There has already been a lot of speculation about the flagship devices that Samsung is due to release in 2014. The company is expected to release Galaxy S5 ahead of schedule, and already we have heard quite a bit about what its likely to tout under the hood. Apart from the rumors of a 64-bit Exynos 6 processor and a 20 megapixel camera, a latest one coming out of Korea suggests that Samsung might not use AMOLED panels for next year’s flagship. In fact, the company is rumored to use PLS LCD displays for both the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4.
The company is apparently making this decision so as to reduce production costs by as much as 20 percent. PLS LCD panels are already used in a number of Samsung devices such as the Nexus 10 and Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets. It remains to be seen how consumers will react to this decision, that is if Samsung decides to stick with it and opt for PLS LCD displays. OLED displays are no doubt one of the biggest selling points of the high-end flagship Galaxy devices. On the other hand, recent rumors about the Galaxy S5 display suggest that it will tout a 2K resolution. So this is far from being confirmed at this stage, and with no official statement from Samsung itself, its best to take such rumors with a grain of salt.
Back in March, Leap Motion released a controller for conventional computers. The controllers are able to detect up to ten fingers and allow users to use gestures to control the computers. Since the initial launch, Leap Motion has gained a lot of popularity, it has even been shipping built-in to HP computers. The next frontier for this gesture control technology is smartphones and tablets, and that’s exactly what the company wants to achieve by the third quarter of 2014.
CEO Michael Buckwald revealed to TNW at a briefing in London that they have been able to overcome the hardware and technical challenges required to solve so that the technology can be incorporated in devices with smaller form factors, such as smartphones and tablets. While there’s no concrete roadmap for the products that are likely to come with Leap Motion technology, Buckwald says that the company expects tablets and phones in the market by Q3 or Q4, 2014. He sees Leap Motion in TVs, head mounted displays and “even things like cars” in the future. It remains to be seen which manufacturers and OEMs team up with the company to integrate its smart 3D gesture control technology in their mobile devices, hopefully we’ll hear more about potential partners in the next few months.