We’ve done so much talking about the Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone 8 over the past few weeks; how about we change it up and talk about the Galaxy S9? More specifically, the Galaxy S9 display.
We haven’t had a lot of news about the Galaxy S9 yet. That’s no surprise. Right now Samsung is in full Galaxy Note 8 launch mode and the iPhone 8 is also dominating headlines. Since the Galaxy S9 isn’t expected until the spring, there might not be much to leak at this point. Although, some news has already made its way out.
A report from ET News indicates that Samsung will be using it’s Y-OCTA display technology in all Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices. Of course, if you follow tech news closely then you know these won’t be the first Samsung devices to use the tech. The Galaxy Note 7 used a Y-OCTA display and the Galaxy S8 (but not the S8+) uses a Y-OCTA display as well. The big difference here is that Samsung apparently now has the manufacturing capacity to supply Y-OCTA displays for both smartphones in the Galaxy S series.
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So, what is this display that’s rumored to be the Galaxy S9 display? Y-OCTA is Samsung’s own display that combines touch function and a display into one manufacturing process. The result is a slimmer design and up to 30% reduced manufacturing cost. This is bad news for suppliers that counted on orders from Samsung but good news for consumers as the pricing of smartphones seems to be getting higher and higher every generation. Maybe this Y-OCTA display is the key to keeping the Galaxy S9 at a reasonable price despite incorporating new features.
It will be interesting to see what Samsung does with the added space created by the new Galaxy S9 display. Since the display is thinner, it would stand to reason that there may be more room to work with in the new device. Perhaps Samsung will keep a similar form factor and incorporate a larger batter. Maybe they will aim to make the Galaxy S9 the slimmest smartphone you have ever held. Or, maybe they have an entirely different trick up their sleeve.
The display sizes for the S9 and S9+ don’t appear to be changing from the current generation. The Galaxy S9 display will be 5.77-inches while the S9+ will house a 6.22-inch display. Of course, it would also make sense that both devices will continue with the Infinity Display design that Samsung used on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Many people regard those displays as the best displays on a smartphone right now and the bezel-less design looks very sleek. It would be an odd decision for Samsung to move away from that design so we can safely expect to see something similar when the Galaxy S9 is officially announced.
The one thing that could hold back the Galaxy S9 display from adopting this Y-OCTA technology is manufacturing capabilities. It’s believed that Samsung only has the capability to manufacture 2 to 4 million Y-OCTA displays per month. That would not be enough to supply both the Galaxy S9 and the S9+, as has been rumored. However, Samsung is aiming to ramp up production capacity to 10 million units per month. That increase would be enough to supply displays for both models. If they are able to reach their target on time then there should be no issue with Galaxy S9 display supply once launch time rolls around.
There you have it, one of the first big Galaxy S9 leaks. There will surely be many more to come over the next few months, especially after the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8 are launched. It will be exciting so see what kind of plans Samsung has in store for the slimmer, more cost-effective Galaxy S9 display. I guess we will just have to wait patiently to find out. Until then, there will be lots of smartphone news to chew on. What are your initial thoughts? Does this leak influence your buying decisions at all or are you fully aboard the Galaxy Note 8/iPhone 8 hype train?