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

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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30 Comments

1. AppleHateBoy unregistered

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

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

24. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 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

25. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

26. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 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

27. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

28. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

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

6. gunnroses

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

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

7. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

15. Chakra

Posts: 136; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

22. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

29. SeanPlunk

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 06, 2013

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

10. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 356; Member since: Jan 10, 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.??

14. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

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.

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'.

19. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

30. SeanPlunk

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 06, 2013

100% Incorrect. This matix has two subpixels per pixel. One pixel will have RG, and the next will have BW.

21. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

11. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 356; Member since: Jan 10, 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..;-)

4. Haridenberg

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 03, 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!

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

8. smacsteve

Posts: 86; Member since: May 16, 2012

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

20. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

12. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 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.

16. Chakra

Posts: 136; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

13. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 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.

17. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Phonearena tried and FAILED.

23. garz_pa

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Here goes the Pentile bandwagon again.

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