Samsung Galaxy S III comes with a PenTile matrix: screen comparison

Samsung Galaxy S III comes with a PenTile matrix: screen comparison
The Samsung Galaxy S III is really all about everything - the marriage of design, software features and processing power, but since you’ll look at the screen all of the time it’s mostly about the screen. The Galaxy S III has got a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 720x1280 pixels. And this alone should already disappoint some of you waiting for a Super AMOLED Plus screen. Let us explain why that’s kind of a letdown.

A Super AMOLED screen is the same as the one on the Galaxy S II Galaxy Nexus and this means that it’s not using the full RGB matrix, but instead goes for the PenTile RGBG pixel arrangement. This means that effectively you get a third less subpixels, hence a slightly worse picture. Samsung obviously relies on the HD resolution of the display and the excellent contrasts of its AMOLED  technology to make up for this, but it’s clearly one area where competitors like LG might take the leading edge and capture geeks hearts.

Engadget got an early look at the handset and is bringing 230x magnified pictures showing off the subpixels and comparing the Galaxy S III display to the ones on the HTC One X, the Galaxy Nexus and then against the whole Galaxy S family. Check it all out to see what you get and what you lose, and let us know how you like the display on the S III, by this comparison below.

source: Engadget

All images courtesy of Engadget.

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. iblackdroid

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Kind of a letdown : /

5. Denis_kn94 unregistered

no really, this is one amazing smartphone

40. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

are u trying to deny that this isnt disappointing?... i mean the sgIII is nice, but it isnt that much more stunning than the nexus or note... just with an upgraded processor... to me it doesnt have the same presence as the one x does

17. a1000smiles4u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 24, 2012

samsung shares gonna fall tomorrow i guess samsung has reserved something to compete with iphone5

19. Denis_kn94 unregistered

you f**king idiot

29. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Tha'ts actually a good point. There are rumors of an i9800 model, which may be a higher-end model and released later so apple is either stuck with their competitor to the GS3, or they have to revamp the development to compete, costing them time and money

39. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

Yah wouldn't be surprised if samsung is trying to adjust their product launches. It'd be better to have their new phones launch in the fall quarter before the holiday. Then they would also have the latest and greatest features to compete against the new iphone. So disappointed with the sgs3. I see no reason to upgrade from my sgs2. I would imagine this is how iphone users felt during the 4s announcement but I guess not because siri probably blew their mind.

52. Phullofphil

Posts: 1823; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

That would be stupid if true because apple reall does not do that. They go out and try and get the best posesable tech and because there are so many orders they can get first dibs on products and get the best price.

58. LegedaryRelic

Posts: 10; Member since: May 04, 2012

I was on the edge about it, but now I've confirmed it's a major letdown. I went to VZW and checked out a Samsung Nexus, it is essentially the same screen. Wow, it was ugly. 1. White is not white! it's dull yellow color that is undeniably obvious. 2. The screen actually had burn in. It was set to sleep after 1 min or so, but even with that I could see the homescreen when I was on other apps, that's unacceptable. 3. Resolution was not as good as my iPhone 4. And yes that is my benchmark for screen quality. If it doesn't look as good as retina, then its crap. This alone is reason I will not get a SGS3. I want to switch to android and it looks like the HTC One X will be the one for me.

60. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

one x hands down overall

2. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Still a pentile diplay? Disappointed...not that it'll matter in daily usage...but its not cool.

3. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

too bad. I was really hoping for a normal RBG sub pixels.

4. JDCohen722

Posts: 39; Member since: May 18, 2011

One X looks way better!!!

9. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yes...its way better...Apart from quad core Exynos...there is no appeal in this device...for me atleast

12. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Ill pass on non-exchangeable battery and a pathetic non expandable 16gb storage

38. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1271; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

But One-X has better screen (full RGB), sense UI,

44. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

I personally prefer amoled. Better colors and a real treat to look at. they make lcds look dull. Oh as far as ui It doesnt matter because there are many great launchers and i would put a custom rom on it to get the most out of it..

54. Sessanta

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Yeah, better colors = overly saturated, unnatural color, blueish tint.. Is that what you mean by better color, okay i got it..

61. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Over-saturated?????. More like vibrant and vivid. U mad bro?

46. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

while loving the one x I had dismissed it as i was holding out for the s3,now however I must admit the one x is much better looking phone,ill make my decison on which one to buy once i get the s3 in my hands over the next few weeks.

55. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

let's say it's a way worse

6. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

We've all been SAMSUNG'ed AGAIN...nothing special. This phone is nothing more than the current NEXUS on VW with a bigger display.

13. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

..with 4 times better overall processing power, with superior battery, bigger internal storage, SD card slot, better camera. yep, that covers it.

21. Corpsemaker

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 10, 2010

First of all, the SGIII's processor for verizon is not going to be the exynos chip and therefore probably not quite 4 times better, the battery is better on the SGIII (but not better than the razr maxx), and storage and camera improvements aren't that big of a deal. ALSO the NEXUS has stock android/faster updates.

7. Mannequinsdenial

Posts: 15; Member since: May 02, 2012

I still think the galaxy nexus screen looks better than the one x when side by side in real life but maybe i'm just a sucker for unreal stand-outish colors..

62. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

you must be crazy to say that

8. JBz007

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I was hoping for something to set this phone apart but with an S4 for the US version its going to be about the same as the rest of the new phones. I would get excited if the quad core came to the US but unfortunately...

10. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

I had my hopes up for this phone....but f*ck, this it was a big disappointment for me! It is just another phone with some extra specs...nothing new

49. mobileczar

Posts: 1; Member since: May 03, 2012

I have one question. What exactly do you expect more out of a cell phone?

56. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011


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