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Is your Samsung Galaxy S4 screen giving you the scrolling blur and purple/pink inversion treatment? You are not alone

Is your Samsung Galaxy S4 screen giving you the scrolling blur and purple/pink inversion treatment? You are not alone

We are experiencing some of those with our own Galaxy S4, and dismissed screen issues with the phone as isolated incidents, but we got sent а link to a whole XDA thread, then we saw another one, which are now dedicated to various blips with the touted 5" Full HD AMOLED display from Samsung.

What we noticed at first was the rendering refresh rate which goes down with fast, and even not so fast scrolling in the interface, blurring things quite a bit, as you can see in the video below, and certainly a far cry from the Lumia 920's PureMotion display achievements, for instance. 


Then there was a moment today, while adjusting the brightness in auto mode from the notification bar slide. When we first put it to the minimum of -5, the bar turned purple to pink and screen edges inverted, too. We slid it up a notch, and the issue disappeared, but we have been able to replicate it a few times since by just playing around with the slider, albeit not to that extent.

The XDA thread, however, is brimming with these smearing issues on black background, too, sometimes in a more pronounced variant, to the point of ghosting text while scrolling fast, and the same purple/pink hue issue at times. Making the world's first Full HD SAMOLED has probably required more than a football field worth of display glass broken by Samsung, and we might be experiencing early adopter issues with the innovative diamond pixel matrix. There's an abundance of theories why these happen already, but we'll wait for Samsung's eventual statement on the matter before we dig in.

Granted, this by no means precluded the normal usage of the handset, but we were just curious whether some of you who got the Galaxy S4 recently also encountered the above hiccups? These mostly occur while scrolling text on black background, like in the settings/contact apps, and moving the brightness slider quickly in and out of auto mode, plus triggering the purple/pink hue issue in high contrast situations, like visiting the Shutterstock video link of white dots bouncing around on a black background, where purple edges or spots seem to be always visible.

source: XDA-Devs (1)(2)

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posted on 02 May 2013, 08:27 65

1. babyk (Posts: 198; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


And then they all talk about HTC

posted on 02 May 2013, 08:46 48

10. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Build quality issues plagued the GS3. You'd think with the billions Sammy made they'd have better quality control.

I like how PA was trying to play it off as an isolated incident until a nice thread on XDA proves that wrong.

posted on 02 May 2013, 08:51 22

11. gustavoace (Posts: 67; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Unless they flash a AOSP rom and show that this is still happening, this could be a problem with the custom UI/custom ROM and not about the screen.

posted on 02 May 2013, 09:49 16

26. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I don't buy that.

posted on 02 May 2013, 10:29 18

42. sharks (Posts: 164; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


LOL! Open your eyes! PhoneArena has S4 ads plastered all over it... See the article how short it is! They didn't really want to post it, but had to do it for the sake of reporting all tech news. For a site such as a PhoneArena which favors Samsung so much, it must be believed with all heart when they post something negative about Samsung's latest flagship phone. On top of that, they did say that they have tested on their own devices and were able to confirm the reported flaws.

posted on 02 May 2013, 10:33 9

44. joey_sfb (Posts: 1978; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


So.. what you are saying is Samsung is more generous and willing to spend on Advertising. Good!!!

Unlike the cheapo fruit that too cheap to spend on anything, keep trying to get free product placement.

Life is too short to be cheap!!!

posted on 02 May 2013, 10:48 15

49. sharks (Posts: 164; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


What i'm saying is that the editors of this site are obviously Samsung fanboys and/or getting money to promote Samsung in the reviews/exposure/etc, so anything negative about Samsung's products must ultimately be true! And any reviews about non-Samsung devices, such as the lower score given to the clearly superior HTC One, should always be taken with a grain of salt. There is absolutely nothing about the top contender HTC One at the top of the main page for this website and likewise for their youtube channel main page.

posted on 02 May 2013, 13:39 12

104. tedkord (Posts: 3946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


So, what you're saying is anything that you believe must be true, anything you don't must be false. Got it.

posted on 07 May 2013, 10:26

142. ThePhoneJunkie (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


Well there is at least TWO thing that makes the S4 better than the HTC One. The camera quality and the storage space. At least in my observation.
But then again, who am I to speak for the S4? I LOVE Samsung and have always trusted their products. But I'm also open-minded when it comes to a good phone or bad phone.

posted on 23 May 2013, 17:15

153. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Advertising has absolutely nothing to do with generosity and Apple spends tons on Ads.

posted on 02 May 2013, 08:53 11

13. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3516; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Ok you are definitely taking this to an extreme. The GS3 being "plagued" is an exaggeration at its best.

When you mass produce ANYTHING in high quantities some hic-ups happen it's the nature of the whole process.

The same can be said of the Samsung Galaxy S IV. You need to just chill with that & take it one step back.

If Samsung was crap as you are alluding to then why is it consistently one of the best phones in the world, also why does it sell so well to the mass public?

posted on 02 May 2013, 09:38 6

20. mishpillado (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)


You are right, actually de iPhone it’s a great example, recently there was a report for over 8 million defective iPhones that had to be sent back.

posted on 02 May 2013, 10:08 1

33. jacko1977 (Posts: 377; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


+ phil said its normal cant forget that

posted on 02 May 2013, 09:51 9

27. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I'm not taking anything to the extreme. It is what it is and you know it.

The GS3 was plagued with issues when it was released. There several PA articles about them.

posted on 02 May 2013, 09:56 13

28. tedkord (Posts: 3946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


So obviously you'll admit the iPhone 4 was plagued with antenna issues. Right?

posted on 02 May 2013, 10:26 10

39. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Obviously that has nothing to do with this discussion.

posted on 02 May 2013, 10:42 10

46. joey_sfb (Posts: 1978; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Everything you have ever said is about Apple vs Samsung!

You are like the virgin mxyzptik (read no social life!) in the Apple Cult. Every time you open your gap is how Samsung has taken the form of prime evil. How Apple has made you whole. Please bow to your Apple shrine.

posted on 02 May 2013, 11:43 7

61. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3516; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Why avoid the question? By your logic if it's good for Samsung THEN it must be good for Apple right?

Or are we biased here? lol

posted on 02 May 2013, 12:10 3

70. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I'm not avoiding the question. It has nothing to do with the article or the discussion.

posted on 02 May 2013, 12:51 5

80. tedkord (Posts: 3946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


But it does have a lot to do with your motivations for posting about fictitious "plagues" of build issues on the GS3. We just don't want any passersby to read your words and mistakenly think you are unbiased or knowledgeable.

posted on 02 May 2013, 12:54 2

83. Ninetysix (Posts: 1073; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Is your search engine broken?

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/365492/20120721/samsung-galaxy-s3-top-reasons-fall-videos.htm

posted on 02 May 2013, 12:57 6

86. tedkord (Posts: 3946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Cracks in the rear cover? Then clearly bending of the cheap aluminum frame of the iPhone 5 would also make your list of build problems.

posted on 02 May 2013, 13:00 2

88. Ninetysix (Posts: 1073; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Yes clearly. Now what? It's fine for Samsung to have these issues because you can somehow point a flaw of another device?

it's okay for me to beat my kids because my neighbor does the same.

posted on 02 May 2013, 13:29 3

97. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3516; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Hey you beat your kids because you want to. lol

posted on 02 May 2013, 13:43 4

107. tedkord (Posts: 3946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


If you read my initial statement in this article, I clearly said it was unacceptable and that Samsung had better come up with a quick fix or a full refund.

Mxy said the S3 was "plagued with build quality issues," but as always had no facts to back it up. Mxy has agenda - to badmouth anything Android or Samsung, and to praise anything Apple. My question about the iPhone 4 antenna issue was simply to expose his hypocrisy to all. IIRC, at the time he denied there was any issue.

posted on 02 May 2013, 13:28 3

95. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3516; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Ok so then answer the question. We all know it has nothing to do with the article, YET it is a valid question.

Again or is it that we are biased here?

posted on 03 May 2013, 00:17 1

135. xfire99 (Posts: 368; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


U r just pathetic, w8 for chance to qq on Samsung and like others companys dont have problems with theirs phones releases.
U God Apple have made more billions then Samsung, still have antennagate problem and IP5 with dents on the sides. Worst, Jobs denys the problems and blame peoples holding it wrong. Also u are avoding to answer others questions, coz u have nothing to counter it with.

posted on 02 May 2013, 12:55 1

85. tedkord (Posts: 3946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It has to do with your definition of a build quality issue, and whether you will admit to one an Apple product clearly (and scientifically proven by Anandtech and CR) had. You won't, because your only mission here was to spread lies about the S3.

posted on 02 May 2013, 12:32

77. ecmedic4 (Posts: 154; Member since: 02 May 2013)


Ill admit the iPhone 4 had antenna issues, i had one with ATT. The GS3 did have issues with the back cover cracking around the camera. Also i think there was some issues with getting high yields of the blue one for awhile, or something like that. BTW im new here.

posted on 02 May 2013, 11:41 3

59. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3516; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Nah you are just taking this to the utter most extreme. Name me anything that is mass produced that is 100% perfect without any defects what so ever.

Let me answer for you.... there are none. Why? Because there is always some faulty units that get out because of the mass production process.

Again just take it easy with your crazy talk there.

posted on 02 May 2013, 10:02 1

32. tedkord (Posts: 3946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


And what exactly were these build quality issues that plagued the S3? I mean out here in the real world, not inside your little RDF encompassed universe.

posted on 02 May 2013, 10:22 6

36. Ninetysix (Posts: 1073; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Here's one of the major ones. It's only 500+ pages and the S3 dying with no reason whatsoever is not a big deal right?

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1993044

posted on 02 May 2013, 11:37 3

56. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Those were specifically the European versions of the GS3 and the Note 2. Also, Samsung fixed it via software update. NOT BUILD. They ALSO replaced any phone that bricked for free even if it was rooted!

Id give up before spewing anything else you dont know anything about. Everything was covered HERE by Phonearena on how well Samsung took care of its customers when the time came.

posted on 02 May 2013, 12:54 4

84. tedkord (Posts: 3946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


That's one, it only affected one variant of the S3, was a software issue (not build quality). Doesn't sound like plagues.

posted on 02 May 2013, 16:41 1

124. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3661; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/Galaxy-S-III-build-quality-woes-continue-users-report-cracked-framing_id32445

posted on 02 May 2013, 10:26 5

40. teerex42 (Posts: 103; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


ur an idiot there was no build quality issues you moron. I've had my S3 for a year and have had no issues EVER!!! The hundreds of people I know who have the phone did not have any issues either. Get a clue htc fanboy

posted on 02 May 2013, 10:31 9

43. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


You must be new here. Mxy is an iPhone fanboy, not HTC lol.

posted on 02 May 2013, 11:38 2

57. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Someone forgot their morning prune juice.

posted on 02 May 2013, 12:52 4

81. tedkord (Posts: 3946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Someone also forgot to list these supposed build quality issues that plagued the S3.

posted on 02 May 2013, 13:34

100. ecmedic4 (Posts: 154; Member since: 02 May 2013)


the S3 did suffer from some build issues, one being the cracking of the back cover around the camera, and if i remember correctly there was an issue with high yields of the blue color or something like that. No phone is perfect though and build issues are just a fact of manufacture, its gonna happen. Its happened with Apple, Samsung, HTC, LG, etc.

posted on 02 May 2013, 13:38

102. tedkord (Posts: 3946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


That doesn't equate to being "plagued with build quality issues." Yields on the blue back doesn't even count as a build quality issue, so all we have is some cracks in the $5 battery cover.

posted on 02 May 2013, 16:17

120. ecmedic4 (Posts: 154; Member since: 02 May 2013)


Well no i wouldnt consider it "plagued" with issues, but there were some widespread issues, or at least from all the articles , it did seem that way. Every manufacturer has had some quality control issues though, its just a fact of manufacturing, i dont consider any issue too big a deal long as the company stands up and admits to it and fixes it promptly enough.

posted on 02 May 2013, 16:23 2

121. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 641; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Are you forgetting the cracks on the faux metal border? I saw 3 S3s with this issue and phones that couldn't even be droped to the ground because they were attached to an anti-theft system. I found it rather ironic because Samsung fanboys were dissing the One X for production issues and never really look at the phone they had. Every phone has build quality issues be it HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony, Apple and Motorola.

posted on 02 May 2013, 15:09 5

117. Commentator (Posts: 2184; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Harsh words from someone who's only owned one of the millions of SGSIII's sold. When you've had hundreds of thousands of SGSIII's, then you can make the claim that "there was (sic) no build quality issues." Until then, you have to realize that your single SGSIII doesn't necessarily represent the majority (or even the very small minority of units that do have problems) of SGSIII's out there.

posted on 02 May 2013, 08:58 19

15. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Well, Nokia's "PureMotion" tech would have meant none of this kind of stuff happening. No motion blurs.

Samsung's screens may be awesome but having all kinds of issues like this one isnt new. Screen-related issues also happened on the S3 and S2.

posted on 02 May 2013, 10:02 10

31. Emily1985 (Posts: 123; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One have the best screen on the market.

posted on 02 May 2013, 11:23 12

53. chocolaking (Posts: 421; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Samsung fan boys believe the superamoled and S4 screen are the best ever made in smartphone history. LOl..

posted on 02 May 2013, 11:56 5

64. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


I dont know how to react coz im a fan of samsung but im not into the thought of Samoled being d best screen ever made, dont know abt others, ijust love Samoled for its vibrancy and punchy colors but not telling that sAmoled is perfct, evrything can have problems, but this issue wudnt take away from me the deep interest and bliss whenever im looking at Samoled..

posted on 02 May 2013, 14:11 5

113. Aeires (unregistered)


So. People can believe whatever they want, doesn't make it true, and sometimes not even bad.

posted on 02 May 2013, 22:10 9

133. Irakli (banned) (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


sorry but the HTC one has the best screen on the market and then comes nokia they can believe what they like and they can be happy with ere defect cheap garbage Samsung s4 and the screen that you can't see nothing out side in the sun on.they can be happy with the samesung cheapest toy that you buy in china town.

posted on 02 May 2013, 12:10 3

69. edgabimbam (unregistered)


i remember first samsung hd screen amoled on their smartphone- note1. Black color clipping was hardware issue and no action from samsung

posted on 02 May 2013, 13:11 2

94. Igneel (unregistered)


Black clipping was present until the Note 2. I don't know about the S4 though.

posted on 02 May 2013, 10:50 5

50. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


I hope this screen problems will go away in the next batch of production. My Galaxy S4 is fine no problem like that.

posted on 02 May 2013, 11:18 10

51. chocolaking (Posts: 421; Member since: 22 May 2012)


You don't have a S4, it's an Sfall.

posted on 02 May 2013, 11:57 4

65. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


And why such? U seemd to be worse than trolls

posted on 02 May 2013, 11:28 6

54. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Samsung sucks and so does Android period...Blackberry Z10 #1

posted on 02 May 2013, 12:53 9

82. haney.alsaaidy (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)


despite that, super amoled screen is the best display technology out there, see:

htt p://w ww.yo utube.com/watch?v=QEkgcbYTQtw

posted on 09 May 2013, 18:13

147. ecmedic4 (Posts: 154; Member since: 02 May 2013)


I think thats a matter of personal opinion/preference. Not everyone cares for amoled screens, some prefer LCD's for specific reasons and others like amoled for specific reasons, no display is the best, cause not everyone shares that same opinion.

posted on 31 May 2013, 14:38

154. romulo (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 May 2013)


it is partly wrong, what is true is that amoled is a very young tecnology and have a lot to improve, like light, so itis a better tecnology in truth... But your true to say wide gamut colors are a question of preference in a normal use...
I've bought a S4, I take on hand some top celphones to compare before choice and analized a lot, i used from IPS to AMOLED and CRT for a long time with some digital works and color criteria...

Im a drawer and painter too, what I noticed... Peoples that are color lovers would really love S4, i tested all the color settings on the store before buying and it goes from giant color gamut to practically perfect sRGB, you can obtain an controlled color with movie settings that is perfectly adjusted with sRGB with some flutuation in green only, in fact it is the most near pure white display I have seen... DisplayMate did a review of it... You would like to read, it teachs a lot about digital color, isnt only a review at all...

Samsung displays have drawnbacks and strong points obviously... its normal... you will not go much away from sRGB in normal displays, will not have perfect black or pure white at nearly 6500K, but will have more light and unfortunately in sun light your colors with less saturation will be washed, its just preference, actually amoled consumption its bigger and for example turning on black pixels is slow and can lead to what we see in specific cases like the configuration bars...
Displaymate talk about amoled S4 efects on text and with this density they just say they did nor noticed any aberration compared to normal IPS.

I point displaymate because its a absurdly professional review of the point of view of displays.

I say by myself that I only noticed the strange ghost effect on settings and menus that are black with some color bars, did not noticed ghost on text.
So it did not bother me because in normal use its unseen by everyone around me, and obviously by me...

At all its a lot less superficial fact with many points...

posted on 02 May 2013, 14:20 2

115. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4627; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I think that regular PhoneArena.com visitors already know how I don't like OLED based displays (at least for today's OLED evolution stage). So this time I even won't bother and won't put any effort to say something related to OLED. ;) :P

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