Samsung Galaxy S III Uses A PenTile Display Because It Lasts Longer

by Ed Caggiani on
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The Samsung Galaxy S III is the company’s next flagship phone, which means it has upped all the specs from previous versions. Some folks, however, are crying foul because of the announcement that the S III will be using a PenTile display matrix, not the previously rumored Super AMOLED Plus. A PenTile display uses a different subpixel layout (one red and one blue subpixel for every two green ones). In other words, it’s not quite as sharp and could show color fringing along the edges of images, especially when compared to Samsung’s much revered Super AMOLED Plus displays.

So why did Samsung go PenTile for the S III? According to MobileBurn, it’s apparently all about screen longevity. Samsung states that Super AMOLED Plus displays have a tendency to deteriorate over time, especially the blue subpixels, which actually degrade the fastest. Since PenTile displays feature fewer blue subpixels, they will last longer, says Samsung. Also, since the pixel density of the S III’s screen is much higher due to its high resolution, the PenTile issues are minimized and most people cannot see the difference in quality.

Samsung will undoubtedly keep working on the Super AMOLED Plus technology and make it last longer without resorting to a PenTile matrix. Until then, my advice is to judge for yourself by actually using an S III to see if it looks acceptable to you… which in most cases it probably will unless you’re looking at the screen under a microscope.

Is anyone disappointed at Samsung’s choice of screens for the S III?

source: mobileburn
via: the verge

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  • DarkDvr

    Yes. I am.
    I won’t pay $800 for a Pentile screen, no thanks.

  • Bduak1973

    When i look at my gs2 verses my buddies galaxy nexus witch has HD 720 my screen looks so much better . With all these technology they could have done it .. I feel they rushed it .. Iphone 5 will blow them out of the water now .

  • Bduak1973

    When i look at my gs2 verses my buddies galaxy nexus witch has HD 720 my screen looks so much better . With all these technology they could have done it .. I feel they rushed it .. Iphone 5 will blow them out of the water now .

  • Bduak1973

    When i look at my gs2 verses my buddies galaxy nexus witch has HD 720 my screen looks so much better . With all these technology they could have done it .. I feel they rushed it .. Iphone 5 will blow them out of the water now .

    • Mei

      I think they did not release all the goodies on Samsung Galaxy S3 because they knew Apple will come out with something better.  I guess this serves as a mean for Samsung to be able to bring out another phone with more features than Apple after they release their next iphone.

      It’s dumb but that how it is.  That’s why competitions are good for consumers.  It will drive these greedy manufacturers to do more in innovations, putting more money in research and development in order to remain competitive.

  • Bduak1973

    When i look at my gs2 verses my buddies galaxy nexus witch has HD 720 my screen looks so much better . With all these technology they could have done it .. I feel they rushed it .. Iphone 5 will blow them out of the water now .

  • Bduak1973

    When i look at my gs2 verses my buddies galaxy nexus witch has HD 720 my screen looks so much better . With all these technology they could have done it .. I feel they rushed it .. Iphone 5 will blow them out of the water now .

  • Bduak1973

    When i look at my gs2 verses my buddies galaxy nexus witch has HD 720 my screen looks so much better . With all these technology they could have done it .. I feel they rushed it .. Iphone 5 will blow them out of the water now .

  • Bduak1973

    When i look at my gs2 verses my buddies galaxy nexus witch has HD 720 my screen looks so much better . With all these technology they could have done it .. I feel they rushed it .. Iphone 5 will blow them out of the water now .

  • Bduak1973

    When i look at my gs2 verses my buddies galaxy nexus witch has HD 720 my screen looks so much better . With all these technology they could have done it .. I feel they rushed it .. Iphone 5 will blow them out of the water now .

  • Bduak1973

    When i look at my gs2 verses my buddies galaxy nexus witch has HD 720 my screen looks so much better . With all these technology they could have done it .. I feel they rushed it .. Iphone 5 will blow them out of the water now .

  • Bduak1973

    When i look at my gs2 verses my buddies galaxy nexus witch has HD 720 my screen looks so much better . With all these technology they could have done it .. I feel they rushed it .. Iphone 5 will blow them out of the water now .

  • Bduak1973

    When i look at my gs2 verses my buddies galaxy nexus witch has HD 720 my screen looks so much better . With all these technology they could have done it .. I feel they rushed it .. Iphone 5 will blow them out of the water now .

  • Bduak1973

    When i look at my gs2 verses my buddies galaxy nexus witch has HD 720 my screen looks so much better . With all these technology they could have done it .. I feel they rushed it .. Iphone 5 will blow them out of the water now .

  • Bduak1973

    When i look at my gs2 verses my buddies galaxy nexus witch has HD 720 my screen looks so much better . With all these technology they could have done it .. I feel they rushed it .. Iphone 5 will blow them out of the water now .

  • Bduak1973

    When i look at my gs2 verses my buddies galaxy nexus witch has HD 720 my screen looks so much better . With all these technology they could have done it .. I feel they rushed it .. Iphone 5 will blow them out of the water now .

  • Bduak1973

    When i look at my gs2 verses my buddies galaxy nexus witch has HD 720 my screen looks so much better . With all these technology they could have done it .. I feel they rushed it .. Iphone 5 will blow them out of the water now .

  • Bduak1973

    When i look at my gs2 verses my buddies galaxy nexus witch has HD 720 my screen looks so much better . With all these technology they could have done it .. I feel they rushed it .. Iphone 5 will blow them out of the water now .

  • Bduak1973

    When i look at my gs2 verses my buddies galaxy nexus witch has HD 720 my screen looks so much better . With all these technology they could have done it .. I feel they rushed it .. Iphone 5 will blow them out of the water now .

  • Audunn Jonsson

    Just to remind ppl its HD unlike the nexus, you should check out the Note, i bet youll change your mind on pentile ;)

    • Brian Gormanly

      the nexus is hd

  • Thomas S Pangborn

    Yes very disappointed. Should have opted for the Super AMOLED Plus screen. This is the flagship of their cell phone offering.

  • A_button117

    Im not disappointed…..Sammy said they fixed alot of the problems caused by pen tile displays, they said it is better than the nexus screen as well…