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Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 coming with Pentile RGBW screen

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Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 coming with Pentile RGBW screen
An interesting little detail has surfaced about the new Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 tablet. We were instantly impressed with the 2560 x 1600 pixel WQXGA resolution that all four new Samsung tablets feature, but - interestingly - the TabPRO 10.1 just looks a bit less sharp than the others. Why? Turns out it actually features a Pentile RGBW screen (unlike the other three, seemingly RGB Samsung tablets). So, yes, it seems that Samsung has used the same Super LCD screen from the Note 10.1 2014 Edition in the new TabPRO 10.1.

The difference is small, but noticeable in real-life. To better understand why it’s there and what it’s all about, we’ll quickly go over the essence of Pentile displays. Every screen is comprised of pixels, and traditionally LCD displays come with red, green and blue sub-pixels, that make up the whole pixel. Hence, such LCD screens are called RGB (red, green and blue). A Pentile display is different because it features other sub-pixels, and the RGBW one in the TabPRO 10.1 has an additional white pixel.

The motivation behind having an additional white pixels is to achieve higher brightness. Since LCD displays are back-lit, the white sub-pixels act as a simple filter that lets more of that backlight in, and this makes the display brighter overall. The increased brightness comes with the upside of better outdoor visibility, which is an important improvement.

Nonetheless, a Pentile RGBW screen also has the downside of having less subpixels (since the white does not convey any color information), and in reality that makes some of the content look a bit grainy, pixelated. At first, it might sound strange that a 2560 x 1600 pixel screen can look pixelated, but in some icons the slight jagged edges are definitely noticeable to pixel peepers.

Right below is a close-up image of the TabPRO 10.1 screen showing that extra grainy texture. Interestingly, it seems that the rest of Samsung’s CES 2014 tablets actually features a full RGB screen, so it’s just the 10-incher that comes with Pentile. What do you think about this, is that slight jagginess a concern for you?

Up-close image of the TabPRO 10.1 screen

Up-close image of the TabPRO 10.1 screen


source: +Erica Griffin

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posted on 08 Jan 2014, 04:49 7

1. twens (Posts: 629; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


what is it with phonearena and their so much enphacy on pentile screens? For christ seek, even the note 3 uses pentile but the truth is it looks more beautiful than the average lcd screen. If no one told you it was pentile would you even notice?

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 05:44 2

2. Vireak (unregistered)


No other phones have more gimmicks than Samsung's.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 07:00 8

6. SleepingOz (unregistered)


How is pentile a gimmick? Did you even know what it is? Grow a brain, buddy!

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 07:58

9. Vireak (unregistered)


Enlighten me.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 08:32 3

10. AntiFanBoyz (Posts: 93; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)


Enlighten yourself. Read the freaking article.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 10:21 1

11. koko1 (Posts: 97; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)


iSheeeep :\

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 18:41

16. Vireak (unregistered)


Pentile ERECTILE...all aiming to justify the price of cheap plastic. Oh, but it has erectile!...I mean PENTILE! Yeah, it feels great to be able to afford to be an iSheeep!

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 06:03 4

3. hung2900 (Posts: 794; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Note 10.1 2014 edition is also pentile, but still extreme sharp and nobody complains. So what's the point, PhoneArena?

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 06:04 3

4. tech2 (Posts: 2060; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


'What do you think about this, is that slight jagginess a concern for you?'

Yeah.....its jagginess if you put your eyeball in the screen.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 06:55 2

5. StanoS (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


Note 3 has very high DPI, pentile has minimal negative impact, but it is still there. On tablet with lower dpi it is much more visible. I have very sensitive eyes. I prefer full RGB subpixels and I'm glad phonearena report this so that I can make apropriate purchase decision.
That's also the reason I prefer S4 Active with full RGB display, not regular S4 with Pentile display.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 07:13 1

7. docj8404 (Posts: 72; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Why is everyone crying simply because P.A. simply decided to share a detail, however mine to you it may be, that will possibly be overlooked/go unmentioned by the vast majority of others? While I agree that a Pentile display screen doesn't make a device unuseable or of poor quality by any means, I'm also pretty sure that anyone spending such a premium that's bound to be attached to a high end Samsung tablet would like to make their purchase with as much information as possible, especially considering the screen is arguably one of the most important components of any smartphone or tablet.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 07:15 1

8. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 720; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Bitch, my 10.1" tablet with 1280x800 resolution is already sharp enough for me. Don't complain about this screen

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 12:26

12. HouTexan (Posts: 312; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


lol You tell 'em!

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 21:20

17. docj8404 (Posts: 72; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


The keyword in your statement being "Me".

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 15:20

13. synot (Posts: 219; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Remember guys this is a promotional unit and the real production unit may come with the real wqxga screen.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 15:22

14. synot (Posts: 219; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Or there may be two different versions of the tablet

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 15:38

15. Taters (Posts: 3010; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


It doesn't matter. Either way a 300 ppi pen tile should still be sharper than the lower ppi iipad air screen and definitely still sharper than the Xperia Tab Z , surface 2, and lumia 2520 1200p screens.

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