Samsung: Galaxy S III’s PenTile AMOLED display will last longer

Samsung: Galaxy S III’s PenTile AMOLED display will last longerIs 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?

via: mobileburn

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JanSt / MOD  May. 14, 2012 at 14:17

I used the HTC One S with its shocking PenTile screen for 2 weeks. The screen was absolutely and unreservedly and 100% NOT on my personal list of negatives. In fact: the One S looks great, you can see the screen outdoors without cranking it up all the way or using an umbrella. Photos look great as do vids and websites. But then: I rarely use a magnifying glass while using a smartphone. That'd be so 2006.

Ironically, imho(!!!) the One S is way superior to the One X in every regard but screen-size, and depending on your handsize and eyesight, the 4.3in One S may well be more comfortable.
For gawdsake... try a phone before you buy it. You like it, buy it. You don't... well.

Pondlife  May. 14, 2012 at 14:32

Don't think most of us get 2 weeks trials on every phone though ;)

Isn't the much lower storage space on the One S a big drawback to long term use though?

JanSt / MOD  May. 14, 2012 at 14:42

Don't think most of us get 2 weeks trials on every phone though ;)

Isn't the much lower storage space on the One S a big drawback to long term use though?

Yes, the 16GB could be a dealbreaker for many. I'm oldskool, so 16GB is plenty imho. We constantly connect our phones to a PC, and how long does it take to swap a few playlists, vids etc...
What bugs me is that they all seem to be pushing for fixed memory and cloud storage.
Just as 64GB cards become affordable. I don't want to store MY stuff on some here-today-gone-tomorrow server with more loyalty to the gov's alphabet soups than its customers...

And there seems to be a 4GB Samsung on the horizon (WP)... 4GB! Now that is 2006. No matter how much cloud...
I had an N900 with 32 GB built-in and 32 GB sdcard... after 6 months I realised the most I ever had on it was 20 GB - that included a full Debian Desktop install on a seperate partition.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 14, 2012 at 15:50

The engine from a Ford Fiesta lasts longer than the engine from an F1 car...should F1 cars start using a 100BHP 1.4 from a supermini? Nah, didn't think so.

JanSt / MOD  May. 14, 2012 at 16:27

Hahaha.... They really hurt you, didn't they? Well, I know the feeling ;)

matt101101 / MOD  May. 14, 2012 at 16:31

I've been spoilt by SAMOLED+ :(.

Oh and guess what? Samsung phoned me about my S2 today, apparently it has "water damage" on the USB port (which works absolutely fine) and they tried to charge me £55 to replace that before they'd fix the headphone jack and vibrate motor. I told them to get f*cked and send me my phone back.

Treab  May. 14, 2012 at 16:41

I've been spoilt by SAMOLED+ :(.

Oh and guess what? Samsung phoned me about my S2 today, apparently it has "water damage" on the USB port (which works absolutely fine) and they tried to charge me £55 to replace that before they'd fix the headphone jack and vibrate motor. I told them to get f*cked and send me my phone back.


ROFL. water damage... i bet 99.9% have... SUE THEM MATT. SUE THEM ALL....

that water damage crap is shocking in reality even rain water will trigger it as its basically paper...

matt101101 / MOD  May. 14, 2012 at 17:19

The water "damage" sensors are ridiculously easy to set off, I know. It probably got steamy when I was in the shower, or something equally pathetic. I had a feeling they'd try and squirm out of fixing it, oh well they paid for the special delivery postage both ways. They wasted £13 on that, and whatever time it took for an engineer to actually take the phone apart to look at the issue.

Robbing b*astards.

Pondlife  May. 14, 2012 at 21:55

Hmm my mate was told something similar about his Nokia this month too. All con job scumbags.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 14, 2012 at 22:00

Hmm my mate was told something similar about his Nokia this month too. All con job scumbags.
I'll just fix it myself, I was just hoping Samsung, a company who come from a country which holds respect and honour in very high esteem, might be honest enough to just fix the damn thing.

Pondlife  May. 14, 2012 at 22:06

I think things like this do start to drag a brands reputation down. Especially as it's a common fault they were supposed to be fixing.

Treab  May. 14, 2012 at 22:11

Personally i would just return it to the shop...

matt101101 / MOD  May. 14, 2012 at 22:56

Personally i would just return it to the shop...
That's a good idea, I may well go and be very polite at my local O2 shop and hope they do a straight up exchange.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 14, 2012 at 22:56

I think things like this do start to drag a brands reputation down. Especially as it's a common fault they were supposed to be fixing.
They never said they were supposed to be fixing it, hell, Samsung themselves have never admitted there's even a design fault.

Pondlife  May. 14, 2012 at 23:12

Ah oops, thought you said they had admitted that. Pretty shoddy regardless.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 14, 2012 at 23:20

Ah oops, thought you said they had admitted that. Pretty shoddy regardless.
No, I said it's a known fault, not that it was Samsung who had made it known, or even admitted it was present.

bigmo7  May. 14, 2012 at 23:42

Hmm my mate was told something similar about his Nokia this month too. All con job scumbags.
I'll just fix it myself, I was just hoping Samsung, a company who come from a country which holds respect and honour in very high esteem, might be honest enough to just fix the damn thing.


It's a real shame when customer service lets you down. I'm glad I've not had to deal with them if this is how they treat the customer :/

matt101101 / MOD  May. 14, 2012 at 23:53

Hmm my mate was told something similar about his Nokia this month too. All con job scumbags.
I'll just fix it myself, I was just hoping Samsung, a company who come from a country which holds respect and honour in very high esteem, might be honest enough to just fix the damn thing.


It's a real shame when customer service lets you down. I'm glad I've not had to deal with them if this is how they treat the customer :/

It's an absolute joke, I won't be purchasing another Samsung phone new, that's for sure. There's little point if they won't honour the warranty. I'd rather save some money and get one off eBay.

krogothnx  May. 15, 2012 at 10:32

is it just me or is apple the only company that actually has a warranty system that doesn't try to screw you over?

matt101101 / MOD  May. 15, 2012 at 12:09

is it just me or is apple the only company that actually has a warranty system that doesn't try to screw you over?
You're right, Apple have a brilliant warranty system.

JanSt / MOD  May. 15, 2012 at 12:14

The kicker re warranty are HTC from what I hear.
A mate's DHD had a tiny crack in one screen corner. It didn't bother him, and it did nothing to performance. Than his HD developed the volume button fault. He was within warranty, but HTC wouldn't fix the volume rocker, unless he paid €120 for a new screen first!

matt101101 / MOD  May. 15, 2012 at 12:16

The kicker re warranty are HTC from what I hear.
A mate's DHD had a tiny crack in one screen corner. It didn't bother him, and it did nothing to performance. Than his HD developed the volume button fault. He was within warranty, but HTC wouldn't fix the volume rocker, unless he paid €120 for a new screen first!

Samsung have basically just done that to me, apart from with some bullsh*t "water damage" cr*p on a part that still works fine. £55 to replace a USB socket, they can f*ck off.

Pondlife  May. 15, 2012 at 12:24

Not in same field but iiyama were very good at exchanging monitors on their free 3 year warranty, came and delivered new one and collected old at same time. Twice. Of course that they needed to is a bit bad.

Treab  May. 15, 2012 at 16:38

is it just me or is apple the only company that actually has a warranty system that doesn't try to screw you over?
You're right, Apple have a brilliant warranty system.


Yep never been on watchdog about their water damage issues...

matt101101 / MOD  May. 15, 2012 at 16:49

Brilliant doesn't mean perfect, and Watchdog is hardly a court of law :p.

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