen on time. I’m getting and average of 6-7 hours of screen on time with my Note 2.

          • Dave

            The razr MaXX got great battery life on GB, then after the 4.0 update it got worse. The Razr MaXX HD got great life on 4.0, then JB reduced it by a little. Anybody know why this is like this, is the phone somehow optimized for a certain OS, then gets thrown for a loop with updates?

          • Jon

            Agreed. 6 hours of screen on time and all day battery life should be standard. The new Galaxy S4 is rumored to have new display tech that is 20% more power efficient. Being that the display is the chief battery consumer, this could help give another hour or more of battery life to a phone. That’s awesome.

        • Jon

          While we are talking about batteries…I discovered that Anker batteries on Amazon are pretty damn amazing. If your going to buy non OEM batteries…they are the ones to get. I bought two 3100mAh batteries for my Note 2 and an external battery charger for $20. They work just as good if not slightly better than stock batteries.

          And they have 18 month warranty. I don’t know where in the hell Anker came from…but they are awesome.

          • FAL_Fan

            You are 100% correct! I bought an Anker battery and I have been more than pleased with it.

          • Mike Strollo

            I’ve been using their batteries in my GNex for about a year now. They really are the best out there. Always have a spare in my pocket.

          • Krishna Ersson

            Just make sure you don’t also keep keys or spare change in your pocket! 😉

          • SA_NYC

            Agreed, they’re very useful. Which I think speaks to the importance of a removable battery. It might seem like a small point but this is actually one of the most important phone features for me. I won’t even consider an HTC because of this. Sammy really gets it on this point.

          • Jon

            Yep…the non-removable battery also just killed the Nexus 4 for me. Really wanted to stick with Google for quick updates, but I have to have removable battery. I don’t have time to micro manage my phone usage to save battery.

            I really hope that on the next Nexus phone, that google returns to the removable battery…and damn it Google…give us a micro SD card slot!

        • Tech Pro

          RAZR MAXX has bigger battery than NOTE2. And mostly better battery life.

          Battery capacity is good reference for battery life compare to similar design. Screen ON battery life has mostly to do with screen size and brightness. Lower brightness screen can always have battery life but it can’t be used outdoor under the sun. For nerds always stay inside building, this might be ok. For people like to go outdoor hiking or exercise, this is no good.

        • battery advancements have not really progressed as fast as the tech they are meant to power, there should be no reason why 3000mAh batteries cannot be in most high end phones rather then just 1 or 2, and the fact that some phones have non removable batteries just defies logic, i have an external power battery its like 8000mAh usb, its awesome, but still its nice to either have this or a spare battery, even if the phone freezes like most phones do from time to time, just take the battery OUT 🙂 cant wait for next week, i hope it will be a great step up from my s3 to s4

      • kixofmyg0t

        The Atrix had a really good camera.

        • Butters619

          Yeah it did. And a great external recording mic. There were some things that drove me up the wall with the software, but the camera and mic on it were amazing. I once recorded a minute long video at a night time music festival and it came out gorgeous. Always in focus, not grainy, and the audio never blurted to the bass.

          • kixofmyg0t

            Fun fact, you could use the Atrix’ camera apk on other Moto devices for a improved camera experience.

            I did that with my Droid 3 actually.

            It’s too bad that the entire software team responsible for it was laid off.

      • Dan

        Note II has awesome battery life.. although I don’t really consider it a phone, it’s a small tablet that makes phone calls.. a smablet

      • I just recently put JB 4.2.2 on my Rezound, and the battery life now is mind boggling.

        • Butters619

          With my One X, I get phenomenal stand by time. But on screen time is still about 3 hours, which isn’t that good.

          • Well I’ve come to expect not having the same battery life as, say, my Nexus 7 with the screen on, but being able to leave LTE on all day and not have to worry about my phone dying when it’s not even being used is awesome.

      • the_real_patrick_bateman

        Everyone wants better low light performance in their cell phone cameras.

        It’s probably not going to get any better any time soon. The simple fact is that cell phone cameras have tiny little sensors, and tiny little lenses. You can only gather so much light with current technology. Maybe in a few years, this tech will start showing up in cameras/phones:

        But until then, this isn’t CSI. Software enhancement can only take you so far.

        • Butters619

          Like I said, my Atrix performed WAY better than my One X or my friend’s SGS3 in low light. If a two year old sensor can take good pictures in low light, then I don’t see why new phones can’t.

          I get the idea behind tiny sensors and their limitations, but I had a phone that was more than adequate and now I don’t.

          • Dain Laguna

            ive never seen where the atrix’s camera was held as an outstanding shooter…motos non bsi sensor cameras are garbage, and im pretty sure the atrix uses the same sensor as newer moto devices. no software is gonna fix an inherently bad sensor.

            i only raise my brow because both the one x and s 3 are lauded for low light performance against other android devices

          • Butters619

            In the day light the One X and SGS3 would crush the Atrix, but at night that camera was great. Go pick up an Atrix and try for yourself. Especially record a video and you will be amazed. The One X auto focus goes freaking crazy in low light so almost all your pictures all blurry. You have to snap off 20 pictures (which you can do in a few seconds or so) and hope that one was in focus. Low light video on the one x has the same autofocus issue. The video will be in focus for a second or so then out of focus for a second or so and just keep doing that.

      • LionStone

        This was taken at 7a in Detroit after a storm, 0 sunlight (only cropped, no enhancements). The DNA does very well in low light. IMO, low light camera and battery (12-17 hr avg) very acceptable.

        • Sorry but my a57 took better pics.

          • LionStone

            My apologies, hard to take your word on that, but please feel free to post something to back it up. Here’s with auto enhancement…stock DNA.

          • Sorry but a phone is a phone, here’s my sample image i took.

    • dual front-facing speakers!!!

      • bogy25

        Noise canceling mic!

        • mgamerz

          Do not disturb mode!

          • zionlion02

            A size that “just works” for my thumb! *facepalm*

    • Can I add the ability to choose the part of the picture to be exposed to the phone want list? This is hands-down the reason the dang iPhone camera beats every Android phone made, even if the Android cameras themselves may be superior.

      • Trueblue711

        As a non-iPhone user, what are you talking about? I just asked my iPhone friend what feature you’re referencing and he doesn’t know either.

        • If you have a picture that you want to take where there is a dark area and a bright area, on Android there is an mixing of the exposure to light that occurs that exposes neither very well.

          Using an example of a dimly lit room with a window facing a bright day, on iPhone, if you press on the window on the phone’s screen, the picture’s light exposure will set to the brightness of the light coming in the window, enabling proper exposure for the scene outside of the window, and turning the walls inside of the window dark. If you press inside the window/on the walls on the phone screen, in a darker area, the exposure will be set to the best possible light sensitivity for the darker room. This will cause the scene outside of the window to become overexposed and super-bright, while making the interior visible and pleasant.

          I have owned probably 10 Android phones and not one has been able to do this yet – and iPhone has been doing it since at least iPhone 4.

          • LionStone

            As Dain has mentioned, HTC phones have this capability…I can confirm the Inc4G (4.04) does and the DNA as well. I’m pretty sure older ones do too.

          • Interesting.  Neither Note 2, GS3, Bionic, Razr, Razr Maxx, or Galaxy Nexus has had it. I guess HTC post Thunderbolt has been on the ball. Doesn’t really change it for my Galaxy S4 wish list, however, given I have yet to come across and Samsung that has had it.

      • iPhone has a manual metering mode? I haven’t seen it, if that’s what you’re talking about.

        • When a focus point is selected on iPhone, the light exposure is set to that point. On Android, light exposure doesn’t change when selecting a focus point.

          • I feel like it now does in android 4.1/4.2 with the new camera software.

          • Dain Laguna

            hmmmm…my evo lte does that ALL the time. perhaps its just certain android devices that suffer from what you are describing

          • Try to expose with a bright object in the middle of the shot, but with the desired exposure somewhere darker and in the corner. I have owned many Android  phones (about one every 3 months since OG Droid) and none have been able to do it yet. It may seem like a little thing, but it makes a big difference in many situations.  Non photographers may not understand what is happening and just think they are bad picture-takers.  Haven’t owned an HTC since Thunderbolt though, so who knows.

    • Lakerzz

      And no pentile display please…

      • chris125

        eh at 1080p you wouldn’t be able to see the pixels anyway

    • chris125

      Well if the rumors hold true it will have all of those

    • Trueblue711

      I really hope they reduce the camera blur on the GS3. The slightest movement ruins the photo, even with Anti-Shake on.

    • zepfloyd

      Add no Pentile

  • NorCalGuy

    If only this phone stays away from physical buttons I am all in

    • htowngtr

      LOL, this is Samsung, bro.

      • i got a samsung with no physical buttons 🙂

  • KleenDroid

    Is it too late for Google to trade Motorola for Samsung?

    • EvanTheGamer

      lol…it’s NEVER too late!

    • Derek Traini

      Buy all the OEMs!

  • chris125

    I am excited to see what they unveil and if it can live up to the hype

    • EvanTheGamer

      Same here! But let’s just hope the next SGS4 DOES live up to the hype because I really want this new phone to be my next phone!