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The era of inaccurate AMOLED screens is over

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The era of inaccurate AMOLED screens is over

To this day, AMOLED screens, mostly known from Samsung's flagship phones, have been the subject of both appreciation and criticism. The relatively young screen technology sure has an abundance of character, as it has the unique habit of displaying oversaturated and punchy colors. However, such displays are also known to be largely inaccurate. Until now, that is.

Don't get us wrong, we don't really have that much against a screen with oversaturated colors. What has been keeping us from truly enjoying it is that it doesn't give us the choice to have natural-looking colors. Pretty much all recent AMOLED phones by Samsung have featured some form of a screen mode, designed to produce visuals that are more true-to-life, but even when set to those modes, the Galaxy devices have, until now, failed time and again to really get things close to the standard sRGB colorspace, which is used for almost all visual content that you can come across today, including the internet.

However, the era of inaccurate AMOLED screens is over!


Enter the new Galaxy Tab S tablets. These AMOLED-powered tablets can exhibit color reproduction that is actually very close to the sRGB standard, i.e. they are very accurate! The Tab S 8.4 and Tab S 10.5 come with three screen modes: AMOLED cinema, Adaptive, and Basic. The Basic mode is the one that can give you those remarkably accurate visuals. For example, in Basic mode, the Tab S 8.4 delivers a remarkable color temperature of 6750 K, which is extremely close to the reference point of 6500 K! Meanwhile, the average amount of color error is also superb (Delta E grayscale is 2.74, while Delta E rgbcmy is 2.58). Similar level of display accuracy is also observed with the larger sibling, the Tab S 10.5.

Is this some kind of new breakthrough in AMOLED technology that we'll see in the company's next high-end smartphones? We certainly hope so! Imagine a Note 4 or a Galaxy S6 with an AMOLED display that is capable of producing accurate, true-to-life visuals. Combine this with the already great outdoor visibility, and typical AMOLED pros like excellent black and excellent viewing angles – boy, it certainly sounds like a great product! Samsung's new Tab S line-up has made us optimistic about the future of AMOLED, and we are looking forward to seeing the future phones/tablets to take advantage of this technology.

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posted on 02 Jul 2014, 09:44 11

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2262; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Good stuff. But if Android supported colour management, like PC's do, sRGB would look good no matter how capable the display is, right?

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 10:02 13

7. sar44 (Posts: 144; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


PA, why in your test z2 screen is very good display?
130% Srgb, oversaturate, distortion, redness is good?
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2742538
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=52448559&postcount=4
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2742538
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/E-EMm3tl4lI3Gn2D3wcCB0NAcvkbXZfSklIir3qeaiTSf2C_nTx-i7gahuGNcpqBizuvaw=w1246-h750
http://www.ixbt.com/mobile/images/sony-xperia-z2/vs-pict-xr.jpg
Is good?
Even on your images can see it.
Artificially saturated screen of G3 its also good?
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2797810

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 12:36 7

34. enthasuium (Posts: 69; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


PA report is thrash, Over saturated amoled never was a problem for consumer,
but for those smartphone reviewer .
Galaxy S and S2 was oversaturated , still sold millions bcoz of gorgeous display that was advertised by samsung . People liked it more than iphone display.

Once you get amoled, never go back

http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Wave-S8500-Preview_id2390

http://www.mobile(nospace)techworld.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Galaxy-S-vs-iPhone-4.jpg

see samsung wave VS iphone 4

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_s8500_wave-review-480p3.php

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 23:26 1

48. TheOldOne (Posts: 78; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


true.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 10:06 1

9. sar44 (Posts: 144; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


About topic I would like to see yet modulation test

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 21:45 1

47. steedsofwar (Posts: 233; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


Don't you think AMOLED viewing angles are unmatched to this day? NOTHING comes close and I own the LG G2. AMOLED's excellent or arguably the best outdoor visibility, veiwing angles, contrass, black blacks, low power consumption and for those of us who love SERIOUS saturation, and for those who prefer natural colors, AMOLED is king now. The competition are miles behind.

AMOLED has issues to do with screen burnins, pentile config and such but they are a non issue for me as I have a flagship for the duration of a year only.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 10:11 1

10. sar44 (Posts: 144; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Android and ios not support the switching between profiles and probably will not. Noobs buy and will buy

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 10:17 1

15. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2262; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


What do you use then?

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 10:20 4

16. ihavenoname (Posts: 1260; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Noobs?? Lol

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 09:47 6

2. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


and they have to get rid of pentile

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 09:55 17

4. dickwyn (Posts: 568; Member since: 07 May 2012)


well with that pixel density, there would'nt be much difference

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 10:56

21. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


hope so ..

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 12:01 7

29. av911 (Posts: 126; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Have you not seen the S4, S5, or the Note 3? Pentile isn't an issue anymore.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 11:16 1

24. Supraman21 (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)


I know I'm an out-liar and for most, pentile will not be a problem, but when I picked up an S5 and compared it to the M8, I instantly noticed that the S5 screen was fuzzier. If Samsung can get rid of pentile and calibrate their screens for perfect color accuracy, then I they will be the best sceens hands down. Also I dont like the fact that OLED screens have this glossy/shimmery look to the colors compared to certain IPS screens. I noticed that the LG G3 has the same effect. The M7 and Nexus 5 have an opaque/pastel type look. Dunno...just my opinion

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 12:28 12

32. Synack (Posts: 659; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


The M8 screen is s**t compared to the S5...

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 09:56 2

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2673; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


AMOLED and RGB don't quite match up.
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_used_pentile_amoled_in_galaxy_s_iii_because_itll_last_longer-news-4235.php

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 10:55 1

20. dmn666 (Posts: 194; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


That's the BS crapsung wants morons (you being the first on that list) to believe. RGB amoled screens existed way before crapsung started putting those crappy pentiles on their phones. Why ? Simple - to cheat on power consumption in order to keep up with RGB LCD. For longevity? - my as* - as expected from a Samsung spokesman.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 11:05 6

23. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2673; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Woah, thanks for the praise bro. :)

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 11:31 3

26. Iodine (Posts: 159; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Yeah and also it's a lot easier to make an 1080p display if you need just 2 subpixels per pixel, so cheating on resolution as well.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 10:13 2

11. sar44 (Posts: 144; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


absolutely no difference

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 09:50 10

3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2673; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Haters facepalm simultaneously. Nice that PA covered this one. I take my words back. PA is a great tech blog with a slight iPhone bias. ;)

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 13:25 3

36. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 517; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


"Imagine a Note 4 or a Galaxy S6 with an AMOLED display that is capable of producing accurate, true-to-life visuals"

So what? Ppl will always love the rich gorgeous colours on their phones and tablets. With this great black. And will NEVER switch to Basic mode.
This "accurate colour" BS was invented from the iPropaganda to fight with the more superior AMOLED.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 09:59 7

6. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1708; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I still prefer LCD over AMOLED.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 11:20

25. Supraman21 (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)


Basically the only thing I'm jealous about is the blacks. Nothing compares to OLED in regards to blacks. Other than that, I agree. High quality LCD's just have this natural, flat, realistic look too them....cant really explain.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 13:29 7

37. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 517; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Yup
You still prefer the cave over the house. Right?

By the way Samsung are still the best in the outdated LCD technology.
And they still it sell to the cheap companies .

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 05:44

52. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 159; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


super lcd 3 is best

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 10:05 1

8. kdealltheway (Posts: 91; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


Good, now I want laptop with that screen...

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 23:32

49. TheOldOne (Posts: 78; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


everyone does, and we want even more a 300+dpi on a laptop of desktop monitor.
Not gonna happen in the next 4-5 years unfortunatelly as they are focused on the mobile at the moment...

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 10:17 8

13. twens (Posts: 519; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


in this tech industry ,only one company contnues to improve despite the haters comments and thats samsung. LCD's are stuck at still displaying poor blacks and lifeless colors meanwhile amoled has been developing at a rapid speed. You haters just keep pushing sammy to deliver its users with the best of tech whiles you guys are stuck with your old hardwares that your beloved comapnies give you. Note 4 will kill all phones this year, period!!!

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 20:06

46. mixedfish (Posts: 58; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


You say that yet the Z2 tab achieved a 6664 Kelvins temperature whilst the Tab 8.4 is supposed to be 'impressive' at 6750 Kelvins.

So much for 'old hardware'.

Perhaps if you were a computer rather than a person, you'd enjoy pure blacks. But in reality pure blacks almost never exist and the same is true if you took a correctly exposed photo. OLED however translate subtle grays as pitch black due to turning pixels off and this results in black crush a testament to bad banding. But I guess you're just a product of company's marketing machine, you'll drink that cool-aid up as long as you're given it, rather than choose for yourself.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:06

55. sachouba (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


Actually, the Z2 Tablet's two-years-old screen is only a Full HD screen, which looks quite bad when compared to a QHD screen.
It may achieve a 6664 K temperature, its resolution is still lower.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 10:51 4

19. KenAdams (Posts: 55; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


I really like AMOLED screens, and they look especially good with the WP UI. Can't wait for my Lumia 930 to arrive !

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 11:52

28. vuyonc (Posts: 128; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Just gimme 2-650 nit brightness range, at least decent colour accuracy and great battery life and I won't look up what display tech is being used. This display fanboy war is overrated.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 13:35

41. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 517; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Contrast and black also matter much

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 19:45

45. UglyFrank (Posts: 333; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Display mate reported the S5 of having a max of 698nits

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 12:09

31. fzacek (Posts: 1242; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


The only things that still worry me about AMOLED displays is burn-in and Pentile. Burn-in does not give me any confidence about using the display, because deep inside I know that I am damaging the display every time I turn it on. Pentile technology just makes it seem like Samsung is trying to cheat its customers...

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 13:00 1

35. GreekGeek (Posts: 380; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


You got to be kidding me PA....take a look at those greens again, don't they look like a friggin' NEON to you?

SUPER LCD is BETTER

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 16:04

42. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 32; Member since: 13 May 2014)


Awesome news and topic. I hope to see this true colors display on Note 4.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 16:35

43. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6139; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I prefer AMOLED over LCD. the colors are more brighter than LCD but depends what company put in their screens. I'm still waiting for the CURVED OLED screen phone by Samsung. which is why i haven't bought a GALAXY PHONE yet.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 17:50 1

44. gigaraga (Posts: 495; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Exactly. From the Note 3 onwards, Samsung screens have always been accurate.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 00:04 2

50. kevin91202 (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


"Imagine a Note 4 or a Galaxy S6 with an AMOLED display that is capable of producing accurate, true-to-life visuals." - Phonearena.com

Newsflash: S5 is already accurate.

Please take the time to conduct a proper examination of the Galaxy S5's screen. And, no, measuring RGB colorspace in complete darkness is not the way to do it. Why? Because no one uses their smartphones in pitch black darkness. Duh.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 05:42 1

51. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 159; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


m8 screen is best in market

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 08:52

53. skyline88 (Posts: 286; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


started using and loving AMOLED since the era of Samsung Omnia until now Note 3.

never before encounter any color inaccuracy.

not sure which fan of iJunk or HTCrap started the whole jealousy affair.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 09:06

54. tokuzumi (Posts: 233; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


I like the viewing angles of AMOLED screens. Seems that LCD screens, such as the Nexus 5, Droid DNA, etc aren't as clear when you aren't viewing the screen directly. I just don't like the burn in that happens on the AMOLEDs. My Galaxy Nexus had a permenant bright spot where the status and navigation bars resided. I do wish my S4 had better outdoor visibility. Not that my Nexus 5 had fantastic outdoor visibility, but the N5 did have a brighter max brightness, which helped a lot.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 16:22

56. darksaber (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Jun 2014)


sammy has done it..........

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