Is PenTile a big deal? Probably not, as far as Joe Average is concerned, but try telling that to Matt. I dare you.
When the Samsung Galaxy S III launched in London a couple of weeks ago, many were disappointed to learn that it uses a PenTile Super AMOLED display - as opposed to RGB. Speaking at the CTIA event in the States, Samsung's Philip Berne has explained the decision.
In a nutshell, PenTile AMOLED displays have a longer life expectancy than their RGB counterparts. Samsung expects its users to hang onto their devices for a good 18 months or more, hence PenTile.
One of the common complaints about PenTile is fringing along the edges of images, such as icons for apps. However, Berne reckons that’s more of a problem for devices with lower resolutions, and not so much on the 1280 x 720 Samsung Galaxy S III.
Also, the Samsung Galaxy S III has been designed with smaller gaps in the subpixel matrix, which should further appease the PenTile naysayers.
So is Samsung done with RGB? Well, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has a Super AMOLED Plus display (1280 x 800) that's – yep – RGB. Of course, the larger display would make PenTile problems more noticeable.
What do you think, Mobotniks? Would the presence of PenTile alone put you off buying an otherwise impressive smartphone?