"Diamond pixels:" here is a close-up of the Samsung Galaxy S4's display

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has one of the best displays out there, confirmed after rigorous testing of its 5-inch Super AMOLED panel and comparison against the class-leading well-calibrated 4-inch LCD on the Apple iPhone 5.

The S4 features a 5-inch 1080 x 1920 pixel screen, extremely sharp and vivid. But it is also just Super AMOLED and not a Super AMOLED Plus. What this means is it uses a PenTile matrix arrangement with less subpixels than the traditional RGB one. What went a bit under our radar is the actual arrangement of the pixel.

It’s something Samsung refers to as “diamond pixels” and a recent DisplayMate study reveals the actual arrangement in detailed pictures of the display under a microscope.

What’s interesting about it is the different size of the sub-pixels. Blue is the largest one since it has the lowest efficiency and in contrast green is the smallest one.

Here is DisplayMate expert’s comment on this type of arrangement:


source: DisplayMate

"Diamond pixels:" here is a close-up of the Samsung Galaxy S4's display

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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75 Comments

1. FlushGordon unregistered

But why can't Amoleds accurately render a Paper White web page? I don't care how detailed and crisp it is but I just prefer IPS....its simply better when viewing HD MOVIES

2. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

The S4 has much better whites than any IPS display now, check Displaymate review

8. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

I'm sorry we don't care about "white brightness" if it's not realist at all. I don't mind watching a super white screen if all my pictures are not rendered naturally.

13. Trex95

Posts: 2364; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

You must be kidding me lol. better whites than any IPS?! even my xperia t 720p dated screen still has better white than any Super Amoled screen, just compare it myself with S3 and note 2. I do agree with you 1080p Super Amoled on S4 it's an great screen but still can't beat IPS in higher brightness and pure white and the only screen with Amoled that has the highest brightness and bright white like IPS that comes with Nokia pure view 808 even with low resolution.

20. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

What he said is that the Displaymate experts don't agree with you. Taken from the review: "the Galaxy S4 has a more accurate White than iphone 5"http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_S4_ShootOut_1.htm#Diamond_Pixels

25. Abbath

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

I dont understand why u folks are bedning over backwards over "whites"..watching movies, videos and pictures, veiwing websites all this stuff s great on a SAMOLED screen...hell why the fuss?

47. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Cuz people love to hate and complain. They want those "perfect whites" just to show boat. The only place where the difference is noticeable (IPS/AMOLED) is on webpages, of which the background isn't even supposed to matter cuz your focus should be on the text/crispness—which the AMOLED FHD on S4 does great. For anything else; movies; games; apps etc, AMOLED does a better job primarily because of its outstanding blacks which as we all know by know are the focal point of most multimedia. But hey, haters gonna hate. I tried my bro's Nexus 4 for a week; couldn't handle the hideous blacks and returned it for my Note 2 instead.

27. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

Check the display mates review Mr before you comment, the S4 on movie mode has much better whites at 65k than the iPhone 5(best ips display), and on Auto brightness its pulling over 400 nits on brightness almost matching the iphone 5 in sunlight visibility. Hate it as you like but AMOLED has caught up with ips display on pretty much any natural colour production, but LCD can never reach the awesome contrast of AMOLED display.

16. bojan

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

watch the diffrent here in screens for teh s4 and the htc one and you will see samsugn s4 doesn't pull real white colors and when veiwing videos the colors no as good as IPS displays.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ElG3Lhf818

31. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

It's standard mode, not professional mode or movie mode, man

75. Abbath

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Dude its an equal trade off...S4 has gorgeous blacks and HTC One has awesome whites in a certain way Translated that means better webpages, ebooks in general on the One and better movies, apps, games on the S4...like user saffant said above "blacks which as we all know by now are the focal point of most multimedia." Personally I prefer the S4. Pluss all this fuss over freakking "whites" is just hate IMO nuff said!

35. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

here is a video showing the white test on both screen the s4 and the htc one put the video on 07:31 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIV1TRt0Bqk check it out guys and talk about it.

73. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

by whites you mean green

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

They can but for battery reasons the white behind black text in browser is dimmer. It is still as readable cause of the better contrast and lower reflectability. The S4 actually beats out the iPhone 5 in white accuracy according to the same article, in movie mode.

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

does that mean in movie mode it will produce more accurate whites while browsing ?

24. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Apart from the dimmer white background in browsing it always produces accurate whites, screen set to "movie mode".

51. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Downvotes from people who can't accept they made an amoled with good whites, sad.

52. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

hey, good white and blacker than black doesn't conclude a display screen to be the best. if it doesn't conheren with other colour. it still can't be a good display screen.

53. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

The Galaxy s4 has good color accuracy, in professional photo mode is is almost at the Adobe RGB Standard (perfect color reproduction)

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Watching movies on a Super AMOLED screen is mind blowing. I have the Avengers movie in full HD on my GS3 and I blown away every time it plays.

15. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

With the eye popping colors that the screen produces and the deep blacks. It's really enjoying to watch everything on a super amoled display

28. SaElestra

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

fake colours is fake my friend.. XD

32. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Movie mode is avaiable on S3, man

54. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

The Galaxy S4 software has multiple modes, it can be set to proffesional photo mode if you want it to be and be damn close to perfect color reproduction.

33. ikkuh

Posts: 42; Member since: May 22, 2011

For movies there no better display dan Amoled.

37. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Exactly it is a PREFERENCE. I have seen all screens and the super amoled screen blows the rest out of the water with their much deeper blacks and colors that pop out of the screen. I prefer the super amoled display and yes it is mainly a preference.

55. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Natural looks good, the 1440p panels that LG makes are astonishing quality/color reproocution (102% adobe) but the color pop on amoleds for games/movies will always be better.

3. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

I need RGB...thats it...if HTC can put a full HD resolution in smaller screen that samsung should do as well

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It also drains battery faster and you'll never ever see pentile pixels over 400ppi. Ever.

22. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

If its possible, the phone needs a massive battery, right?

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