Some Samsung GALAXY S II for T-Mobile units may have faulty displays

Some Samsung GALAXY S II for T-Mobile units may have faulty displays
There is a growing thread over at the XDA Developers forum where a display issue plaguing some Samsung GALAXY S II for T-Mobile units is being discussed. As the issue has been described, “vertical lines and dots” become apparent on the screen under certain conditions, most noticeably when viewing the display in a dark room with the brightness level set to minimum. Poor color reproduction and below par contrast levels are being reported as well.

The forum member who brought up the faulty screen issue made a comparison between the displays of a T-Mobile Samsung GALAXY S II and its Sprint version – the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, both of which boast a pretty similar Super AMOLED Plus display. Interestingly, the Sprint model used in the test was not perfect either, but its flaws were far less noticeable as it had been “calibrated considerably better”. Other GALAXY S II variants that are reportedly affected include the Skyrocket for AT&T, as well as the models sold by Telus and Rogers in Canada.

This isn't the first time when the Samsung GALAXY S II is being accused of having troubles with its display. Back in August, a bunch of users in Vietnam had what looked like a mini GALAXY S II user convention in order to discuss what they claimed was a screen issue affecting locally produced units.

If you fear that your T-Mobile Samsung GALAXY S II may be showing the symptoms listed above, you might want to check the thread at the source link below. There you can find a detailed guide to figuring out whether your smartphone is affected or not.

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  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
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  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1850 mAh(7.00h talk time)



1. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

wow but then again not a big problem I think

2. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011


3. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

its not android phone gets the same treatment, if something is wrong with a android phone, the only people that would know is people who visit these phone sites, but if it was apple it be on the news or trending every where, so I doubt anyone who do not constantly check phone websites could tell the difference unless a friend of theirs points it out, but I could be wrong

4. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

"they claimed was a screen issue affecting locally produced units." it means that only products produced in the US... no biggie... samsung can get over this....

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you missed the part where they were talking about Vietnam.. THEY had the locally produced units, not the US. Now the question, is are these first run sets or is this still happening? There is a reason they call it "early adopter syndrome".. lol

20. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I dont remember you saying this about battery gate.:-3

5. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Another fail from Samsung. All the KIRF manufacturers should end like that.

6. Dmann

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Riiiiight... All the KIRF manufacturers that make the iPhone components... Sigh.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

that mean the iphone is a kirf? since its 95% samsung inside?

17. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

C\'mon 95%? Really? His comment was stupid, but yours is hardly better.

21. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Omg, remixfa you\'re becoming a second taco50. Gongratulations, you feel proud now?

7. acer007

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

same problem in india also......when u take a dark scene u can clearly see the vertical lines and dots etc......for me samsung dealer repalced the handset twice and the third handset also iam feeling some lines and iam ignoring that............poor build qlty by samsung..........

8. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Crapsung sux.

10. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

hahah victoria court.... XD

9. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Samsung has copied again on apple

12. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

Was your auto-correct set on "Yoda" when you typed this? :-)

16. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

it would be more like \"copy again, samsung has on apple\"

13. M2Iceman

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

And on Sprint they have crappy radios. Every time I walk into a building I loose a signal. Yeah Im past my 14 days and I will hard pressed to buy another Sammy until its fixed. Please Sprint/Sammy Do something about the Radio/Modem!!!!!!!!!!!!!

18. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

AT&T does well in buildings if you looking for other options

19. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

did you already called sprint for this?? maybe tech support can help out.

22. jdrevolution

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

If tech support doesnt work you could just go direct to samsung and complain to them of the defect. You're still under manufacturer warranty, after all.

25. theo14461 unregistered

Better yet, stop playing around, and get on a real network like Verizon.

15. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

Yeah sammys radios need some more work

23. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

the thing is about the radios, the FCC has certain guidelines in place for 3G and 4G radios that can be put in the device, hence why they gotta go do FCC cert before they can be released. As far as that is concerned, nearly all phones have radios of equivilent effectiveness. So maybe its some kind of antennagate scenario like the iPhone 4 has, I doubt its something to do with samsung actually using crappy radios because Qualcomm is pretty much the sole supplier of CDMA radios.

24. GeekMovement unregistered

I tried this test on my SGSII Epic Touch and fortunately could not see any blobs or vertical lines. If there were any, the screen was still too dark with the sample image the XDA developer gave, but now that I look at those images I feel somewhat concerned lol (paranoid). I feel sorry for users with the T-mobile SGSII. Man, Samsung better fix this (as well as the antenna issue... even though for me it seems just fine, but it questions their future products) or else goodbye Samsung & hello HTC/Moto.

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