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?