Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 coming with Pentile RGBW screen

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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Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1
  • Display 10.1" 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 8220 mAh

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17 Comments

1. twens

Posts: 1167; Member since: Feb 25, 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?

2. Vireak unregistered

No other phones have more gimmicks than Samsung's.

6. SleepingOz unregistered

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

9. Vireak unregistered

Enlighten me.

10. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

Enlighten yourself. Read the freaking article.

11. koko1

Posts: 103; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

iSheeeep :\

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!

3. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

5. StanoS

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 08, 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.

7. docj8404

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

12. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

lol You tell 'em!

17. docj8404

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

The keyword in your statement being "Me".

13. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

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

14. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Or there may be two different versions of the tablet

15. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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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