The era of inaccurate AMOLED screens is over

The era of inaccurate AMOLED screens is over

To this day, AMOLED screens, mostly known from Samsung's flagship phones, have been the subject of both appreciation and criticism. The relatively young screen technology sure has an abundance of character, as it has the unique habit of displaying oversaturated and punchy colors. However, such displays are also known to be largely inaccurate. Until now, that is.

Don't get us wrong, we don't really have that much against a screen with oversaturated colors. What has been keeping us from truly enjoying it is that it doesn't give us the choice to have natural-looking colors. Pretty much all recent AMOLED phones by Samsung have featured some form of a screen mode, designed to produce visuals that are more true-to-life, but even when set to those modes, the Galaxy devices have, until now, failed time and again to really get things close to the standard sRGB colorspace, which is used for almost all visual content that you can come across today, including the internet.

Enter the new Galaxy Tab S tablets. These AMOLED-powered tablets can exhibit color reproduction that is actually very close to the sRGB standard, i.e. they are very accurate! The Tab S 8.4 and Tab S 10.5 come with three screen modes: AMOLED cinema, Adaptive, and Basic. The Basic mode is the one that can give you those remarkably accurate visuals. For example, in Basic mode, the Tab S 8.4 delivers a remarkable color temperature of 6750 K, which is extremely close to the reference point of 6500 K! Meanwhile, the average amount of color error is also superb (Delta E grayscale is 2.74, while Delta E rgbcmy is 2.58). Similar level of display accuracy is also observed with the larger sibling, the Tab S 10.5.

Is this some kind of new breakthrough in AMOLED technology that we'll see in the company's next high-end smartphones? We certainly hope so! Imagine a Note 4 or a Galaxy S6 with an AMOLED display that is capable of producing accurate, true-to-life visuals. Combine this with the already great outdoor visibility, and typical AMOLED pros like excellent black and excellent viewing angles – boy, it certainly sounds like a great product! Samsung's new Tab S line-up has made us optimistic about the future of AMOLED, and we are looking forward to seeing the future phones/tablets to take advantage of this technology.

Related phones

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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53 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Good stuff. But if Android supported colour management, like PC's do, sRGB would look good no matter how capable the display is, right?

9. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

About topic I would like to see yet modulation test

47. steedsofwar unregistered

Don't you think AMOLED viewing angles are unmatched to this day? NOTHING comes close and I own the LG G2. AMOLED's excellent or arguably the best outdoor visibility, veiwing angles, contrass, black blacks, low power consumption and for those of us who love SERIOUS saturation, and for those who prefer natural colors, AMOLED is king now. The competition are miles behind. AMOLED has issues to do with screen burnins, pentile config and such but they are a non issue for me as I have a flagship for the duration of a year only.

10. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Android and ios not support the switching between profiles and probably will not. Noobs buy and will buy

15. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

What do you use then?

16. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Noobs?? Lol

2. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

and they have to get rid of pentile

4. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

well with that pixel density, there would'nt be much difference

21. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

hope so ..

29. av911

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Have you not seen the S4, S5, or the Note 3? Pentile isn't an issue anymore.

24. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

I know I'm an out-liar and for most, pentile will not be a problem, but when I picked up an S5 and compared it to the M8, I instantly noticed that the S5 screen was fuzzier. If Samsung can get rid of pentile and calibrate their screens for perfect color accuracy, then I they will be the best sceens hands down. Also I dont like the fact that OLED screens have this glossy/shimmery look to the colors compared to certain IPS screens. I noticed that the LG G3 has the same effect. The M7 and Nexus 5 have an opaque/pastel type look. Dunno...just my opinion

32. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

The M8 screen is s**t compared to the S5...

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

20. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

That's the BS crapsung wants morons (you being the first on that list) to believe. RGB amoled screens existed way before crapsung started putting those crappy pentiles on their phones. Why ? Simple - to cheat on power consumption in order to keep up with RGB LCD. For longevity? - my as* - as expected from a Samsung spokesman.

23. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Woah, thanks for the praise bro. :)

26. Iodine

Posts: 1469; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yeah and also it's a lot easier to make an 1080p display if you need just 2 subpixels per pixel, so cheating on resolution as well.

11. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

absolutely no difference

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Haters facepalm simultaneously. Nice that PA covered this one. I take my words back. PA is a great tech blog with a slight iPhone bias. ;)

36. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

"Imagine a Note 4 or a Galaxy S6 with an AMOLED display that is capable of producing accurate, true-to-life visuals" So what? Ppl will always love the rich gorgeous colours on their phones and tablets. With this great black. And will NEVER switch to Basic mode. This "accurate colour" BS was invented from the iPropaganda to fight with the more superior AMOLED.

6. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I still prefer LCD over AMOLED.

25. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Basically the only thing I'm jealous about is the blacks. Nothing compares to OLED in regards to blacks. Other than that, I agree. High quality LCD's just have this natural, flat, realistic look too them....cant really explain.

37. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yup You still prefer the cave over the house. Right? By the way Samsung are still the best in the outdated LCD technology. And they still it sell to the cheap companies .

52. mojtaba_mn

Posts: 268; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

super lcd 3 is best

8. kdealltheway

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Good, now I want laptop with that screen...

49. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

everyone does, and we want even more a 300+dpi on a laptop of desktop monitor. Not gonna happen in the next 4-5 years unfortunatelly as they are focused on the mobile at the moment...

13. twens

Posts: 1151; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

in this tech industry ,only one company contnues to improve despite the haters comments and thats samsung. LCD's are stuck at still displaying poor blacks and lifeless colors meanwhile amoled has been developing at a rapid speed. You haters just keep pushing sammy to deliver its users with the best of tech whiles you guys are stuck with your old hardwares that your beloved comapnies give you. Note 4 will kill all phones this year, period!!!

46. mixedfish

Posts: 1540; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

You say that yet the Z2 tab achieved a 6664 Kelvins temperature whilst the Tab 8.4 is supposed to be 'impressive' at 6750 Kelvins. So much for 'old hardware'. Perhaps if you were a computer rather than a person, you'd enjoy pure blacks. But in reality pure blacks almost never exist and the same is true if you took a correctly exposed photo. OLED however translate subtle grays as pitch black due to turning pixels off and this results in black crush a testament to bad banding. But I guess you're just a product of company's marketing machine, you'll drink that cool-aid up as long as you're given it, rather than choose for yourself.

55. sachouba

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Actually, the Z2 Tablet's two-years-old screen is only a Full HD screen, which looks quite bad when compared to a QHD screen. It may achieve a 6664 K temperature, its resolution is still lower.

19. KenAdams

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I really like AMOLED screens, and they look especially good with the WP UI. Can't wait for my Lumia 930 to arrive !

28. vuyonc

Posts: 1087; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Just gimme 2-650 nit brightness range, at least decent colour accuracy and great battery life and I won't look up what display tech is being used. This display fanboy war is overrated.

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