Samsung might start to use AMOLED displays only in high-end phones in 2013, LCD displays for cheaper handsets

Samsung might start to use AMOLED displays only in high-end phones in 2013, LCD displays for cheaper handsets
AMOLED may be the display technology of the future, but Samsung is allegedly mulling over leaving it only for its high-end products, according to SamMobile’s ‘trusted source’. Instead of getting AMOLED panels, low and mid-range products will use Samsung’s PLS LCD panels. It will be premium devices like the Samsung Galaxy S series that would still get access to AMOLED panels.

Why? Two reasons, and the most obvious is production issues, but also Samsung might thus create a feeling of exclusivity to its AMOLED devices.

Now, the big difference between AMOLED and LCD is the technology itself. While LCD uses a light source and liquid crystals, AMOLED screens are based on organic diodes. Blacks are usually deeper on AMOLED, and thus contrast ratio is much higher, but recent developments in LCD have pretty much closed the gap otherwise in color saturation and viewing angles. On the downside, AMOLEDs tend to have a blueish tint instead of displaying perfect white, an issue not seen on LCD screens.

Would you prefer an AMOLED display (like the one in the Galaxy S III) with its punchy colors and deep blacks, or would you rather get the perfect whites of a device like the iPhone 5 and the HTC One X?

source: SamMobile

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53 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Super AMOLED. While the screen on the One X is beautiful, I watch movies and videos a lot and to have the colors 'pop' makes it worth the investment.

10. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

gotta agree. one x's is one of the best screens on the market. In amoled, I prefer note 2's screen compared to s3.

35. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

And I thought Samsung was smart, USE UR BRAIN, SAMMY!!!! Amoled display sucks, use LCD or something that's not half as bright as an iPhone

44. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

So you are more smarter than samsung?

14. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

why everybody said htc one x has the best display on the mobile world ? i have seen it with my own eyes, it's decent nothing special, black level is terrible, very reflective,

22. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

White level on Amoled are terrible. The screen is not bright even for sunlight viewing

33. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

very reflective? You're talking about the glass protection, not the screen itself.

37. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Because the color production on the LCD 2 is phenomenal. I can't wait to test out the Droid DNA.

38. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And this is why there is no clear cut best screen out. I prefer Amoled too for blacks, contrasts, and I like the saturated colors....

52. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

See it side by side with the S3 then you'll know why. But it ends there, the screen. Everything in S3 is better than OneX.

39. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree. I have a Rezound and RAZR...and Netflix looks alot better on my RAZR due to that and blacks. The screen res is almost a non factor between the 2 screens. Pentile too. So many ppl raved over the Rezound screen.....I didnt see it. Overall it wasnt as good as old LCD screens. I have a Maxx HD now....and its gonna take an LCD screen with the pros of Amoled to pull me away from Amoled.

2. shahulvm

Posts: 124; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

AMOLED are fine, as we have the display setting which can be set to "Normal", but cannot stand the PENTILE matrix.... CANNOT stand the PENTILE arrangement...

15. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

what is wrong with pentile ? as long as the resolution is hd you can't see the pixels, try to play with s3 and see the screen closely with your eyes, you wont' be able to see the pixels until your eye gets hurt if the resolution is not hd, then yes it will be a problem,

19. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I think Note II has non-pentile Super AMOLED.

23. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Note II has non-pentile Super AMOLED. that's already a fact.

3. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Cant stand tints on white web pages...

4. mydi.maus unregistered

IPS displays on very low end phones...lol

26. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

so true.

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

they should make the note series with IPS/PLS pannels mainly because of color saturation

6. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

put lcd on high end , then ill finally buy a samsung

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree.

25. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

AMOLED is what common buyers relate to Samsung. it's a selling point.

8. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

To be honest,this is a matter of taste. For me any will be ok.

9. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

The blueish whites are not a downside for me, I like them.

11. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Be it LCD or AMOLED If it's free I would never complain.

12. nexus4izlate

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

LCD however to each there own, but seriously pentile must die

13. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

i prefer amoled over lcd, albeit the color is oversaturated....is it a pentile ? yes is it hd ? yes is it problem ? no...you can't see the pixels on super amoled hd panels, actually you can if you look very close to the display but it will make your eyes hurt, besides, who wants too look that close to the screen?

16. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It's less of a change than you'd think: all those LCD factory lines that were producing Apple screens will be used for the ever expanding Samsung mobile line-up, and there's no shortage on demand.

17. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

That's a lot of butthurt AMOLED users lol. Face it, IPS is really better.

20. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Personal preference, if you came here to comment on an SAmoled article than you are butthurt.

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