Super AMOLED for dummies: Samsung infographic explains why you don't want an LCD screen

Super AMOLED for dummies: Samsung infographic explains why you don't want an LCD screen
Samsung’s been advocating the benefits of AMOLED displays for years, but it’s doing it more frequently lately - because it recently released its Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Tab S 8.4, the world’s first high-res Super AMOLED tablets.

Without going into technical details, Samsung posted an infographic that shows why Super AMOLED screens are superior to LCD ones. Among the listed reasons you’ll find a higher contrast ratio, wider viewing angles, and more accurate colors.

With Super AMOLED screens that feature 1600 x 2560 pixel resolutions, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Tab S 8.4 certainly have a place among this year’s best tablets. Of course, they offer many other attractive features besides nice displays, including Exynos 5 Octa processors, 3 GB of RAM, expandable internal memory, 8 MP rear cameras, and Android 4.4 KitKat. You can read our Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review here, and our Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review here.

The 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab S can currently be bought for $399, while the 10.5-inch model costs a bit more: $499. Both are widely available around the world, and could become Samsung's best-selling high-end slates yet.


source: Samsung Tomorrow

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Galaxy Tab S 8.4
  • Display 8.4" 1600 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4900 mAh(29h 3G talk time)
Galaxy Tab S 10.5
  • Display 10.5" 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 7900 mAh

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140 Comments

1. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

Accurate colors? Their colors might be accurate but nowhere near natural. Completely over saturated.

15. Iodine

Posts: 1504; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

More accurate than LCD, because samsung takes the oversaturated adobe RGB, used by photographic professionals, as "accurate". But otherwise 99,99% of all things on the internet, videos on you-tube, images on flicker, are in the sRGB color gamut, that LCD's targets and so everything will appear oversaturated, unless coded in Adobe RGB.

27. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

SAMSUNG wants you to believe that AMOLED produces accurate colors. It can be frustrating though if you don't fancy NEON colors :-) And those subtle shadows, can't really tell how intense or light they are since they all look the same

36. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Oleds are more accurate period...... Maybe not Samsung's take but the technology is superior without the mobile constraints of battery life etc. so eventually even you haters will think OLED is superior, which it is.... http://www.medgadget.com/2012/07/sony-unveils-worlds-first-oled-medical-monitor.html

48. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

On lcds suck at color, natural is not washed out with poor contrast. Plasmas/CRTs produce more accurate colors than lcds/lcdled. Oled brings led on par with plasma/CRT color and blacks while keeping the advantages of LCD/led. Amoled is a subdivision of oled. Displaymate is the most reliable source for phone displays and they say amoled is the best.

83. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I don't really trust DisplayMate because all they can do is showing us some numbers and theory. They said they are the world leader when it comes to display calibration and measurements but why most profesionals is not using their software or method? PA some other site maybe not display expert but they using the mostly widely used video calibration software in the world for their test. For me This comparison http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Screen-comparison-G3-vs-Xperia-Z2-vs-Galaxy-S5-vs-One-M8-vs-iPhone-5s_id3747/page/2 is 100x more trusted than some numbers from DisplayMate, because PA can show us real life proof that GS5 screen is not accurate. If DisplayMate can show us real proof (not just some numbers) and also prove it that their software and method is better i would trust them. There is no doubt that OLED is the next gen display but samsung pentile amoled is not the best.

92. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

What a bunch of humans with eyes that get fooled by quickers hands all the time is hardly more proof than solid mathematical measurements. Especially not coming from phonearena and their retarded reader base.....

121. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

"solid mathematical measurements." Hahaha maybe you can explain me why their method and software is not widely used by the profesionals? PA is not the only one who show us that DisplayMate is wrong,http://www.anandtech.com/show/7903/samsung-galaxy-s-5-review Just like what i said before until this day the best things DisplayMate can do is just show us some magical numbers and talking about their "solid mathematical measurements". i'm sure if DisplayMate can prove it that their method and software is can do a better job than any other software. Their software is gonna be the most widely used video calibration software in the world.

124. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

search an article which PA posted as an acceptance of their faulty analysis about GS5... PA already accepted that their analysis was faulty... beside that I dont consider anandtech truely proffesional bcoz most of the time, their reviews are based on the personal liking or personal mindset of the reviewer instead of mathematicle/technical measure... for example, if I used a device and review it, it will be upto my mindset/knowledge that how I am percieving it, so just use anandtech for information only

99. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You trust PA reporting those false numbers over DisplayMate? Man I feel sorry for you. They have highest nits of brightness wrong to begin with and that doesn't raise a red flag to you? They're playing you.

79. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

ALL THIS AMOLED BASHING WILL STOP , as soon as the prices go down and Samsung is able to produce enough displays, so to sell to Apple. Period.

94. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Amoled gets better every year, expecting the note 4 screen to blow the g3 away in every aspect.

100. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's no surprise. ;)

109. tedkord

Posts: 17473; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, they do want you to believe it. That's why they send samples to Displaymate for testing by a PhD who has decades of experience in testing and developing displays. And his verdict was... Well, you already know what his verdict was, and it gives you a world record case of money butt.

117. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

And YOU want us to believe that YOU know what SAMSUNG wants us to believe but WE know that YOU are a HATER and so WE dont believe YOU. you are just equally frustrating at all times. :-) And that name, change it to something like cheapgeek coz you are insulting greek people

23. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Amoled consumes more power than lcd.

39. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

In which way O.o

60. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

At full brightness and displaying white color. That's the only situation I can think of where AMOLED uses more energy than LCD. Other than that, AMOLED is more energy efficient.

95. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Given that most stuff out there uses a white background, that's a pretty common situation.

40. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

no less because of amoled has deep black which dont emit light which means only those pixel will emit light which have other than black color

137. sraive

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

And the AMOLED's deep black is going to have mura effect over time.

50. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

oversaturate for srgb content alsohttp://www.anandtech.com/show/8258/evaluating-samsungs-qhd-amoled-displays also watch oled tvs tests

63. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

wtf. Natural and accurate is basically the same thing. And Samsungs AMOLED displays are NOT accurate AT ALL. Not saying they are bad. But stop saying they are accurate THEY ARE NOT.

116. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Natural and accurate is NOT the same thing. Lets say .. you have a picture of a leaf. Now the natural color will be the exact green color of the tree but if I want it in orange and my display shows accurately the right shade of orange I wanted to see.. that would be accurate.

101. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

CRT is best............get a life guys.

2. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Ok, let's believe them about color accuracy - for now. Why don't they mention : 1. pentile arrangement? 2. burn-in problems? 3. quickly degrading quality/color accuracy? 4. inconsistent power consumption? It looks like a mission impossible for crap'o'led to replace lcd.

3. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

Why do expect someone to advertise their bad sides?

4. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Sammy, ALWAYS looking for victims/preys.

16. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

same like apple, right?

31. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

This is the funny thing about you morons. You are acting like they are ripping the consumers off. Hate Samsung all you want but that is the last thing they do. One, they spend the most on R&D out of all tech companies. Two, hate AMOLED all you want but the bottom line is that it's more expensive than LCD so they are hardly ripping people off by giving them a more expensive technology for the same price. Three, they make some of the best LCD screens I have ever seen in the tab 8.4 pro and the Nexus 10 and yet they feel AMOLED is superior. So what does that say? It says it all actually. If you want to see a victim look in the mirror. Apple products are the biggest rip offs for the technology that they out in their devices and their R&D costs are pretty damn low for their size.

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