Samsung runs out of AMOLEDs, halts Galaxy S and Wave production? All Super AMOLED displays bought by Apple?
We’ve got some interesting info coming out of Russia today, from Mobile-review’s Eldar Murtazin.
Reportedly, the Wave should be replaced with a new model that features a bigger, Super TFT screen, while all its other features will remain the same.
As for the Galaxy S, it’s said that Samsung doesn’t have any replacement for it at the moment, although the smartphone’s “carrier versions” (probably meaning the Vibrant, Captivate, Epic 4G and Fascinate) will still be in production “due to contracts.”
Assuming this is true – although it seems that a Samsung PR Manager denies it – how could have Samsung ran out of Super AMOLED displays? A possible answer, which also comes from Eldar Murtazin (see this tweet), is that Apple may have bought “all quantities of Super AMOLEDs for 2011.” Of course, this is only a rumor, and I don’t think there’s any grain of truth in it. Apple won’t give up on its IPS Retina Display for iPhone, not after virtually all reviewers said it’s one of the best displays ever included in a smartphone.
Sure enough, the Cupertino company may have bought all AMOLED displays for its future iPads, but that still doesn’t make much sense: why would Samsung not use one of its best technologies in its own products, and instead sell it to a rival company? Just to make more money, maybe? Nah, Samsung makes enough money without needing to reach such a compromise.
I’ll be waiting to see if the Galaxy S and Wave S8500 go out of stock – if this happens, then Samsung does, indeed, have a problem with the Super AMOLED display production. But I hope that’s not true.