Samsung is expected to focus on the tablet market next year, and a report published in the Korean media suggests the company is working on changing its display technology for tablets. Samsung is reportedly planning on adopting metal mesh touch screen panels, and has begun testing a few panels for approval, aiming to complete the reliability tests by the end of 2013.
The metal mesh panels have a couple of benefits. They have low surface resistance, which means they’re easily bendable and usable for flexible displays on tablets, and are cheaper to produce. Furthermore, metal mesh panels will also allow Samsung to implement stylus recognition without the need for a dedicated digitizer chip – the lack of a dedicated chip is another factor that will reduce cost, and will also let the manufacturer implement stylus support in more tablets than just premium/high-end ones.
Along with rumors that Samsung will be bringing back AMOLED screens for tablets, the idea of cheaper tablets that come with stylus input even when they’re not flagship devices sounds pretty cool, so let’s hope tablets making use of the above mentioned technologies come out as soon as possible.