Galaxy Note 3 confirmed to use PenTile pixel arrangement, holds massive power-saving advantages

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It was previously rumored (and widely believed) that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 uses a PenTile pixel arrangement on its Super AMOLED display. Today, Samsung confirmed those rumors. It’s great news— yes, many will argue that the difference in resolution is too small to tell. However, the PenTile matrix holds a significant power-saving advantage over the alternative RGB display.

Source: SamMobile

 

Galaxy Note 3 rumored to have 5.99-inch Super AMOLED flexible display

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After some rumors about the new Galaxy Note 3 featuring an unbreakable, Super AMOLED flexible display, we’re getting some more news from a South Korean report, indicating that this may actually become a reality. Supposedly, production would begin in August, with an official launch coming at some point in September.

The report lists a few reasons why Samsung would want to go this revolutionary route with their next big device— first, they need to make a big splash in the market after poorer than expected Galaxy S 4 sales, and second, LG serves as a major threat, as the company has their own smartphone with a flexible display in the works as well.

Not only that, but Sony and HTC have devices that match up pretty well with the Galaxy Note 3 coming out later this year, in the Xperia Z Ultra and the HTC One Max (T6). The drive for innovation serves as a pretty legitimate reason as well. A device with such features could be the next big thing, and would be the first device on the market with a flexible display, assuming it reaches stores before LG’s device does.

Remember that all of the information above is all rumors, but if it turns out to be true this could be some pretty big news. Check back for future updates as more information comes in.

Source: MT Media

441 PPI Screens Reportedly Too Much For Samsung To Handle

by Rudy Rivapalacio on
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We typically caution against getting overly excited about rumors so it’s only fair to advise against getting too down about them as well. The Samsung 4.99-inch full HD AMOLED screens that seemed like a sure thing just a few days ago don’t feel quite so certain today. The latest round of Samsung super-screen rumors, courtesy of DigiTimes, suggest the company is having a hard go of producing 441 PPI (pixels per inch) screens for its handsets. They cite an industry insider as attributing the problem to “lacking high-end technology.” The unnamed source said Samsung had even sought help from 3M with LITI (Laser Induced Thermal Imaging) technology to no avail.

As most tech blog readers will tell you, you probably shouldn’t take a DigiTimes rumor to the bank but they have nailed a few early rumors in the past.  And no, I’m not making a broken clock is right twice a day joke either… or am I?

Source: DigiTimes

Samsung Galaxy S I, II And III Go Head-To-Head In A Display Shootout

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The Samsung Galaxy smartphone series has presumably gotten better over the years, right? Well as far as processing speed, memory and improved UIs are concerned, then absolutely. But what about the AMOLED displays—- has it gotten better over the years? Well, yes and no. As seen in a Galaxy shootout thanks to some curious individuals at DisplayMate, there are some interesting findings about the displays seen over the years. For example, the color gamut across all devices fell between 136 – 139 percent. Typically a color gamut too large is visually worse than a small color gamut and results in what’s considered to be an ‘irregular display’ where the Green is more saturated compared to Red or Blue, as seen in the Galaxy S line of smartphones. In addition, there were additional findings such as each device having an unusual color shift when the displays on each device at an extreme viewing angle. Specifically– DisplayMate highlights the displays of the Galaxy I, II and III “take on a distinctly strong blue color shift and cast” when being viewed at an angle of greater than 45 degrees.

On the flipside— it’s not all negative findings. The running time of the displays on the devices has improved which each passing generation. When running at maximum power in Airplane mode, the Galaxy S I sees a run time of 3.2 hours,  the Galaxy S II sees 4.4 hours and the Galaxy S III sees an astounding 5.6 hours.

The study and conclusions are certainly a bit on the technical side, but they’re both nonetheless interesting as heck. If you’re interested in checking out additional or more specific details, make sure to hit the source link which you can find below.

source: DisplayMate

Rumored Samsung Galaxy S III Press Render Photo Surfaces

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Boy, it seems like the Samsung Galaxy S III leaks just keep pouring out today, doesn’t it? We just heard some news earlier highlighting Samsung may introduce the Galaxy S III sometime next month, but now we have more juicy info to share with you all. As you can see in the screenshot above, another alleged official rendering of the upcoming smartphone has been leaked out and as you can see, it sure is a beauty. One thing you’ll notice right away from the latest leaked render of the device includes only 3 capacative buttons including the Home button being featured in the middle, which seems to fall in line with another leaked renderings we’d seen earlier in the week… and the week before that. So much for the smartphone having an all-screen display as we’d previously seen before.

Complimenting the leaked rendering are the latest leaked internal specifications of the device. For starters, there is a 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED Plus screen with 720p resolution in a thin profile— 8mm of total thickness. Also, rumor has it there will be a a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 12 megapixel camera with full 1080p capable of recording at 60fps along with a 1,750mAh battery.

Keep in mind this is still speculation, so the rendering and subsequent specs may be incorrect. But you have to admit, this latest rumor sure does give a strong indication of what we can expect from the ultra-hyped smartphone, doesn’t it?

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Galaxy Nexus Sees Improved Screen Performance

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The Galaxy Nexus smartphone no doubt has a stunning and sexy display to the casual Android user. However, there are some crafty individuals who believe you can always squeeze out just a little more from what you have. That’s why XDA Forums member mumchristmas was out to improve the display for interested Galaxy Nexus owners. He was curious of the actual screen performance of the phone, so he decided to do some investigating. Using the Voodoo Screen Test application, a x-rite i1 Display 2 Color meter and HCFR software, he found some startling results:

  • “Average Gamma value is about 1.9, far from the ISO stand 2.2. So the color is just too bright (I’m not saying screen brightness).
  • The shadow part (0-40% gray level) of 3 color curve were almost out of trim. In another words, inaccurate color balance.
  • As the color unbalance. The color temperature is starting from lower than 5500K to 6500K, which the ISO stand is 6500K at any color level.”

To sum it all nicely: the results are underwhelming to say the least, but he decided to do something about this. While he couldn’t change the gamma value, he fixed the color balance and color temperature by using a custom kernel with ColorControl function and added a new file to the Android structure. The outcome was a much better color balance. Exciting news indeed. Be sure to hit up the XDA Forums at the link below to find out even more specifics of this impressive find.

source: XDA Forums
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ASUS Padfone Formally Announced At MWC, Due To Arrive In April

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We knew the Padfone was on its way to MWC, but ASUS has finally unveiled its new jewel of a smartphone to the masses. That means that sexy smartphone (and ”tablet” accessory) is officially on its way. Some of the noteworthy features of the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered device includes: 

Of course the specs are sexy and all, but you all are waiting for the really interesting aspects of the device, right? In case you’ve forgotten, you have the ability to turn this svelte phone into a tablet, thanks to a handy (optional) accessory— a dock which allows you to turn the device into a tablet. The optional tablet dock will not only allow you to view your content on a bigger screen, but you will also find some extended battery life. Among the other coveted accessories that will be a available will be a keyboard and wait for it— a stylus headset which performs double-duty as a stylus and you guessed it— a headset.

The phone is set to arrive in April, but ASUS stops there. There is no additional word on which countries/markets it will launch first nor do we know how much the phone and its accessories will run for, though it’s probably going to cost you a pretty penny. You now know the phone is on its way and you’ve seen the specs, now why don’t you hit the break to see the full press release from ASUS? This will be able to hold you over in the meantime.

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The Samsung Galaxy SII HD Won’t Be Released in the UK

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The other day we told you about how the Galaxy S II HD was possibly arriving in the UK here sometime soon. The phone, made its debut in South Korea back in Semptember and other markets were waiting to get their hands on the device. I am sorry to say that those who were hoping to see this beauty in the UK will be disappointed as Samsung officially told the web site recombu that the UK will not see it in an official capacity.

So as of right now the 4.65 inch HD (1280×720) Super AMOLED LTE device will only be seen in South Korea and in North America as the Galaxy SII Skyrocket HD announced by AT&T at CES this year. With that I am sorry to say that you won’t be getting this beast of a device any time soon unless you are in these areas. We will keep you updated if that changes. Stay tuned!

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Hands-On With Sprint Version Of Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Video)

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Over at the Sprint event held at Tao in the Venetian last night, our own Rob Nazarian had some one-on-one time with the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint. As perhaps highest-profile member of Sprint’s LTE family, it has the same awesome features that we’ve already seen on the Verizon version— just on the NOW Network this time. Yes friends, you can see the gorgeous 4.65-inch Super AMOLED screen with rich colors and deep blacks, 5MP rear & 1.3MP front-cameras and that pure, untouched Android 4.0 UI, but now in Sprint flavor. Boy, talk about being at a Sprint event while getting to play with the Galaxy Nexus being a pure Google experience. Check out the hands-on video below of the phone in action. Oh and make sure you stay tuned with us for our continuous CES coverage.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus to sport a PenTile display as expected,

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There seems to be a lot of talk about Samsung going with a PenTile display with the Galaxy Nexus, but we reported this almost a month ago. The news originally broke when Samsung announced the Galaxy S II LTE HD. They described their screen as Super AMOLED without the “Plus”. Unfortunately they don’t have a Super AMOLED Plus HD screen yet, but most likely they will by the middle to later part of next year.

For now, it will be a PenTile display which has gotten a lot of negative press based on Motorola handsets like the DROID X2, DROID 3, and DROID Bionic. I’ve heard nothing but good things with the Galaxy Nexus Screen, so I’m personally not concerned. Samsung knows displays, and I think the difference will be marginal to most people. There will be those that will scrutinize it to the fullest and find fault, but out of the box, the Galaxy Nexus 4.65-inch HD (1280 x 720) display will be sure to delight. If you want to know a little more about PenTile, then hit our previous post from back in September.

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