Samsung Galaxy S3 display, does it really sucks?

Yesterday with the most amazing products announcement event I have ever seen in my life (I have seen all Apple product announcements, so I know what I am talking here), Samsung finally announced the most anticipated phone of this year, the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Samsung Galaxy S3 display

It’s a bit surprise from Samsung as there is joy and disappointment at the same time.  First of all it has previously rumored 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with HD resolution, so we got everything we expected. Well not really. Samsung didn’t provide us with Super AMOLED plus screen so it is still an good old PenTile style display with pixels and subpixels. Based on specs it’s the same display the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has but comparing displays under microscope you see that Samsung Galaxy S3 display has a bit smaller red subpixels and it has brighter colors and better contrast than Galaxy Nexus display.

Samsung Galaxy S3 display specs:

  • Size: 4.8-inch
  • Technology: Super AMOLED
  • Pixel arrangement: PenTile RBGB
  • Resolution:  720 x 1280
  • Pixel density: 306ppi
  • Protection: Gorilla Glass 2

The PenTile technology is not the best screen technology we have ever seen as its not proper RGB display but I believe that Samsung did this on some kind of purpose. It looks stunning, even compared to Apple iPhone’s LCD retina display, Galaxy Nexus or HTC One X’s displays. Will see how well Samsung Galaxy S3 display will perform on real-life tasks but the first impression is very good even considering that we are disappointed about technology used here.

Bellow you can see Galaxy phone displays under the microscope:

Samsung Galaxy Siii vs Galaxy Nexus displayGalaxy S series phones displays

Galaxy Siii vs HTC One x display

Another advantage of PenTile display is power efficiency, and Samsung this time took battery life more serious than ever.  If Samsung Galaxy S2 had 1,560mAh battery then Galaxy S3 this number is increased to 2,100mAh. Samsung claims that 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display is as power efficient as its predecessors 4.3 Super AMOLED Plus.

Samsung Display is world’s largest display maker and they have the best technology displays with highest efficiency rates and they are producing displays for New iPad (3) and for other Apple device that are famous for their Retina displays. My point is that Samsung most likely did choose the best display they can possibly make at this point without trying to increase profit margin by throwing a cheap and bad display in the game.

I think I have answered your doubts if the Samsung Galaxy S3 is worth to consider over its main competitors, Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X, and Apple iPhone 4S as many tech bloggers or complaining about display, but believe me it’s better than you possibly can imagine.


It’s not the most sharpest display in the market but it has the best colors, brightness, and contrast. It has pixel density over 300ppi, so you won’t notice any pixels with naked eye and it’s also one of the most efficient displays out there. This time not the technology is what matters but the overall look and feel.

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2 Responses to Samsung Galaxy S3 display, does it really sucks?

  1. Anonymous May 6, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    You write RBGB but from the image it’s clearly RGBG.

    • Richard May 6, 2012 at 9:26 am #

      Thanks for pointing out my mistake!
      Yes it is RGBG display

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