Latest report confirms that Samsung has received orders totaling about 15 million Galaxy S6 and 5 million Galaxy S6 Edge. This Huge demand have surprised even the company itself, Samsung decided to increase production to meet the demand. Korean publication Etnews reports that the initial plans were for 12 million units total 8 million of the Galaxy S6 and 4 million of the S6 edge. The total number has been revised to 13 million.
Of those, 4 million Galaxy S6 units will roll off the assembly lines this month along with 1 million Galaxy S6. Those will be followed by the April production run, which will bring the total to 13 million. This means some carriers may need to delay the launch of the S6 flagship duo and even if they don't the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge will be in limited supply at launch time.
Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge should launch on some regions on April,10th, you can see the prices at the end of the Galaxy S6 Specifications Page.
Recently, the Wall Street Journal (Chinese Edition) has published a piece about a new business contract between Apple and Samsung. According to their source in South Korea, the 3-year contract requires Samsung to supply OLED smartphone panels to Apple for upcoming iPhones in 2017 and beyond. Although the rumor regarding this contract has been around for a while now, this adds new credibility to it. Arguably, Apple is still talking with JDI, LG, Sharp and AUO before the deal becomes final.
The article adds previously unknown details by stating that this order involves production and supply of about 100 million 5.5-inch AMOLED displays that are possibly meant to be used in the iPhone 7s. Judging by Apple's current trend of reserving the larger 5.5-inch panels for their "Plus" models, chances are that these will be used to make the iPhone 7s Plus rather than the regular 7s. Whether they will still be calling it "7s Plus" or not, remains to be seen.
Previously, famous Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had stated that Apple will not be releasing any OLED phones before 2018, but he has changed his opinion in light of the new situation. Now, Kuo is of the opinion that Apple will release at least one version of its future iPhones in 2017 with an OLED display. Rumors and predictions also suggest that Apple could be going back to the glass-metal design of the iPhone 6 and it is perhaps for the best.
A new report straight out of South Korea has indicated that Samsung will start pushing the mass production process for the Galaxy Note 7 in the next month. The target number for Samsung in July as well as August is 2.5 million, as per the report. So in theory, Samsung should have at least 5 million Galaxy Note 7 units ready to reach their consumers after it is released in late August or early September. Do not get confused though, the Note 7 will be unveiled on the 2nd of August as expected, but it usually takes a while before they are ready to ship the products for sale.
Early release has been part of Samsung's strategy this year and it has paid off well for the South Korean OEM. They did the same with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which saw amazing success and are still among the most sold flagship phones right now. In fact, Samsung had started with this strategy last year, when it launched the Note 5 in August, prior to the expected date in September, as that was when the Note 4 was released in 2014. The iPhone 7 is all set to be released in September and this might just be one of the reasons as to why Samsung is going to try and capture the market earlier than others.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Qualcomm has Adreno and ARM has Mali, but Exynos is still lacking a GPU of its own. Granted that the Mali G-71 is the most powerful mobile GPU on the market and it's coupled exclusively with the Exynos 8895 CPU, it still isn't made by Samsung and according to a report, Samsung isn't going to settle for that, at least not in the near future.
The report from Weibo, brought forward by famous Chinese leakster Ice Universe states that Samsung is done with relying on other companies to fulfil its GPU needs and is currently working on a solution of its won. As of now, it's only being referred to as the S-GPU; a name that will probably not make it to the final cut! Even if the rumor is true and Samsung does end up successfully making its own smartphone/tablet GPU, it is highly unlikely that it will be making its debut anytime soon or before the Galaxy S9 is released next year. In all likelihood, the S-GPU will be released with the Exynos 9 series of chips. We will keep you updated as more news and info pops up.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Apple always chooses Samsung as its main Hardware chipset manufacturer, Both companies worked together on A6, A7 and A8 chips. According to Etnews, Samsung started making the Apple A9 chipset using a 14nm FinFET design. Apple A9 chips will be included inside the upcoming iPhone / iPad devices Next year (2015).
Samsung has two plants capable of making this chip, but for an unannounced reason it will only be making the A9 in Austin, Texas. Work on that plant was started in late 2012 with a $3.9 Billion investment, specifically with the idea of making Apple chipsets.
TSMC will not let go of the lucrative Apple deal easily and has a competing 16nm FinFET Plus process ready to go. Even though TSMC made the bulk of Apple A8 chips, Samsung still got a cut so sourcing the new chipset from two companies is quite likely.
AMOLED panels are superior to LCD panels in color reproduction, brightness, contrast, saturation and power efficiency. This might raise the question, why AMOLED panels are not used more widely then? The answer "used to be" that AMOLED displays are more expensive to make compared to LCD panels. This however, is not a valid answer anymore because the manufacturing cost of an AMOLED panel has now fallen below even that of an LCD.
According to reports from IHS Technology, production costs for AMOLED panels have become lesser than even the LCD in just twenty-four months time and even that was predicted roughly two years ago by experts! As things stand now in Q1 2016, a 5" FHD AMOLED display designed for smartphones should cost around $14.30 to manufacture. The same 5" FHD LTPS LCD panel on the other hand is manufactured at a cost of $14.60 apparently. Once you consider an older piece of data which shows that the same AMOLED panel would cost the manufacturer $17.10 to make in 2015, while the LCD panel was only slightly more expensive at $15.70, things start to look a lot more impressive.
Keep in mind that the LTPS LCD (low Temperature Poly-Silicon Liquid Crystal Display) mentioned is the same one that is widely used and considered as the most efficient version of the LCD technology. It seems that the days of the LCD are numbered as smartphone displays will most likely soon be dominated by the mighty AMOLED now.