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Samsung TabPRO 12.2, 10.1 and NotePRO all have PenTile displays, but not TabPRO 8.4

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Samsung TabPRO 12.2, 10.1 and NotePRO all have PenTile displays, but not TabPRO 8.4
It looks like the only new Samsung tablet in the PRO series without an alternative PenTile pixel matrix screen would be the smallest one, TabPRO 8.4. We already saw that the TabPRO 10.1 carries a PenTile RGBW arrangement of its panel, and our own macro lens shots of the NotePRO screen that you can see in the slideshow below, indicate the same RGBW PenTile arrangement is in store. Press the 100% zoom button, and you will clearly see the RGBW arrangement.

Given that the Galaxy TabPRO 12.2, the NotePRO, the TabPRO 10.1 and TabPRO 8.4 all sport 2560x1600 pixels screen, it is all the more impressive that the the smallest of the bunch turns out to be the only with a standard "stripe" RGB matrix, perhaps on account of a new technology Samsung had to use for cramming four million pixels in such a small size. That would indicate true "2K" sharpness of the tiniest display in the lineup, and a sight to behold, considering it also flaunts the highest pixel denisty on a tablet - 360ppi.

With the larger tabs, on the other hand, that crazy resolution is achieved with an alternative pixel matrix arrangement that looks like a checkered pattern when you examine solid colors up close and personal. Not that this changes the viewing experience at such high pixel densities, but if you get the TabPRO 8.4 it should warm your heart to know you are getting a real sharp 2K screen, and in an 8" form factor, too.

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posted on 10 Jan 2014, 05:42 1

1. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Wow. Just wow. Samsung really loves to screw something up. It's 2014 and still they shamelessly use Pentile.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 05:47 6

3. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Just like Sony, they still use TFT. I hope they will start using IPS after the Z1 Compact.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 04:12

24. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Nothing wrong with using TFT , i liked the RGB TFT display on my red ZL more than the pentile Amoled on the note 3 . Better outdoor visibility and natural colours . Except the note 3 wins by size

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 04:42

25. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


IPS is better in my opinion, I tried the LG G2 before and the IPS display on it looks sharp, don't know about the outdoor visibility because I tried it in a shopping centre. The IPS display on the G2 looks better than my Z's TFT, the TFT is not that great, outdoor visibility is not good, and it's not as sharp like on the IPS.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 07:05

26. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Which shopping center you saw ? I only seen a G2 once in Dubai , never seen in KL .

Amoled has poor outdoor visibility and fake colors

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 07:16

27. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


In Lowyat Plaza. I was surprised to see that someone is selling the G2 in there, because LG still haven't release the G2 in Malaysia yet. The phone is quite nice, thin bezels, sharp display, compact for a 5.2 inch phone, fast, and the back buttons is interesting.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 07:52

28. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


I still hate LG software , nexus 5 ftw . Typed from nexus 7

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 06:06 6

6. gunnroses (Posts: 20; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


But this different pentile arrangement, more advanced and long lasting. . . It still a big improvements. Sony displays are the worse

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 06:56 6

7. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4100; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


What's wrong with RGBW Pentile? It has all the subpixels of a true RGB display, it just has an extra clear subpixel to make it more bright. Don't let PA fool you, RGBW doesn't have any affect on clarity, it actually retains the clarity while making the display brighter and less power consuming. The Note 10.1 2014 has a RGBW display as well, and PA had no complaints. From the review, "This time, we have no complaints about details, as it produces plenty of sharp visuals with everything that’s put up on screen."

http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-Note-10.1-2014-Edition-Review_id3440

Why is the word "Pentile" jumped on with hate without anyone thinking about it? It's stupid.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 09:14

15. Chakra (Posts: 125; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)


I think because the early adoption of pentile wasn't so great. On the first phones, you could actually see the white subpixel, without aid of macro lens, and was really prevalent when scrolling. However, I think these new screens are massively improved, and with these high resolutions, the weaknesses inherent in the past, or just that, in the past. However, people tend to remember, and not so easily prone to forgive.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 21:07

22. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Bravo, Bezerk. Bravo. You nailed it. This was not even worth mentioning. Way to call them out on the inconsistency too. +1

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 18:43

29. SeanPlunk (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Sep 2013)


It's worse quality, don't fool yourself. Each pixel has two subpixels. It does impact image quality.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 08:17 1

10. ShaikhJGI (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


I don't understand with 40 Million pixels popping up in a screen. Whats wrong with a pentile screen??
Thats to it have an extra pixel than traditional RGB matrix.
At 250PPi in a 12+ screen i don't see a point of being shameless bro.??

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 09:03

14. AntiFanBoyz (Posts: 105; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)


Wow. Just wow. Article states PenTile doesn't change the viewing experience. Article fails to state PenTile improves brightness and battery life. Ignorant users freak.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 12:43

18. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Sorry, I was excited about the opportunity to post the first comment. I am only 14, after all. But if I may ask. Why don't 400+ PPI screens use RGBW?? They will benefit even more.

The problem I have is that there should be 3 subpixels per pixel. Which IIRC RGBW does not.
Honestly speaking, after reading all these comments I wish for a display which has only 1 subpixel per pixel. So that manufacturers have another reason to put small batteries as these newer displays will be more 'efficient'.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 13:56

19. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4100; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


RGBW has 4 subpixels per pixel; the typical Red, Green, and Blue, and an extra clear subpixel (White). It doesn't really affect the sharpness of the display like Samsung's AMOLED Pentile does, especially at such high resolutions.

I guess it must be hard to manufacture RGBW display at high pixel densities, otherwise it would've been implemented on 1080p phones already.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 18:44

30. SeanPlunk (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Sep 2013)


100% Incorrect.

This matix has two subpixels per pixel. One pixel will have RG, and the next will have BW.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 20:48

21. Taters (Posts: 3478; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Um it's not shameless when it is a choice. In fact, the evidence suggests that it is easier for them to make rgb panels considering the Nexus 10 had full rgb and is their oldest panel at 2560 x1600. That and the fact that they couldn't even get the rgbw on the 8.4. They definitely wanted too since 3 out of the 4 was pen tile. If they could have made it 4 out of 4 they probably would have.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 05:45 5

2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I want the TabPRO 8.4, the right size for a tablet.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 08:18 3

11. ShaikhJGI (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


I can't imagine how insanely sharp the screen will be at whopping 360PPi on a 8+ Screen. Just a big Woww going in my mind right now..;-)

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 06:02

4. Haridenberg (Posts: 27; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Sorry, how many sub-pixels in one pixel in this new arrangement?!
Usually Samsung uses (RG)(BG) arrangement in their AMOLED displays, but what in the world is RGBW?!
When it was premiered in Note 10.1 2014, I thought it's a 4-subpixels-per-pixel arrangement, used to boost brightness!

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 06:06 2

5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Wonder why this is so surprising, since the Note 10.1 2014 edition had the RGBW upon announcement in September. It makes the screen both accurate and vibrant, while PenTile always does good to the battery.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 07:03

8. smacsteve (Posts: 38; Member since: 16 May 2012)


So is the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition a PenTile display or not?

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 14:00

20. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4100; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Yes, but it's not like Samsung's AMOLED Pentile. It's a different kind of Pentile that doesn't really affect clarity and makes the display brighter while being more efficient.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 07:27 2

9. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 770; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Seriously, who gives a damn about PenTile displays at such a high resolution?

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 08:37 2

12. synot (Posts: 277; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Why does Phonearena writers always try to degrade Samsung products even when they are the top of the line in their respective classes while at the same time elevating Apples products no matter how badly produced they may be.Is the tech site an American company?Some time i wonder if its a case of America vs Korea the same way they do with Cuba.Why does America only praised things american but degrade every other countries products even when they are well made?I believe the critisisym on Samsung products are unfair and without merit by phonearena.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 09:20

16. Chakra (Posts: 125; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)


Like CNET, Phonearena are widely known as an Apple fanboy sites. Don't get me wrong, as much as I despise Apple as a company, they do make a great product in the iPhone. But fanboy sites like CNET and Phonearena hype them up above and beyond what is necessary.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 08:48 1

13. synot (Posts: 277; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Its like looking for a needle in a haystalk,Phonearena couldnt find any visible problems with the new Samsung Tablets so they have to go looking for some magnifying way of condemning the tablets to prove Samsung products as not being perfectly made even to the continued point of being plastic.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 09:28 1

17. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Phonearena tried and FAILED.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 00:45

23. garz_pa (Posts: 154; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Here goes the Pentile bandwagon again.

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